"If we were terrorists, he'd (Obama) would want to pal around with us," Governor Palin said tonight in a two-segment interview on Sean Hannity's Fox News TV show from her home studio in Wasilla, Alaska. "The President's speech in Arizona asking folks to ratchet down the rhetoric was all talk...typical Obama, blah, blah, blah," she said. The Arizona speech was discussed in light of Rep. Gifford's recent return to office after being shot earlier this year in a madman's rampage. Both Hannity and Gov. Palin made reference to Obama's association with unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers in whose house Obama launched his political career.
About the characterization of the Tea Party as "terrorists" by a Pennsylvania Congressman and Vice President Biden, Gov. Palin said "it is unfair and hypocritical....I am not going to roll over with a sign on my forehead that says 'terrorist' or 'racist'. Enough is enough!" she said. Gov. Palin added that she would stick up for the Tea Party and conservative radio and TV talk show hosts.
Hannity said that in his opinion "compromise got us here," to our skyrocketing national debt and deficit spending. Gov. Palin said, "Thank God for folks who stood by their principles. [Those who compromised] handed the most liberal President an opportunity to spend even more money. The root cause [of our current crisis] is the over-spend of the big, centralized federal government," Gov. Palin said.
On 2012, Gov. Palin said she has not made up her mind as to whether she would run, but is coming closer to a decision because of looming legal deadlines. She expressed her dismay that Mitt Romney deferred on the budget issue, adding that deferring a problem does not make it go away. At the interview's conclusion, Hannity re-phrased the question asking Gov. Palin how she thought she could best and most effectively influence the issues about which she is most passionate: by running, by endorsing, by being a commentator. Gov. Palin said, "I don't have an answer yet. I am still in contemplation."
Gov. Palin expressed her optimism that even in the wake of the compromise debt deal now signed into law, the Tea Party has been strengthened. "Now more than ever, we need to be energized, be united and work really hard to get the right candidates in...Now is not the time to retreat. It's time to be united," she said.
Gov. Palin, however, lamented the lack of steel spine in some Senators and reiterated her position that the GOP House should have stood firm on Cut, Cap, and Balance. Even the Democrats at one time supported and promoted it. Gov. Palin said she was "puzzled by the wasted opportunities we've seen in Congress."
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