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September 4, 2008
Volume 1 - No.16 -
Darwin Campbell, Executive Publisher
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Republican National Convention 2008
DFW Delegation: Palin Brings Tough Talk and Bark to Ticket
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Minneapolis-St. Paul - Strong words and tough talk rallied Dallas-Fort Worth Republicans and party members around Alaska Gov. and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
“It was an extraordinary acceptance speech. She really knocked it out of the park,” said Collin County Republican Chairman Fred Moses. “She is the real deal. She speaks like an executive who can step in, run the government and be a tough leader”
Palin lived up to her “barracuda” image by wowing the audience at the Republican National Convention by making her case for supporting a John McCain-Palin ticket as good for the future of America and contending that Democratic presidential nominee Barak Obama’s vision is not only unrealistic change, but change that is bad for America.
“This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan?” she said during her speech. “What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it.”
Palin, 44, is the first woman ever selected to run on a Republican presidential ticket.
McCain selected Palin betting that she will energize the conservative wing of the party and drive some of the 18 million voters who supported former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton across party lines to vote Republican in November.
“She offered the perfect arguments and made some huge hard swipes at Obama,” saidRepublican delegate and former Tarrant Republican head Pat Carlson. “The mood is electric and remains upbeat. This speech cemented her place as a true woman of courage.”
Much to DFW Republicans delight, she blasted Obama and painted a picture of him as the man who would raise taxes and set his sights on increasing the size of government.
“The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars,” she said. “How are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy?”
Prior to taking office, Palin served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the state.
She was elected and served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla. During her tenure, she reduced property tax levels while increasing services and made Wasilla a business friendly environment, drawing in new industry.
Palin made history on Dec. 4, 2006, when she took office. As the 11th governor of Alaska, she is the first woman to hold the office.
Since taking office, her top priorities have been resource development, education and workforce development, public health and safety, and transportation and infrastructure development.
“She defined herself as a person and defined her commitment to service,” Moses said. “Her actions in government demonstrate her good judgment, authority and depth of message. She is able to put it all together, communicate well and identify with people as a leader and a mother.”
"On energy for America, she offered ideas to help ease energy issues affecting thousands of families.
“Drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems - as if we all didn’t know that already. But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all,” she said. “Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines...build more nuclear plants...create jobs with clean coal...and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers."
She also answered attacks by the media and Moses and Carlson praised her standing up to and fighting a constant barrage of attempts to ruin her character by casting her in a bad light.
“These attacks have backfired. We are proud of her stand against attacks,” Carlson said. “She shows us she is strong and can take punches. She is not afraid to take a stand in the face of her enemies.”
Carlson said the issues with her 17-year old pregnant daughter shows this American family is human and that only means that American families will identify with this family.
One particularly notable statement that touched the delegation was her reason for going to Washington.
“I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.”
In the end, Republicans feel Palin is the right choice because of her pledge and commitment to family values and good government that works for the people.
“I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice president of the United States,” she said during her acceptance speech. “This was the spirit that brought me to the governor's office, when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau ... when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good-ol' boys network.”