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Sarah Palin's Speech - Full Text
John McCain for President Website ^ | 8/29/08 | Sarah Palin

Posted on 08/29/2008 8:58:53 PM PDT by AngieGal

Governor Sarah Palin delivered the following remarks after John McCain announced that she was joining the ticket as the nominee for Vice President.

Governor Sarah Palin: "And I thank you, Senator McCain and Mrs. McCain, for the confidence that you have placed in me. Senator, I am honored to be chosen as your running mate. I will be honored to serve next to the next president of the United States.

"I know that when Senator McCain gave me this opportunity, he had a short list of highly qualified men and women, and to have made that list at all -- it was a privilege. And to have been chosen brings a great challenge. I know that it will demand the best that I have to give, and I promise nothing less.

"First, there are a few people whom I would like you to meet. I want to start with my husband, Todd. And Todd and I are actually celebrating our 20th anniversary today, and I promised him a little surprise for the anniversary present, and hopefully he knows that I did deliver.

"And then we have as -- after my husband, who is a lifelong commercial fisherman, lifetime Alaskan -- he's a production operator. Todd is a production operator in the oil fields up on Alaska's North Slope, and he's a proud member of the United Steelworkers Union, and he's a world champion snow machine racer. Todd and I met way back in high school, and I can tell you that he is still the man that I admire most in this world.

"Along the way, Todd and I have shared many blessings, and four out of five of them are here with us today. Our oldest son, Track, though, he'll be following the presidential campaign from afar. On September 11th of last year, our son enlisted in the United States Army. Track now serves in an infantry brigade. And on September 11th, Track will deploy to Iraq in the service of his country. And Todd and I are so proud of him and of all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform.

"Next to Todd is our daughter Bristol; another daughter, Willow; our youngest daughter, Piper; and over in their arms is our son Trig, a beautiful baby boy. He was born just in April. His name is Trig Paxson Van Palin.

"Some of life's greatest opportunities come unexpectedly, and this is certainly the case today. I never really set out to be involved in public affairs, much less to run for this office. My mom and dad both worked at the local elementary school. And my husband and I, we both grew up working with our hands.

"I was just your average 'hockey mom' in Alaska. We were busy raising our kids. I was serving as the team mom and coaching some basketball on the side. I got involved in the PTA and then was elected to the city council and then elected mayor of my hometown, where my agenda was to stop wasteful spending and cut property taxes and put the people first.

"I was then appointed ethics commissioner and chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and when I found corruption there, I fought it hard and I held the offenders to account. Along with fellow reformers in the great state of Alaska, as governor, I've stood up to the old politics as usual, to the special interests, to the lobbyists, the Big Oil companies and the 'good old boy' network.

"When oil and gas prices went up so dramatically and the state revenues followed with that increase, I sent a large share of that revenue directly back to the people of Alaska -- and we are now -- we're now embarking on a $40 billion natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.

"I signed major ethics reforms, and I appointed both Democrats and independents to serve in my administration. And I've championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. In fact, I told Congress thanks, but no thanks, on that "Bridge to Nowhere." If our state wanted a bridge, I said, we'd build it ourselves.

"Well, it's always, though, safer in politics to avoid risk, to just kind of go along with the status quo. But I didn't get into government to do the safe and easy things. A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why the ship is built. Politics isn't just a game of competing interests and clashing parties. The people of America expect us to seek public office and to serve for the right reasons. And the right reason is to challenge the status quo and to serve the common good.

"Now, no one expects us to agree on everything, whether in Juneau or in Washington. But we are expected to govern with integrity and good will and clear convictions and a servant's heart.

"Now, no leader in America has shown these qualities so clearly or presents so clear a threat to business as usual in Washington as Senator John S. McCain. This -- this is a moment when principles and political independence matter a lot more than just the party line. And this is a man who has always been there to serve his country, not just his party.

"And this is a moment that requires resolve and toughness and strength of heart in the American president. And my running mate is a man who has shown those qualities in the darkest of places and in the service of his country. A colleague once said about Senator McCain: That man did things for this country that few people could go through; never forget that. And that speaker was former Senator John Glenn of Ohio. And John Glenn knows something about heroism.

"And I'm going to make sure nobody does forget that in his campaign. There is only one candidate who has truly fought for America, and that man is John McCain.

"This is a moment -- this is a moment when great causes can be won and great threats overcome, depending on the judgment of our next president. In a dangerous world, it is John McCain who will lead America's friends and allies in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

"It was John McCain who cautioned long ago about the harm that Russian aggression could do to Georgia and to other small Democratic neighbors and to the world oil markets.

"It was Senator McCain who refused to hedge his support for our troops in Iraq, regardless of the political costs. And you know what? As the mother of one of those troops and as the commander of Alaska's National Guard, that's the kind of man I want as our commander in chief.

"Profiles in courage, they can be hard to come by these days. You know, so often we just find them in books. But next week when we nominate John McCain for president, we're putting one on the ballot!

"To serve as vice president beside such a man would be the privilege of a lifetime, and it's fitting that this trust has been given to me 88 years almost to the day after the women of America first gained the right to vote.

"I think as well today of two other women who came before me in national elections. I can't begin this great effort without honoring the achievements of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, and, of course, Senator Hillary Clinton, who showed such determination and grace in her presidential campaign.

"It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out the women of America aren't finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.

"So for my part, the mission is clear. The next 67 days I'm going to take our campaign to every part of our country and our message of reform to every voter of every background, in every political party, or no party at all. If you want change in Washington, if you hope for a better America, then we're asking for your vote on the 4th of November.

"My fellow Americans, come join our cause. Join our cause and help our country to elect a great man the next president of the United States. And I thank you, and I -- God bless you, I say, and God bless America. Thank you."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election; electionpresident; palin; palinspeech; sarahpalin

1 posted on 08/29/2008 8:58:53 PM PDT by AngieGal
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To: AngieGal

I like Sarah Palin...but I fear this might not play out as well among Independents as it does on FR.


2 posted on 08/29/2008 9:04:06 PM PDT by RockinRight (I just paid $63 for gas. An icefield in Alaska is NOT the Grand Canyon. F--- the caribou.)
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To: AngieGal

She is a breath of fresh air!!


3 posted on 08/29/2008 9:04:59 PM PDT by Notasoccermom (.)
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To: nmh

Ping!


4 posted on 08/29/2008 9:07:21 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Proud Catholic supporter of Governor Mitt Romney for VP and future President of the United States!)
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To: Notasoccermom

Yes, she sure is! : )


5 posted on 08/29/2008 9:08:07 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Proud Catholic supporter of Governor Mitt Romney for VP and future President of the United States!)
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To: AngieGal

Great speech. No wonder McCain was smiling.


6 posted on 08/29/2008 9:08:47 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: RockinRight
“I like Sarah Palin...but I fear this might not play out as well among Independents as it does on FR.”

Allow me to reassure you, my wife is my guide post on such things. She's a registered independent and HATES politics. She spent ALL day looking up stuff on the Internet about Sarah Palin. She is unbelievable excited about this and I can not image that she's alone.

7 posted on 08/29/2008 9:11:27 PM PDT by jpf
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To: AngieGal
Thats an A+ Angie.

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8 posted on 08/29/2008 9:13:52 PM PDT by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, (http://www.theobamafile.com/))
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To: AngieGal; All

Anyone have a link to the full video? I can’t seem to find it anywhere.


9 posted on 08/29/2008 9:14:17 PM PDT by ETL (Smoking-gun evidence on all the ObamaRat-Commie connections at my FR Profile/Home page)
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To: jpf
Allow me to reassure you, my wife is my guide post on such things. She's a registered independent and HATES politics. She spent ALL day looking up stuff on the Internet about Sarah Palin. She is unbelievable excited about this and I can not image that she's alone.

Roger that. My wife is GOP but until today she could not understand why my son and I spend so much time reading FReep. Couldn't get her off this site all afternoon!!

10 posted on 08/29/2008 9:16:46 PM PDT by lightman (Waiting for Godot and searching for Avignon)
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To: ETL
Here are links to the speech on YouTube.

Palin Speech Part 1

Palin Speech Part 2
11 posted on 08/29/2008 9:20:11 PM PDT by AngieGal
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To: AngieGal

Thanks for posting this. It’s a good introductory speech, but how dare she use the words “September 11th?” Didn’t she get the MSM memo that nobody can utter those words, unless they’re in the context of how crappy the US is?


12 posted on 08/29/2008 9:20:22 PM PDT by manapua
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To: RockinRight

Independents (and I generally support Independent candidates) will have to decide whether or not they want McCain/Palin in the Oval Office or ......well.......you know.


13 posted on 08/29/2008 9:22:49 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: AngieGal

Thanks! I had checked youtube not long ago and didn’t find it. And thanks for the text also.


14 posted on 08/29/2008 9:23:16 PM PDT by ETL (Smoking-gun evidence on all the ObamaRat-Commie connections at my FR Profile/Home page)
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To: ETL

I’m glad to help. I was anxious to find it myself since I missed watching it on TV.


15 posted on 08/29/2008 9:24:47 PM PDT by AngieGal
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To: manapua
I just finished reading a hundred or so posts to a PUMA site.
Almost everyone there was exited about Palin. They were even more upset with Obama and the Democratic National Committee.
It appear that many of the posters will be voting for McCain/Palin and donating money as well.
16 posted on 08/29/2008 9:25:33 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: AngieGal

Thanks for the links.


17 posted on 08/29/2008 9:28:21 PM PDT by RightField (A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well,.)
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To: AngieGal

Those clips are great. Notices how John is checking her out. Can’t say I blame him.


18 posted on 08/29/2008 9:30:59 PM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: RockinRight

We’re registered Independents,sounds good to us.


19 posted on 08/29/2008 9:32:23 PM PDT by silentreignofheroes (In my day,Flunking gym was not an option , even for Stupid Kids!)
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To: AngieGal

Thanks for posting the YouTube links.


20 posted on 08/29/2008 9:33:34 PM PDT by zot
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To: AngieGal; All

McCain
and
McCain/Palin
Yard Signs (w/free bumper sticker)

Are on sale right now on McCain’s website for $7.00 each
(I live in a rural area and this is the only way I can get my yard signs - I know some people don’t have to pay for them and get get them locally.)

http://store.johnmccain.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=120


21 posted on 08/29/2008 9:34:01 PM PDT by stlnative (Change and Experience - McCain/Palin 08)
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To: RockinRight

Take a deep breath. McCain just won the election. The left is in full blown panic mode tonight.


22 posted on 08/29/2008 9:34:25 PM PDT by Volunteer (Just so you know, I am ashamed the Dixie Chicks make records in Nashville.)
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To: AngieGal
Here are the urls for the links:

August 29, 2008:

Sarah Palin [VP] Speech Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpPpfYOe92c

Sarah Palin [VP] Speech Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt_4zW_HF0A

23 posted on 08/29/2008 9:44:50 PM PDT by ETL (Smoking-gun evidence on all the ObamaRat-Commie connections at my FR Profile/Home page)
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To: jpf

“Ditto”. My wife is very non-political, but after seeing McCain introduce Gov. Palin today, and hearing the Gov. give her speech today, she (my wife) has been on the forums all day long, watching news clips on TV, etc... There is a LONG way to go, but, initial signs are mostly positive.


24 posted on 08/29/2008 9:56:32 PM PDT by Paul R. (Ok, I am ready to meet the devil. What are the details?)
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To: AngieGal

She was excellent; self-assured, intelligent and attractive.


25 posted on 08/29/2008 10:18:18 PM PDT by no dems ("Extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice...." Barry Goldwater)
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To: RockinRight

Well, energizing a base which was lackluster about the ticket at best is a good start. This is the first time I’ve felt truly excited about this ticket, and at work today a lot of people were nearly jumping up and down after the news came out and said much the same - that they were finally excited about the election. Something has really changed out there as far as the attitude among the base that is needed for GOTV efforts, etc. - and that is vital.


26 posted on 08/29/2008 10:21:48 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: AngieGal

Thanks. Just watched it. Awesome.

Bye bye Obama bin Biden.


27 posted on 08/29/2008 10:27:05 PM PDT by FreePoster (Political correctness will not die of its own sickness. It has to be killed by the ideas of freedom.)
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To: AngieGal

w00t!


28 posted on 08/29/2008 10:41:53 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: AngieGal

I sorta hate to see her use terms like “glass ceiling”. I’m very happy that she is the VP choice even though I was hoping for Cantor.


29 posted on 08/29/2008 10:56:03 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: AngieGal

Wonderful, thanks for the links!!! I hadn’t been able to watch it today..... she is a terrific speaker. She is going to be wonderful on the campaign trail and in office. We are all so blessed to have her on the ticket.

I had been one of the reluctant McCain supporters before today, willing but unenthusiastic. Earlier tonight I went on the McCain website an made my largest ever political contribution in honor of Governor Sarah Palin joining the ticket!!! I suppose there are many, many others responding in a similar way. Barring some irrational disaster I expect McCain/Palin to crush Obamessiah/Biden on Nov. 4. Yippee!

The media and the Demagogues will be desperate to turn the tide and save the Obamessiah, but he’s cooked. Just imagine the smart and articulate REAL reformer Sarah Palin giving a forceful speech about Chicago politics and corruption, Obambi’s sleazy connections, etc. She can crush him single-handedly. Sure, his loyal dolts and party hacks won’t be swayed, but she only needs to sway maybe a couple of million voters at most in some key battleground states and Obama is toast. Governor Palin really is a game-changer. Hurrah!


30 posted on 08/29/2008 11:34:22 PM PDT by Enchante (Typical Democrats..... all they have to sell is a bridge...... one that isnÂ’'t even standing!!)
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To: Monterrosa-24
I sorta hate to see her use terms like “glass ceiling”.

I understand what you mean, but the Hillary folks loved Palin for these words. I looked at some of the Hillary supporters' posts last night. They were talking about Palin's high praise of Hillary's accomplishments in her speech. They were so sold on Palin, some were talking about donating to the McCain campaign and going to rallys.
31 posted on 08/30/2008 9:45:22 AM PDT by AngieGal
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To: AngieGal

Missing from this great photo, a son from each family on military active duty.

32 posted on 09/03/2008 10:00:23 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Snowbami, the Oreo Bozo, wants special-ed treatment as an untouchable affirmative action candidate)
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