Excerpts: Remarks by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
Vice Presidential Nominee to Address the 2008 Republican National Convention
Wed Sep 03 2008 19:12:27 ET
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:
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."
GOP Women Come to Palin's Defense:
GOP women come to Palin's defense
By RYAN GRIM
ST. PAUL, Minn. — As the culture war surrounding Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin escalates, a group of leading Republican women accused the media Wednesday of sexist “smears” against John McCain’s running mate.
"The Republican Party will not stand by while Gov. Palin is subjected to sexist attacks," said Carly Fiorina, a McCain aide who formerly headed Hewlett-Packard. "I don't believe American women are going to stand for it either."
"We want to call attention to the outrageous smear campaign against Sarah Palin," said former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift. Pressed after the event to single out specific smears driven by the mainstream media, she said that there “were lots of folks chasing that story” ignited by rumors on liberal blogs about whether Palin had faked her most recent pregnancy. Swift called media inquiries about the rumors “out of bounds.”
The GOP women spoke often and respectfully of Hillary Clinton — a Democrat who has been bitterly opposed over the years by Republican faithful — repeatedly accusing the media of sexist attacks against her and faulting Democrats for failing to defend her.
Renee Amore, the deputy chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, was the most blunt. “The Democrats will let you [in the media] talk about Hillary as you did in a very demeaning way, but . . . we’re not going to allow you to do that,” she said, warning reporters to stop “messing with us.”