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Here’s a sample of what the Governor had to say in Madison without a teleprompter delivering her remarks to her word-for-word:
Palin: Madison, these are the frontlines in the battle for the future of our country. This is where the line has been drawn in the sand and I am proud to stand with you today in solidarity. I am here today as a patriot, as a taxpayer, as a former union member, and as the wife of a union member. What I have to say today, I say to our good patriotic brothers and sisters who are in unions….
A pension is a promise that must be kept. Now, your Governor, Scott Walker, understands this. He understands that states must be solvent in order to keep their promises and that’s what he’s trying to do. He’s not trying to hurt union members. Hey folks, he’s trying to save your jobs and your pensions.
You know, but unfortunately some of your union bosses don’t understand this and they don’t care if union members have to be laid off. No, they want to protect their own power and if that means forcing a Governor to lay off union workers, then so be it. They’ve proven that it’s fine with them. But that’s not real solidarity. Real solidarity means coming together for the common good. This Tea Party is real solidarity.
On the Budget
Palin: Well, I’m in Madison today because this is where real courage and real integrity can be found. Courage is your governor and your legislators standing strong in the face of death threats and thug tactics. Courage is you all standing there with them. You saw the forces aligned against fiscal reform. You saw the obstruction and the destruction. You saw these violent rent-a-mobs trash your capitol and vandalize business.
Madison, you held your ground. Your Governor did the right thing and you won. Your beautiful state won. And you know what, people still have their jobs because of it. That’s courage and that’s integrity.
And you know, that’s something that’s sorely missing in the Beltway today because let me tell you what isn’t courageous. It’s politicians promising the American voters that, as we drown in 14 trillion dollars of debt, that they’re going to cut 100 billion dollars out of this year’s budget but then, they cave on that and they reduce it down to 61 billion dollars after they get elected. Then they get in there and they strike a deal and decide, nah, they’ll reduce that down to 38 billion dollars. And then after some politics as usual and accounting gimmicks, we find out it’s not 38 billion dollars in cuts. You know, that 38 billion dollars? We don’t even have it. We’re borrowing it. We borrow from foreign countries to give to foreign countries and that’s insanity. We find out it’s not even 38 billion dollars. It’s less than one billion dollars in real cuts.
On the GOP establishment
Palin: So to the GOP establishment, if you stand on the platform, if you stand by your pledges, we will stand with you. We will fight with you GOP. We have your back. Together, we will win because America will win. We didn’t elect you just to rearrange the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic. We didn’t elect you just to stand back and watch Obama redistribute those deck chairs.
What we need is for you to stand up, GOP, and fight. Maybe I should ask some of the Badger women’s hockey team, those champions, maybe I should ask them if we should be suggesting to GOP leaders they need to learn how to fight like a girl.