Sarah Palin on Principles & Values

Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President

Mayor is like community organizer but actually responsible

On September 2, 2008, McCain's choice for his running mate, Sarah Palin--whom I was proud to call a friend--delivered her memorable acceptance speech. It was surely an electrifying speech, energizing not only dispirited Republicans but also stirring the entire country to start wondering who Obama really was. Building on her own story life, Sarah compared her early career with Obama's early career, "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities." Great line! The McCain-Palin ticket had now taken the lead. Perhaps the boost from the convention speech might last till election day.
Source: Core of Conviction, by Michele Bachmann, p.144-145 , Nov 21, 2011

Troopergate's one merited charge: shot moose without permit

[Sarah filed legal complaints during her sister Molly's divorce case against Mike Wooten, a state trooper]. Between 2005 and 2006, Palin and Heath family members filed 25 complaints against Wooten. All the charges were investigated. Only one was found t have merit. To that one--shooting a moose without a permit--Wooten fessed up.

In 2003, on a hunting trip, Wooten and Molly spotted a moose. Wooten told her to shoot, because she was the one with the permit. She told him she just couldn't do it & handed the rifle to him. Standing next to his wife, close enough to touch the permit, Wooten shot the moose. Chuck Heath, Sarah's father, butchered it in his garage. He and his wife Sally; Todd and Sarah; and Mike Wooten and Molly dined off it all winter.

An administrator later stated he'd never seen such a concerted effort against an individual officer. The judge handling the divorce case told the Heath/Palins that if their actions cost Wooten his job they would be financially liable.

Source: The Rogue, by Joe McGinniss, p.162-164 , Sep 20, 2011

OpEd: Won election as fresh, feisty, girl-next-door

Sarah's election as Alaska's youngest governor was decisive, but only about 200,000 people voted. Her fresh face and feisty spirit proved appealing, as did the girl-next-door persona she presented, but the two biggest positive factors in her success [in the GOP primary] were voters' distaste for Frank Murkowski. Sarah had put herself in the right place at the right time and she used serendipity to maximum advantage.

Cunningly, she also turned [her general election opponent, former Gov. Tony] Knowles's presumed advantages--intelligence, education, experience--against him. The Anchorage Daily News interviewed [one supporter who said], "I can understand what she saying. She doesn't talk over your head."

The campaign taught Sarah that ignorance, if accompanied by a bright smile and a catchy phrase or two, was not necessarily a drawback. On the contrary, it allowed her to connect with voters who might not grasp the intricacies of public policy, but who knew, doggone it, how they felt.

Source: The Rogue, by Joe McGinniss, p.215-216 , Sep 20, 2011

OpEd: Her energy is the fuel of grassroots politics

Sarah Palin has become a force of nature in the Republican Party. She inspires people in the conservative cause. She exudes enthusiasm, and that energy is the fuel of grassroots politics. We need that kind of energy and fuel from people all over this country if we want a shot at setting America back on course. While some might still debate McCain's selection in 2008, the undeniable truth is that it took courage to stand up to the critics, the pundits, and the establishment and choose Sarah Palin.
Source: Courage to Stand, by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, A.P. excerpts , Jan 6, 2011

"Mama Grizzlies": tough candidates also raising families

In Alaska, the only thing we take more seriously than a grizzly bear is a mama grizzly with cubs to protect. I call the new generation of American women leaders--many of whom I've met on the campaign trail and in the towns and cities of America--mama grizzlies. These are tough, serious, formidable women like Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Susana Martinez of new Mexico, and Carly Fiorina of California. These women are at the forefront of a new wave of strong, confident American women who are positively affecting not just the Republican Party, but America itself. They're building businesses, leading men & women in government--and, while they're at it, raising families.

Some people are calling the emergence of these successful conservative female leaders a new phenomenon in America. Truth is, mama grizzlies have been with us for a long time. These are the same women who settled the frontier, taught their kids, raised their families--and fought for women's rights.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.127-128 , Nov 23, 2010

Tea Partiers love America & dislike what's happening to her

What I've learned from the Tea Party Express is this: the spark of patriotic indignation that inspired the Americans who fought for our freedom and independence has been ignited once again! Americans are reawakening to the ideas, the principles, the habits of the heart, and disciplines of the mind that America great. It's an AMERICAN awakening. It's coming from real people--not politicos or inside-the-Beltway types.

They've seen what is happening in America, so they've decided to get involved. They feel like they're losing something good and fundamental about their country, so they've decided to take it back, because they love this country and are proud to be Americans!

I realized that the Tea Partiers ARE normal Americans who haven't necessarily been involved in national politics before but are turned on to this movement because they love America and they don't like what they see happening to her. They're so concerned about the path we're on that they've decided to get involved.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p. xii-xiii , Nov 23, 2010

American exceptionalism based on idea of right to be free

In my experience, Americans are patriotic but not necessarily idealistic. We find inspiration and motivation close to home, in our families, our communities, and our faith. Generally, we're happy to live our lives and pursue our dreams and leave others to live and pursue theirs.

And if we were an ordinary country--just one country among many others--that would be enough. All countries have the right to defend themselves, and they exercise that right whenever necessary. But America isn't just another country, it's an exceptional country. We are the only country in the history of the world that was founded not on a particular territory or culture or people, but on an idea. That idea is that all human beings have a God-given right to be free. So when our young men and women sacrifice to serve in the military, they are doing much more than defending a piece of land. They are defending the idea of America itself.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p. 37 , Nov 23, 2010

Elites in "lame stream media" consider Americans alien

What is threatening about the Ten Commandments, a moral code that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, the religions that account for 97% of all Americans believers, recognizes as the basis for living a good life? Why can't people just live and let live?

Part of the answer is the cultural divide between our governing elites and the mass of the American people. Most of those who write for the mainstream media and teach at universities and law schools don't share the religious faith of their fellow Americans. They seem to regard people who believe in God and regularly attend their church or synagogue as alien beings, people who are "largely poor, uneducated and easy to command," as the Washington Post once famously put it. Perhaps for this and other obvious reasons, I often refer to the conventional press as the "lame stream media." The truth is that we ARE alien--to them.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.215 , Nov 23, 2010

I label myself a "Commonsense Constitutional Conservative"

The question, going forward, is how? How do we embrace our exceptionalism at home and abroad? How do we take this great awakening among the American people and turn it into a positive force for reclaiming our country and our heritage? Like so many Americans, I have been thinking about this a lot lately.

The answer is closer than many of us realize. We don't need a manifesto. We don't need a new party. We just need to honor what our country is and was meant to be. And we need to remember the common sense most of us learned before we went to kindergarten.

If I have to label myself, I would happily slap on a sticker that read, "Commonsense Constitutional Conservative." I am an Alaskan, with an inbred spirit of independence we are so proud of in our state, and I am proud to have been registered in the Republican Party since I was eighteen, because I believe that the planks of our platform are the strongest foundation upon which to build a great nation while protecting our God-given liberties.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.266-267 , Nov 23, 2010

McCain is a genuine American hero for enduring Vietnam

I remember being on the campaign trail with John McCain and hearing people attack him in deeply personal ways and thinking, "Do they know that they are insulting a genuine American hero? Are they fit to tie his boots, much less take cheap shots at him?"

Most Americans are by now familiar with the outlines of the story of John's 5-1/2 years of captivity in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp. But what most Americans may not know is that John McCain doesn't consider himself a hero. Why? Because, under constant beatings and torture, and after repeatedly refusing to be released before Americans who had been imprisoned longer than he, John signed a confession written by his captors. He describes the scene [as feeling ashamed]. It is impossible for me to truly understand how John endured what he did, much less how he could feel shame for breaking under the cruelty of his captors. But such is the remarkable character of this man and the men and women of our armed forces.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p. 50-53 , Nov 23, 2010

Everything worthwhile comes through effort

There is narcissism in our leaders in Washington today. There's a quasi-religious feeling to the message coming from them. They are trying to convince is that not only are they our saviors, but that WE are our saviors--not hard work, not accomplishment, just "believing in ourselves" and what we can accomplish together through government. As candidate Obama proclaimed on Super Tuesday 2008, "We are the ones we've been waiting for, we are the change that we seek."

I believe in a humbler, less self-involved America. I believe in that simple, commonsense wisdom that has come down to us through the ages: Everything that is worthwhile comes through effort. There is no free lunch. Anybody who tries to tell you otherwise is selling something--usually something paid for by tax dollars.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.179 , Nov 23, 2010

Competitive GOP primaries are good for voters, not civil war

A lot of great common-sense conservative candidates are going to put it all on the line in 2010. This year, there are going to be tough primaries. And I think that's good. Competition in these primaries is good. Competition makes us work harder and be more efficient and produce more. Despite what the pundits want you to think, contested primaries aren't civil war. They're democracy at work and that's beautiful.

I was the product of a competitive primary running for governor. I faced five guys in the party and we put our ideas and our experience out there on the table for debate. And then we allowed, of course, the voters to decide. That is a healthy process. And it gives Americans the kind of leadership that they want and they deserve. And so in 2010, I tip my hat to anyone with the courage to throw theirs in the ring and may the best ideas and candidates win.

Source: 2010 Tea Party Convention speeches , Feb 6, 2010

I'm a big supporter of the Tea Party movement

I am a big supporter of this movement. I believe in this movement. America is ready for another revolution. I look forward to attending more Tea Party events in the near future. It is so inspiring to see real people, not inside-the-beltway professionals, stand up and speak out for commonsense, conservative principles.

Considering the recent conservative elections sweep, it is time to stop that they blaming everyone else. When you are zero for three, you better stop lecturing and start listening.

Source: 2010 Tea Party Convention speeches , Feb 6, 2010

Republican Party should absorb Tea Party movement

Q: How do you see the future of the Tea Party movement? Do you see this Tea Party movement becoming a part of the Republican Party or do you see it becoming a third independent party?

A: The Republican Party would be really smart to start trying to absorb as much of the Tea Party movement as possible because this is the future of our country. The Tea Party movement is the future of politics because it is shaping the way politics are conducted. You've got really both party machines running scared.

Source: 2010 Tea Party Convention Q&A , Feb 6, 2010

Support those who understand the foundation of our country

Q: We hear about the Obama plan. What's the Palin plan?

A: The Palin plan is quite simple. I think it probably drives some of the elitists crazy that I don't get angry about it. I get a kick out of it when they say that I'm too simple-minded and too plain-spoken, but my plan is quite simple and that is to support those who understand the foundation of our country. When it comes to the economy, it is free market principles that reward hard work and personal responsibility.

Source: 2010 Tea Party Convention Q&A , Feb 6, 2010

Tea Party is not just hard-core registered Republicans

Q: What do you think we can do to get conservative Democrats, libertarians, and Independents, on board with the Tea Party movement?

A: Hey, they are already peeking in. It is pretty cool to see some of the blue dog Democrats peeking under the tent, and finding out, what is this movement all about and "holy geez, I'm scared if I'm not a part of this."

And the nice thing about the Tea Party movement, it's not just a bunch of hard core registered Republicans. I'll make a confession right now. My husband, he's not a registered Republican. He's much too independent, but probably more conservative than I am, even, but I think he is kind of an example of so many other American who don't choose to be a part of a registered party because they see the problems within the machine.

I guess I need to apologize to the Republican Party because some people have said, you're a pretty weak Republican spokesperson that if you can't even get your own husband to convert, but he's much too independent.

Source: 2010 Tea Party Convention Q&A , Feb 6, 2010

2008: Unruffled throughout process because "It's God's plan"

Although McCain didn't know much about Palin, what he knew, he liked. She reminded him a lot of himself: the outsider's courage, the willingness to piss all over the party. He saw in Palin a way of seizing back and amplifying his own message of change-- real change, not the bogus Obama version.

McCain offered her the job. They shook hands, embraced, posed for some pictures--and then McCain was off.

In the air, Palin appeared perfectly serene--which struck [McCain's adviser traveling with her]. Five days earlier, this woman had been living in relative obscurity, without even the faintest inkling she was being seriously considered to be McCain's running mate. And yet here she was, totally unruffled, utterly unflustered, not even terribly excited "You seem very calm, not nervous," the adviser said to her quizzically.

Palin nodded and replied, "It's God's plan." The Lord's stratagem certainly appeared to be working the next morning in Ohio [for her successful introductory speech]

Source: Game Change, by Heilemann & Halpern, p.364-365 , Jan 11, 2010

Resigned because relentless tabloidizing prevented work

On Nov. 5, 2008, I flew home to a political landscape that had permanently changed, The fallout was immediate: the governor's office was inundated with frivolous ethics complaints. Reporters abandoned actual reporting in favor of tabloidizing my family, my record, and me. The number of lawsuits filed against us mounted, and legal bills piled up.

Naturally enough, I had assumed that after the election everything would go back to the way it was before. But what a difference ten weeks can make.

Pundits seemed to assume that I was thinking only of my future on the national stage. And no matter how many times and in how many ways I repeated that Alaska came first, the opposition interpreted every position I took through the prism of my supposed "national ambitions."

Nationally, pundits and reporters would criticize me for focusing on Alaska; locally, the opposition would criticize me for focusing on national issues--as if I needed to think of Alaska's issues as irrelevant to the nation.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.342-345&374-380 , Nov 17, 2009

OpEd: Darling of the Democrats for taking on GOP incumbent

[An Alaska resident writes in an epilogue entitled "A View From Alaska"]:

Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the governor's office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republican's "Corrupt Bastards Club" (CBC) and sent it packing, [some to jail]. The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard and throwing confetti. Name another governor in this country who has ever done anything similar.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.405-406 , Nov 17, 2009

Dressed up as Tina Fey before Saturday Night Live show

For years people told me, "You look like that lady on Saturday Night Live." One Halloween I dressed up as Tina Fey--it didn't take much costuming to do it. So when Tina started playing me on SNL, I told the B team, "Hey, I was Tina Fey before she was me.

When she began impersonating me, I liked the idea that John and I might appear on the show. As it stood, though, Tina's impression of me became so omnipresent--and so unchallenged--that some people blurred SNL skit dialogue with what I had actually said.

The classic example was Tina dressed up as me, saying, "I can see Russia from my house." Which of course I've never said. After that episode, many Alaskans sent me photos of themselves standing on the Alaska shore with Russia visible over their shoulders. (Not only can you see it--you can SWIM to Russian from Alaska, as hard-core athlete Lynne Cox did in 1987.) Finally, when it was much too late from a tactical standpoint to say no, headquarters agreed to let us do the show.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.308-309 , Nov 17, 2009

Commonsense Conservative: respect for history & tradition

I am a registered Republican because the planks in the party's platform are stronger than any others upon which to build Alaska and America. I don't like the narrow stereotypes of either the "conservative" or the "liberal" label, but until we change the lingo, call me a Commonsense Conservative.

What does it mean to be a Commonsense Conservative? Conservatism is a respect for history & tradition, including traditional moral principles. I do not believe I am more moral than anyone else, & conservatives who act "holier than thou" turn my stomach. But I do believe in a few timeless and unchanging truths, and chief among those is that man is fallen. This world is not perfect, and politicians will never make it so. This, above all, is what informs my pragmatic approach to politics.

I am a conservative because I believe in the rights and the responsibilities of the individual. Commonsense Conservatives deal with human nature as it is. We see the world as it is--imperfect but filled with beauty.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.384-385 , Nov 17, 2009

Followed Reagan's advice of sticking to core agenda

In 2006, it was a humbling experience to step in to lead an administration that would serve a state of this size and diversity. But I knew we could face the challenge with anticipation and without a sense of overload if we observed Ronald Reagan's principles" pick your core agenda issues and focus on those; empower and motivate your departments and staff to implement your vision in other areas. Reagan concentrated on a few key issues and knocked them out of the park. That gave him the political capital to effect change in many other policy areas. I knew if I kept my campaign promise of overhauling the state in the areas of resource development, fiscal restraint, and ethical government, I would also be able to turn special needs and the elderly, job training, unemployment, and social ills in rural Alaska.
Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.124 , Nov 17, 2009

FactCheck: Autobiography sounds like presidential ambition

PALIN: "Was it ambition? I didn't think so. Ambition drives; purpose beckons." Throughout the book, Palin cites altruistic reasons for running for office, and for leaving early as Alaska governor.

THE FACTS: Few politicians own up to wanting high office for the power and prestige of it, and in this respect, Palin fits the conventional mold. But "Going Rogue" has all the characteristics of a pre-campaign manifesto, the requisite autobiography of the future candidate.

Source: AP Fact Check about "Going Rogue", in NY Times , Nov 13, 2009

Named first female GOP VP candidate on suffrage anniversary

McCain had come to end what had been months of speculation about his selection of a running mate. "I found someone with an outstanding reputation for standing up to special interests and entrenched bureaucracies; someone who has fought against corruption and the failed policies of the past; someone who's stopped government from wasting taxpayer's money."

McCain ticked off a list of credentials: "...knows what it's like to worry about mortgage payments and health care and the cost of gasoline and groceries. A concerned citizen who became a member of the PTA, then a city council member, and then a mayor, and now a governor."

McCain continued, "I am especially proud to say as we celebrate the anniversary of women's suffrage..." By then everyone in the arena knew what was going to happen. McCain the maverick was about to announce a woman as his choice for vice president. McCain completed the line with a smile, "... a devoted wife and a mother of five." The crowd roared its approval.

Source: Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader, by Joe Hilley, chapter 1 , Oct 13, 2008

By working with all parties, never had to compromise

Q: Can you think of a single policy issue, in which you were forced to change a long-held view in order to accommodate changed circumstances?

PALIN: There have been times where, as mayor and governor, we have passed budgets that I did not veto and that I think could be considered as something that I quasi-caved in, if you will, but knowing that it was the right thing to do in order to progress the agenda for that year & to work with the legislative body, that body that actually holds the purse strings. So there were times when I wanted to zero-base budget, and to cut taxes even more, and I didn’t have enough support in order to accomplish that. But on the major principle things, no, there hasn’t been something that I’ve had to compromise on, because we’ve always seemed to find a way to work together. Up there in Alaska, what we have done, with bipartisan efforts, is work together and, again, not caring who gets the credit for what, as we accomplish things up there.

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Sen. Joe Biden , Oct 2, 2008

Admires Geraldine Ferraro & George Bush Sr

Q: What previous vice president impresses you the most and why?

A: It would have to be, just a candidate, and that would have to have been Geraldine Ferraro, of course. That’s an easy one for me because she’s the one who first shattered part of that glass ceiling.

Q: What about as an actual vice president?

A: I think those who have gone on to the presidency, George Bush Sr., having kind of learned the ropes in his position as VP and then movin’ on up.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric , Oct 2, 2008

Favorite movie: “Hoosiers”, for underdog tenacity

Q: What’s your favorite movie and why?

A: I love those old sports movies, like Hoosiers, and Rudy; those that show that the underdog can make it and it’s all about tenacity and work ethic and determination, and just doing the right thing. So it would probably be one of those two old sports movies.

Q: Do you have a favorite scene from either of them?

A: At the very end, the victories! Yeah! Rudy, where he gets to run out on the field and makes a difference. And then in Hoosiers, when they win.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric , Oct 2, 2008

Shares McCain world view of US as shining city on the hill

Q: What qualifies you for the job?

PALIN: But even more important is that world view that I share with John McCain. That world view that says that America is a nation of exceptionalism. And we are to be that shining city on a hill, as President Reagan so beautifully said, that we are a beacon of hope. We are not perfect as a nation. But together, we represent a perfect ideal. And that is democracy and tolerance and freedom and equal rights. Those things that we stand for that can be put to good use as a force for good in this world.

BIDEN: I will place my record and Barack’s record against John McCain’s or anyone else in terms of fundamental accomplishments. Wrote the crime bill, put 100,000 cops on the street, wrote the Violence Against Women Act, which John McCain voted against both of them, was the catalyst to change the circumstance in Bosnia, led by President Clinton, obviously.

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Joe Biden , Oct 2, 2008

Officiated a marriage in the aisle of Wal-Mart

Much of Wasilla has given way to strip malls & subdivisions. Palin knows this is the heart of her town. In 1999, when Wal-Mart was the place to shop in Wasilla, a couple who worked there decided to get married in the aisles of the store. Shoppers convened, and tour-bus passengers stopped and gawked. Palin, who was then mayor of the 5,000 or so residents of the town, officiated. Later, she told a reporter that she had to hold back tears. “It was so sweet,” she said. “It was so Wasilla.”
Source: Amanda Coyne in Newsweek , Sep 22, 2008

OpEd: Vetting process for V.P. included no one in Alaska

Q: Is Sarah Palin prepared to be president?

A: No. The president should have a broader world view and have experience on the national/international levels. No one in Alaska knows of anyone that was talked to. There is no evidence that she was vetted in Alaska.

Source: Phone interview with Anne Kilkenny, resident of Wasilla AK , Sep 21, 2008

Proud of being a Washington outsider

I’m certainly a Washington outsider and I’m proud of that because I think that that is what we need also. As a team member on this new team promising reform. Reform that actually happens is tough and you can’t just talk about it and you can’t just talk about your years of experience in a bureaucratic system. You have to show examples and what I have done is have been able to show examples as a mayor cutting taxes every year that I was in office, as a governor now, suspending our fuel tax recently, getting our handle on the state’s budget in Alaska, growing the surplus so that we can return that surplus right back to the people of Alaska.
Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes” , Sep 17, 2008

Good-old-boy networks are created by both parties

Q: Explain how you took on your own party as governor of Alaska. And do you think you’d be able to do that, as well, in Washington?

A: Well, I just recognized that it doesn’t matter which party it is that is just kind of creating the good-old-boy network and the cronyism and allowing obsessive partisanship to get in the way of just doing what’s right for the people who are to be served. And I just recognized that it’s not just the other party. Sometimes it’s our own party that just starts taking advantage of the people. And I felt compelled to do something about it, decided to run for office, got in there and with that mandate that I believe the people had just given me, via their vote, they expected the changes to take place, that reform. And we’re living up to that. And as we do, we are ruffling feathers.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes” , Sep 17, 2008

Americans are just getting sick & tired of politics as usual

Q: Have Republicans in Washington lost their way in recent years?

A: I believe that Republicans in Washington have got to understand that the people of America are not fully satisfied with all the dealings within the party. Same applies though for the other party, also. Americans are just getting sick and tired of politics as usual, that embracing of the status quo, going with the flow and just assuming that the people of America are not noticing that we have opportunities for good change. We have opportunity for a healthier, safer, more prosperous and energy-independent nation at this time. People are getting tired of a process that’s not allowing that progress to be ushered in.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes” , Sep 17, 2008

When I hear our National Anthem, I get a lump in my throat

Q: What motivates you? What made you want to get into the political world?

A: My love of this country. I’m one of those people, you know, I see a soldier walk through the airport and, you know, my heart does a little double-take. And I hear the Pledge of Allegiance or our National Anthem and I get a lump in my throat. And know that that’s the majority of Americans. Also, I am so proud, have been so proud of our country, every step of the way. We’ve made mistakes. We learn from our mistakes.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes” , Sep 17, 2008

Came of age in the era of Reagan; thinks about him daily

Q: Historically, who inspires you politically?

A: I’m thankful that I came of age politically in the era of Ronald Reagan, in high school and in college. He is my inspiration. His vision of America and of the exceptional-ism of our country. I think about him every day. I think about what that Great Communicator has left our country and the rest of the world.

So he and then his partner on a lot of the good things that went on in the world at that time, Margaret Thatcher--just over the water. She too--she was underestimated as she came into office and proved herself with her abilities, her determination. She is another one.

Further back in history, Abraham Lincoln. Coming into office in a time of such turmoil. What Lincoln was able to do was marshal talents from disgruntled opponents even and adversaries and have everybody work together in order to fulfill the mission of unifying the nation and winning the war.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes” , Sep 17, 2008

There is a plan for this world and that plan is for good

Q: You said recently, in your old church, “Our national leaders are sending US soldiers on a task that is from God.” Are we fighting a holy war?

A: You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.

Q: Exact words.

A: But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln’s words. I would never presume to know God’s will. What Abraham Lincoln had said was: Let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God’s side. That’s what that comment was al about.

Q: I take your point about Lincoln’s words, but you went on & said, “There is a plan and it is God’s plan.”

A: I believe that there is a plan for this world and that plan for this world is for good. I believe that there is great hope and great potential for every country to be able to live and be protected with inalienable rights that I believe are God-given, and I believe that those are the rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That, in my world view, is the grand plan.

Source: ABC News: 2008 election interview with Charlie Gibson , Sep 11, 2008

Small towns produced Harry Truman as V.P.; and produced me

Long ago, a young farmer and haberdasher from Missouri followed an unlikely path to the vice presidency. A writer observed: “We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity.” I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman. I grew up with those people. They do some of the hardest work in America who grow our food, run our factories and fight our wars. They love their country, in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America.
Source: Speech at 2008 Republican National Convention , Sep 3, 2008

OpEd: shores up McCain as a conservative AND as a maverick

McCain chose Palin because she’s 44 and healthy, a fine contrast to a 72-year-old with skin cancer. He chose her, too, because she opposes a woman’s right to end a pregnancy and supports the right to bear arms. She reignites family values as a campaign issue and lures in the disaffected religious right.

But mostly, he chose her because she’s a woman. He’s banking on Palin’s appeal to all those scorned Hillary Clinton voters. And ever the competitor, McCain wasn’t about to give Barack Obama an advantage in the diversity category of the presidential campaign.

With Palin, McCain can have his cake and eat it, too. He shores up his conservative credentials while still boosting his bonafides as a maverick.

That goes to show that the first and last rule of being vice president is that it’s never really about you. No matter how much attention we pay to the running mates right now, folks don’t vote for president based on their vice presidential pick and they don’t remember them once they do.

Source: News Journal Online, “Fresh Talk”, by Pamela Hasterok , Sep 1, 2008

Before selection, questioned role of vice president

When first approached by the McCain campaign, Palin seemed a little dubious about the job herself. She wasn’t sure she wanted it, she said in a television interview, “until somebody answers for me what it is exactly that the vice president does every day.”

Face it, the single role of Palin and Joe Biden, Obama’s running mate, is to be a live body to take the place of the president when he is no more. The job is so marginal some presidents didn’t have them--Truman and Lyndon Johnson spent their first terms without.

Some argue the vice president’s role has grown under the past two presidents. Al Gore was Bill Clinton’s go-to man on the environment and technology; Dick Cheney is believed to be the most influential VP in history.

But who will help a presidential candidate win the election and who will help him govern are two different things. Palin is no Cheney. You won’t see her running the country while McCain is flying around in Air Force 1 evading terrorists.

Source: News Journal Online, “Fresh Talk”, by Pamela Hasterok , Sep 1, 2008

Gained political prominence as a whistleblower

One commentator noted that] Palin--a 44-year-old former small-town mayor who gained prominence as a whistleblower against fellow Republicans in Alaska--seemed to better suit McCain’s style. “This is a maverick picking a maverick, and I think it makes sense,” he said.
Source: Boston Globe, “Romney backers”, p. A12 , Aug 30, 2008

Shatter that glass ceiling once and for all

Though McCain is winning 47% of the white female vote, there is room for him to exploit the disaffection of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton backers who have not warmed to Obama. And Palin could win McCain more support from working-class women. But it is not clear that Palin would pull in voters who had been drawn to Clinton’s advocacy for women’s rights -- including abortion rights -- and her decades of experience.

Palin began her courtship of that constituency Friday, invoking the legacy of Geraldine Ferraro, who, as the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984, became the first woman to run on a national major-party ticket. Palin also pledged to finish Clinton’s work and “shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.”

Source: By Peter Wallsten in Los Angeles Times , Aug 30, 2008

Leadership is a responsibility to prepare for tomorrow

We are on the same team, if we have got the same goal. With so much opportunity in Alaska, let’s look at challenges like we do in our own families: save money, spend wisely, and we will secure our tomorrow. Invest in solid foundations like education and deferred maintenance. Pull together, not tear down. Be positive. Respect our treasured past, but look forward now. These are leadership characteristics expected by those who elect us to lead, to serve, to work for Alaskans. What a responsibility we have! To look beyond partisan and geographic differences. To slow government growth, so we don’t tax hard working families and hand future generations a budget they can’t afford. To restore trust in government. To develop our resources responsibly, including a gasline to meet our long-term energy needs. To equip our students for work and help them commit to personal responsibility and good character. United leadership to do the will of the people, with vigor.
Source: 2008 State of the State Address to 25th Alaska Legislature , Jan 15, 2008

Decries “politics as usual” of attacking opponents

Knowles rallied in the third round when talk turned to Palin’s habit of skipping campaign events. Though Palin tried to move the conversation in another direction, decrying the topic as “politics as usual,” she derailed her effort by engaging in a politics-as-usual debate over the definition of the phrase “no-show.” The moderator cut them off to end the silliness.
Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: ADN coverage of radio debate , Nov 3, 2006

Endorsed by United Fishermen of Alaska (commercial group)

So far, commercial fishing groups are choosing Palin. The state’s flagship group, United Fishermen of Alaska, endorsed Palin, as did a leading commercial fishing organization.

The executive director of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association said his group believes Knowles mismanaged spawning runs, culminating years later in this season’s poor Inlet sockeye harvest. “The reason we went with Sarah was, she believes in managing these fisheries for the highest abundance on average that we can get,” the director said. That’s good, he said, for all kinds of fishermen including commercial gillnetters, sport anglers and dipnetters.

A handicap for Knowles is his eight-year record of engaging tough fish policy questions and crises, creating baggage that doesn’t burden Palin, said Terry Gardiner, speaker of the Alaska House in 1979-80. “It’s simple: He has a record. It’s a record versus no involvement,” he said, adding: “The way to be popular with fishermen is do nothing, because you don’t make enemies.”

Source: Anchorage Daily News: 2006 gubernatorial candidate profile , Oct 29, 2006

Sarah Palin on Mayorship & Governorship

Fought each Xmas as mayor to keep Jesus manger in Wasilla

When I was mayor of Wasilla, I had to fight for six Christmases to keep the baby Jesus manger scene on display on Wasilla Lake. And the Ten Commandments are becoming harder to find in American courthouses than unicorns.

Most Americans are honestly puzzled about why these religious displays are so darn controversial. The fact is that these challenges reflect more than just theoretical, legal, and constitutional differences. They are evidence of a profound cultural divide. According to a 2008 Pew poll, 92% of Americans believe in God or a universal spirit, and more than half of us pray at least once a day. And yet we have an influential academic and legal elite that not only fails to share this belief, but seems actively hostile to it.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.210 , Nov 23, 2010

Let's not be afraid of contested primaries

Q: 2010 is an election year. We are rolling through the primaries. Are you going to be endorsing specific candidates?

A: I will. And I will be attending as many events for these candidates as possible. I'll probably tick off some people as I get involved, even in a few of the primaries, but I do want to encourage these contested competitive primaries. Truly, this is how we are going to find the cream of the crop to rise to be able to face a challenger in the general. Let's not be afraid of contested primaries. I'm going to assist in some of those, but I'll get out there and campaign and if not in all the races, campaigning for specific candidates, I'm going to be campaigning for the message, this common sense conservative message.

Q: I can think of two words right now that scare liberals: "President Palin."

CROWD: Go Sarah!

Source: 2010 Tea Party Convention Q&A , Feb 6, 2010

Even before nomination, "Most popular governor in America"

She was 44 years old, had occupied the Alaska statehouse for 20 months, and had an 80% approval rating, making her, as Schmidt pointed out, "the most popular governor in America." She'd attended five colleges and been a beauty queen, a sportscaster, & th 2-term mayor of Wasilla, the tiny town where she lived with her snowmobiling husband, Todd, and 5 children. She had captured the governorship by running as a reformer, pledging to clean up the corrupt clubhouse politics of Juneau, and she was often at odds with Alaska's regnant Republican kingpin, Senator Ted Stevens.

McCain had met Palin in February, at the annual winter meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington. She was part of a small group of western-state governors whom McCain had convened to talk about energy policy. Afterwards, McCain liked to cut of Palin's jib. She's damn impressive, he said. As the Lieberman option became more and more imperiled at the end of August, she seemed to be the answer to their prayers.

Source: Game Change, by Heilemann & Halpern, p.359 , Jan 11, 2010

2005 gubernatorial race: Ambition drives; purpose beckons

[When I resigned as Oil Commissioner], there was a longing inside me that winter, a sense of purpose hovering just beyond my vision. Was it ambition? I didn't think so. Ambition drives; purpose beckons. Purpose calls.

I definitely wasn't driven toward any particular goal, like power or wealth or fame. So what was it? I prayed that if I was to resign myself to what felt like a public service career cut short, that I'd embrace being home full-time. I asked that the fire in my belly, an whatever was feeding it, would simmer down.

I thought of a passage from the book of Jeremiah 29:11-13: "'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord." It irked me that too often women are made to feel guilty for seeking the next open door.

I wasn't sure what I was to do next, yet. I resolved to seek confirming signs along the way--the open door--to show me the right road.

In winter 2005 I decided to toss my hat in the ring to replace Frank Murkowski as governor.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.103-106 , Nov 17, 2009

2002: Ran for governor to take on political back-scratching

In 2002, the capital of Juneau seemed stocked mainly with "good 'ol boys" who lunched with oil company executives and cut fat-cat deals behind closed doors. Like most Alaskans, I could see that the votes of many lawmakers lined up conveniently with what was best for Big Oil, sometimes to the detriment of their own constituents.

When oil began flowing from Prudhoe Bay in 1977, billions of dollars flowed into state coffers with it. And the politicians spent it. Everyone knew there was a certain amount o back-scratching going on. But an economic crash in the 1980s collapsed the oil boom.

During the oil boom, anyone who questioned the government's giving more power to the oil companies was condemned: What are you trying to do, slay the golden goose? But when the boom went bust, the golden goose still ruled the roost. By then, state government was essentially surrendering its abilities to act in the best interests of the people. So I ran for governor.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p. 4-5 , Nov 17, 2009

2002: Lost unenergetic campaign for lieutenant governor

Part of what made the lieutenant governor's campaign tough is that a statewide race is expensive, and I was uncomfortable asking people for funds. While the other candidates' war chests ballooned to six figures, I managed to scrape together only about $40,000. My heart just wasn't in soliciting donations.

I realized the problem: My campaign theme was "New Energy," but, unfortunately, I did not run an energetic campaign. I was stretched so thin. My energies remained in my full-time job as mayor and i raising my family.

Looking back, I should have known that without that fire in my belly, it would be a futile effort. I wasn't living my own creed: Do it right, or don't do it at all. But even with my lackluster campaigning, I continued to win a few opinion polls that conventional wisdom said I shouldn't have won. It was an indicator that people were eager for change at the state level. I came in a close second, coming up short by only about 2% of the vote despite being outspent five to one.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p. 85-88 , Nov 17, 2009

2006 ad campaign: Little House on the Tundra

In the 2006 Governor campaign, campaign staff brought their kids, along with ours, on the trail as much as possible. We'd stop to take pictures of them standing by frozen waterfalls, or with a double rainbow over the tundra in the background.

My media campaign was the essence of simplicity--which would also be my communication strategy as governor. My two themes were "New Energy for Alaska" and "Take a Stand." I ran a few upbeat commercials that featured my family and Alaska's natural beauty, highlighting our Piper airplane, reading to our kids who attend public schools, and thanking law enforcement officers. It wasn't so much to portray a "Little House on the Tundra" scene as to let the visual imagery speak to my priorities. In those ads, I promised that I would fight to protect our state's future. I was as sick & tired of the corruption and politics-as-usual as the majority of Alaskans were, but I kept an optimistic message flowing to show how we'd turn things around for the people.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.119 , Nov 17, 2009

Known to Wasilla residents as personable multi-tasker

Q: How would you describe Governor Palin: what is her appeal?

A: Governor Palin is very charismatic and personable. If you meet her on the street, she will greet you by name, mention your children’s names, and ask a relevant question about your family. She’s organized, a multi-tasker, she’s a “super woman” who has it all. She has tapped into an anti-intellectual strain in America. Her greatest strength is her confidence--the “not blinking” rhetoric. However,“not blinking” leaves her vulnerable--she doesn’t even know what she doesn’t know, and she’s not open to anyone who wants to tell her what she doesn’t know.

Q: What is she like to work with?

A: I attended multiple City Council meetings when Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, and Sarah had a very informal style. The meetings were not run professionally--Sarah tended to be very lax with Robert’s Rules of Order, for instance. In addition, many government meetings were kicked off with a prayer.

Source: Phone interview with Anne Kilkenny, resident of Wasilla AK , Sep 21, 2008

Embraced “City of Character” religious program as mayor

Q: From what I’ve read, Palin hasn’t pursued social issues in Alaska as they might relate to her religious beliefs. Is that correct, and do you think she will do the same or do differently as V.P.?

A: As mayor, Palin questioned the librarian about the process and feasibility of banning books. Although Palin asserted her questions were “rhetorical,” the librarian asserted that they were posed in a threatening rather than a rhetorical way. Second, as mayor, Palin embraced the idea of a “City of Character,” which is a religious program, and third, during her tenure, city employees primarily identified themselves by their religious affiliations. If there were a vacancy on the Supreme Court, [I feel that] Sarah Palin would attempt to influence the pick to be someone who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Source: Phone interview with Anne Kilkenny, resident of Wasilla AK , Sep 21, 2008

Underestimating Sarah always proved to be a big mistake

When Sarah's family group gets together for a holiday gathering or a sporting event, everyone is loud, opinionated, and gets into everyone else's business. The one thing they all agree on is how hard it is to watch Sarah become a target of her political foes.

"One of her strengths is being able to hold her tongue when she's been unfairly attacked," said [Sarah's brother] Chuck Jr. "By staying true to her beliefs, things always seem to fall into place for her."

Not that Sarah's journey to the governor's office was easy. From the moment she began making her mark in the politics, she was criticized for being too young, too inexperienced, and too naive. Yet, time after time over the years, underestimating Sarah always proved to be a big mistake.

Source: Hockey Mom, by Kaylene Johnson , Sep 9, 2008

Signed up for PTA; then ran for City Council; then Mayor

I was just your average hockey mom and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better. When I ran for City Council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too. Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities.
Source: Speech at 2008 Republican National Convention , Sep 3, 2008

Trounced incumbent governor in 2006 on platform of reform

Before Ms. Palin, 44, became Alaska’s first female governor, in 2006, [she was] mayor of Wasilla, a growing suburb of Anchorage with fewer than 7,000 residents. Ms. Palin jumped into the governor’s race as an outsider calling for reform.

She already had challenged the state Republican Party’s chairman, accusing him of abusing his role on a state oil and gas commission to do political work. And by the summer of 2006, Ms. Palin was taking on the governor, Frank H. Murkowski, a Republican lion of Alaska politics whose bluster and closed-door dealing had finally worn thin in the state.

Ms. Palin, youthful and sympathetic with voters but bluntly critical of her party’s leadership, said state government was broken, that it needed to be transparent and responsive. Stunningly, she won in a landslide, trouncing Mr. Murkowski by more than 30 points in the Republican primary that summer and rolling through the general election.

Source: New York Times, pp. A1 & A10, “An Outsider Who Charms” , Aug 29, 2008

Top priorities for AK include ethics & balanced budget

“One hundred days ago, I outlined my top priorities for the state: a natural gasline, a balanced budget including temporary relief for the unexpected PERS/TRS burden, ethics reform, and workforce development,” said Governor Palin. “I am proud of our accomplishments to date, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: press release, “100th Day” , Mar 13, 2007

Endorsed by Sen. Ted Stevens

Campaign advertisement in Alaska gubernatorial race: Senator Ted Stevens speaking:

We have a state that needs new management. [Palin & Parnell] represent a new generation. And they represent a new vision, new energy. They represent the kind of people that ought to come along and take our places.

And it needs a new agenda for all of use to get behind. Think of this -- when you go to vote, don’t go to vote alone, and you’ll help Sarah become the next governor of Alaska, which we all want to see.

Source: AdWatch of 2008 presidential race: 2006 Alaska Governor ad , Oct 30, 2006

Sarah Palin on McCain Campaign

Katie Couric interviews were edited to show worst moments

As for Katie Couric--where do I begin? Out of the many, many hours of tape, I had bad moments just like everyone else. I choked on a couple of responses, and I mistakenly let myself become annoyed with many of her repetitive, biased questions. Those few moments would come to define the interview; they were repeated and mocked so often that everything else has seemingly been forgotten.

The campaign scheduled Katie during that last week in September. The prep was minimal. I was told this was to be a pretty mellow interview about balancing motherhood and my life as governor. When the cameras clicked off, one producers said, "You did great, Governor." I thought, "Dear Lord, if that's what you call a good interview, then I don't know what a bad one is.

What transpired during the series of interviews and what CBS actually aired were two different breeds of cat. Camera crews shot hours of footage; Katie decided on which fraction America would see--and the emphasis was on my worst moments.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.271-272 , Nov 17, 2009

Election day speech: thank you for honor of a lifetime

By election day I had two speeches in our back pockets--one victory and one concession. I wanted to make sure that in either case, the speech focused on two things: reminding Americans of what kind of man John McCain is and what he had promised to do for the country--and moving forward, uniting with a new administration, while still holding it accountable where we disagreed. Either way, I wanted to focus on giving a shout-out to John and to tell our nation, "Thank you for the honor of a lifetime for my family and me. We are so proud to be Americans!" I also wanted to say a word--finally--in appreciation of the Bush-Cheney administration's efforts.

We prayed for a miracle. But finally the moment came when it was clear that we were not going to win. I got ready for the concession speeches. [But an adviser said], "you're not giving one because it's never been done in the history of the presidential politics. The V.P. candidate does not give a concession speech." [The speech was never given].

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.332-337 , Nov 17, 2009

McCain chose me to shake things up

I could see the crowd, and flashes of red, white and blue. John's blue-and-gold posters, emblazoned with his campaign message: "Country First." rippled in the stands. I was proud of the senator. "He is so bold, so out of the box," I thought.

He didn't go with a conventional, safer pick. John believed in change, the power of independent and committed individuals, the power of women. He thought it was time to shake things up.

John explained his search for a vice presidential candidate. "I found someone with an outstanding reputation for standing up to special interests and entrenched bureaucracies.... She stands up for what's right, and she doesn't let anyone tell her to sit down," John continued. "Governor Sarah Palin of the great state of Alaska!"

That was amazing, not nerve-wracking, and even sort of funny to me, because it meant John had a little explaining to do right off the bat. "Who the heck is she?"

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.223-226 , Nov 17, 2009

Sarah Palin on Personal History

Son, Track, so named because born during spring track season

Todd and I had been counting down the days to meet our son, always referring to him as Track, so we were used to the sound of the name. It took us aback that the name sounded odd to others.

Later, Track would come home from kindergarten and declare tha he wanted a name change. "I want to be named something NORMAL, Mom!"

"Okay, son, what should we change your name to?" I said.

He turned his tiny face up, brown eyes blazing. "Like I told you, something NORMAL. I want to be called 'Colt'!"

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p. 53 , Nov 17, 2009

Father rejected Hollywood upbringing for sports & outdoor

Mom had agreed to give Alaska a one-year trial run, but our "short-stint" turned into five years of Dad teaching and coaching, working summers on the Alaska Railroad, and tending bar in seasonal tourist traps. Mom stayed busy herding f driving a seasonal tour bus.

The lifestyle was a radical departure from Dad's hometown of North Hollywood, California. He was born in 1938 to the celebrity photographer Charlie Heath, who specialized in shooting famous prizefighters.

When I think about Dad's upbringing, it's amazing that he turned out to be such a dedicated, family-oriented father. It seems he was determined not to replicate his family's broke

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p. 10- , Nov 17, 2009

Family moved to Alaska when Sarah was an infant

The State of Alaska was paying a premium, $6,000 a year (more than twice what he was paid in Idaho), to attract more teachers. So Chuck and Sally Heath packed up their three babies, all under the age of twenty-eight months, and headed Alaska on the adventure that became their life.

In those days, it was unusual for an entire family to pull up stakes and relocate to the Last Frontier. Unless you were a member of a multigenerational Alaska Native family like my husban Todd's, it was usually the family breadwinner who trekked north to seek adventure and job opportunities, while the nuclear family remained in the safe, known confines of the Lower 48.

Five years later Mom and Dad piled our six-person 1964 Rambler, barged it on a ferry to the Alcan Highway, and drove us through part of Canada into Anchorage and a new chapter of Heath family life.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p. 14 , Nov 17, 2009

First interest in politics was Watergate, at age 10

Even in the '70s, a lot of news was old news by the time it filtered up north. Still, in 1974, I noticed that the newspapers kept running front-page stories on what they were calling Watergate. News broadcasts kept repeating the same t Richard Nixon was in trouble.

That year, when I was ten, I had been keeping track and was fascinated with the civics lesson that unfolded across America that summer. It amazed me that the whole country seemed riveted, unified by watchi unfold. It was the first time since the moon landing that I'd seen that, so I knew this Watergate thing had to be big. When Gerald Ford took over, I knew who he was because I remembered reading about him and seeing a picture in a schol Looking back, it seems significant that many of my earliest childhood memories involve politics and current events. I don't remember my ten-year-old friends being especially interested in who the president was, but to me it was pretty bi

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p. 25- , Nov 17, 2009

Invaluable life lessons from running a 3:59 marathon

[Starting in the 1970s], running became a lifelong passion for me. Eventually, I realized that the road, and especially marathon training, holds invaluable life lessons. That to reach your goal you have to put in the tough, drudging mi rewards often lie on the other side of pain. And that when it seems you can't take another step forward, there is a hidden reservoir of strength you can draw on to endure and finish well. Some would call it something spiritual, others wo personal resolve, but I believe that reservoir resides in all of us. We all have opportunities to tap it. A couple of decades and four kids later, I finally reached my goal of running a sub-four-hour marathon. By a few seconds. When I hellish exercise, I considered it one of my greatest accomplishments because it just hurt so bad.

Maybe God didn't give me natural athleticism but I realized that my gift was determination and resolve, and I have relied on it ever sinc

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p. 27- , Nov 17, 2009

Fell for Todd at first sight; clinched when he was baptized

By my senior year of high school, I had been praying that God wouldn't have in mind for my future one of the local boys I'd grown up with. Then a new kid came to town. When I saw him, my world turned upside down. I actually whispered, Todd Palin was so different from any kid I'd ever known. He made all his own decisions, from finances to future plans. By the time I met him, he had honed an independent spirit and a sterling work ethic that drew me like a magnet, and wo and clarify my life's priorities more than anything else.

He came from a very hardworking family. He was a commercial fisherman. It was his Native family's tradition, part Yupik Eskimo, to make their livelihood and subsist on the wat had differences. I was broke. I was nerdy. I played the flute. He cussed. He chewed. He didn't go to church.

But when he told me he had become a Christian and had been baptized at a sports camp a few years earlier, that was the clinche

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p. 33- , Nov 17, 2009

Proud of Bristol but not happy that she's an unwed teen mom

McCain Headquarters issued a statement about Bristol. In my name. "Statement of Gov. Sarah Palin on the pregnancy of her daughter, Bristol: Our beautiful daughter, Bristol, came to us with news that, as parents, we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We're proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. 'Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to...'" I stopped reading.

"No," I said. "That's certainly not the message we want to send." We were NOT giddy-happy that our unwed teenage daughter was pregnant, as the press release suggested. Todd and I were proud of Bristol's selfless decision to have her baby. But in no way did I want to send the message that teenage pregnancy was something to endorse.

I got a pen and marked up the printout, drafting a more serious statement that balanced concern with a message of love for my strong, but, truthfully, embarrassed daughter. [McCain HQ issued the original statement].

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.234-235 , Nov 17, 2009

Sarah Heath born in Idaho; moved to Alaska at age 2 months

Born in Sandpoint, Idaho on February 11, 1964, Sarah Louise was the third of four children born in rapid succession to Chuck and Sally Heath. The family moved to Alaska when Sarah was two months old. Chuck took a job teaching school in Skagway. Her older brother, Chuck Jr., was two years old, Heather had just turned one, and Molly was soon to come. Chuck Jr. vividly remembers the days in Skagway when he and his dad ran a trapline, put out crab pots, and hunted mountain goats and seals. The family spent time hiking up to alpine lakes and looking for artifacts left behind during the Klondike Gold Rush.

In 1969, the Heaths moved to south central Alaska, living for a short time with friends in Anchorage, then for two years in Eagle River before finally settling in Wasilla. The family lived frugally. To help make ends meet, Chuck Heath moonlighted as a hunting and fishing guide and as a bartender. Sally worked as a school secretary and ran their busy household.

Source: Hockey Mom, by Kaylene Johnson , Sep 9, 2008

Entered beauty contests to help pay for college

After high school, much to her older brother's amusement, Sarah entered the Miss Wasilla pageant and won.

"I remember asking Sarah why she would enter a beauty pageant when that seemed so prissy to the rest of us," Chuck Jr. said. "She told me matter o factly, 'It's going to help pay my way through college.' " Her family makes a point of saying Sarah was never the beauty pageant type. Even though the scholarship she won did help pay for college, years later Sarah seemed chagrined by the pageant experience.

"They made us line up in bathing suits and turn our backs so the male judges could look at our butts," she said in a 2008 interview with Vogue magazine. "I couldn't believe it!"

Sarah's other trait is what her father calls an unbending, unapologetic streak of stubbornness. "The rest of the kids, I could force them to do something," Chuck Sr. said. "But with Sarah, there was no way. From a young age she had a mind of her own. Once she made up her mind, she didn't change it."

Source: Hockey Mom, by Kaylene Johnson , Sep 9, 2008

Family emphasized education; read newspapers as child

From the time Sarah was in elementary school, she consumed newspapers with a passion. "She read the paper from the very top left hand corner to the bottom right corner to the very last page," said Sarah's sister Molly. "She didn't want to miss a word. She didn't just read it--she knew every word she had read and analyzed it."

Sarah preferred nonfiction to the Nancy Drew books that her classmates were reading. In junior high school, Heather--a year older in school--often enlisted Sarah's help with book reports. "She was such a bookworm. Whenever I was assigned to read a book, she'd already read it," Heather said.

Sarah's thirst for knowledge was nurtured in a household that emphasized the importance of education. There was never any question that all the Heath kids would go to college. With her love for newspapers and current events, Sarah majored in journalism and minored in political science.

Source: Hockey Mom, by Kaylene Johnson , Sep 9, 2008

Miss Congeniality in statewide beauty pageant in 1984

Palin, 44, worked in corporate communications and as a television sportscaster, describes her current occupation as governor and “commercial fisherman” and is a former beauty queen who was featured in a Vogue magazine spread last year.

In college, Palin competed in the Miss Wasilla beauty pageant in 1984 while working toward the communications degree she received at the University of Idaho in 1987. She won her hometown’s competition and was named Miss Congeniality in the statewide event.

Source: Boston Globe, “A valentine to evangelical base”, p. A12 , Aug 30, 2008

Star high school athlete in Fellowship of Christian Athletes

A standout high school multiple-sport athlete nicknamed “Sarah Barracuda,” Palin was team captain for the Wasilla High Warriors, an underdog girls’ basketball team that improbably won the state championship.

Raised in a religious household, her faith apparently emerged at a young age: a photo of her from a high school yearbook carries a Biblical caption: “He is the light and the light is the life.” While in high school she headed her high school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Source: Boston Globe, “A valentine to evangelical base”, p. A12 , Aug 30, 2008

Voted “Miss Wasilla” in local beauty contest; eloped at 24

Born on Feb. 11, 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho, Sarah Heath Palin was still an infant when her parents moved the family to Skagway, in southeast Alaska, after accepting teaching positions there.

The governor met her husband in high school, and she was late voted “Miss Wasilla” in a local beauty contest. In 1987, she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho. A year later, she and Mr. Palin eloped.

The governor said that she “never really set out to be involved in public affairs, much less to run for this office,“ referring to the vice presidency, but she rose quickly once she entered political life. ”A PTA mom who got involved,“ is how the current mayor of Wasilla described Palin.

She was elected to the Wasilla City Council in 1992, then ran for mayor in 1996, she has said, because she was concerned that revenue from a new sales tax would not be spent wisely. She served two terms, through 2002.

Source: New York Times, pp. A1 & A10, “An Outsider Who Charms” , Aug 29, 2008

Husband left oil job to avoid conflict; now works for BP

In addition to Ms. Palin’s $125,000 state salary, Mr. Palin earned $93,000 last year from his own fishing business & working part-time at BP’s oil production facility. Ms. Palin said that her husband would quit his job at BP if she were elected governor, but later backed away from that. He took a leave from the company after she won, but went back to work there last year; Ms Palin claimed since Mr. Palin is not in management, it poses no conflict with her own dealings with the petroleum industry.
Source: New York Times, pp. A1 & A10, “An Outsider Who Charms” , Aug 29, 2008

Husband is part Eskimo; won Iron Dog snowmobile races

Mr. Palin, who is part Yu’pik Eskimo, also received a few hundred dollars in dividends as a shareholder in two benefit corporations representing Alaskan Natives and $10,500 from the Iron Dog snowmobile race, which he has won several times.
Source: New York Times, pp. A1 & A10, “An Outsider Who Charms” , Aug 29, 2008

Raises kids with network of relatives, plus Todd as Mr. Mom

Q: McCain likes to get up early in the morning and go. And you?

A: Morning person. Yup. We don’t sleep much. Too much to do. What I’ve had to do, though, is in the middle of the night, put down the BlackBerries and pick up the breast pump. Do a couple of things different and still get it all done.

Q: As a new mom, how are you going to juggle all this?

A: I am thankful to be married to a man who loves being a dad as much as I love being a mom, so he is my strength. And practically speaking, we have a great network of help with lots of grandparents and aunties and uncles all around us. We have a lot of help.

Q: So will your husband be on leave now indefinitely to be Mr. Mom?

A: I would say so, yes.

Source: By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall in People magazine , Aug 29, 2008

Had 6 months to adapt & prepare for Down syndrome baby

Q: Gov. Palin, when you were 13 weeks pregnant, last December, you had an amniocentesis that determined Trig had Down syndrome.

SARAH: I was grateful to have all those months to prepare. I can’t imagine the moms that are surprised at the end. I think they have it a lot harder.

Q: Mr. Palin, you have this tiny baby with special needs. Do you worry that people may wonder if she’ll be giving short shrift to her family?

TODD: She’s heard that her whole life--the challenges of being a female and mother in the work force. I remember the first time she ran for mayor one of her fellow council members told her you can’t run because you’ve got three negatives: Track, Bristol and Willow. Those are the three kids we had at the time. So when you tell her that kind of stuff, she just gets fired up. We’re an Alaska family that adapts.

Source: By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall in People magazine , Aug 29, 2008

Studied journalism; ran for office to make a difference

Q: What got you involved in politics?

A: I studied journalism in college and always had an interest in the newsroom, which was of course so often focused on politics and government. But even earlier than that, my dad was an elementary school teacher, so often our dinner-table conversations were about current events and about those things that an elementary school teacher teaches students--much about government and much about our nation, and so I had ingrained in me an interest in our government, how things worked. And then from there I just became more interested in more practical steps that I could take. I started off running for city council when I was very young in Wasilla, where I had grown up, and was elected to two terms on the city council. And then I realized to be really able to make a difference--not just being one of six of a body but to make a difference--I would have to run for the top dog position, and so I ran for mayor and was elected mayor for two terms.

Source: Q&A with Time Magazine’s Jay Newton Small , Aug 14, 2008

Sarah Palin on Religion

We are free as consequence of being made in image of God

For me, this is the essence of freedom: to be a child of God whose God-given rights and responsibilities are respected by her government under the Constitution. What makes all of us Americans isn't our ancestry or our skin color but our belief in its freedom. This isn't the kind of freedom that says, "Whatever feels good, just do it." It's the kind of freedom that says, "Don't tread on me." It's the kind of freedom that shouts that men and women aren't just as free as their government or their king will allow them to be. Freedom is our birthright. We are free as a consequence of being made in the image of God--even if you don't believe in God. Not only that, but we are equally free; no person or group of persons is less free than any other.
Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p. 12 , Nov 23, 2010

We are a prayerful country

I pray all the time. I always have. Saying a prayer was the first thing I did when I learned that I was going to have my first child & it was the last thing I did before I stepped out in front of more than 40 million viewers to give my speech at the 2008 Republican Convention. I asked God to crush my "self" and give me His strength and grace for that time.

I also turned to prayer backstage at the vice-presidential debate in 2008, although Piper scolded me for "cheating" when I asked her to pray with m that God would have His way and His words at the event that night!

And I'm not alone in my reliance on prayer. We are a prayerful country. What's more, I think it's significant that we pray not just in times of danger or crisis, such as during the Normandy invasion or the 9/11 attacks, but in quieter times as well. We pray for inspiration and guidance, and also pray in thanksgiving and gratitude. We even have a quintessentially American holiday, Thanksgiving, devoted to precisely that purpose.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.228-229 , Nov 23, 2010

Raised as Assembly of God member; then nondenominational

[During the family's early years in Alaska] Mom became interested in an expanded faith. She sought further spiritual fulfillment in addition to the liturgical traditions of the Catholic Church. In Wasilla, she volunteered as a secretar Presbyterian church on weekends and traveled to northern Alaska Eskimo villages on mission trips.

Her best friend invited her to attend an evangelical church in Anchorage. There Mom found a depth of spirituality she had been seeking.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p. 21 , Nov 17, 2009

Decided at youth camp to put life into God's hands

One summer, I attended a youth Bible camp in Big Lake. I could practically see and hear and feel God's spirit reflected in everything in nature. I reasoned that if God knew what He was doing in this magnificent creation, how much more He know about me? If He is powerful and wise enough to make all this and thought also to create a speck like me, there surely must be a plan, and He'd know more than I did about my future and my purpose. I made the conscious decision that summer to put my life in my Creator's hands and trust Him as I sought my life's path.

My siblings and I were baptized together in Big Lake's freezing, pristine waters by Pastor Paul Riley.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p. 22 , Nov 17, 2009

OpEd: Core values defined by political ambition plus church

Q: What are Sarah Palin’s core principles and values?

A: Her values are those of her church: evangelical Christian fundamentalism. In Alaska, social life in small towns revolves around church membership: it’s too cold usually to hang out in the back yard with neighbors; many people work for very small family businesses; so the church is the main source of social life and is also a replacement for extended family--many people in Alaska are from somewhere else. As a result, the teachings of a church are reinforced repeatedly throughout the week. And people socialize with fellow congregants. So, the values of one’s particular church typically shape the values of the person and the individual’s social circle. However, like all successful politicians, she is willing to set aside her core values in order to further her political ambition. As governor, Sarah Palin set aside her personal objections to abortion, to homosexuality, etc., and did not take action to get creationism taught in the schools.

Source: Phone interview with Anne Kilkenny, resident of Wasilla AK , Sep 21, 2008

I’m one of those bitter people clinging to guns & religion

Q: Senator Obama had talked about people in Pennsylvania, while he was in San Francisco, as being bitter Americans, clinging to guns and clinging to religion. Do you think that was a putdown of middle class people in the country?

A: Well, you know, I’m one of those people. So I think that we just have great respect for a candidate who would not speak about us, middle class Americans, in one part of the country and then turn around and say something different about middle class America in another part of the country. The assurance that I can give Americans is that the candidate whom I am running with, he is the same man--no matter where he is, no matter who is listening. He is a man who is so proud of America and is very much in touch with middle class Americans and wants to be hired by Americans so that he can work for them and put government on their side.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes” , Sep 17, 2008

Religion: non-denominational Bible-believing Christian

Q: Where do you see yourself going?

A: You know, I don’t know. I knew early on that the smartest thing for me to do was to work hard, do the best that I can, make wise decisions based on good information in front of me. And then get myself on a path that could be dedicated to God and ask Him what I should next. That will be the position I will be in as long as I’m on earth--that is, seeking the right path that God would have laid out for me.

Q: What’s your religion?

A: Christian.

Q: Any particular...?

A: No. Bible-believing Christian.

Q: What church do you attend?

A: A non-denominational Bible church. I was baptized Catholic as a newborn and then my family started going to non-denominational churches throughout our life.

Source: Q&A with Time Magazine’s Jay Newton Small , Aug 14, 2008

Declare a National Day of Prayer in Alaska

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Day of Prayer” , Apr 15, 2008

The Bible has profoundly influenced America

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Press release, “Bible Week” , Oct 17, 2007

Recognize America’s historic and founding Christian heritage

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Christian Heritage” , Sep 14, 2007

Fight for freedom of religion and freedom of expression

Q: How would you feel if you walked into a church and heard a pastor endorse a candidate for governor?

KNOWLES: Freedom of speech. I don’t mind what is said from the pulpit.

PALIN: A pastor, a priest, a rabbi, certainly they have the freedom to say whatever they want to say. And you know, thank the lord that we do have that freedom of speech. Faith is very important to so many of us here in America, and I would never support any government effort to stifle our freedom of religion or freedom of expression or freedom of speech. I would just caution a pastor to be very careful if they’re in front of a congregation and they decide to endorse one candidate over another. There may be some frustration with that candidacy endorsement being made manifest by fewer dollars in the offering plate. But, no, I’ll tell you, freedom of speech is so precious and it’s worth defending and of course freedom of religion and freedom of expression will be things that I will fight for.

Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: KAKM-7 with Michael Carey , Oct 25, 2006

Sarah Palin on Troopergate

Relieved when sister Molly divorced state trooper husband

In 2001, my sister Molly had married a guy named Mike Wooton. When I was serving as mayor, Mike asked me to write him a recommendation for the Alaska State Trooper Academy, as I did for lots of people. After he became a trooper, though, it became clear that there were some problems. He was seen drinking alcohol while driving a patrol car. In 2003, he shot his young stepson with his state-issued Taser gun. I witnessed a domestic dispute in which the man threatened, if my Dad helped Molly retain a divorc lawyer, "he'll eat a f***ing lead bullet!"

Everyone, including Molly and Mike, seemed relieved when Molly filed for divorce in 2005. Much later we found out, as did the rest of the state when the union released his personnel file, the results of an internal trooper investigation stemming from citizen complaints which listed ten different unethical or illegal incidents. The sad family episode would later be twisted and used as a political weapon against me and John McCain.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.100-102 , Nov 17, 2009

OpEd: Popularity hurt by Troopergate and at-home per-diem

Q: Why is Palin’s popularity fading in Alaska?

A: One of her big campaign themes was open and transparent government, and we’re finding out that she’s conducted most government business through personal email accounts so she won’t have to produce records.

Second, she campaigned on a platform of fiscal conservatism, but she’s been collecting per diem for living in her own house.

Third, “Trooper-Gate” has also been an issue here in Alaska. Alaskans think that friends and relatives of the governor should not get special benefits nor should they be singled out for strident punishment. They should be treated like any other employee.

Fourth, as governor, she has line item veto power, and her first year in office, she used it to veto a lot of projects that had community support. Unfortunately, the national press, rather than the Alaska press, discovered some of these things such as the per diem issue and the private email account used to conduct state business.

Source: Phone interview with Anne Kilkenny, resident of Wasilla AK , Sep 21, 2008

Troopergate: brother-in-law tasered child, but still trooper

Q: The biggest controversy that has emerged seems to deal with the firing of your ex-brother-in-law. What is your version of the story?

A: Well, my ex-brother-in-law is an Alaskan state trooper and he’s never been fired. He’s still an Alaska state trooper. We have two different issues going on here. One is, a cabinet member, my commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, who had some strengths in some areas, insubordinate in some other areas, I asked him to transfer into another position. And he chose not to be transferred. So, he left the service. That’s one issue.

A: And on your brother-in-law: he admitted to Tasering a 10 year old child.

A: He did. This trooper Tasered my nephew. And he Tasered--well, that was--it’s all on the record. It’s all there. His threats against the first family, the threat against my dad. All that is in the record. And if the opposition researchers are choosing to forget that side of the story, they’re not doing their job.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes” , Sep 17, 2008

Fired controversial state trooper for threatening family

Palin’s calls for reform appear all the more prescient while she is facing an investigation herself. The Republican-controlled Legislature has hired an independent investigator to determine whether Palin improperly pressured the former state public safet commissioner to resign this year.

The former commissioner, Walt Monegan, has said he felt pressure from Palin’s administration, & her husband, Todd, to fire a state trooper, Mike Wooten, who was going through a bitter divorce with the governor’s sister The trooper was not fired.

Monegan told The Anchorage Daily News that Palin had showed him some of the findings of a private investigator the family had hired and accused the trooper of a variety of misdeeds, including drunken driving & child abuse.

Palin told the newspaper he feared for his wife’s safety and said Trooper Wooten had made threats against her and her family. The governor has acknowledged inquiries by her staff to the Public Safety Department but said she played no role in them.

Source: New York Times, pp. A1 & A10, “An Outsider Who Charms” , Aug 29, 2008

Investigated for firing ex-brother-in-law in custody battle

Palin’s reputation as a crusading reformer has been tarnished by revelations that members of her staff tried to have her former brother-in-law fired from his job as an Alaska state trooper.

State lawmakers have launched a $100,000 investigation to determine if Palin dismissed Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan last month because Monegan wouldn’t fire a state trooper involved in a messy custody battle with her sister.

Palin denied her safety commissioner’s dismissal had anything to do with her former brother-in-law. The investigation launched by state lawmakers is expected to take at least three months.

One state legislator said Palin’s candidacy does not change the investigation. “I think it raises its profile. I don’t think it changes the steps you go through. You have to find out what happened,” he said. The investigator hired by lawmakers two days ago [began scheduling] Palin’s deposition.

Source: Associated Press, “Raises eyebrows”, by Dan Joling , Aug 29, 2008

Independent prosecutor probing Cabinet firing

Q: The Wall Street Journal today is running a story about yourself, the possibility of a state probe: “Alaska’s Palin faces a state probe.” It’s an independent prosecutor. You tried to get your former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, now the legislature is trying to come after you. What’s this about?

A: Oh, a couple of lawmakers who are pretty angry with me [complained about my removing an] at-will political appointment who was serving in my Cabinet, which every governor does. A couple of lawmakers who weren’t happy with that decision certainly are looking at me as kind of a target right now and wanting to probe and find out why I did replace this Cabinet member. And it’s cool. I want them to ask me the questions. I don’t have anything to hide and didn’t do anything wrong there. It is a governor’s prerogative, a right to fill that Cabinet with members whom she or he believes will do best for the people whom we are serving. So I have nothing to hide.

Source: CNBC “Kudlow & Company” Interview , Jul 31, 2008

Replaced Public Safety commissioner based on lack of results

Q: People want to know why you fired your Public Safety Commissioner Monegan. Is it because he stopped you from getting rid of your brother-in-law [in a Cabinet firing]? People want to know if this is an ethical lapse on your part.

A: I’m glad that you’re asking because I never tried to fire a former brother-in-law whose been divorced from my sister for quite some time. No, it was the commissioner, that we were seeking more results, more action to fill vacant trooper positions to deal with bootlegging and alcohol abuse problems in our rural villages especially. Just needed some new direction, a lot of new energy in that position. That is why the replacement took place there of the commissioner of public safety. It had nothing to do with an estranged former brother-in-law, a divorce that had happened some years ago.

Source: CNBC “Kudlow & Company” Interview , Jul 31, 2008

Denies all allegations in Department of Public Safety affair

Governor Sarah Palin today released the following statement regarding allegations that she acted improperly.

“To allege that I, or any member of my family, requested, received or released confidential personnel information on an Alaska State Trooper, or directed disciplinary action be taken against any employee of the Department of Public Safety, is, quite simply, outrageous. Any information regarding personnel records came from the trooper himself. I question the timing of these false allegations. It is unfortunate, as we seek to address a growing energy crisis in this state, that this matter has been raised now.“

”I do not interfere with the day-to-day operations of any department. I have and will continue to support our line troopers. They have my utmost respect. Since taking office, I have proposed to the legislature millions of dollars in budget increases for more troopers, equipment and training.“

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: press release, “Acting improperly” , Jul 17, 2008

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