Surprising some political pundits, 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) largely avoided typical political talking points during her speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, focusing instead on veterans and the threat of ISIS.
One of Palin’s ideas was to give all veterans health care vouchers, instead of having to rely on Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics run by the federal government. VA clinics have notoriously been plagued with corruption, from inadequate care of its patients to long waits in the hospital.
The former Alaska governor also blamed the inefficiencies in the health care system for the lack of care U.S. veterans are receiving.
“America hands over her sons and daughters in service with the promise that they’re going to be taken care of," Palin said. "Our troops are promised . . . that a grateful nation will spare no expense to patch them up and bring them back to health when wounded. And now they come home wounded. Too many broken in body and spirit. Well we, their mothers and their fathers and their husbands and their wives, we’re here to collect on the promises made."
However, Palin received the most attention when addressing President Obama’s plan, or lack thereof, to fight the Islamic State (ISIS).
Referring to U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf’s comments on providing educational opportunities for the Middle East and focusing less on killing the enemy, Palin said, “We can’t kill our way out of war? Oh really? Tell that to the Nazis! Oh wait, you can’t. They’re dead. We killed them.”
She also criticized President Obama's decision to say the world is at war with extremism, not radical Islam.
“Wake up, Mr. President,” Palin said. “While Christians bow our heads and pray for you, radical Islamists want to cut off your head.”
Palin was speaking at CPAC, an annual conference that enlists the top Republicans in politics and the media to speak about current issues. This year, other speakers include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, all presidential contenders in 2016.
You can view Palin's entire speech here.
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