October 6th, 2010
06:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin: Abortion 'essential' issue in midterm elections

Houston, Texas (CNN) – Sarah Palin starkly framed the midterm elections on Tuesday as a choice between political candidates who favor a "culture of life" and those on the opposite side of the issue wanting to implement "a culture of death."

Palin, delivering a paid speech to an anti-abortion group in Texas, claimed that President Barack Obama oversaw "the biggest advance of the abortion industry in America" by signing landmark health care reform legislation that, she said, allows for taxpayer-funded abortions.

"That's why it's essential that we use the 2010 midterms to elect a Congress that will make undoing the damage of Obamacare its first priority," she told an audience of more than 2,500 gathered at First Baptist Church of Houston, a megachurch on the city's west side.


The former vice presidential candidate was speaking at an event sponsored by Heroic Media, an organization that runs ad campaigns urging women with unexpected pregnancies to seek counseling instead of abortions.

The evening's focus was squarely on the topic of abortion, but Palin couldn't resist veering into political territory several times during her nearly hour-long appearance.

She praised Texas' Republican Gov. Rick Perry for his ferocious opposition to all things Washington and called Obama "the most pro-abortion president to ever occupy the White House," reprising a line from similar speeches she has delivered across the country this year - sometimes for as much as $100,000 a pop.

Also on the agenda: a heavy dose of media bashing.

The event was open to reporters and television cameras - which were only allowed to film the first few minutes of her appearance - but Palin warned that "embeds" might be lurking in the church, planning to secretly record her speech and distort her remarks the following day on the internet.

Palin talked up her friendship with Fox News host Glenn Beck and accused media organizations of misrepresenting his August "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, which she said drew "hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people" to the National Mall.

The media, she asserted, "didn't want you to believe that" and estimated the crowd to be much smaller.

"They didn't want you to believe your own eyes," she said. "It was almost Orwellian to consider what we read after the rally, how the media was trying to portray what had gone on there."

Though the political right has largely been energized this year by fiscal issues and backlash against the Obama administration's handling of the economy, the speech was a reminder of Palin's deeply held conservative views on social issues.

Describing the Beck rally and its overtly revivalist tenor, Palin explained that "the answer to the challenges in our country are to restore honor and to rededicate our country to God and to serve our father God."


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Josh

    I guess abortion is a very important issue to get elected on. Then once elected feel free to ignore the issue until next election. That's what the republicans have been doing for years. "No abortion or gay marriage it's an election year. Once it's over we can all go back to deregulating banks and industry so they can take advantage of the people who elected us. Because the average American voter will only vote on issues they can understand. So we will tell them what they want to hear to get votes and then completely forget what we said during elections but continue to line the pockets of business for all of the unregulated election money they gave us."

    October 6, 2010 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Oh, shut up, Sarah!

    Abortion is a divisive issue in the GOP, and bringing it up now, a few weeks before the election, was just plain dumb!

    There are a lot of independents, like me, who don't give a particular damn about abortion, but object vehemently to the narrow-minded, superstitious, bible-thumping, self-righteousness some of the GOP is prone to. I'll vote for Republicans so long as they make the right noises about fiscal restraint, but it's a big turn-off when they start blathering about their religion.

    October 6, 2010 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  3. Pollwatcher

    Please, keep talking your ignorant talk Sarah! Everytime you open your mouth you make an even bigger fool of yourself, lol!

    October 6, 2010 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  4. Adding this

    Does this money grubber ever speak without someone throwing money at her first? Not even for an issue she supposedly cares about will she speak without making them pay her thousands first. She's about her money first, every other issue doesn't matter.

    October 6, 2010 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  5. Cindy

    Eyeroll.... Only in America... can we see a failed half-term governor speak so gallantly of victory. We are indeed, the land of opportunity.

    October 6, 2010 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  6. Adding this

    Please, keep talking your ignorant talk Sarah! Everytime you open your mouth you make an even bigger fool of yourself, lol!

    Does this money grubber ever speak without someone throwing money at her first? Not even for an issue she supposedly cares about will she speak without making them pay her thousands first. She's about her money first, every other issue doesn't matter.

    October 6, 2010 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  7. ramtruck2500

    When churches such as this abomination start with the blatent political stuff on either side of the spectrum I really feel they need to start paying taxes like the rest of us. as far as this nut job goes I really don't care just dont ever set foot on my property or my personal life. Seeing you as a teabagging republican know it all, I know thats going to be difficult though.
    Its also amazing that as little that has been implemented on health care how can she figure all is lost. There is some good left in the world no matter what this teabaggin repub says!

    October 6, 2010 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  8. Shannon

    who cares what this half term govenor has to say, she has unleashed a band of idiots on the country. They are mocking her right now on MSNBC, because she worked all day on a facebook post. Who gives this woman any respect at all, she is interested in making money, and she will say or do anything to get it.

    October 6, 2010 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  9. hahaney

    A culture of "Freedom of Choice" vs. A culture of Government Controlled Morals "Anti-Choice."

    October 6, 2010 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  10. Bob Moore

    This woman is scary. She is either a liar or worse, a divider. She is obviously out of touch with political reality. She may be able to fire up the far right base but most Americans can see her divisive nature and that nature goes against real American values.

    October 6, 2010 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  11. 2+2=5

    Here they go, everything is an issue, but what is really an issue with these folks. Soon enough we will be talking about black magic and how we have to get it out of America, or is that a trend lately? witches.....immigrants....terrorists....oh my.

    October 6, 2010 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  12. The Dude

    This woman is absolutely clueless. Lies, distortions and half-truths like most republicans

    October 6, 2010 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  13. Steve Oehmen

    "Taxpayer-funded abortions" are a pure lie and Ms. Palin knows that. No such thing in the Healthcare law – that was one of the biggest fusses for the Blue Democrats. Pure, unadulterated lie, but I'm sue the audience ate it up.

    October 6, 2010 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  14. Marry

    "Culture of life" and those on the opposite side of the issue wanting to implement "a culture of death."
    When I think of the “conservatives” record and the ten thousands of death they caused with their unjust wars, their denial of an effective healthcare system, their neglect of millions of poor people, the destruction of the environment, their failure of a consistently good education, their lack of international cooperation (and the list goes on and on), and that all for the power and profit of big corporations, than Ms Palin should wash her mouth with soap talking about “live” and “death”. One of so many disgusting speeches she makes. Please people think before you vote! Vote informed, responsible, and smart. Do it for yourself and the country!

    October 6, 2010 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  15. Freedom

    Elect Conservative Men and Women!!!

    October 6, 2010 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  16. Eddie

    Where in the healthcare bill that says abortions are taxpayer funded palin. This lady would lie to jesus with a straight face.

    October 6, 2010 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  17. Ann in Ohio

    Wailin Palin is the gift that keeps on giving.....She makes you want to regift that gift. Regift it right back to Wasilla. That woman is a idiot.........I am amazed at the coverage the news media gives to her. She is getting filthy rich by running her mouth all the time and the media is getting filthy by reporting her incoherent babble.

    October 6, 2010 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  18. Judy Brown

    If Sarah Palin wants to sling her down syndrome baby over her shoulder like a badge of honor that is her choice. She has the money to pay for a nanny while she continues to live her life running all over the country telling the rest of us how we should live ours and she can afford the cost of insurance to pay the medical bills. I want the right to chose not to have a down syndrome baby if I found I was carrying one because with no insurance I could not afford the medical bills and I, making minimum wage. could not afford the burden of such a child.

    October 6, 2010 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  19. Dorothy

    This woman and her talk is scary stuff. Not the abortion or Health Care lies but the very last quote, "the answer to the challenges in our country are to restore honor and to rededicate our country to God and to serve our father God." She wants to impose her values on all of America. I'm a Christan, and I serve my God but never should we force our idea of God on others. I have a personal relationship with God and he speaks to me differently then you. Palin and those who believe like her need to NEVER get into office. And if she is so Pro-Life then she needs to talk about ending the Death Penalty. All life is precious to God, even those on Death Row.

    October 6, 2010 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  20. Elliott

    Sarah Palin: Don't believe the media, believe me! I have a degree in journalism and it only took me 6 years to get it! What a joke. Such good Christian values to speak in a church about eliminating health care for those who need it. Cant understand normal thinking.

    October 6, 2010 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  21. Kathy

    Hey Sara quit lying (if that is possible for you). After the bill was passed President Obama issued an executive order that affirmed the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from being spent on abortion.

    October 6, 2010 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  22. Mike S.

    Yes Sarah, of all the problems Americans face today, abortion should be the number one issue to help elect Republicans.
    Why heck, you can hardly walk down the streets these days without tripping over an aborted fetus. Perhaps Republicans should bring up flag burning again, that should get a few more dumb votes. Oh yes, and lower taxes and less government,
    like Reagan, Bush1 and Bush2 gave us. Abortion, flag burning, less taxes, less government. Same old Republican diatribe.

    October 6, 2010 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  23. eideard

    The nice thing about culture wars is that Republican candidates start telling the truth – occasionally.

    Instead of giving us the Party Line, covered with dust leftover from the 1930's, truly reactionary ideology is freed from huckster restraints. We get the whole stinking rant from anti-abortion and anti-birth control to the cops of the world diatribe where we get to bomb everyone in the world into obedience.

    Rock on!

    October 6, 2010 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  24. Keith Sillsbury

    No sarah, its not about abortion. Its about getting rid of you and those like you. Seems funny you don't want to abort these unwanted pregnancies but when it comes to their healthcare you don't want to pay for that either. You can't have it both ways. If you make abortion illegal you have to pay to raise those children.

    October 6, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  25. Irma in North Carolina

    Sarah: This is getting rather sickening every time you make a speech you have to do a lot of Bashing. Some day you will come to an end. We all know Beck and the fox gang are your bed partners.

    October 6, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
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