What Sarah Palin will say tonight: excerpts & zingers from her speech


Take that Obama: “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

From the inbox:
Excerpts: Remarks by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

Vice Presidential Nominee to Address the 2008 Republican National Convention

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – This evening Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee, will address the 2008 Republican National Convention. Excerpts from the governor’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below.

On her experience as a public servant:

“I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. 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. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

On why she is going to Washington, D.C.:

“I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”

On energy policies that the McCain-Palin administration will implement:

“Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems – as if we all didn’t know that already. But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines…build more nuclear plants…create jobs with clean coal…and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.”

On John McCain:

“Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”


What Sarah Palin will say tonight: excerpts & zingers from her speech

  1. While the CNN group are calling her tough etc. due to the excerpts from “her” speech. let’s get real.

    There is NO way that she wrote this speech. Yes, she provided the anecdotes, but all of the notable/quotable lines have been scripted for her.

  2. Okay, I’ve read this three times, and it still doesn’t make any sense:

    “Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

    Sorry, but — huh? Does she mean *promise* change to promote their careers? Or take advantage of general change that is already taking place? It’s like they were so desperate to use the back half of the line that they didn’t bother making sure the set-up phrase worked as a stand-alone statement. Reverse engineered rhetoric makes me cranky.

  3. I can’t wait for her speech tonight, I am really excited. I hope there are more zingers in her speech but the ‘community organizer’ crack is a good start.

  4. How many hours before it’s on bumper stickers?

  5. Kady

    I think she’s referring to Obama and his ‘change we can believe in’ but we all know Barry is a typical pol. McCain and Palin have both alienated people within their own party because they do what they think is right while Obama behaves all too typically.

    Obama’s ties to Billy Ayers and Tony Rezko or how “Sen. Barack Obama sought more than $3.4 million in congressional earmarks for clients of the lobbyist son of his Democratic running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, records show.” – Washington Post Aug 27th. It all adds up to Barry talking the talk but not being capable of walking the talk.

  6. jwl, good luck with that Bill Ayers and Tony Rezko line. It worked well for Hillary.

  7. Kady, if you take “change” as a buzzword on some sort of Democrat autoloop (and feel free to throw up air quotes), I believe you will find the sentence to be just fine.

  8. JWL–of course you like the zingers. Such a difference between Obama’s speech and Palin’s. Obama was about policy and issues. And about hope. The Republicans know that the only way they can win is to tear Obama down, so they end up with idiotic statements like the community-organizer one. And let’s recall that approx 1000 people voted in her mayoral election. That’s twice as many as voted for my 500-person school’s school captain.

  9. Blues Clair

    Hillary couldn’t do much with it because she was going after Dem voters who wouldn’t appreciate her attacking Obama.

    If Barry’s not worried about Bill Ayers connections, why is Obama campaign trying to get the Justice Department to silence the org that has paid to run a commercial outlining his ties to a domestic terrorist?

  10. Oh and really, the McCain camp needs to stop attacking Washington “insiders.” Because if there’s anyone who’s a consummate insider, it’s him.

  11. Dean P

    How many people voted for Obama as ‘community organizer’? You are cherry picking jobs because she is elected Governor at the moment, don’t be such a misogynist.

  12. jwl–wow, you have a direct line to Republican talking points. Because I don’t like her, I think she’s a ridiculous candidate, because I think her social conservatism is abhorrent, because I don’t want her banning my marriage, because the way she pursues personal vendettas is appalling–I’m a misogynist?

    Wow. That’s breathtaking. So just as McCain is insulated from any criticism because he was POW, so too is Palin insulated because she’s a woman?

    If anything’s sexist, that’s it.

    And, I’ll point out, some 18 million or so people voted for Obama.

  13. Come on jwl, lighten up. When you criticize Obama, does that make you racist?

  14. Kady, I had problems parsing that bit too. But don’t worry, GOP voters have become so dumbed down they won’t notice a problem with it.

  15. Blues Clair

    According to Slate mag it does. I am feeling feisty at the moment, I am ‘all fired up’, as your man would say.

    I think throwing some elbows is appropriate because I am utterly shocked at how Palin has been treated the past few days and she needs people in her corner. I am signing off now to go watch convention coverage on Fox News, enjoy the speeches, or not.

  16. I almost think jwl’s a parody. It’s every silly stereotype of Republicans–the “criticism is sexism” “she’s super qualified” “I love fox news.”

  17. She should go for the jokes – she really has nothing else left.

    My opinion of her might change if she says that the experiences of the past few days have made her realize that abstinence-only education leaves children realistically unprepared for modern teenager-hood. But that’s a deal-breaking minimum.

  18. Ha! Dean P. I might be a parady as well. My wife and I shop at wholefoods, drive a compact fuel efficient car and read the NYT.

  19. And the Senator of Sunday Morning Talk Shows is an outsider.

  20. Palin’s comparing herself to Obama? Does she know something about McCain’s health that the rest of us don’t?

  21. Too all of you clueless cool aid drinkers (regardless of your political affiliations)I am tired of hearing about Sarah Palin not writing her own speech. Speech writers have been around for many many years. Every politician has them (both parties and “Indepependents”). The Woman has more “real world experience” than Barack (I’m not allowed to say his middle name) Obama. I have never voted straight ticket and never will. I vote “after I research everyone on the ticket”. Aren’t you tired of this crap?…”He’s not in touch with the common people” (like any of them have been for 40 years?), “He’s/She’s not qualified” (like anyone really has been before they got tate job?)Has any parent been qualified before they got that job?…Yada, Yada, Yada. Start thinking and stop reacting! It scares me to death that people/whiners like you actually vote.

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