April 9th, 2010
04:59 PM ET

Palin drills down policy in high-profile speech

Her speeches are typically loaded with partisan zingers and Obama-bashing, but for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, Sarah Palin delivered a speech that focused as much on policy ideas as it did on political combat.

Her much-anticipated remarks Friday to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference were laced with a heavy dose of Republican cheerleading that drew applause from the audience of party activists who had stampeded into the venue to snag prime seating for her appearance.

"There is no shame in being the 'party of no' if the other side is proposing an idea that violates our values, violates our conscience, violates the Constitution," she said, deviating from the remarks of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who urged the crowd Thursday to pivot to being the "party of yes."

The three-day event is billed as the largest GOP gathering of party officials, operatives, activists and strategists before the 2012 Republican National Convention, when the party will formally nominate its candidate for president.

Although the 2012 election may seem far in the future, early jockeying is under way, and the conference is considered the jump-start for possible Republican White House hopefuls.

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  1. Freebirdx6

    Love it!!!!

    April 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael

    Soundbite Sarah has no real ideas on how she would help this country, she just ridicules her opponents, feeds the worst elements of the right, and advocates violence. I hope McCain burns in hell for bringing this dangerous idiot into the public eye.

    April 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ken

    I think that the Republican party has gone crazy, and I mean absolutely insane. They think this is going to actually play. They think that if they keep throwing this red meat politic out there everyone is going to just forget that it was Republican mismanagement based on their core philosophies that got us into this mess in the first place. They keep pointing to the speck in Obama's eye and for get the Iraq war, corruption on wall street they let go by, tax cuts to people who didn't need them and never trickled down, 9/11, Katrina non-response, overt racism and much more swimming around and around in their own eyes. It doesn't even bother them that they have that stuff in their eyes, it is so much a part of them.

    April 10, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |