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Fact Checking Sarah Palin's Speech to the Republican National Convention

The Morning After: Rebuttals Fly to Palin's Big Speech

No sooner had Sarah Palin's speech ended last night and the cheers faded were people clamoring to hear the response and analysis to it. I was the star of my shuttle bus for having the first-shot email from the Obama camp on my phone — I did a dramatic reading of it for my bus-mates.

The first shot included, "The speech that Governor Palin gave was well delivered, but it was written by George Bush's speech writer and sounds exactly like the divisive, partisan attacks we've heard from George Bush for the last eight years." The kids on the bus noticed the double-helping of Bush immediately. Now, the morning after, the fact-checkers are doing their duty on the speech, including these nuggets:

Palin said: "To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House."

The rebuttal: Sarah Palin might have changed her mind on this one recently. However, a comment here notes that Palin actually slashed funding for schools for special needs kids by 62 percent.

To find out what else they zeroed in on,


Palin said: “But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate.”

The rebuttal: Obama helped pass the 2007 Ethics Reform Law, which curbed the influence of lobbyists and was described as the “most sweeping since Watergate.” In the first week of the 110th Congress, Obama joined with Senator Feingold to introduce a “Gold Standard” ethics package. Many of the Obama/Feingold bill’s most important provisions were included in the final ethics reform package passed by the Senate in late January.

Her speech was wildly and widely well received, with headlines like "Palin delivers star-turning performance at RNC." What do you make of the rebuttals? Was her speech factual?


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stephley stephley 8 years
"Vote McCain-Palin - No kiddin: Several Changes!"
ceej ceej 8 years
The great Gloria Steinem has written a very measured and historical perspective on this appointment.,0,7915118.story
ceej ceej 8 years
Yes, seeing as she cuts special needs school funding in her state.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
"Palin said: "To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House." as a mother of a special needs child myself i would not consider her friend sorry
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I really gotta disagree sweetness. I saw a warning for the current group in Washington, that if she becomes the VP, she and McCain were gonna really make several changes.
sw33tlovin sw33tlovin 8 years
about her speech, at least she made it more clear that electing them would be four years of the same bs.
gitsie123 gitsie123 8 years
I really hope they bring that book thing up in the debates
ceej ceej 8 years
Thank you for the link to the crosscut piece, illuminating indeed. I think it says a lot that she allocated $15 mill for a sports centre. There is such a feeling of anti intellectualism that comes across from this party, banning books is just the tip of the iceberg.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Ha, I just can't get out of this. From Time Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. "She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor. banning books? YIKES
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
{ceej #328) Not really a big surprise if anyone had read the Editor's note liliblu provided and I referenced in comment #110. banning books was really just the tip of the iceberg.
tynachichi tynachichi 8 years
"YY, no one is going to take you contraception. I don't know a single person who wants to take away your BC. " Just to make sure this is out there for everyone's info, because the media is sure glossing over it: The Us Dept of Health and Human Services is CURRENTLY trying to redefine abortion to inlcude birth control pills and the IUD: Source- Wall Street Journal Note this lovely quote: If the draft regulation were to prompt some insurance companies to drop coverage for prescription birth control, "that would be fantastic," said Tom McClusky, a strategist with the conservative Family Research Council. So I would say yes - there are people out there looking to take away my birth control options.
ceej ceej 8 years
An interesting article about the media reaction to Palin; New to me was her request to ban books. This brings the woman's zealotry to a whole new level of scary.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
"...but can someone please tell me why is that when a father kills the mother and the mother is pregnant why is he charged with 2 murders? I have always wondered that." :? Does it really matter? I think it is kind of a bonus when a man who kills his wife which inturn turns off life support to his own child who then dies gets a few more years in jail...with (no doubt) parole in five. I mean REALLY! it's not a Baby sip-n-snooze doll in there or a pillow, it WAS a baby that WAS ALIVE. I wonder if one's husband were having an operation and on life support, if the wife could just come in and blow up the machine keeping him alive because she was mad and get away with killing him ~ because afterall he really isn't a person while on life support. Perhaps she just needs to pay replacement costs for the equipment. :ponder: [sarcasm]
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Can you guys get off it, dang this is not just about pro-life/pro-choice goodness. Can Citizensugar put up another post for this abortion debate, I thought this was suppose to be about the reaction to Governer Palin's speech? Her being pro-life is only a portion of her political views.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
i disagree , life begins at conception. So if a baby is born with problems and needs a ventilator, or G-Tube or some other device to keep it alive, its not really alive and its okay to waltz in there and kill it? Is that the arguement here, it cant survive on its own, therefore not alive? that confuses me.
gitsie123 gitsie123 8 years
Having an abortion is not killing anyone. A fetus can not survive on it's own until at least 5 months. I know people have different views on when life starts, but abortion is not murder(imo). I agree, most clinics, including Planned Parenthood do not preform abortions after 3 months. I am curious to know which clinics preform late term abortions and how common it is in the US.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
"Yeah basty, and Obama hasn't been doing anything like that for the last 12 months." Your right he hasn't! He has defended Palin and the attacks on her family, but he has gone after her on her experinces, the same way he was questioned. It's relevant and it should be done, if you are going to question experince then you should question it all around the board. And I love the use of the word "executive power" really there are cities with populations bigger than Alaska....and yes being a community leader in the south side of chicago,isn't a key to becoming pres nor does it display executive power, but your tooting your horn over a city of 7,000 less thank the population of South Side Chi town. Previous executive power as governer/mayor isn't a key to the White House so loose that line please!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
therefore undave they should teach kids about safe sex, contraception etc etc, it's not only pregnancy people have to worry about these days, I mean 1 in 4 teenage girls in the US has HPV. Somethign must be done. It's all good saying no sex is the safest sex but in today's overly sexual society that just won't fly anymore.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Jessamae thst John Stewart clip was great.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Yeah basty, and Obama hasn't been doing anything like that for the last 12 months.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Abstinence only ed works if the teenagers practice abstinence. Once they start having sex, well, then they've stopped practicing abstinence.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I have to admit Sarah Palin's general presentation is great, and the items in her speech that she seemed passionate about, her family, her views etc were great, but the condescending tone of her attacks on Biden and Obama were in my opinion a little too much. It's one thing to be negative about your opponent it's another thing to be condescending. Bravo to the media for not being bullied around by any campaign and reporting facts, some of which were left out of Palin's speech. I hope that people who watched aren't voting for someone because they look like them,have a large family like them, because they are a women or because they are black, but because this persons political views align with your own. I'm just tired of the "I can relate" voting trend that America has. And again Bravo for the Media not being pressured:
Jessamae22 Jessamae22 8 years
Leave it to the comedy guys to show just how crazy politicians are (and how hypocritical!!).
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
All I have to say is Sarah Palin has walking talking proof that one of the areas she's most vehement about, abstinence education in high school is a failure and does not work period. You have to walk the walk and talk the talk, especially if the US has one the wests largest number of teen pregnancies.
CYL CYL 8 years
"Palin needs to be able to be president on DAY ONE should something happen to McCain (and given that he's 72 and has had four bouts with cancer, that's no joke). There is no time for her to learn on the job. She should be qualified enough from the get-go." I agree suziryder. I am still somewhat mystified at the choice of Palin since it kind of came out o nowhere! There has to be more qualified Republicans that would run for VP..and women who could run for VP?
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