<br><h3> Chapter One </h3> <br> <b>ON ABORTION</b> <p> <br> * * * <p> I think it [abortion] should be a states' issue, not a federal government-mandated, mandating "yes" or "no" on such an important issue. I'm, in that sense, a federalist, where I believe that states should have more say in the laws of their lands and individual areas. Now, foundationally, it's no secret that I'm pro-life, that I believe in a culture of life, which is very important for this country. Personally that's what I would like to see further embraced by America. <br> —Interview with CBS's Katie Couric, October 1, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <b><i>I'm pro-life. I'll do all I can to see that every baby is <br> created with a future and potential. The legislature <br> should do all it can to protect human life.</i></b> <br> —Q&A with Newsmax.com's Mike Coppock, August 29, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>There are others [U.S. senators] that need to be moved <br> quickly into the private sector, they are the foot soldiers in <br> the Senate for this president who passed this health care <br> bill who made us look complicit in all these abortions.</i> <br> —Speech at the Susan B. Anthony List Celebration of <br> Life Breakfast, <i>Albany Times-Union</i>, May 14, 2010 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> Let's simplify, <br> we're pro <br> children. <p> <br> —At the Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund, <br> <i>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</i>, November 6, 2009 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>I am and have always been unapologetically pro-life. <br> What we thought was one of life's greatest challenges <br> turned out to be one of life's greatest blessings ... I feel <br> blessed that god entrusted this opportunity to us.</i> <br> —Palin, referring to the birth of her son Trig, Born <br> with Down syndrome, <i>Daily Texan</i>, April 30, 2010 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>I have to be really careful in how I explain my feelings because <br> some people say, "Oh, she considered abortion and how can <br> that validate her pro-life position?" No, what Bristol [her <br> daughter] and I have been through has not changed my belief, <br> but it has changed my perspective on the whole situation.</i> <br> —Commenting on what her thoughts were upon finding out her teenage daughter was pregnant, <i>Arizona Daily Star</i>, May 15, 2010 <p> <br> * * * <p> I would like to see more women given more support so that those of us who say, "You know, a culture of life is what we believe," is best ... for humankind, you know, to respect the sanctity of every human life. And to understand ... that we live in a pretty messed-up world sometimes ... The most promising and good ingredients in this world ... Is a child. The hope that a child brings.... I want to do all that I can to reduce the number of abortions [and] to usher in that culture of life.... [T]he common goal we have ... Is to see fewer and fewer abortions. And to provide more and more women support in this world. <br> —CBS, September 30, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>I am pro-life. With the exception of a doctor's determination <br> that the mother's life would end if the pregnancy continued. <br> I believe that no matter what mistakes we make as a <br> society, we cannot condone ending another life.</i> <br> —Eagle Forum 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate <br> Questionnaire, July 31, 2006 <p> <br> * * * <p> Our prominent woman sisterhood is telling these young women that they are strong enough to deal with this ... They can give their child life in addition to pursuing career and education and avocations. Society wants to tell these young women otherwise. These feminist groups want to tell these women that, "No, you're not capable of doing both." ... It's very hypocritical. <br> —<i>Washington Post</i>, May 15, 2010 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>I am a normal American. And when it comes to my pro-life <br> views, there are more Americans today saying that they <br> understand the sanctity of life and that they are pro-life <br> than they are pro-abortion for the first time in decades. <br> —The O'Reilly Factor</i>, November 19, 2009 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <b>ON THE REAL <br> AMERICA</b> <p> <br> * * * <p> <i>What makes America exceptional isn't her politicians; it's her people. <br> —Examiner</i> (Independence, MO), May 1, 2010 <p> <br> * * * <p> I grew up with those people [from small towns]. They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America ... who grow our food, run our factories, and fight our wars. They love their country in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. <br> —Republican National Convention Speech in <br> Minneapolis, September 3, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, <br> D.C. ... We believe that the best of America is in these small towns <br> that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what <br> I call the Real America, being here with all of you hardworking, <br> very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation.</i> <br> —Speaking at a fund-raiser in Greensboro, <br> North Carolina, October 16, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <b>CNN INTERVIEWER</b>: You've talked about America. And certain parts of America, that are maybe more American than other parts of America. Are there? <p> <b>SARAH PALIN</b>: I don't want that misunderstood ... You know, when I go to these rallies and we see the patriotism just shining through these people's faces and the Vietnam veterans wearing their hats so proudly, and they have tears in their eyes as we sing our national anthem, and it is so inspiring ... I say that this is true America. You get it; you understand how important it is that in the next four years we have a leader who will fight for you. I certainly don't want that interpreted as one area being more patriotic or more American than another. If that's the way it's come across, I apologize. —Interview with CNN's DREW GRIFFIN, OCTOBER 21, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>You don't need a title to make a difference. Any ordinary <br> American can seize opportunities to let their voice <br> be heard ... and they can make a difference. <br> —Philadelphia Inquirer</i>, November 17, 2009 <p> <br> * * * <p> The people of America realize that all political power is inherent in the people. And government is to be implemented on behalf of the people and the will that they desire that their government engage in. You can't underestimate the wisdom of the people of America. They're seeing through the rhetoric, and they're seeing through a lot of the political cheap shots, also. And they're getting down to the facts and the voting records that are going to show that stark contrast. <br> —<i>Hannity & Colmes</i>, September 17, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>And we believe that the best of America is not all gathered in <br> Washington D.C. We believe that it is here, in the kindness and the <br> goodness and the courage of everyday, hardworking Americans—those <br> of you who run our factories and grow our food and teach our <br> children and fight our wars; this is where the goodness of America is. <br> —Southeast Missourian</i>, October 30, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> We grow good people <br> in our small towns, <br> with honesty and <br> sincerity and dignity. <br> —Republican National Convention speech in <br> Minneapolis, September 3, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <b>ON LIVING <br> IN ALASKA</b> <p> <br> * * * <p> "We hunt as much as we can, and I'm proud to say our freezer is full of wild game that we harvested here in Alaska." <br> Palin's favorite food? "Moose stew after a day of snow-machining." <br> —Q&A with <i>Newsweek</i>'s Brian Braiker, August 29, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>A changing environment will affect Alaska more than <br> any other state because of our location. I'm not one, <br> though, who would attribute it to being man-made. <br> —Newsmax.com</i>, August 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>And Alaska—we're set up, unlike other states in the [U]nion, <br> where it's collectively that Alaskans own the resources. So we <br> share in the wealth when the development of these resources <br> occurs ... It's to maximize benefits for Alaskans, not an individual <br> company, not some multinational somewhere, but for Alaskans.</i> <br> —On why she imposed a windfall profits tax on the oil industry in <br> Alaska as a mechanism for ensuring that Alaskans share in the <br> wealth generated by oil companies, <i>New Yorker</i>, November 3, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> Well, it certainly does [give me foreign policy experience] because our next-door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia ... We have trade missions back and forth. It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United states of America; where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, russia, because they are right there. They are right next to our state. <br> —Explaining to CBS's Katie Couric why Alaska's proximity to <br> Russia Gives her foreign policy experience, September 24, 2008 <br> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>And our congressional delegation ... They do a great job for <br> us. Representative Don Young, especially—god bless him—with <br> transportation—Alaska did so well under the very basic provisions <br> of the transportation act that he wrote just a couple of years ago. <br> We had a nice bump there. We're very, very fortunate to receive the <br> largesse that Don Young was able to put together for Alaska.</i> <br> —National Public Radio, September 4, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> [Alaska is] small-town America. It's just good, unpretentious, hardworking people who love their state, they love their country, also proud to be American—the best upbringing that I could have ever hoped for. My parents instill[ed] in me not just a love of family and community, but a love of freedom and independence. That's what growing up in Alaska has been about. <br> —<i>Hannity & Colmes</i>, September 17, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>I was raised in a family where gender was not going <br> to be an issue. The girls did what the boys did. <br> apparently in Alaska that's quite commonplace. <br> —Times</i> [U.K.], August 31, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>It is tragic that so many Alaska fishermen and their families have <br> had their lives put on hold waiting for this decision. My heart <br> goes out to those affected, especially the families of the thousands <br> of Alaskans who passed away while waiting for justice.</i> <br> —Commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court reducing the $2.5 billion <br> punitive damages award in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case to no more <br> THAN $507.5 million, <i>LegalNewsline</i>.com, September 10, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> In the past, Alaska's reputation didn't lead the rest of America to believe we were adamant about safe, clean, responsible development here. I say that because we had legislators who are now serving prison time, because they were found guilty of being corrupted for their votes on oil and gas taxes by oil and gas industry players. That reputation has really hurt Alaska, and it's no wonder that some have not wanted to believe that we are opening a new chapter in Alaska's life. <br> —<i>Investor's Business Daily</i>, July 11, 2008 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> <i>I would think we all tear up during the national anthem <br> at the beginning of a baseball game, don't we? that's <br> an alikeness between Alaskans and New Yorkers. <br> —Esquire</i>, March 2009 <p> <br> * * * <p> <br> Oh, baby! <p> <br> —Announcing that the amount of the Alaska Permanent Fund <br> dividend was $1,654 for each resident that year. This money comes <br> from investment profits generated by the state's $39 billion oilwealth <br> savings account, <i>Anchorage Daily News</i>, September 19, 2007 <p> <br> * * * <p> [My family] is a microcosm of so much of Alaska. My husband is a commercial fisherman. He also works up in the north slopes in the oil fields. I'm the first female governor in Alaska, so that's brought with it kind of a whole new chapter in Alaska's life. Like my husband—up here they refer to him as the "first dude," not the first gentleman. and Todd ... Is such a dude. He's a four-time winner of the iron Dog snow machine race, which is the world's longest and they say toughest snow machine race, 2,000 miles across Alaska. [it's a] whole new chapter here when Todd is asked to do things like—and he graciously complies and he has a good time doing it—hosting ... the former first ladies' tea party. <br><br><i>Continues...</i> <!-- copyright notice --> <br></pre> <blockquote><hr noshade size='1'><font size='-2'> Excerpted from <b>THE QUOTABLE ROGUE</b> Copyright © 2011 by Adler & Robin Books, Inc.. Excerpted by permission.<br> All rights reserved. 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