Palinisms: Did she really say that?

Did she really say that?
Sept. 7 2011 10:28 AM

The Complete Palinisms

Did Sarah Palin really say that?

“[M]y concern is for the GOP candidate who wins this primary, as they go forward to face the Obama presidential ticket machine and really the thuggery that is involved in that. ... Senator McCain and I, we are the only ones in America who ever had to face that Obama presidential ticket machine and all that it encompassed. And what it encompassed really was, you know, this unscrupulous, gimmicky scheme that it was. And Senator McCain, evidently has chosen Mitt Romney as the one to be the most prepared to face this thuggery, this scheme that he is going to have to face, someone's going to have to.”—discussing the presidential race on Fox News, Jan. 4, 2012

“It was such an exciting night. And if not predictable, for some of us, which I predicted much of that last night. I felt that it kind of felt like it was as it should be at this point in the race with the finishes, strong finishes, great speeches by all the candidates afterwards. I think the speeches really foretold what we have to look forward to.”—discussing the Iowa caucuses on Fox News, Jan. 4, 2012

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"You've already withstood the wrath and the disdain and the lies from the media and the prominent political class looking down on us, mocking us, making things up about us, telling us to go to hell. You've already withstood that. We're still standing, right? You're here today.''—in a speech in Manchester, N.H., Sept. 5, 2011

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"I bet you, you can go out here and you can find 10 members of any Iowa farming family and ask them, what are the common sense solutions that we need in order to make the cuts in the federal government and in order to really get the economic engine, our small businesses, to be able to get up and running and grow and thrive and hire more people? You ask any 10 members out here and they could probably give you a better idea than those 10 members of the commission [the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction]. You know why, Sean? These members of Congress have been part of the problem. Not part of the solution. I say it with all due respect to those who are willing to serve in public office. But, doggone it, no more of the same, no more politics as usual."—in an interview with Sean Hannity, Aug. 12, 2011

"And you know, back in the day, we used to hear that, 'Hey, it's the economy stupid.' Well, now, simply put, it's the spending, stupid! What's going on now with our bloated, overreaching, fat, nauseating spending from federal government, taking more state and individual control from Americans and trying to do it all on a federal level, which is creating this bankrupt situation that we're facing now!"—in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, July 26, 2011

"You know, if there are those who are out there willing to serve, with good executive experience, who have that servant's heart and—and know not to be so excessively partisan that they can't just do what's right for the people who have elected them, then I would certainly find that person and support them and do all that I could to make sure that they defeat Barack Obama in 2012."—in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, July 13, 2011

"I wouldn't think it to be such a slow news day that, what with numerous wars and serious economic woes concerning Americans, a bus is driving news stories today. The next leg of the tour continues when the time comes."—a Facebook note  denying rumors that she had canceled her "One Nation" bus tour, June 22, 2011

"We'll do a stop. We'll do a lot of OTRs, off the records. We'll meet a lot of great Americans. And then I'll write about that at the end of the day."—discussing her bus tour in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, May 31, 2011

"I want [the press] to have to do a bit of work on a tour like this, and that would include not necessarily telling them beforehand where every stop is going to be."—discussing her bus tour in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, May 31, 2011

"Part of his ride was to warn the British that, 'We're already there,' that, 'Hey, you're not going to succeed. You're not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have.' "—defending her historically questionable statement about Paul Revere on Fox News Sunday, June 5, 2011

"You know what? I didn't mess up about Paul Revere. ... [I]n a shout-out, gotcha type of question that was asked of me, I answered candidly. And I know my American history."—defending her historically questionable statement about Paul Revere  on Fox News Sunday, June 5, 2011

"He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed."—on Paul Revere, June 3, 2011

"[M]any in the mainstream media are looking for kind of a conventional—a campaign-type tour. And I've said from the beginning this isn't a campaign tour, except to campaign on our Constitution, our charters of liberty."—discussing her bus tour in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, May 31, 2011

"I want [the press] to have to do a bit of work on a tour like this, and that would include not necessarily telling them beforehand where every stop is going to be."—discussing her bus tour in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, May 31, 2011

We'll do a stop. We'll do a lot of OTRs, off the records. We'll meet a lot of great Americans. And then I'll write about that at the end of the day."—discussing her bus tour in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, May 31, 2011

"What isn't fair, though, is when it's only one-sided, when it's only the conservatives, say, who get hammered away at those things that the press wants to know. You know, the perfect example of the media one- sidedness is Obama's record not being explored, his associations in the last campaign not being explored, and now revelations of maybe some of his upbringing, some of his background, certainly his associations, how they impact his world view and how that affects his decisions today."—on criticism from the media, in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, May 19, 2011

"I think my problem is that I do have the fire in my belly. I am so adamantly supportive of the good, traditional things about America and our free enterprise system, and I want to make sure that America is put back on the right track, and we only do that by defeating Obama in 2012. I have that fire in my belly.!"—on whether she will run for president in 2012, in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, May 19, 2011

"It's going to keep on coming, and you know, I feel like I have a prayer shield in front of me that deflects a lot of that. I just want to make sure that for my loved ones, for my parents, for my spouse and my children and those close to me, that they have that tool to deflect also so that they're not adversely affected."—on criticism from the media, in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, May 19, 2011

"[C]andidates need to get their message out via the news social media, be a fair and balanced reporters who will just allow the facts to get out there. Don't even participate in that goofy game that has been played now for too many years with the leftist lamestream media trying to twist the candidates' words and intent and content of their statements."—in an interview on Fox News' Hannity, May 18, 2011

"This rapper—we thought that we were to be united under the leader of the free world, Barack Obama, in tamping down racism and inciting violence and cop killing, certainly, and killing a former president. All those things that this rapper has glorified and really is known for, it just certainly reflects a lack of judgment on the White House's part. And I'm saying this not a proponent of stifling any kind of free speech. I am obviously a proponent of free speech. I'm not anti-rap. In fact, like Bret Baier, I know the lyrics to 'Rapper's Delight,' too. But I am saying just common decency in the White House—wouldn't we like to see a reflection of all that is wonderful and great, a shining city on a hill that the White House is supposed to be, with events inside of that house that reflect the patriotism and the decency and the influence of America."—in an interview on Fox News' On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren, May 11, 2011

"Show photo as warning to others seeking America's destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama; it's part of the mission"—a tweet urging the release of a photo of a dead Osama Bin Laden, May 4, 2011

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