Ed. Note: Since announcing she would not seek the 2012 GOP nomination on October 5, Gov. Palin's public and written statements on a 2012 run have been a clear and resounding "no regrets," "I can shake things up better from the outside," and "thank you again for your support and respect for this very difficult decision." While tonight's statement does underscore what Gov. Palin could do, we need to keep our powder dry and not jump to conclusions or spread rumors that she will do it. "Could" does not mean "will."
Most of the interview focused not on 2012 or the the candidates, but on the Keystone XL Pipeline, North Korea and the leftist war on Christmas and Christianity.
About the pipeline, Gov. Palin said, "there is nothing wrong with it, except that Obama would be forced to bend his political will to create these jobs. Look at who is in his administration....Joe Biden voted against the Trans-Alaska Pipeline." The XL Pipeline is "engineered and ready to go," but Obama is beholden to the environmentalist lobby. "Politics is trumping common sense....It's 100% political," she said. Energy independence is a national security, jobs and economics issue, Gov. Palin said.
Shifting to the payroll tax cut, Gov. Palin said it should be extended as long as possible. "Most people are fed up with governments taking more money from our paychecks."
Regarding CBS editing out Obama's statement that he is one of the best presidents Gov. Palin said, "I think there's a reason CBS did him a favor and edited that out....He failed our country and failed our economy. His economic activities have done nothing but fail." She added that "we need to take care of ourselves and make sure our own investments are wise. Never look to the government."
On the death of North Korea's Kim Jung Il and the succession to his son Kim Jong Un, Gov. Palin said, "If you're a praying man, pray for unity on that Peninsula. It's the opportunity for progress and peace across the region." She said North Korea's missile launch after the death of Kim Jung Il "should be all the more reason to be wise in our foreign policy and take care of ourselves." Gov. Palin cautioned against being dependent on foreign nations and reiterated her position that we need to be energy independent using conventional and renewable sources.
"We need a tougher president," Gov. Palin said harkening back to Ronald Reagan's, "we win, you lose." She said, "Obama does not have that in him. We got what we voted for. He said he would sit down with our enemies without precondition."
As with the Shannon Bream interview, Gov. Palin expressed her support of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow's on-field prayers. "I am pro-Tebow. I am proud of him. He is not ashamed of his savior. Jesus will rock your world if you give it all to him. You should try it sometime." Gov. Palin said Tebow is a good role model and thanked him for being bold in his faith. She told an anecdote about a father with his four sons in tow who look up to Tebow. She suggested that those who don't like Tebow's public expressions of faith may be bothered by their own consciences.
About the apparent war on Christmas, Gov. Palin said, "atheists don't need to show up to the party and Christmas is about Christ's birth." She made reference to the Seinfeld episode in which Dave Putty told Elaine Bennis that he was not the one going to Hell. Gov. Palin and Eric Bolling concluded the interview by "Tebowing" - a new verb that has entered our lexicon which means to assume the prayer position Tebow uses on the field.
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