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Palin's speech pokes fun at Obama, big gulp sodas

By Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:03 a.m. HST, Mar 17, 2013

OXON HILL, Md. >> Returning to the national stage, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said today that the Republican Party must broaden its message to grow.

"We must leave no American behind," she said in a populist speech that electrified supporters at a conservative summit in suburban Washington. "And we must share our powerful message of freedom and liberty to all citizens — even those who may disagree on some issues."

Palin has maintained a low profile during last year's election. She's expected to play a limited role in the future of the GOP but shared several recommendations Saturday.

Instead of focusing on rebuilding the Republican Party, she said that party leaders should focus on rebuilding the middle class.

She jabbed President Barack Obama and the Republican professional class alike, urging the crowd to reject the ideas of political consultants and pollsters, taking a not-so-subtle dig at Karl Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush and a co-founder of outside group Crossroads USA.

"The architects can head on back ... to the great Lone Star State, and put their name on some ballot, though, for their sake, I hope they give themselves a discount on their consulting services," she quipped.

But Palin saved her most pointed criticism for the president, likening him to Ponzi-scheme felon Bernie Madoff. Taking a shot at the president's call for universal background checks on gun owners, she said, "Dandy idea, Mr. President — should have started with yours."

Palin drew cheers when she paused in the middle of her remarks to sip soda from a "Big Gulp" — the type of supersized, sugary drink that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to ban. A New York judge this week struck down the Republican-turned-independent mayor's pioneering 16-ounce limit on sodas and other nondiet sweet drinks for sale.

"Oh, Bloomberg's not around," she mocked. "Our Big Gulp is safe. "

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bumbye wrote:
Maybe she should just be a comedian.
on March 16,2013 | 08:14PM
nitpikker wrote:
this is what the republicans have to settle for!
on March 16,2013 | 08:20PM
omd111 wrote:
Because of her and Michelle Bachman the Republicans look like idiots. Why would this party give any airtime to these two "airheads?" And they wonder why they can't win elections. Figure it out!
on March 16,2013 | 08:52PM
NITRO08 wrote:
Well lets see they also have Ryan, mittens, Ron Paul, Donald and others. The whole party is IDIOTS!
on March 17,2013 | 07:40AM
Anonymous wrote:
To be fair, CPAC is not the Republican Party... just an extreme fringe element of the party with a loud, obnoxious voice that brings the rest of them down and helps them to lose elections. I'm ok with that.
on March 17,2013 | 10:02AM
Fred01 wrote:
What a fool!
on March 16,2013 | 11:46PM
Tony96822 wrote:
She is a comedian. Drink up lady, that stuff's good for you, one day she can be the poster child for Big Gulp.
on March 17,2013 | 05:43AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The Republican Party's idiot clown and entertainer.
on March 17,2013 | 05:48AM
dlum003 wrote:
The moronic GOP pettiness continues. and the Liberals just chuckle and walk off with elections. Its funny how they accuse Obama of being a celebrity amd keep wheeling out the Dingbat Queens to make fools of themselves and their party. Is it any wonder other countries view us as pigs? Alaska needs to build a big tall fence and keep that sideshow away from the camras and microphones. Ugghh.
on March 17,2013 | 06:57AM
5xcalibir2 wrote:
and the gop wonders why they're known as the stupid party....somebody needs to let her know that the election is one, over....two they lost,..three Barak Obama is not a threat to the next election....and four she shut the hell up.
on March 17,2013 | 08:03AM
mcc wrote:
Thai is the BIG problem with Republicans. They are a big joke.
on March 17,2013 | 08:21AM
9ronboz wrote:
Yes, and the left's choice is Pelosi and Boxer!
on March 17,2013 | 08:35AM
hawaiikone wrote:
That is the BIG problem with Democrats. They are a big joke.
on March 17,2013 | 09:38AM
jwaldrip7 wrote:
The headline should read "A speech every Ameican should hear"...Check it out for yourself on YouTube....The media has spent a LOT of energy tying to convince us that Sarah Palin is an idiot and that Mr. Obama is "The Chosen One"...... Let's try something different...let's form our opinions on the facts and not be in such a hurry to jump on the "politically correct" bandwagon...God Bless Ameica and all you"
on March 17,2013 | 09:23AM
MrMusubi wrote:
Palin was mocking Bloomberg with the Big Gulp?? I thought she was channeling M Rubio's infamous "damn, I'm parched!" 2013 State of the Union Response.
on March 17,2013 | 04:16PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Sarah Palin can help her party the most by not engaging in public speaking.
on March 17,2013 | 10:51AM
jwaldrip7 wrote:
wow how did my comment not get posted?
on March 17,2013 | 10:55AM
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