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. George from North Carolina

    Pathetic Sarah, GOP, tea party. You deserve each other.

    April 9, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. badger

    Sarah is the anti-christ and Bachman is the devil. What a comment that a caribou might have to take one for the team. This woman and the Repug's have no respect for the envoriment or for human beings in general. What ever makes a buck for her is fine even if it affects someone else. She could care less if anyone has health care or if anyone is starving. Of course CNN is the only major media that is alwalys covering her every move.
    Maybe its time we leave this loser her fifteen minutes of fame are up.

    April 9, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Tom Hicks

    Maybe Palin should go after Obama for his special deal for the Unemployed,

    The one were if they are hired the Company that hire's them gets a TAX BREAK.

    Big Problem is that Temporary's like me don't have the same thing to offer Employer's,


    That's right I said it a BLACK MAN,

    Mr Obama should be ashemed, how could he do this.
    It is nothing less than Discrimination against Temporary Help,

    It Violates the U.S. Constitution, and is a DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE EQUAL RIGH'S AMMENDMENT!

    April 9, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. psk

    Calling the Israeli Jerusalem development a zoning decision aligns her with pundits from the American Enterprise Institute, and her comment about Karzai came from Lynn Cheney. By challenging Obama's credentials, Palin reminds us that she didn't even complete a full term as Governor.

    Although pretty as a collie, she's basically an attack dog with speaking contracts that don't disclose how much she's paid.

    April 9, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. CF

    I doubt she wrote that speech herself and I guarantee she read it off a - gasp! - teleprompter.

    But I can't respect anyone, whether the idea is their own or they are just repeating someone else's nonsense, who so cavalierly condones the destruction of the environment and cruel torture and extinction of animal species in the name of a few drops of oil as she did with her caribou line.

    April 9, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Robert

    It is really funny to watch how Palin can drive the left over the clif with just a few words. Tells me they are in total fear of her. I am enjoying the fun watching them.

    April 9, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. lolo

    @Sabrina, Honey please she does not get under my skin. Looks like she is under your skin already. If you really think that this lady is a leader you are a loser also. She has taken women back 40 years with her stupidity. I betcha you are giving her all of your government assistance check by believing her lies. Ask her to send you a few bucks and see what she says. At least President Obama has common and book sense and cares about the all the people in the U.S.. This lady called Palin has none. My nine year old grandaughter is smarter than she is. Just admit that you hate that a black man is president. Your conservative group thinks that you are fooling people, but everyone but you knows what is going on idiot!!!!!!!!! KKK

    April 9, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Ellie

    What POLICIES is QUITTER Sarah drilling down?

    This is a woman who QUIT her job when the job got tough.

    WHO are we kidding here? Sarah Palin couldn't drill down anything if it was stapled to her rear end. This woman is a FRAUD, she does nothing but ramble about anything and everything and yet KNOWS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. NADA, ZIPPO, ZILCH, ZERO!!

    April 9, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Steve- Illinois

    Apparentlt she's enough of a threat that Obama is responding to her!

    April 9, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. The real truth from Chicago

    I love Sarah Palin. She is the most loved, well respected and well educated person in either political party. NOT!!!!!!!!!! This chic is stupid. And I don't care about hurting her followers feelings because they are stupid for believeing in her BS. Please, can we get her the hell out of this country?

    April 9, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Carol

    The writing on the hand has gotten REAL old. How childish. It fits.

    April 9, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. The Unsub

    Sarah has you all duped. That's what she gets paid for.

    Close your eyes and just imagine if she were president....now open them.....the nightmare is over.

    April 9, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Sissy

    This woman is a Nuclear Bomb ready to go off........if she was President she would have her finger on the button at the least little upset ........not only that but she is The Bomb that will distroy the Whole of the Republican Party........pandering to this woman is dangerous........she lost it for MCCain and she will lose it for the rest of you......yes a lot of people flock to see her but that is the Celebrity fasination......you have seen the Polls, it isn't just the Democrats that thinks she is unquailified it's republicans and indepedents too.......your eagerness to rake in the money she can bring in to your coffiers will be your down fall......

    April 9, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Robert

    I'm not convinced that Sarah Palin would be a good president, but she is right about some things. I doesn't seem smart of President Obama to decide that America will not make new nuclear weapons and rely on 30 year old designs when the Chinese, Russians, North Koreans and Iranians are all making new ones. It doesn't seem smart that we are deciding to intentionally limit our supply of oil and natural gas when other countries are getting richer and adding jobs to their economy selling oil for almost $90 a barrel. We also recently decided not to make another space shuttle.If we don't make anything then how are we supposed to create jobs. I grew up in Compton and I know I'm not qualified to be president but I'm not convinced that Sarah or President Obama are qualified either.

    April 9, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. NW Boy

    This is a typical Sarah Palin speech. Lots of red meat for the base to gobble up. Criticize the adminstration in power, play up the differences..they're wrong, we're right. Very simple stuff, coming from a very simple woman.

    April 9, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Duke

    I would rather listen to a woodpecker while suffering from a migraine, than to have to hear the sound of Palin's voice.

    April 9, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Maddie (Texas)

    I would vote for ANYONE instead of Obama!!! Bring it on!!! Obama still had no experience and he has been on the job too long!!!

    Shine Gov. Palin!!!! It is your time!!!!

    April 9, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. mario

    Palin is the lady with in red, for many guys,.... that's it

    April 9, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. gnowthi

    I was thinking of posting a commet on the issue of presidential qualifications but afer scanning this board I changed my mind. Why subject nyself to vularityand foul language it would prompt?.

    April 9, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Ellie

    LIBERALS are not upset or threaten by Sarah Palin's "HE-HAW Entertainment Hour". All Sarah Palin does is spew "bumper sticker" phrases. Is that ALL Sarah Palin is good for, spewing "bumper stick" slogans and hearing applause from a bunch of conservative cattle who are being scammed right before their eyes by this comedian!! LOL

    We are USE to the Palin comedy script. Liberals could almost set their watches when it comes to the Sarah Palin "HEW HAW HOUR". NO surprises there.

    What is mind boggling is how many right-wing conservatives are so EASILY DUPED by someone DUMBER THAN A ROCK!!!

    First of ALL, who supports someone who QUIT rather than completing her Governor job? Who does that?

    WHO supports a woman who HIDES from every MAINSTREAM MEDIA networks because she KNOWS she's a FRAUD and will be exposed as such.

    Who BLINDLY supports a woman who can't even name ONE newspaper she reads!!! My 4 year old grandson is smarter than Sarah Palin!!

    I would rather follow a HARVARD EDUCATED ATTORNEY who graduated at the TOP of his class than a woman who attended 5-6 colleges and ended up with a basic journalism degree. What is a basic journalism degree worth these days? NADA....

    April 9, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Mickey, NY

    ...if they drilled into this piece of craps' head, they'd find NOTHING...

    April 9, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Adalbert

    Why are they keep pushing this stupid palin to do things that she is not qualified to do.?

    April 9, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Bebe Hartnett

    Palin does her cheerleading job well. She has lots of good catch-phrases. The GOP has their own TV network, so why not a spokesmodel too? Next up a GOP sponsored NASCAR driver.

    April 9, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. malia

    Thank you, Sarah Palin, for calling out the "community organizer" on his "nuclear expertise" - Sarah Palin is not afraid to speak her mind - she rocks!

    April 9, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. peggy

    No more Democrats:

    You seems to be a bigger fool than Palin. My bad, you are in your 70's and just love to look at her, no matter how dumb she is and knows nothing of substance. Poor old fool

    April 9, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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