Sarah Palin dishes out bizarre improvised rant in Iowa

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Adriana Cohen: Sarah Palin is the perfect foil to take on Hillary Clinton.

During her address to the Freedom Summit in Iowa Saturday, the former Alaska governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate embarked on a verbal tangent, seeming to grasp for the right words. “The man can only ride you when your back is bent,” she said amid stammers. “So strengthen it! “If you want something said, you ask a man; if you want something done, you ask a woman,” she told the crowd, adding “Now I’m ready for Hillary, are you?” “It’s a tough decision; it’s a big decision to decide whether to run for office or not.DES MOINES, Iowa—Sarah Palin, standing before a packed room of Republicans in Iowa, cast herself Saturday as the judge of who’s a real conservative and who can beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. “Things must change for our government,” Palin said. “Look at it—it isn’t too big to fail; it’s too big to succeed.

Then the man can’t ride you, America won’t get taken for a ride, because so much is at stake.” Palin’s speech also included moments of stronger oratory, as when she said that the 2016 campaign would be a “war for the sovereignty of the United States of America. Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee, said she stood by comments she made Thursday in Las Vegas to ABC News, where she first expressed enthusiasm about potentially competing for the Republican presidential nomination. “I am.

At least a dozen of them ate downtown Friday at Centro, a few blocks from the Marriott that’s become a local answer to The Tabard for traveling journalists and politicians. I’m still contemplating,” Palin said then, calling the option “earth-shattering.” A few weeks earlier, she had shown up at a clambake in New Hampshire the same day that Romney declared his candidacy for president in the same state. So we can afford no retreads or nothing will change.” Palin, the unsuccessful 2008 vice presidential candidate and former Republican governor of Alaska, told about 1,200 people attending the Iowa Freedom Summit that the nominating process should serve as a competition, not a coronation.

We don’t sit on our thumbs next time when one of our own is being crucified, and falsely accused of whatever the hit accusation of the day happens to be: racism, sexism, whatever.” As I said yesterday, I’m really interested in the opportunity to serve at some point,” Palin said Friday, as former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, a potential 2016 rival, looked on. She never mentioned by name either Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush, two popular moderate Republicans who are skipping the summit, though she did go after Clinton, considered the Democratic frontrunner.

With Hillary Clinton expected to be their front-runner in 2016, they’ll use her gender as a tactic to gin up support from their base — especially female voters. At another point, she yelled, “Screw the left in Hollywood” — an apparent jab at critics of the movie “American Sniper,” which some liberals have claimed glamorizes war. The series of bizarre comments came just a day after Palin told The Washington Post that she was “seriously interested” in running for the White House in 2016.

From the Washington Post’s Dan Balz: Many hours and much sweat equity can be spent, by reporters, to get in the right place to lob questions at politicians. Palin started a 30-minute speech addressing her latest rounds of controversy: defending both the film American Sniper and its protagonist, Chris Kyle. She also addressed the controversy that erupted recently over a picture of her youngest son, Trig, standing on top of the family’s pet Labrador, saying that the pet had been trained in Iowa. Who wouldn’t be interested when they have been blessed with opportunities to speak about what is important to this country and for this country?” Still, Palin said that she is not yet ramping up a national political operation. The question was whether Palin’s public mulling was truly “breaking.” On social media it was being treated as such, but earlier in the day, two time zones away, Palin had told ABC News that she might be interested in running.

If you’re a female leader on the Democratic ticket, you’re a “hero” regardless of how many times you put your foot in your mouth, embarrass yourself or worse. Actually, in a video interview conducted while Palin served chili and reporter Neal Karlinsky stood behind her moving arm, Palin said … let’s go to the transcript. We haven’t forgotten Hillary Clinton saying that we should empathize with our enemies or that businesses and corporations don’t really create jobs.

In the lobby, she signed autographs for some hotel guests and mingled with the dozens of GOP figures congregated near the lobby bar, including former House speaker Newt Gingrich. And that competition in the GOP primary–because this had better be a competition, and not a coronation–will surface that candidate who can take on, I predict, Hillary. Liberals will pounce and do everything they can to marginalize a conservative woman who runs for office no matter how educated, or talented, or accomplished she is.

On the campaign trail last year, Palin traveled extensively to bolster her handpicked candidates, including stops in Iowa with Republican Joni Ernst, who won a Senate seat. PALIN: Yeah, I mean, of course, when you have a servant’s heart, when you know that there is opportunity to do all you can to put yourself forward in the name of offering service, anybody would be interested.

The reality is Sarah Palin draws huge crowds at speaking engagements, has millions of social media followers and just as many supporters across the nation. If Sarah Palin chooses to throw her proverbial hat in the ring for 2016, there’s no doubt she’d make the race exciting and bring a welcome woman’s point of view to the GOP field. Even Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, had been courting media attention with hours of pre-summit interviews. “There are some people speaking tomorrow that aren’t going to be candidates,” said Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann after a Friday night reporter meet-and-greet. “Sarah Palin isn’t going to be a candidate.” That remains a safe assumption, but it’s not what she told reporters when they walked up to her and flashed cameras.

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