April 9th, 2010
03:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin drills down in policy in high-profile speech

ALT TEXT Sarah Palin delivered a speech Friday at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

New Orleans (CNN) - Her speeches are typically loaded with partisan zingers and Obama-bashing, but for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, Sarah Palin delivered a speech that focused as much on policy ideas as it did on political combat.

To be sure, her much-anticipated remarks Friday to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference were laced with a heavy dose of Republican cheerleading that drew cheers from the audience of party activists who had earlier stampeded into the speech venue to snag prime seating for her appearance.

"There is no shame in being the 'Party if No' if the other side is proposing an idea that violates our values, violates our conscience, violates the Constitution," she said, deviating from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who urged the SRLC crowd on Thursday to pivot to being the "Party of Yes."

But without shying away from heated partisan rhetoric, Palin spent the latter half of her talk expounding on differences between Democratic and Republican energy policies, a comfortable topic for the former Alaska governor and onetime chair of the state's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

She called President Obama's decision to expand offshore drilling "smoke and mirrors" - cover for a slate of more liberal energy policies that he and Democrats in Congress plan to enact.

She faulted the Obama administration for not opening up more areas to oil and gas drilling, particularly in her home state of Alaska. It's time to "stop ignoring" the National Petroluem Reserve Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, she said, even if a caribou has to "take one for the team."

"It's 'Drill, Baby, Drill,' not 'Stall, Baby, Stall,'" she said.

On foreign policy, Palin launched a volley of attacks against the White House that echoed some of the missives she has posted on her Facebook page over the last year. The Obama administration, she claimed, "alienates our friends."

"They treated Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai poorly and acted surprised when he reacted in kind," she said. "And they escalated a minor zoning decision into a major breach with Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East."

And acknowledging Thursday's headlines, Palin couldn't resist a mocking jab at President Obama after he charged in an ABC News interview that she is "not much of an expert" on nuclear weapons.

"And President Obama, with all that vast nuclear expertise he acquired as a community organizer, a part-time senator, and a candidate for president, has accomplished nothing to date with Iran or North Korea," she said.

soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Rahm

    The NEO-CONS got upset when the media kept shoving Obama into the public's face, now the Liberals will get upset when the media keeps pushing Palin into their face.

    Rome burns and they have high profile playground games shoving unqualified candidates down American's throats.

    April 9, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Can we find the person who winds this one up and give that person (him/her) they day off. I mean really. She quit the only official post she had. Enough already.

    April 9, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Brian

    I'd be more interested in Paris Hilton's policy ideas.

    April 9, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Observer

    Are those more notes on Palin's hand?

    April 9, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. James

    She was right about Obama havinf no experience, as usual !

    "And President Obama, with all that vast nuclear expertise he acquired as a community organizer, a part-time senator, and a candidate for president, has accomplished nothing to date with Iran or North Korea," she said.

    April 9, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Brian

    LOL, she calls a 1,600 house development on holy land a "minor zoning issue" - maybe that's what you would have called it when they paved over a park to put in another RV dealership in Wasilla, but things are a little more sensitive in the Middle East. Not that you'd have any clue, moron.

    April 9, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Austin

    OUCH!!!! Way to go Mrs. Palin!!! Way to hit Obama where it hurts! Truth hurts... Doesnt it Obama?

    April 9, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Joe

    Chicken heads be clucking

    April 9, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Andy from NYC

    Democrats feel very comfortable with this person being the face of the GOP. But this does not bother them in the least, in fact they welcome it. They fail to see that anyone but is 100% better.

    April 9, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    You know what would be great? Some followup questions where she could elaborate on and defend her positions.

    Unfortunately, this is not going to happen, as she only takes questions from FOX News.

    April 9, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Nothing New Here

    There is something wrong with the picture – did she write her speech on her hand? Old school!!!

    April 9, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. EDC

    Oh, for heaven's sake...this lady is absolutely obtuse on so many issues and in so many ways. I do hope the Republicans, Libertarians, Tea Baggers and others that reside in the Land of Oz continue to put her forth as their salvation. She's like the Klan...the more we hear them speak the more we realize how stupid and ignorant they are. Bring it on, Sarah!

    April 9, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Mike

    Obama is an economic terrorist.

    April 9, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. ATL Guy

    Thanks goodness McCain didn't become President because people would be leaving this country in droves. This woman is clown pure and simple.

    April 9, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Edwin

    What is wrong with CNN and Palin? Palin this, Palin that. Each time she coughs out hate, ill-advised talking points and statements without facts, CNN will jump on it and make it headline news. Look, i am a faithful reader of the online TICKER, but, I, along with a bunch of friends, am considering dropping the online version if you will not stop making any trash Palin spews, a headline news just about everyday. Not that u should not publish her but please, there are other great news happening...just give us a break with Palin...if you doubt me, check your headlines "Ticker" news just for this week.

    April 9, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Brian

    She wrote on her hand again, how funny

    April 9, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. ronalde

    So sad that she still has no idea of what she is talking about,one thing that should stick in her mind is winners never quit and quitters never win and if she is the voice of the republician party they are in truoble,with her and steele leading the way the democrats will not lose.

    April 9, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. ART

    I still cannot decide who's the bigger idiot Michelle Bauchmann or Sarah Palin. For now let me just focus Palin, President Obama has more intellgence in one of his turds than you will ever have you are a moron and an idiot you constantly talk out of your behind and so what ever comes out just stinks.Why don't you stay home with your disabled son and take care of him instead of spewing all this disgusting right wing devisive rhetoric

    April 9, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Steve (the real one)

    As I read the last Palin story today, I have read a lot of comments about "seeing Russia from my house". You do realize that was spoken by Tina Fey AND NOT Sarah Palin, right? No, you probably didn't!

    April 9, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Wow well expect the same

    wa ha ha palin is failin......get some real experience and challenge him then don't be a hyporite and just talk the talk..walk the walk caribou barbie!!!!!

    April 9, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Kenny B.

    I think having actually worked substantively with Republican Senator Lugar on nuclear non-proliferation issues while in the Senate trumps whatever it is Palin claims to have done on the issue.

    In fact, in her earlier criticism of Obama, she said that she didn't think any other leader would even "consider" making such an arms deal, without realizing that while president, Reagan came very close to a nuclear arms treaty with Russia in Reykjavik.

    But, of course, we're to believe she's just as much an expert as anyone else, since she does have a TV show.

    April 9, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Ramses

    I do not understnd why politicians, people & the news media pay so much of attention to Sarah & her Bufoonary. As far as I am concerned she shoots off her mouth, all her remaks are partisan does not have the worldly wisdom. She is just a clown. I used to love clowns when I was a kid & stupid. Many people just don't grow up, do they? Get serious. We do not want to put the country , people & policies with a clown.

    April 9, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Larry

    Every time this trailer trash moron opens her mouth it shows what the Republican party has degenerated into.

    Israel might be an ally, but they have to start honoring treaties THEY signed concerning no expansions on the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    The Republican party has no values other than the allegiance they owe to big business who has put so much money in their corrupt pockets. Mitch McConnell and John Ensign, just to name a couple.

    Karzai has to realize that while we're fighting terrorism in his country, the biggest heroine producer in the world, he doesn't dictate our military strategy.

    President Obama has one big advantage over Palin–He has a brain!

    April 9, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. AKReport

    Palin is an energy expert

    April 9, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. danel

    How much they're paying her this time?

    April 9, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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