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Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck came to town for a once in a lifetime event. FM NewsTalk 97.1 and Hansen’s Tree Service proudly presented Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck on Friday October 7th, at the Family Arena.
Two of our country’s leading conservative standard bearers came to St. Louis. Sarah Palin first made history on December 4, 2006 when she was sworn in as the first female governor of Alaska. In August 2008, Senator John McCain tapped her to serve as his vice-presidential running mate in his presidential campaign, making her the first woman to run on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket.
Glenn Beck, known for his quick wit, candid opinions, and engaging personality, has attracted millions of viewers and listeners throughout the United States with The Glenn Beck Program. His radio show is heard on over 400 stations. It is the third highest-rated national radio talk show among adults ages 25 to 54.
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The former Alaska governor spoke on a wide range of topics, ripping President Barack Obama’s economic policies and faulting the “permanent political class in Washington, D.C.” in both major parties for overspending and increasing the nation’s debt. She also decried “crony capitalism.”
She complained that Obama and others had supported bailouts for Wall Street and big business and favored political contributors with economic stimulus funds. She said the middle class was paying the bill.
“It’s government picking winners and losers,” she said.
She also said: “The only solution is sudden and relentless reform.”
Palin, who gained national fame as the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, on Wednesday cited family concerns as the main reason for her decision against running next year. She also said she would help support other candidates with similar views.
About 5,000 people attended Friday’s event, and Palin got standing ovations. After speaking for about 50 minutes, she answered questions suggested in advance by listeners of KFTK-FM – the local conservative talk radio station that sponsored her appearance.
The event wasn’t a typical political rally with people allowed in for free. Instead, it was promoted like one of the arena’s entertainment events, with tickets priced at $26 to over $100. The arena bill also featured commentator Glenn Beck.
Palin also said Obama had brought what she called Chicago-style corruption to Washington. “He brought that same Chicago pay-to-play practice to the White House,” she said.
And she criticized “the mainstream media” for not taking a more critical look at Obama’s policies.
Some people in the crowd said they were disappointed at Palin’s decision not to join the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
“Just from day one when she hit the (national) stage, she was right in line with our beliefs,” said Marsha Hill, 66, of the Troy, Mo., area, referring to herself and her husband, John Hill.
In contrast, she said, she doesn’t know as much about the current GOP presidential field. “I guess it would have just been more comfortable” to have Palin in the race, Hill said.
John Hill said he understood Palin’s not wanting to put her family through another national campaign.
Sylvia Moody, 71, of St. Francisville, Ill., said she likes that Palin champions traditional American values. “She’s wanting to take us back to the way we’re supposed to be,” Moody said.
Moody added, however, that she’s afraid Palin wouldn’t have won because of what Moody said was unfair treatment in the news media beginning with her 2008 campaign for vice president.
Renee Nadeau, 56, of Imperial, said she had hoped to vote for Palin because Palin speaks truthfully, is down to earth and is “not afraid to call anybody out, no matter what side.”
She added that it’s always possible Palin will run for the White House later. “Who knows, maybe 2016 or 2020?” Nadeau said.
Nadeau said she’ll delay choosing another candidate until she hears whom Palin endorses. “I trust her that much,” she said.