May 3rd, 2013
06:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin fires up NRA crowd, hits Obama for using Newtown families

(CNN) – Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama and gun control advocates Friday, blaming them for "exploiting" recent mass shooting tragedies to promote their political agenda.

Speaking to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, the folksy former governor from Alaska also used chewing tobacco at one point to draw some laughs.

Palin, wearing a shirt that read "Women hunt," was one of several speakers at the NRA gathering who targeted the Obama administration and some lawmakers for wanting tighter firearm restrictions after the Newtown elementary school massacre.

In the days leading up to the Senate's April 17 vote on gun control proposals, the president invited families of Newtown victims to fly on Air Force One to Washington and lobby Congress.

Newtown families also participated in media interviews and appeared in an ad made by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the pro-gun control group co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

When the upper chamber ultimately fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass a bipartisan compromise to expand the background check system, some of those family members stood behind the president not long after the vote as he chided Capitol Hill for what he described as a "shameful day in Washington."

Palin argued the president was practicing the "politics of emotion" by "flying in grieving parents on Air Force One, making them backdrops in his perpetual campaign-style press events."

Par for the course, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee faulted the media for being a "reliable, poodle-skirted cheerleader for a president who writes the book on exploiting tragedy."

Politics of emotion, she argued, won't make the country safer. "It's the opposite of leadership. It's the manipulation of the people by the politicians for their own political ends. It's not just self-serving. It's destructive and it must stop."

Charging the president with being disingenuous in the wake of the shooting was a running theme throughout the day at the NRA. Palin added Obama was ignoring another tragedy.

"We could use a bit more emotion by the way of what goes on every single day on the streets of cities like Chicago and New York," Palin said.

Speaking of New York, Palin took the opportunity to take a swipe at Bloomberg, a mayor she has vehemently opposes for what she describes as his nanny state politics. In her last big speech at a major conservative gathering in March, Palin made headlines for sipping a "Big Gulp" on stage, a knock against New York's ban against certain large sugary drinks.

"Now I see that the mayor of New York now wants to ban public displays of legal tobacco products," she said, referring to his recent push to keep tobacco products out of sight at stores in order to de-glamorize the product.

"I tell ya," she said, as she pulling out a pack of chewing tobacco. "Don't make me do it."

With the crowd roaring, she put the pack back in her pocket.

"It's funny because Todd's been looking for this all morning."

Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • NRA • Sarah Palin
soundoff (368 Responses)
  1. RCM

    Has been

    May 4, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. borgsng

    When will Palin stop taking up space as nwes

    May 4, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Larry L


    Despite the media's efforts to destroy Sarah Palin because she is an attractive conservative women
    You summed her up perfectly. She is (was?) an attractive woman. That's it. No real education, no common sense, no will to work, no leadership skills, no knowledge of world affairs or geopraphy, no integrity, and no intelligent followers.

    May 4, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. sl

    Palin is the Queen of Soundbites. Sounds like she's using the Sandy Hood tragedy for her own personal game. The woman is stupid. Those to whom she was speaking are even more stupid. NRA is the organization of really stupid people.

    May 4, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Zane

    Sarah Palin is right! The guvmint's gunna take our gunz!

    They already took our jerbs!

    May 4, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. thomas

    Sarah is a great Anerican! you liberals are brainless sheep .if it wasnt for myself and my fellow sheep dogs. you would not be safe at all.

    May 4, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Burt Ward

    They tried the debit card thing with Katrina. It didn't exactly go as planned. Of the thousands they handed out, most were used to buy gaming consoles, LCD tv's, plastic surgery, and liquor.

    May 4, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Dragonfire77

    Sarah Palin 'hits'? No, more like completely missed the wrong target, and hit nothing. She never does.

    May 4, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Ratified1791

    How is your resume? Governor 3 of 4 fiscal years (06-09), Oil Regulator (03-04), Mayor twice elected (96-02), City Council twice elected (92-96), Commercial Fisherman (89-06), TV Sportscaster (88-89), Marathoner (3:59:36), Best selling Author (09-12), Congressional King Maker flipped over 40 seats in Congress (10-13), and a Mother of Five!

    2013 – National – #1 Draft Pick in political commentators by huge margin according to Mediate Power Ranking
    2012 – National – most popular & unifying in the party 68% / 20% favorable, PPP polling
    2011 – Ohio – Palin 48.5% leads Obama 48%, Poll Insider.
    2010 – National – voters feel closer to Palin than Obama 52 / 40, Rassmussen

    May 4, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. asm_ith

    Politics of emotion, she argued, won't make the country safer. "It's the opposite of leadership. It's the manipulation of the people by the politicians for their own political ends. It's not just self-serving. It's destructive and it must stop."

    She is such a hypocrite. Every word out of her mouth is to manipulate people and is self-serving. She has no problem lying, as in her "death panels" lie of the year. Even her shirt saying "women hunt" is trying to manipulate things, as though there has been any proposal to take guns away so that people can't hunt.

    May 4, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. ronnierayjenkins

    How much did the NRA pay her to make an appearance. If people would just realize filling her coffers is what she has always been about, a few of them who support her brand of entertainment might wise up. Might.

    May 4, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. CraigRB

    She's such a peasant and that's why "those" types like her...they relate. They're also a very mean spirited group of losers and love the vitriol so it's actually a classic case of preaching to the choir.

    May 4, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. B.

    She is a Narcissist willing to do or say anything to get in front of a camera.

    May 4, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Mark

    What was it that George Bush did when he took away several of our rights under the premise that we were at war? Wasn't that exploiting the countries anger to get them passed? Oh no, that can't be. Republicans are so honest and upstanding and would never stoop to such tactics, right Sarah? Believe that and I have a clock in London to sell you.

    May 4, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. tony

    Once upon a time, the one-eyed led the blind.

    Now for Republicans, it's the the blind that "lead".

    May 4, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Mike

    Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum belong on the same ticket. If you put their brains on the edge of a razor blade it would look like 2 peas rolloing down a 4 lane highway.

    May 4, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. laguna_greg

    I wonder how the NRA paid Sarah to come and speak?

    May 4, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. laguna_greg


    Yours- " I keep waiting for her and the staff that assist her to work up a series of speechs on public employee unions and the outsized payments and benefits public employees have extracted at the taxpayers expense. Or maybe she could take a real stand on tax policy to enhance investment"

    You will wait long. There's no money in those things for Sarah, so why would she talk about them? I mean, she must have gotten a nice honorarium from the NRA to come and speak at this event!

    ...and she NEEDS the money!

    May 4, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Mary Ann

    Sarah Palin and NRA on all accounts both are trash.Sarah is looking a little worn,too much booze and diet pills.

    May 4, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Smeagel4T

    Considering that the overwhelming majority of moderates/centrists in America cannot understand why anyone gives Palin even two seconds of coverage, she's not the best pick to promote your agenda.

    May 4, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Cuneyt Ata Onursal

    What potential?

    May 4, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. bearitstrong

    she's as sick as the group of people she's addressing

    May 4, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Jim B

    Get'em Sarah! You speak what good people are thinking. Good wife, caring mother, honest public servant, you glow with courage and honor.

    May 4, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. JIMM

    Jacob Ransone

    Sarah Palin has such star power it is a real shame she allows her "handlers" to use her only on a narrow frame of issues like gun laws and restraining the size of sugary drinks. I keep waiting for her and the staff that assist her to work up a series of speechs on public employee unions and the outsized payments and benefits public employees have extracted at the taxpayers expense

    Who says their payments are outsized? These employees do not get SS and get paid less than their private sector counterparts.

    May 4, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Patrick

    The "True Colors" of Barack Hussein Obama came gushing into public view as he seethed about the defeat of his cherished gun-control. His carefully concealed Racist Bigotry against all things White Christian Male ( 'They cling to guns or religion') was "in your face". His long planned "trophy" for his Spiritual mentor Rev. Jeremiah Wright crashed to the floor, and all these years of carefully concealed hatred burst forth in his face and words.
    As for Biden ..... Wraps himself in the American FLAG .... But the COWARD used FIVE deferments to DODGE wrapping himself in an American UNIFORM.

    May 4, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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