Palin Talks Policy and Politics

Sarah Palin on Fox News SundayFresh off her bus tour of the East coast, former governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin joined “Fox News Sunday” to discuss the policy and politics of the day.

Reacting to the recent string of bad economic news, Palin said the Obama “administration has got to be honest and candid with the American public” and criticized their policies up until now.

“Bottom line is their plan for bigger government, more federal control over our private sector, more regulations and burdensome mandates on the people and our businesses, it’s not working and we do need to shift gears and change course. And it’s very noble of President Obama to want to stay at the helm and maybe go down with this sinking ship.”

What would a “President Palin” do?

“I would go the opposite direction of what these Democrats and President Obama have already tried in his two-and-a-half years. What President Palin would do is cut the federal budget, making sure that we’re not crowding out private sector investment. We will cut that spending. We have no choice. We’re going broke. We’re going bankrupt. We have absolutely no choice.”

The former governor of Alaska added that she thinks one of the most important things that can be done to help the economy is “unleashing our domestic energy production opportunities… Energy is the key to prosperity, to security.”

Addressing one of the pressing issues on Washington’s calendar this summer, Palin said that while she does believe the debt limit is going to be raised, if she was a member of Congress, her vote would be no.

“I would send that message that it is failed leadership in the White House and with our elected officials when they have allowed to us to get this breaking point, if you will, that Moody’s is warning about.”

Palin added that “those who are already committed to voting for it, they better get something out of it for ‘We the people.’ They better get a balanced budget. They better get commensurate cuts in federal spending that equate to that increase in debt, because they’re going to keep incurring more and more.”

She also reiterated her support for House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Medicare reform plan.

This will save Medicare. It will save the safety net of health care coverage that our elders in this country need... what’s going to do away with Medicare is if we keep going down the road that we’re on.

The might-be presidential contender talked a bit about her bus tour and the response she got along the way.

“ What am I publicizing on this tour? I’m publicizing Americana and our foundation and how important it is that we learn about our past and our challenges and victories throughout American history, so that we can successfully proceed forward — very heady days, rough waters ahead of us,” she said.

How does it figure into her decision whether to run in 2012? Not much she says.

“It hasn’t changed my mind as to whether I want to be a candidate or not, Chris. But the response that I received along the trail, my family and I, from ‘We the people,’ from people saying, please, somebody has got to be honest with the public and let Americans understand where our country is headed.”