Posted tagged ‘Sarah Palin’

Mitt Romney Set to Announce Presidential Bid

May 27, 2011

Sources close to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and have confirmed that he will formally declare his candidacy for White House next week and he’ll make his announcement in New Hampshire.

It should be an interesting primary over the next year with anticipated opponents including Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

From CNN:

This will be the second time this spring Romney is using New Hampshire as a backdrop to make news. On April 11, Romney announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee with a video he taped that day at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. The Granite State holds the first primary in the presidential primary and caucus calendar and is considered a must win contest for Romney.

“Republicans in the Granite State have been closely watching Gov. Romney for 10 years since he was elected in Massachusetts in 2002. He needs to win in a state where voters know him best,” says Rich Galen, a Republican strategist who advised Fred Thompson during his 2008 GOP presidential bid, and who is the author of Mullings.com, an on-line column.

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Sarah Palin Won’t “Shut Up”

January 18, 2011

In her first interview since the shootings in Tucson, Arizona, Sarah Palin fought back against critics who believed that the use of a graphic featuring crosshairs may have contributed to the shooter’s motivations.

From CNN:

“The graphic that was used was crosshairs. That’s not original. Democrats have been using them for years,” Palin said in the interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, where Palin is a paid contributor.

Meanwhile, when asked about speculation the recent controversies have disrupted any future political ambitions, Palin vowed she will continue to speak her mind.

“I am not ready to make an announcement about what my political future is going to be. But I will tell you … I am not going to sit down. I am not going to shut up,”she said.

Ted Stevens Believed to Be on Crashed Plane

August 10, 2010

Early this morning, a plane believed to be carrying eight people, including former Senator Ted Stevens, crashed in southwest Alaska. There is no word on any casualties at this time.

From the Associated Press:

Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes said there were possible fatalities. Five good Samaritans were on scene early Tuesday helping the crash victims, he said. It was unclear how they reached the site.

A U.S. government official told The Associated Press that Alaska authorities have been told the former longtime Republican senator is among several passengers on the plane. The official, who spoke on grounds of anonymity, says Stevens’ condition is unknown.

The federal official declined to be publicly identified because the crash response and investigation are under way.

Sarah Palin’s “Secret Adoption”?

September 2, 2009

In an upcoming interview with Vanity Fair, Levi Johnston reveals that Sarah Palin had a plan to adopt he and Bristol Palin’s child as her own before word got out that her daughter was pregnant.

From the article:

“Sarah told me she had a great idea: we would keep it a secret — nobody would know that Bristol was pregnant. She told me that once Bristol had the baby she and Todd would adopt him. That way, she said, Bristol and I didn’t have to worry about anything.”

Sarah Palin “Feels Great” After Leaving Office

July 27, 2009

Sarah Palin gave her final speech as Alaska’s governor yesterday afternoon before stepping down from her job. Now the question remains, where does the former vice presidential candidate go from here? Senate? Vice President? President? Who knows?

From ABC News:

“I feel great,” she said. “It was a smooth transition of power as it should be, and a good advancement for the state.”

Palin leaves office with a pile of cash in her political action committee — more than a million dollars strong and growing rapidly since her decision to resign.

Following a farewell series of picnics across the state over the weekend, Palin leaves behind legions of confused supporters.

“It breaks my heart because we voted for her, we believe in her,” one supporter said. “She was honest, she was like a breath of fresh air.”

Analysts say she is now in uncharted political territory.

“She runs second in most of the public polls for 2012, so she’ll still very much be a factor as we go forward,” said Republican analyst Frank Donatelli.

From CNN:

“Now people who know me, they know how much I love this state … I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics-as-usual, lame-duck session in one’s last year in office,” Palin said, just moments before Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell was sworn in as governor.

“With this decision, now I will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right and for the truth,” Palin continued. “And I have never felt you need a title to do that.”

Palin — interrupted briefly by a heckler — devoted much of her last address to a rundown of her accomplishments as governor, including winning legislative approval for a massive natural gas pipeline and governing “with fiscal restraint.”

“What I promised, we accomplished,” she told the mostly supportive crowd.

Where Does Sarah Palin Go From Here?

July 6, 2009

So, I go on vacation for a few days and come back to learn of quite a few major news stories, including the murder of Steve McNair and Sarah Palin resigning as Governor of Alaska. How do I miss these things?

The question now is: Where does Sarah Palin go from here? Is she going to hide away in obscurity? Will she run for President in 2012? Is there another scandal coming? Who knows!

From ABC News:

On many blogs this weekend, speculation ran rampant that a scandal is coming or that another shoe will drop.

But no evidence of anything more than rehashed rumors has appeared thus far.

After reports that she may have resigned because of a supposedly pending federal embezzlement investigation, her lawyers called such speculation false and warned in a letter to the media, “This is to provide notice … that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law.”

In a rare move, the FBI issued a statement to say there was no ongoing investigation of Palin.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who will take over the top state job later this month, said Palin is resigning because of the mounting legal costs the state of Alaska and she personally are incurring because of several ethics complaints filed against her during her term as governor. Even though the charges have been dismissed, she still has steep legal fees.

“What seemed to weigh heavily upon her was the cost associated with all the records request, ethics complaints, the cost of staff time, the distractions,” Parnell told ABC News. “We are up to $2 million in costs to Alaskan taxpayers for that and I think there was just that sense that that was a burden to moving Alaska forward.”

Palin’s political opponents like Alaska senator and fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski have criticized Palin’s unexpected decision.

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“I am deeply disappointed that the governor has decided to abandon the state and her constituents before her term has concluded,” Murkowski said.

Comedian Criticized For Limbaugh Remarks

May 11, 2009

The White House, and others, are keeping their distance from entertainer Wanda Sykes  joke comparing commentator Rush Limbaugh to a terrorist.

From CBS News:

It’s a good thing Barack Obama didn’t have comedian Wanda Sykes write the jokes for his White House Correspondents Association dinner speech on Saturday.

While the president’s quips went over fairly well – he joked about his teleprompter use, chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel’s propensity for profanity, “fresh young face” Arlen Specter and Hillary Clinton offering a kiss after returning from swine-flu infested Mexico – Sykes’ speech has prompted an outpouring of anger from conservatives upset over her comments about right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Much of the speech, it should be pointed out, involved Sykes poking fun at Mr. Obama and members of his administration. (At one point, she quipped that she didn’t need to see Mr. Obama’s nipples – a reference to shirtless pictures of the president.) But the speech also included shots at Republicans, including Sarah Palin, and at one point veered into a relatively personal and vitriolic attack against Limbaugh.