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Sarah Louise Heath Palin (born February 11, 1964) is the governor of Alaska and the Republican vice presidential nominee in the 2008 United States presidential election.

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  • We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty and sincerity and dignity.
    • Palin's acceptance speech at the RNC. Refer to the same quote made by w:Westbrook Pegler;
  • Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of information....Healthy debate is so important and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both. And you know, I say this too as the daughter of a science teacher. Growing up with being so privileged and blessed to be given a lot of information on, on both sides of the subject -- creationism and evolution. It's been a healthy foundation for me. But don't be afraid of information and let kids debate both sides.
    • on teaching creationism in public schools; Anchorage Daily News; October 27, 2006; [1]
  • I would choose life.
    • To a question during the 2006 AK gubernatorial debate, whether she would support a daughter's decision to resort to abortion upon being raped; [2]
  • Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now - while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.
  • [The Alaska Constitution is] my bible in governing. I try to keep it so simple by reading the thing and believing in it and living it. It's providential. Some of the crafters of the Constitution are still alive. They're my mentors, my advisers. I get to meet with these folks and ask, 'What did you mean by this?' And it makes so much sense.
    • Interview by Dimitri Vassilaros for the Pittsburgh Review-Tribune, conducted July 12, 2007, published July 16, 2007
  • [Ron Paul is] cool... He's a good guy... He's so independent. He's independent of the party machine. I'm like, 'Right on, so am I.'
  • Oh, you are so spot on. I absolutely agree with you.
    • In response to an assertion by a caller on C-SPAN's show Washington Journal on February 24, 2008, that drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would "immediately" solve America's oil problems and that America's grid electricity originates in Venezuelan and Middle Eastern oil.
    • Sarah Palin. "Washington Journal", C-SPAN, February 24, 2008. URL accessed on 2008-09-04.
  • [Hillary Clinton] does herself a disservice to even mention it, really. ... When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism, or maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, 'Man, that doesn't do us any good, women in politics, or women in general, trying to progress this country.'
  • [I told Congress] 'thanks but no thanks' on that bridge to nowhere.
  • A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is built for.
    • Taken from a quote of Grace Hopper. Tropp, Henry S. (Fall 1984). "Grace Hopper: The Youthful Teacher of Us All". Abacus 2 (1): p. 18.
    • Invoked by Palin at her introduction by Senator John McCain as his choice for the Republican Vice Presidential nomination on 29 August 2008.
  • A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.
    • dismissing global warming as influenced by human activity; Newsmax interview; August 29, 2008; [5]
  • I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities.
    • Palin's acceptance speech at the RNC, referring to her mayorship of Wasilla, Alaska

[6]

  • 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.
  • 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 goodwill, and clear convictions, and a servant’s heart.
    • During the Republican National Convention (September 3, 2008) [rtsp://video1.c-span.org/archive/c08/c08_082908_mccain.rm C-SPAN archive]
    • The phrase "servant's heart" is from Mark 10:44, "whosoever would be first among you, shall be servant of all." See [7].
  • Yeah, what I did was wrong.
    • to conservative Alaskan columnist Paul Jenkins, in response to a comparison of emails showing her actions in conducting campaign business on City time to state Republican leader Randy Ruedrich conducting party business on state time; September 13, 2008; [8]
  • As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska.


  • My response to her, I guess it was kind of flippant. But, I was sort of taken aback, like, the suggestion was, "You're way up there in a faraway place in Alaska, do you know that there are publications in the rest of the world that are read by many?" And I was taken aback by that because, I don't know, the suggestion just was a little bit of perhaps we're not in tune with the rest of the world.
    • Her response to Fox News why she wasn't able to answer Katie Couric's question about which newspapers and magazines she reads; October 3, 2008 [9][10]
  • Our opponent...is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.
  • Sen. Obama said that he wants to spread the wealth and he wants government to take your money and decide how to best to redistribute it according to his priorities. [12]
  • That's a great question, Brandon, and a vice-president has a really great job because not only are they there to support the president's agenda, they're there like the team member, the teammate to the president. But also, they're in charge of the United States Senate, so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom. And it's a great job and I look forward to having that job.
    • Responding to a question from a Colorado 3rd grader; October 20, 2008. [13]
  • [Tax] dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good — things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not.
    • Referring to a $211,000 USDA study seeking ways to better control Bactrocera oleae, which is harmful to American agriculture. [14]
  • ...I know at the end of the day putting this in God’s hands, the right thing for America will be done, at the end of the day on Nov. 4. [15]
  • Don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is and even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll just plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don't let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in '12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door.
    • On her considering a future run for the office of President of the United States, November 10, 2008 [16]

About Sarah Palin

  • She wouldn't have articulated one coherent policy and people would just be fawning all over her. [Democratic candidate Tony Knowles] and I looked at each other and it was, like, this isn't about policy or Alaska issues, this is about people's most basic instincts: 'I like you, and you make me feel good.'
    • Republican-Independent Andrew Halcro during the 2006 gubernatorial campaign [17]
  • She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?
    • Lyda Green, President of the Alaska State Senate, August 29, 2008 [18]
  • She's facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd.
  • People are learning that she pandered to us by saying, 'I'm for this' ... and then when she found it was politically advantageous for her nationally, abruptly she starts using the very term that she said was insulting.
    • Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein, on Palin's withdrawal of support for a "bridge to nowhere" earmark, a term he claims she'd originally found insulting; [20]
  • It might be worth asking Governor Palin for a tally of the other favorites from her reading list.
    • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., on Sarah Palin's acceptance speech at the RNC, [22]
  • She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials. [...] I think it's a stretch to, in any way, to say that she's got the experience to be President of the United States.
    • Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, to the Omaha World-Herald; September 18, 2008; [23]
  • What's happening to Sarah Palin right now is like the worst college exam cram period ever.
    • Heather Bruce, on her older sister's preparations for the U.S. vice-presidential candidate's debate; October 2, 2008; [24]


  • I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me." And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.
    • National Review columnist Rich Lowry, on Palin's winking during the 2008 Vice Presidential debate; [25]

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