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Sarah Palin Presidential Run: Will She Run for Office?
International Business Times ^ | August 18, 2011

Posted on 08/18/2011 6:22:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Former George W. Bush chief of staff Karl Rove has been an influential GOP strategist for decades.

When Rove speaks, many Republicans listen. So when the outspoken campaign manager spoke up about Paul Ryan or Chris Christie joining the race to become the GOP nominee for the 2012 presidential election, his hint about another potential candidate entering the field also raised eyebrows.

"And I also think looking at the schedule of Sarah Palin after Labor Day that she's got a campaign style schedule post-Labor Day that's either going to accentuate her celebrity hood or lay the predicate for running for president," Rove said.

Palin has been mum about a possible run, though she has a solid base of supporters. Some political experts believe her candidacy may hinge on the success of Michele Bachmann, the only female candidate in the GOP field. Bachmann won the recent Iowa straw poll, but with the addition of Texas Governor Rick Perry, it's possible Bachmann's popularity might fade.

Should Bachman not poll well in the coming weeks, Palin may throw her hat into the race. It's also possible Palin may run no matter how well Bachmann is doing.

The big difference between Palin and Bachmann is immigration policy, a hot topic going into the 2012 Election. Palin has spoken about granting legal amnesty while Bachmann has been strongly opposed to mass legalization.

Palin is well-liked amongst Republicans. Research in June by Public Policy Polling showed 62 percent of Republicans giving Palin a favorable rating.

It's possible the former Alaska governor could be waiting for more candidates to join the race, since a crowded field could strengthen her chances of winning primaries. Palin has strong name recognition, and also has a decent foothold in the Tea Party movement.

In a March Pew Research poll, of those who agreed with the Tea Party movement, 24 percent had Mitt Romney as their first-choice candidate, while 19 percent chose Mike Huckabee, a candidate who won't be running. Palin was at a respectable 12 percent, below experienced candidates Newt Gingrich at 15 percent and Ron Paul at 13 percent. For Palin, a 12 percent showing, is a solid showing amongst a key GOP voter block.

In the same poll, Republican voters showed they cared more about electability over ideology when it comes to picking their candidates -- a similar sentiment to liberals in 2004 when the Democrats tried to unseat Bush. The poll showed 56 percent of conservative voters prefer the candidate with the best chance of beating Obama, compared to 31 percent who would prefer the candidate with conservative positions on every issue.

Those numbers may work against Palin. Top-tier candidates like Romney are less polarizing than the former vice-presidential candidate and would likely fair better in a general election. However, Palin seems to challenge conventional political wisdom, as evident with her abandoning her term as governor. She may run in spite of poll numbers and public sentiment.

So will she run make the big leap?

One piece of evidence says she will. Palin named George Washington as her favorite founding father because of his reluctance to serve at President but still serving as form of answering the call of duty. Her long delay in announcing her candidacy might be her way of showing that running for president is for the good of the country and not for her own personal gain.

Palin recently seemed to describe herself when discussing the ideal presidential candidate.

"That candidate's not fearing so much what the interpretation is going to be when it comes to the comments and positions you are articulating, but just speaking from the heart, saying, 'Here's how I think we can turn the economy around, and here's what I've done in the past to show you truly a foundation of where my beliefs come from of what works in a small town, in a state, in a big industry like oil and gas - what it is that can be done to turn the economy around,'" Palin said.


TOPICS: Campaign News; Parties; Polls; State and Local
KEYWORDS: bachmann; backstabberrove; obama; palin; polls; rove4romney; sarahpalin; stinkslikemitt; tokyorove
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To: editor-surveyor

The liberals love that. They came out from under their rocks en masses to worship him.


51 posted on 08/18/2011 7:26:54 PM PDT by hope
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To: 38special

I’ve been wondering if that isn’t a possibility.


52 posted on 08/18/2011 7:30:30 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Only crickets from the Left on their own racism, misogyny.)
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To: HerbieHoover

She is but I believe she’d step in if she reads a weak nominee on the horizon.


53 posted on 08/18/2011 7:32:05 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Only crickets from the Left on their own racism, misogyny.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She’s not going to run and here’s why. She knows there’s a huge chance she loses, and if she does, she will lose a lot of her influence and gravatas. My bet is, she plays it safe, sit’s this one out and see what the future brings.


54 posted on 08/18/2011 7:32:05 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: frposty

>> “Wonder where Rove would fit into a Palin administration.” <<

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In an orange jumpsuit, living in a room with a stainless steel toilet at the foot of his bed?


55 posted on 08/18/2011 7:32:13 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: Brilliant

>> “I gotta hand it to Sarah’s supporters. They won’t take no for an answer.” <<

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Don’t have to; she won’t take it either! :o)


56 posted on 08/18/2011 7:34:22 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: Scythian

Sarah is very smart in that sense. She will do whatever it takes to rid us of the current vermin occupant and I believe she knows her chances and they are what you say.


57 posted on 08/18/2011 7:37:03 PM PDT by hope
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To: magna carta; GlockLady

>> “She will not back Perry he is too sleazy for her.” <<

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In the Megyn Kelly interview today, she flatly declared that none of the currently announced candidates could qualify for her endorsement.

How much more does anyone need to figure out that she is not stopping until she reaches the oval office.


58 posted on 08/18/2011 7:38:28 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: GlockLady
Palin interview with Univision.

You can say she was just articulating the McCain view but she said it.

As governor, how do you deal with them? Do you think they all should be deported?

There is no way that in the US we would roundup every illegal immigrant -there are about 12 million of the illegal immigrants- not only economically is that just an impossibility but that's not a humane way anyway to deal with the issue that we face with illegal immigration.

Do you then favor an amnesty for the 12 or 13 million undocumented immigrants?

No, I do not. I do not. Not total amnesty. You know, people have got to follow the rules. They've got to follow the bar, and we have got to make sure that there is equal opportunity and those who are here legally should be first in line for services being provided and those opportunities that this great country provides.

To clarify, so you support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?

I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.

59 posted on 08/18/2011 7:39:23 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Only crickets from the Left on their own racism, misogyny.)
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To: Scythian
She’s not going to run and here’s why. She knows there’s a huge chance she loses, and if she does, she will lose a lot of her influence and gravatas.

She will lose her influence if she doesn't run.

60 posted on 08/18/2011 7:40:15 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: magna carta
She will not back Perry he is too sleazy for her.


61 posted on 08/18/2011 7:40:53 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Only crickets from the Left on their own racism, misogyny.)
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To: Scythian

There is zero chance of Palin losing.

That is what the mediots internal polling has told them, and that is the reason for spending billions of $ of air time attacking her.

She is as good as elected, as long as she plays the financial logistics correctly. That is why she hasn’t made it official yet.


62 posted on 08/18/2011 7:44:06 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: FreeReign
She will lose her influence if she doesn't run.

I don't agree. We need an "outside" firebrand to do in 2012 what was done in 2010 to elect more good people to Congress. Such effort and success would not be forgotten.

It would only disappoint those who have pinned all their hopes on Palin since Nov 5, 2008.

63 posted on 08/18/2011 7:44:25 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Only crickets from the Left on their own racism, misogyny.)
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To: CGalen
"unless Michelle Bachmann falters"

Do you really believe she has not already?

Sheesh. She'll be lucky to win another office anywhere in her entire life.

She's shown herself to be a complete idiot.

64 posted on 08/18/2011 7:44:26 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: hope

WE all need to deal with the fact that Perry is likely going to be the GOP presidential nominee. I’m backing Bachmann but I think Perry is going to win.


65 posted on 08/18/2011 7:45:20 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: newzjunkey

Today’s facts:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/gop/2765816/posts?page=58#58


66 posted on 08/18/2011 7:50:21 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Don’t worry, Perry has no chance once the real process gets started.


67 posted on 08/18/2011 7:51:41 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: newzjunkey

That was then...this is now. She saw what went down in TX. for the 82 lege. he is not a TEA PARTIER he is a globalist. This is the battle between the patriots and the globalists. Lady Guinevere does not support the globalists.


68 posted on 08/18/2011 7:52:57 PM PDT by magna carta
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To: editor-surveyor

Prepare for disapointment. Perry will likely be the 2012 GOP nominee and the next president of the USA. I’m not advocating it I’m predicting it.


69 posted on 08/18/2011 7:56:35 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: newzjunkey

“Talk like that really helps Palin. /s”

Palin’s supporters are vastly nastier than Palin’s ever been.


70 posted on 08/18/2011 7:57:04 PM PDT by Magic Fingers
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To: HerbieHoover

Would you like your crow with some Fava beans and a nice Chianti?


71 posted on 08/18/2011 7:58:10 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: newzjunkey

Ah still using that univision interview, huh? Of course you know it isn’t true yet still post it. Hey, tell me! What does Rick Perry think of Arizona’s immigration law? How about border fences? In-state tuition fr illegals? Bi-national health insurance?


72 posted on 08/18/2011 8:02:01 PM PDT by rintense (ABO can KMA.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

You’re just not looking at the evidence.

He is a short timer, and will not last.

His negatives make Rudy look like Reagan.


73 posted on 08/18/2011 8:02:01 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: editor-surveyor

Isn’t it hilarious how much the Perrydrones are so against Palin yet still dreaming and wishing she’ll endorse Jimmy Rick?


74 posted on 08/18/2011 8:03:49 PM PDT by rintense (ABO can KMA.)
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To: magna carta

‘She will not back Perry he is too sleazy for her.’

Gee, ya think?

Sarah Palin threw her endorsement to Rick Perry for governor.
Recently restated that she likes Perry
“He walks the walk of a true conservative” “And he sticks by his guns — and you know how I feel about guns.”
Sarah Palin
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/02/palin-perry-201.html


75 posted on 08/18/2011 8:04:31 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08; magna carta

You have to be too intelligent not to see why Palin had to support Perry in Texas, but will not any more.

Today she flatly said that none of the declared candidates were qualified. NONE!

She is the next president, and if you don’t like it, you’re in for some tough years, like the BDSers did during W’s reign. People recognized her unique qualifications in ‘08, and her support continues to grow.

Saving the country means electing Palin and lots of real conservatives in congress. Not doing all of the above means take your gold, guns and MREs and look for Shangri-La.


76 posted on 08/18/2011 8:13:40 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: rintense

What’s really hilarious is how few of them there are here, and how much noise they make.


77 posted on 08/18/2011 8:18:32 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: editor-surveyor

“Today she flatly said that none of the declared candidates were qualified. NONE!”

Do you have a source or link for that? It’s a pretty strong statement and, frankly, sounds out of character. I just can’t keep up with all the Palin/Paul/Cain/Bachmann/Perry/Romney/Gingrich threads and missed that.


78 posted on 08/18/2011 8:20:55 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The right-wing Leftists (aka RINOs) in the GOP will do what they can to stop her from running if she decides to do so.


79 posted on 08/18/2011 8:46:52 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: hope
Sarah will endorse Perry before mid September

Really? I wish sometimes I was a betting man, because every now and then, there comes along an opportunity for great weath, had at the expense of those who do not know what they do not know. But alas, I am not a betting man, by conviction, and I will have to settle for ... well ... let's just say I think your extraordinarily confident prognostication should be reviewed in a few weeks. Meanwhile, don't quit your day job.

80 posted on 08/18/2011 8:53:26 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: EDINVA

One of the Sarah threads has a link to the Megyn Kelly interview where she said it.


81 posted on 08/18/2011 9:00:30 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: EDINVA

Here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2765652/posts


82 posted on 08/18/2011 9:03:20 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

>> “The right-wing Leftists (aka RINOs) in the GOP will do what they can to stop her from running if she decides to do so” <<

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They’ve been doing it for close to three years now.


83 posted on 08/18/2011 9:05:22 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: patriot08

Didn’t Palin support or endorse about a hundred candidates in 2010?


84 posted on 08/18/2011 9:06:34 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Bristol Palin's book "Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far" became a New York Times, best seller.)
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To: ansel12

I think it was 400 candidates, yet she knew they would be pulling for American sovereignty and kicked them to the curb. s.


85 posted on 08/18/2011 9:10:49 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: RitaOK; HerbieHoover
I am curious about the “amnesty” policy the column attributes to Palin, and how that holds up among her supporters?

I wonder how Rick Perry's support for the following holds up among his supporters:

1. Against a border wall
2. Against Interior Enforcement provided by laws like AZ1070
3. Supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform
4. Against using E-Verify to help effectively lesson the ability of Illegal Aliens to get work in the US

So Rick Perry wants to burn through more TaxPayer cash by putting more people on the border, an approach that have never been shown to lesson the crush of Illegal Aliens, and eschews every approach that is effective in lessoning Illegal Immigration and you want to take Governor Palin and her supporters to task?

Try getting your own house in order before pointing fingers at someone else.
86 posted on 08/19/2011 12:10:04 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: hope; Brilliant
Sarah will endorse Perry before mid September

Don't put to much hope in that Hope!

She came out in the Meghan Kelly interview today and said she didn't seen anyone in the current list of candidates she could really support.

I guess Hope springs eternal, even in the face of facts, for you Perry Supporters.
87 posted on 08/19/2011 12:13:32 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: rintense; editor-surveyor
Isn’t it hilarious how much the Perrydrones are so against Palin yet still dreaming and wishing she’ll endorse Jimmy Rick?

Yes, and look how they will brook no discussion about the non-conservative words and Actions of Perry and will Deny, Deny, Deny, and if that does not work make excuses for every bad action.

It would appear they have a real bad case of Hypocrisy.
88 posted on 08/19/2011 12:19:17 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: newzjunkey

Sorry NewzJunkey, in today’s Meghan Kelly interview she stated flat-out there was no-one in the race today she could really support.

WIshing it is so or falsely posting a picture when she supported him for GOVERNOR is not the same as when he is running for President.

Apparently, she thinks he is good enough to be Governor of Texas when he was running against a strong candidate who was also a very big RINO in Kay Baily Hutchinson, but as for being President of the US, not so much.

But you keep hoping Newsjunkey, miracles can happen.


89 posted on 08/19/2011 12:22:25 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: editor-surveyor

I guess that’s a no.


90 posted on 08/19/2011 2:31:42 AM PDT by NELSON111
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The article is a pretty crappy unsigned analysis of ‘electability’. Romney? He’s McCain II as far as electability is concerned.


91 posted on 08/19/2011 2:45:57 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: editor-surveyor

Thanks. Leaving aside all the politics and tea leaf reading, amazing to see two spectacularly beautiful, bright, quick, accomplished women. “We’ve come a long way, baby!”


92 posted on 08/19/2011 7:32:02 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: SoConPubbie

SP is said to be for “amnesty” and you are stuck on Perry opposition to a border wall? BwahahaHa!


93 posted on 08/19/2011 7:49:28 AM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: RitaOK
SP is said to be for “amnesty” and you are stuck on Perry opposition to a border wall? BwahahaHa!
No, I'm stuck on Perry's complete abdication of any conservative principles where Illegal Immigration is concerned.

Perry is against any effective means of even limiting Illegal Immigration.

He has stated publicly the following positions:

1. Against the usage of E-Verify which would lower the number of Illegal Aliens being able to work in the US which would make the whole proposition of coming here illegaly less-attractive to those considering coming here illegally.
2. Against a border-fence/border-wall which would also have the effect of slowing immigration to a trickle as the border wall in southern California already proved by reducing Illegal Immigration by around 90% in those areas where the fence was installed.
3. Against AZ1070 whose measures provide for effective interior enforcement (away from the border) once again making the whole idea of being here illegally unattractive and also removing the incentive to come here illegally.
4. He is for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which in all of it's forms offered up has always been either out-in-out Amnesty, or some forms of back-door amnesty
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Whereas, Sarah Palin has spoken out forcefully for 2 and 3 (Rick is against 2 and 3) and since E-Verify is wrapped up in 3, she is defact in support of that as well, the only ding I have against her is her (I believe) stated support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform while VP for John McCain, which in my mind, was nothing more than supporting the top of the ticket and which her strong vocal of both AZ1070 and a physical border fence, that would seem to bear out my conclusion.

All of which begs the question, why would you support somebody so weak on border issues?

Are you not a conservative?

94 posted on 08/19/2011 8:06:37 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: RitaOK
SP is said to be for “amnesty” and you are stuck on Perry opposition to a border wall? BwahahaHa!

No, I'm stuck on Perry's complete abdication of any conservative principles where Illegal Immigration is concerned.

Perry is against any effective means of even limiting Illegal Immigration.

He has stated publicly the following positions:

1. Against the usage of E-Verify which would lower the number of Illegal Aliens being able to work in the US which would make the whole proposition of coming here illegaly less-attractive to those considering coming here illegally.
2. Against a border-fence/border-wall which would also have the effect of slowing immigration to a trickle as the border wall in southern California already proved by reducing Illegal Immigration by around 90% in those areas where the fence was installed.
3. Against AZ1070 whose measures provide for effective interior enforcement (away from the border) once again making the whole idea of being here illegally unattractive and also removing the incentive to come here illegally.
4. He is for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which in all of it's forms offered up has always been either out-in-out Amnesty, or some forms of back-door amnesty
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Whereas, Sarah Palin has spoken out forcefully for 2 and 3 (Rick is against 2 and 3) and since E-Verify is wrapped up in 3, she is defact in support of that as well, the only ding I have against her is her (I believe) stated support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform while VP for John McCain, which in my mind, was nothing more than supporting the top of the ticket and which her strong vocal of both AZ1070 and a physical border fence, that would seem to bear out my conclusion.

All of which begs the question, why would you support somebody so weak on border issues?

Are you not a conservative?
95 posted on 08/19/2011 8:10:53 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: RitaOK

And that would be said by whom???

Sarah Palin Quote - “What don’t you understand about ‘illegal’? They have to leave!


96 posted on 08/19/2011 8:23:43 AM PDT by BillM
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