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HH: Governor Sarah Palin, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show. Great to have you.
SP: Hey, thank you so much. Nice to hear your voice.
HH: Governor, your candidacy has ignited extreme hostility, even some hatred on the left and in some parts of the media. Are you surprised? And what do you attribute this reaction to?
SP: Oh, I think theyíre just not used to someone coming in from the outside saying you know what? Itís time that normal Joe six-pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency, and I think that thatís kind of taken some people off guard, and theyíre out of sorts, and theyíre ticked off about it, but itís motivation for John McCain and I to work that much harder to make sure that our ticket is victorious, and we put government back on the side of the people of Joe six-pack like me, and we start doing those things that are expected of our government, and we get rid of corruption, and we commit to the reform that is not only desired, but is deserved by Americans.
HH: Now Governor, the Gibson and the Couric interview struck many as sort of pop quizzes designed to embarrass you as opposed to interviews. Do you share that opinion?
SP: Well, I have a degree in journalism also, so it surprises me that so much has changed since I received my education in journalistic ethics all those years ago. But Iím not going to pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrelful. Iím going to take those shots and those pop quizzes and just say thatís okay, those are good testing grounds. And they can continue on in that mode. Thatís good. That makes somebody work even harder. It makes somebody be even clearer and more articulate in their positions. So really I donít fight it. I invite it.
HH: Have you followed the attacks on you, say, via Drudge or the blogs? Some of them are just made up and out of left field, others are just mocking. Do you follow those?
SP: No, I sure donít, and thank God I donít have time to follow those. You know, I think that those shots, too, though, no matter what weíre taking and receiving, itís nothing compared to what real shots are against Americans in this world. Americans today who are worried about losing their home and figuring out how in the world theyíre going to pay their fuel bill next month, and send their kid to college, and may be worried about losing a loved one that theyíre sending off to a war zone to protect our rights. Those are the shots that Americans are taking, so all this political nonsense and the lies, the rhetoric that is spun out there about someone just trying to offer themselves up in the name of service to this great country, Iíll take it.
HH: Governor, you mentioned the people who are struggling right now. Have you and your husband, Todd, ever faced tough economic times where you had to sit around a kitchen table and make tough choices?
SP: Oh my goodness, yes, Hugh. I know what Americans are going through. Todd and I, heck, weíre going through that right now even as we speak, which may put me again kind of on the outs of those Washington elite who donít like the idea of just an everyday working class American running for such an office. But yeah, thereís been a lot of times that Todd and I have had to figure out how we were going to pay for health insurance. Weíve gone through periods of our life here with paying out of pocket for health coverage until Todd and I both landed a couple of good union jobs. Early on in our marriage, we didnít have health insurance, and we had to either make the choice of paying out of pocket for catastrophic coverage or just crossing our fingers, hoping that nobody would get hurt, nobody would get sick. So I know what Americans are going through there. And you know, even today, Todd and I are looking at whatís going on in the stock market, the relatively low number of investments that we have, looking at the hit that weíre taking, probably $20,000 dollars last week in his 401K plan that was hit. Iím thinking geez, the rest of America, theyíre facing the exact same thing that we are. We understand what the problems are. Itís why I have all the faith in the world that John McCain is the right top of any ticket at this point to get us through these challenges. Itís a good balanced ticket where heís got the experience, and heís got the bipartisan approach that itís going to take to get us through these challenges. And I have the acknowledgement and the experience of going through what America is going through.
HH: Governor, when you say things are tight right now, is that simply because of Todd being off not working? Or is it because of extraordinary demands on the fiscal resources of the Palin family? Whatís the situation there?
SP: No, itís just the great financial crisis that America is in as our savings accounts also, and a 401K, theyíre being hit.
SP: Our stocks, you know, they took a hit yesterday. And then of course, just the same thing that other Americans are asking themselves today. Weíve got three teenagers. How are we going to pay for their college education? How are we going to make sure that weíre investing wisely today. Weíre putting a lot of faith in other people who are using our money as investments. We have to count on the federal government to be overseeing these agencies and entities, making sure that weíre not going to get screwed on this deal, and that our savings are safe. So there again, John McCainís got some great ideas on granting authority, for instance, to the FDIC, making sure that our deposits are insured. He wants to increase that deposit insurance cap of all of our money, our savings, from $100,000 dollars up to $250,000 dollars, so that families like mine, so that we donít have to worry about our money being safe or not under FDIC.
HH: Governor, letís turn to a couple of issues that the MSMís not going to pick up. Youíre pro-life, and how much of the virulent opposition to you on the left do you attribute to your pro-life position, and maybe even to the birth of, your decision, your and Toddís decision to have Trig?
SP: Yeah, you know, I think that thatís been probably the most hurtful and nonsensical slap that weíve been taking is our position that we have taken, pro-life, me personally, and saying that you know, even though I knew that 13 weeks along that Trig would be born with Down Syndrome, and I said you know, heís still going to be a most precious ingredient in this sometimes messed-up world that we live in. I know that my son is going to provide a lot of hope and a lot of promise in this world, and Iím so thankful of course that Iíve had the opportunity to give him life and to bring him into this world. But I think yeah truly, that thatís been a hurtful slap that we have taken, because people just donít understand. Ironic too, Hugh, that some would consider my position on life and trying to usher in a culture of life, respecting the sanctity of life in America, that that is seen as an extreme position when to me, an extreme position is one that Barack Obama took when he was in the Illinois State Senate, not even supporting a measure that would ban partial birth abortion, not even supporting a measure that would during, after a botched abortion and that babyís born alive, allowing medical care to cease and allowing that baby to die. That to me is extreme. Thatís so far, far left itís certainly out of the mainstream of America. To me, that is the extreme position, not my position of just wanting that culture of life to be respected, and not wanting government to sanction the idea of ending life.