WBEZ | Sarah Palin http://www.wbez.org/tags/sarah-palin Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Obama's Re-Election? Voters Split On His Chances http://www.wbez.org/story/2012/2011-02-08/obamas-re-election-voters-split-his-chances-81988 <p><p>In what is admittedly not the most useful polling result ever, <a href="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/02/07/rel2e.pdf">CNN/Opinion Research reported Tuesday</a> that about half a group it polled was split on whether President Obama would be re-elected.</p><p>According to the survey, 51 percent said Obama wouldn't be re-elected while 46 percent said he would. The survey's margin or error was plus or minus three percentage points.</p><p>The survey's usefulness is limited because one, it's only February 2011 and a lot can happen between now and November 2012.</p><p></p><p>Two, who's the Republican nominee going to be? If it's Mitt Romney that's definitely a much different race than Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee.</p><p>The survey also found Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin essentially tied among Republicans in terms of who is the likely GOP nominee. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, was at 25 percent among Republicans while Palin, the former Alaskan governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee, was at 24 percent.</p><p>Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, came in at 13 percent.</p><p>But when asked who they supported for GOP nominee, the results were Huckabee, Palin and Romney, at 21 percent, 19 percent and 18 percent, respectively, suggestive of a three-way tie.</p><p>Meanwhile, 68 percent of Republicans said it's most important to them that the Republican nominee can beat Obama while 29 percent said it was most important that they agree with the candidate on all the issues. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1297193833?&gn=Obama%27s+Re-Election%3F+Voters+Split+On+His+Chances&ev=event2&ch=129828651&h1=2012,CNN%2FOpinion+Research+Poll,White+House,It%27s+All+Politics,Mitt+Romney,Mike+Huckabee,President+Barack+Obama,Sarah+Palin,Around+the+Nation,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133594944&c7=1014&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1014&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110208&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=131551086,130438039,130357600,129828651,126945734,126944287,126928281,125944232,131551086,130357600,130215202,129828651,126016342,125956316,132360012,127605625,127602855,103943429,121027244&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2012/2011-02-08/obamas-re-election-voters-split-his-chances-81988 Palin: 'They're Not Going To Shut Me Up' http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot/palin-theyre-not-going-shut-me <p><p>Saying that the "main stream media" has tried to score political points and that she and other conservatives were "falsely accused of being [an] accessory to murder," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke again last night about <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/132783213/arizona-shooting-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot" target="_blank">the shooting rampage in Arizona</a> and discussions afterward regarding the tone of political debate.</p><p><a href="http://video.foxnews.com/v/4500319/exclusive-sarah-palin-on-hannity" target="_blank">On Fox News Channel's </a><em><a href="http://video.foxnews.com/v/4500319/exclusive-sarah-palin-on-hannity" target="_blank">Hannity</a>, </em>the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee expanded on things she said in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/12/132856601/palin-its-irresponsible-to-apportion-blame-for-arizona-rampage" target="_blank">a video she released last week</a>. She told Sean Hannity that:</p><p></p><p>-- "I will continue to speak out. ... They're not going to shut me up. ... They can't make us sit down and shut up."</p><p>-- Regarding the tone of political discourse, "it's going to be very tough and even futile to ... start censoring everyone's speech and everyone's icons. ... We hear now of this desire, this demand for civility. ... [I am] certainly in agreement with the ideal of being civil. ... [But] we should not use an event like that in Arizona to stifle debate."</p><p>-- The much-discussed map that her political action committee posted last year, with crosshairs on the districts of 20 members of Congress (including that of Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded in the Jan. 8 attack) "wasn't an original graphic." It is like others used "for many years ... in political races" by Democrats and Republicans.</p><p>The decision to remove that map from her PAC's website shortly after the shootings was made by "the contract graphic artist. ... I don't think that was inappropriate [removing the map]."</p><p>But, the map "had absolutely  nothing to do with an apolitical or perhaps even left-leaning criminal" attacking the Giffords event in Tucson.</p><p>Here is the video of Palin's appearance on <em>Hannity.</em> Palin is a paid contributor on Fox:</p><p><strong>Update at 7:45 a.m. ET.</strong> Speaking of Palin, this video tribute was originally put on YouTube last October, but <a href="http://www.examiner.com/democrat-in-national/sarah-palin-battle-hymn-youtube-sensation-goes-viral" target="_blank">seems to have "gone viral" in recent days</a>: Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295357831?&gn=Palin%3A+%27They%27re+Not+Going+To+Shut+Me+Up%27&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Sean+Hannity,Rep.+Gabrielle+Giffords,Sarah+Palin,Arizona+shooting,Arizona+Rampage%3A+Congresswoman%2C+Others+Shot,News+Media,National+News,Politics,Crime,Fox+News+Channel,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133014233&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110118&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 06:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot/palin-theyre-not-going-shut-me McCain Thanks Obama, Defends Palin, In Washington Post http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona/mccain-thanks-obama-defends-palin-washington-post <p><p>Sen. John McCain may be one of the few people this week to embrace both President Obama and Sarah Palin. He certainly is a unique position, having run against Obama and with Palin in 2008.</p><p>In a <a href="washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/14/AR2011011403871.html">Washington Post op-ed piece Friday</a>, McCain praised the president's Tucson speech for its unifying message. "I commend and thank him for it," he said.</p><p>In the same piece, McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, seemed to have his 2008 running mate in mind when he asked readers to consider how hurtful it would be to be accused in some way of contributing to the Tucson attack.</p><p>Not only did McCain thank Obama for delivering a healing speech, he also rejected charges that Obama is anything less than a patriot.</p><p><blockquote></p><p>I disagree with many of the president's policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country's cause. I reject accusations that his policies and beliefs make him unworthy to lead America or opposed to its founding ideals. And I reject accusations that Americans who vigorously oppose his policies are less intelligent, compassionate or just than those who support them.</p><p></blockquote></p><p></p><p>A few paragraphs later, McCain appeared to defend Palin not just from charges that she somehow had culpability in the crime, though he never mentioned her by name.</p><p>He also appeared to defend her controversial video defense that went viral the morning of the Tucson unity event at which Obama spoke.</p><p>Politics is a "bruising business," he said. Even so:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>That doesn't mean, however, that those injuries are always easy to slough off and bear with perfect equanimity. Political leaders are not and cannot reasonably be expected to be indifferent to the cruelest calumnies aimed at their character. Imagine how it must feel to have watched one week ago the incomprehensible massacre of innocents committed by someone who had lost some essential part of his humanity, to have shared in the heartache for its victims and in the admiration for those who acted heroically to save the lives of others - and to have heard in the coverage of that tragedy voices accusing you of complicity in it.</p><p>It does not ask too much of human nature to have the empathy to understand how wrong an injury that is or appreciate how strong a need someone would feel to defend him or herself against such a slur...</p><p></blockquote></p><p>Again, his defense of Obama and Palin isn't so much interesting for what he says about the two people as it is for the history he shares with them. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295053931?&gn=McCain+Thanks+Obama%2C+Defends+Palin%2C+In+Washington+Post&ev=event2&ch=129828651&h1=White+House,Congress,It%27s+All+Politics,Tucson,Sen.+John+McCain,Arizona,President+Obama,Sarah+Palin,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132945011&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110114&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=130357600,130215202,129828651,128569305,126945775,126141354,126026613,125944232,132783213,127088100,132937527,132935358,132935356,129459555,128654323,127602855,127602802,103943429,131960177,132783213,132935868,129865776,129828651,132783213,132934340,132934338,127602855,127602596,127088100,126951452,103943429,132933897,132933849,127602855,127602464,126928281,103943429,132933287,132933276,130215202,129865776,129828651,125936742&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona/mccain-thanks-obama-defends-palin-washington-post Sharpton: He, And Others, Should Not Be 'Defensive' About Their Rhetoric http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot/sharpton-he-and-others-should-not-be-defensive-about <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sharpton.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As the national conversation continues about whether <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/132783213/arizona-shooting-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot" target="_blank">last Saturday's shooting rampage in Arizona</a> is a wake-up call for politicians of all persuasions telling them to dial-down their rhetoric, the Rev. Al Sharpton has weighed in to suggest that we need "dialogue that's passionate, but not poisonous."</p><p>He made that case earlier this week <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/11/AR2011011104334.html" target="_blank">on the op-ed page of <em>The Washington Post</em></a>, and again today in a conversation with <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/tell-me-more/" target="_blank">Tell Me More</a></em> host Michel Martin.</p><p>In the<em> Post</em> and in his discussion with Michel, Sharpton conceded that "I've been on both sides of this" -- as the victim of an attack and as someone who's been accused of inciting violence with his words.</p><p>What's he's come to believe, Sharpton told Michel, is that when public figures are accused of going too far with things they've said, "the best thing to do is don't take it defensively ... learn from this moment." He and others, Sharpton said, should take such criticism as a sign that "maybe maybe I should check [whether] I <em>could </em>have caused it" [a violent incident].</p><p>As for former Gov. Sarah Palin, who <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/12/132856601/palin-its-irresponsible-to-apportion-blame-for-arizona-rampage" target="_blank">has objected strongly</a> to what she says are links that some pundits and commentators have made between her words and actions and the Arizona tragedy, Sharpton said that "I'm not saying Sarah Palin is guilty or not guilty, did or didn't. I'm saying on my own example, if you're in public you've got to be more careful."</p><p>Here's the conversation Michel had with Sharpton: Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295023634?&gn=Sharpton%3A+He%2C+And+Others%2C+Should+Not+Be+%27Defensive%27+About+Their+Rhetoric&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Arizona+shooting,Rev.+Al+Sharpton,Arizona+Rampage%3A+Congresswoman%2C+Others+Shot,National+News,Sarah+Palin,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132929908&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110114&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=132929947,132929945,132783213,127602855,125944232,103943429,129865776,129828651,125937418,125936618,127602331,125944306,103943429,122101520,121027244,122101520,4516989&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot/sharpton-he-and-others-should-not-be-defensive-about Palin: It's 'Irresponsible ... To Apportion Blame' For Arizona Rampage http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot/palin-its-irresponsible-apportion-blame-arizona-ramp <p><p>Saying that "after this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has issued her first lengthy statement about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/132783213/arizona-shooting-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot" target="_blank">shootings in Tucson</a> on Saturday and the debate afterward about whether the harsh tone of American politics -- and things she has said and done in recent years -- played any role.</p><p>You can <a href="http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=487510653434" target="_blank">read her statement here</a>, and we'll put the complete text in the extended portion of this post. The <a href="http://vimeo.com/18698532" target="_blank">video is here</a>:</p><p>Palin has come under the most criticism for putting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was critically injured on Saturday, and 19 other members of Congress on a list of those whom conservatives would target in last year's elections -- and putting crosshairs (a Palin aide has subsequently claimed they were surveyor's markings) on a map of the nation showing the lawmaker's districts.</p><p>She addresses that this way:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election."</p><p></blockquote></p><p>And, she says:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible."</p><p></blockquote></p><p></p><p><blockquote></p><p><strong>Palin's Statement</strong></p><p>"Like millions of Americans I learned of the tragic events in Arizona on Saturday, and my heart broke for the innocent victims. No words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent, but we do mourn for the victims’ families as we express our sympathy.  I agree with the sentiments shared yesterday at the beautiful Catholic mass held in honor of the victims. The mass will hopefully help begin a healing process for the families touched by this tragedy and for our country. Our exceptional nation, so vibrant with ideas and the passionate exchange and debate of ideas, is a light to the rest of the world.</p><p>"Congresswoman Giffords and her constituents were exercising their right to exchange ideas that day, to celebrate our Republic’s core values and peacefully assemble to petition our government. It’s inexcusable and incomprehensible why a single evil man took the lives of peaceful citizens that day.  There is a bittersweet irony that the strength of the American spirit shines brightest in times of tragedy. We saw that in Arizona. We saw the tenacity of those clinging to life, the compassion of those who kept the victims alive, and the heroism of those who overpowered a deranged gunman.</p><p>"Like many, I’ve spent the past few days reflecting on what happened and praying for guidance. After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event.</p><p>"President Reagan said, 'We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.' Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.</p><p>"The last election was all about taking responsibility for our country’s future. President Obama and I may not agree on everything, but I know he would join me in affirming the health of our democratic process. Two years ago his party was victorious. Last November, the other party won. In both elections the will of the American people was heard, and the peaceful transition of power proved yet again the enduring strength of our Republic. Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions.  And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere.</p><p>If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.</p><p>There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols? In an ideal world all discourse would be civil and all disagreements cordial. But our Founding Fathers knew they weren’t designing a system for perfect men and women. If men and women were angels, there would be no need for government.</p><p>"Our Founders’ genius was to design a system that helped settle the inevitable conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in civil ways. So, we must condemn violence if our Republic is to endure. As I said while campaigning for others last March in Arizona during a very heated primary race, 'We know violence isn’t the answer. When we ‘take up our arms’, we’re talking about our vote.'</p><p>"Yes, our debates are full of passion, but we settle our political differences respectfully at the ballot box – as we did just two months ago, and as our Republic enables us to do again in the next election, and the next. That’s who we are as Americans and how we were meant to be. Public discourse and debate isn’t a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength. It is part of why America is exceptional.  No one should be deterred from speaking up and speaking out in peaceful dissent, and we certainly must not be deterred by those who embrace evil and call it good.</p><p>"And we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.</p><p>"Just days before she was shot, Congresswoman Giffords read the First Amendment on the floor of the House. It was a beautiful moment and more than simply 'symbolic,' as some claim, to have the Constitution read by our Congress. I am confident she knew that reading our sacred charter of liberty was more than just 'symbolic.'</p><p>"But less than a week after Congresswoman Giffords reaffirmed our protected freedoms, another member of Congress announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he found offensive. It is in the hour when our values are challenged that we must remain resolved to protect those values.</p><p>"Recall how the events of 9-11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security. And so it is today.</p><p>"Let us honor those precious lives cut short in Tucson by praying for them and their families and by cherishing their memories. Let us pray for the full recovery of the wounded. And let us pray for our country. In times like this we need God’s guidance and the peace He provides. We need strength to not let the random acts of a criminal turn us against ourselves, or weaken our solid foundation, or provide a pretext to stifle debate.</p><p>"America must be stronger than the evil we saw displayed last week. We are better than the mindless finger-pointing we endured in the wake of the tragedy. We will come out of this stronger and more united in our desire to peacefully engage in the great debates of our time, to respectfully embrace our differences in a positive manner, and to unite in the knowledge that, though our ideas may be different, we must all strive for a better future for our country.</p><p>"May God bless America."</p><p></blockquote> Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294841826?&gn=Palin%3A+It%27s+%27Irresponsible+...+To+Apportion+Blame%27+For+Arizona+Rampage&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Arizona+shooting,Rep.+Gabrielle+Giffords,Sarah+Palin,Arizona+Rampage%3A+Congresswoman%2C+Others+Shot,National+News,Crime,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132856601&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110112&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 07:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot/palin-its-irresponsible-apportion-blame-arizona-ramp