Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin addressed a crowd in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday night at an event benefitting the Charity of Hope. Nine hundred tickets were sold at $200 a pop, where the one time Alaska governor was joined by her husband, Todd. What follows is a complete transcript of her address.
I don't know if I should Buenos Aires or Bonjour, or... this is such a melting pot. This is so beautiful. I love this diversity. Yeah. There were a whole bunch of guys named Tony in the photo line, I know that. And in the introduction too, in the instructions to you all, I got a kick out of the instruction "No heckling." I am so used to the heckling, it's okay! We're used to it. They just hit you into the boards and maybe get called for a penalty or whatever, but we can handle that too.
It's so good to be here tonight. And uh, we'll kind of shift gears tonight, we'll leave a lot of room for the Q&A because that, having a conversation with so many of you, is something that I look forward to. And not being so political tonight. I will talk a lot about energy, because I want to talk about some of the things that both our countries, America and Canada, can do to ramp up production so that we can ramp up our economy, get it roaring back to life and a lot of that has to do with energy production, which I know that you all in Hamilton and this part of Canada can really respect and relate to, because the better our economies do, the better we do in terms of having opportunity to help children and to help those who are less fortunate, the better the rest of us do. We'll talk a little bit about energy.
But this reminds me of heading out on stage on the VP trail when I was getting ready to debate Joe Biden. And there were like 40 some million viewers that I knew were out there waiting to see "is she going to crash? Is she going to be able to handle herself? How's it going to go?"
I'm wanting to, though, kind of shift away from the political. I'm just getting off the trough from doing a lot of Tea Parties across the US, man those are a blast. [applause]They're rowdy and they're wild and it's just another melting pot, there's just diversity there and all walks of life and all forms of partisanship and non partisanship just wanting good things to happen in this part of the world. It's been a blast. The shift from the political, so now that I have that shift from the political but still have that desire to talk about the economy and talk about energy and resources and national security and all those things. I was telling Todd, okay, this is like [inaudible]on the vice presidential campaign trail, where you never really knew what you were getting into when you get into that line before you were interviewed. Obviously, sometimes I never knew what I was getting into in an interview. Obviously!
But this reminds me of heading out on stage on the VP trail when I was getting ready to debate Joe Biden. And there were like 40 some million viewers that I knew were out there waiting to see "is she going to crash? Is she going to be able to handle herself? How's it going to go?" Whenever we go and do something big in life, like a vice presidential debate - it's kind of big - I like to say a prayer about it, you know. I need some divine inspiration and I need to remember what it really is all about, so that evening before the debate I remember being back stage and looking around for somebody to pray with. And looking around at the campaign staff and there's nobody to prayer with. But backstage there was Piper, at the time my seven year old. And I told Piper, I tried to make it easy for her to understand, I said "Piper, kay, I'm going out on stage. I'm debatin' this guy, it's going to be kind of tough." I said, "So pray with me, honey." And I grabbed her hands because that's what we always do, we pray together. I said "Piper, just pray that I win." Cause you know, why not?! Just pray that I do well, and oh man, try and keep it easy, I said "Just pray that God just speaks right through me." And Piper said "God, speaking through you? That would be cheating." Not that I would ever think that God would speak through me, but wanting to leave you with a little bit of inspiration and encouragement and maybe on a personal level have a conversation with you about some of the things that Todd and I have been through in the last year and a half, the last couple of years, that hopefully you can learn a couple of lessons from, because we've been through quite a few challenges, quite a few battles and you all too, everybody goes through battles, everybody has challenges. Some are played out in the newspapers, some of ours have been. Maybe yours have not been. But everybody has to make tough decisions and prioritize things in life and here we are tonight, given an opportunity to come together to reach out to help others, to help children, who are in need. We don't want to squander this opportunity, we want to be inspired and encourage and remember that though we all do go through some tough challenging times, we talked at the head table tonight that we need to be able to count our blessings, not our problems. We need to share our blessings, so we'll do a little bit about that tonight.