Gov. Palin Touted Accountability In 2006 Speech
LIANE HANSEN, host:
To close our show, we want to leave you with a moment from Sarah Palin's gubernatorial inauguration from December 2006. With her husband and three daughters seated nearby, Palin addressed a packed Carlson Center Sports Arena in Fairbanks.
Governor SARAH PALIN (Republican, Alaska): Alaskans, hold me accountable, and right back at you. I'll expect a lot from you, too. Take responsibility for your family and for your futures. Don't think you need government to take care of all needs and to make your decisions for you. More government isn't the answer.
(Soundbite of audience applause)
Gov. PALIN: More government isn't the answer because you have ability within, because you are Alaskan and you live in the lands where God, with incredible benevolence, he decided to overwhelmingly bless. I'll help you with opportunities. I ask for your continued support in this for Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell and for me, and I ask that you join us in seeking God's wisdom, grace and favor on Alaska. I thank you all and I thank my family for their amazing support in the responsibilities that they now have. Girls?
(Soundbite of audience laughter)
Gov. PALIN: Thank you for sharing your mom. Bristol, Willow and Piper, and our son Track, who is outside playing hockey this year. I wish that he were in the Carlson today. Todd, thank you. I love you. Thank you for everything. Alaskans, I am grateful for you and for your warm hearts. Alaska's new team cannot wait to get to work for you. We love Alaska and God bless you all.
(Soundbite of audience cheering)
HANSEN: Sarah Palin's gubernatorial inauguration address from December 2006. On Friday, she was nominated by Senator John McCain as his running mate on the Republican ticket. To read excerpts from Kaylene Johnson's biography of Sarah Palin, to see photos of her as a young girl growing up in Alaska and to tell us what you think about the choice, go to npr.org/soapbox. This is Weekend Edition from NPR News. I'm Liane Hansen.