Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin marched in an upstate parade, schmoozed with Rudy Giuliani and spoke on behalf of people with developmental disabilities at a Long Island event to cap off a busy two-day tour of New York.
Palin was being honored Sunday at an anniversary celebration for the Long Island-based Independent Group Home Living Inc. She was joined by her husband, daughter Willow and a sister.”We brought her here because of her advocacy and her stance as a parent,” Walter Stockton, head of the group that honored Palin, told the New York Daily News. “Whether she was a Republican or Democrat really didn’t matter to us.”
Palin called for measures during a speech last night to make life better for people with developmental disabilities.
The former Republican vice presidential candidate’s son Trig has Down syndrome.
Palin said God has shown her family through the example of her son that “every single person has purpose no matter their developmental abilities.”
The former Vice Presidential candidate spent the afternoon in Bronx with Giuliani.
More than 20,000 people saw Palin in upstate Auburn, where she led a parade to celebrate Founder’s Day and helped raise money for a museum honoring William Seward, the secretary of state who acquired Alaska for the United States.
While Palin’s trip was hailed as nonpolitical, she took a few shots against Pres. Barack Obama’s national security and energy policies and his handling of the nation’s economic crisis.
“It’s clear to many that some of our priorities as a nation are reversed,” Palin told the several hundred people who each paid $100 or more to attend a garden party on the museum grounds in Auburn. “Alaskans get tired of hearing that Washington bureaucrats know what’s best for us so we push and fight and challenge decisions made inside the Beltway when they are not in the best interests of the country, and we know that decisions that are being made recently are not in the country’s best interests.”
Palin, who emerged as a leading voice in the Republican Party after Arizona Sen. John McCain picked her as his running mate in the contest against Obama, is thought to be considering a run for president in 2012. Auburn residents welcomed her to the podium at City Hall with a chant of “Run, Sarah, run!”
Matt Drudge is reporting that Palin hits FOXNEWS tonight for the big ‘Told Ya So’ interview.
As President Obama vows to spend the ‘stimulus’ faster, Governor Palin tells host Sean Hannity: ‘You gotta quit digging that hole!’
HANNITY: What do you make of – look at the state of the economy now…
PALIN: Well, when you consider that the federal government is about eleven trillion dollars in debt, and we’re borrowing more to spend more.. it defies any sensible economic policy that any of us ever learned through college. It defies economy practices and principles that tell ya ‘you gotta quit digging that hole when you are in that financial hole’
“America is digging a deeper hole and how are we paying for this government largesse. We’re borrowing. We’re borrowing from China and we consider that now we own sixty percent of GENERAL MOTORS – or the U.S. government does… But who is the U.S. government becoming more indebted to? It’s China. So that leads you to have to ask who is really going to own our car industry than in America.”
HANNITY: You know but it goes back – It does go back a little to the campaign. I mean, ‘spread the wealth, patriotic duty…’
PALIN: Kind of a ‘we told ya so’.
HANNITY: Well, is that how you feel?
PALIN: That’s how I feel! I feel like… and I think that more and more constituents are going to open their eyes now and open their ears to hear what is really going on and realize ok… Maybe we didn’t have a good way of expressing that, or articulating that message of ‘here is what America could potentially become if we grow government to such a degree that we cannot pay for it and we have to borrow money from other countries, some countries that don’t necessarily like America.
And this many months into the new administration, quite disappointed, quite frustrated with not seeing those actions to rein in spending, slow down the growth of government. Instead Sean it is the complete opposite. It’s expanding at such a large degree that if Americans aren’t paying attention, unfortunately our country could evolve into something that we do not even recognize.
PALIN: Well, that is where we are headed. That is where we have to be blunt enough and candid enough and honest enough with Americans to let them know that if we keep going down these roads… nationalizing many of our services, our projects, our businesses, yes that is where we would head. And that is why Americans have to be paying attention. And we have to have our voices heard. And ultimately it need to be our will, the American people’s will imposed on Washington, instead of the other way around.
The interview is set to air tonight on FOXNEWS, 9 PM ET.