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In Quotes: Sarah Palin Visits Chicago

By Kevin Robinson in News on May 13, 2010 2:20PM

Sarah Palin made an appearance in Rosemont last night, and we're interested in what she had to say to those of us that don't live in the part of America that she views as "pro-America." So, without comment, here's a run down of the highlights of her address last night, from around the media:

  • On the Highland Park high school that withdrew its girl's basketball team from a tournament in Arizona in response to the newly signed immigration law there: “Keeping the girl’s basketball team off the court for political reasons? Them are fighting words... when you say a girl can’t play in the basketball tournament, so we’re going to see about that...An economic and political boycott of one of our sister states is not a way to secure our borders...go rogue, girls.” [Tribune, Sun-Times]
  • On the upcoming mid-term elections: “The eyes of America are on this state. If it can be done in Illinois, of course, it can be done anywhere.” [Business Week]
  • On the ongoing corruption investigations in Illinois: [Illinois is] “going through some turmoil right now with all the corruption investigations.” [Tribune]
  • More on the mid-term elections: “We’re looking for principled conservatives who won’t pull a bait-and-switch when they get to D.C. We will get there. God has shed his grace on thee.” [Business Week}
  • On Chicago's role in the Tea Party movement: "The 21st Century Tea Party movement, it starts right here in Chicago. This is where it starts. So Illinois, your place in the history of this grass movement has been instrumental." [Sun-Times]
  • On Obama's election in 2008: “He buffaloed a whole lot of good people. But now, their eyes are opened because he today, finally, has something he didn’t ever have before -- he has an actual record in office. I almost feel a little bit sorry for the president and those on the far left. He expected us, I believe, to actually thank him for providing constitutional rights to terrorists.” [Business Week]
  • More on Obama: "This 'hopey-changey' thing isn't what we bargained for...I almost feel a little bit sorry for the president. They expected us to welcome the change. Come November we're going to show them just how grateful we are." [NBC]
  • On Republican candidates that are perceived as moderate: "Some Republicans apparently thought they'd have to move to the middle to win. I said, 'No, no, no, no, no. You win by letting the middle move to you. You let the folks in the middle of the road know that your ideas are the right ones." [Sun-Times]
  • Answering questions about her support for expanded oil exploration in the United States: “We do have to drill, we cannot stall. We do need oil. We might as well get it from here, where we do have stricter oversight and more concern for the environment.” [Business Week]