- I would choose life.
- Alaska gubernatorial debate, 2006-11-02, quoted in Stein, Sam (11 September 2008), "Palin On Abortion: I'd Oppose Even If My Own Daughter Was Raped", The Huffington Post
- Asked whether she would support a daughter's decision to have an abortion if she were raped
- Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now — while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.
- Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both. And you know, I say this too as the daughter of a science teacher. Growing up with being so privileged and blessed to be given a lot of information on, on both sides of the subject — creationism and evolution. It's been a healthy foundation for me. But don't be afraid of information and let kids debate both sides.
- Alaska gubernatorial debate, KAKM Channel 7, 2006-10-25, quoted in Kizzia, Tom (2006-10-27). "'Creation science' enters the race". Anchorage Daily News.
- on teaching creationism in public schools
- (Hillary Clinton) does herself a disservice to even mention it, really. … When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism, or maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, "Man, that doesn't do us any good, women in politics, or women in general, trying to progress this country."
- My son Track...he's gonna be deployed in September to Iraq. Pray... for this country, that our leaders... are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan.
- Address to a class of ministry students at the Wasilla Assembly of God church in June 2008; Web Site With Speeches and Sermons From Palin's Former Church Shuts Down as Religious Views of Candidate Face Scrutiny; Palin's Church May Have Shaped Controversial Worldview
- [The Alaska Constitution is] my bible in governing. I try to keep it so simple by reading the thing and believing in it and living it. It's providential. Some of the crafters of the Constitution are still alive. They're my mentors, my advisers. I get to meet with these folks and ask, "What did you mean by this?" And it makes so much sense.
- Interview by Dimitri Vassilaros for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, conducted 2007-07-12, published 2007-07-16
- He's cool. He's a good guy. He's a good guy, he's so independent. He's independent of like, the party machine. I'm like, "Right on, so am I."
- MTV interview with Dani Carlson, 2008-02-05, quoted in "Sarah Palin, Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee, Plugs Romney, Paul — But Not McCain — In MTV Interview", MTV Newsroom (MTV), 29 August 2009
- Regarding Ron Paul.
- Oh, you are so spot on. I absolutely agree with you.
- In response to an assertion by a caller on C-SPAN's show Washington Journal on February 24, 2008, that drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would "immediately" solve America's oil problems and that America's grid electricity originates in Venezuelan and Middle Eastern oil.
- Sarah Palin (February 24, 2008). "Washington Journal". C-SPAN. Retrieved on 2008-09-04.
- We must win, because Ohio, the far-left wing of the Democrat Party, not mainstream Democrat ideology, the values, the planks in the platform of the Democrat Party. It's the far-left wing of the party is getting ready to take over the entire federal government.
- Campaign speech in Lakewood, Ohio, November 3, 2008 
- Simply waiting for low-carbon-emitting renewable capacity to be large enough will mean that it will be too late to meet the mitigation goals for reducing [carbon dioxide] that will be required under most credible climate-change models.
- Murphy, Kim (April 15, 2009). "Palin sees gas drilling as step to curb global warming". LA Times. Retrieved on 2011-10-27.
- This is Reagan country, and perhaps it was destiny that the man who went to California's Eureka College would become so woven within and interlinked to the Golden State.
- Speaking at a fundraiser at California State University - Stanislaus on June 25, 2010, she mistakenly assumed that Eureka College was in California, when it is, in fact, in Eureka, Illinois. 
- I think my problem is that I do have the fire in my belly. I am so adamantly supportive of the good traditional things about America and our free enterprise system, and I want to make sure that America is put back on the right track, and we only do that by defeating Obama in 2012. I have that fire in my belly. It’s a matter for me a couple of practical, pragmatic decisions that have to be made. One is, with a large family, understanding the huge amount of scrutiny and the sacrifices that have to be made on my children's part, in order to see their mama run for president! But yeah, the fire in the belly, it's there! That's kind of my problem! It's such a roaring fire in my belly to preserve and restore all that’s good about America, that I struggle with that every single day.
- On the Record with Greta van Susteren, Fox News, 19 May 2011
- asked by Greta Van Susteren if she has "that fire in her belly" for a presidential run
- You know what, I didn't mess up about Paul Revere. Here's what Paul Revere did, he warned the Americans that the British were coming, the British were coming, and they were going to try to take our arms away and we gotta make sure that we were protecting ourselves and shoring up all our ammunitions and our firearms so that they couldn't take them, but remember that the British had already been there, many soldiers, for seven years in that area. And part of Paul Revere's ride — and it wasn’t just one ride — he was a courier, he was a messenger. Part of his ride was to warn the British that we're already there. That, hey, you're not going to succeed. You're not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have. He did warn the British. And in a shout-out, gotcha type of question that was asked of me, I answered candidly, and I know my American history.
- He's, I guess you could say, with all due respect, the flavor of the week because Herb Cain [sic] is the one up there who doesn’t look like he's part of that permanent political class. Herb Cain — he came from a working-class family. He's had to make it on his own all these years. We respect that.
- I'm sure if we open up the dictionary, we could prove that with semantics that are various, we can prove that there is a definition of slavery that absolutely fits the bill there, when I'm talking about a bankrupt country that will owe somebody something down the line if we don't change things that is, we will be shackled.
- CNN Interview with Jake Tapper Tapper, Jake (2013-11-12). "THE LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER".
- Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card.
- Facebook, 2014-01-20, quoted in Robin Abcarian (20 January 2014), "On MLK Day, tone-deaf Sarah Palin says Obama plays the race card", LA Times
- A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is built for.
- A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.
- Coppock, Mike (2008-08-29). "Palin Speaks to Newsmax About McCain, Abortion". Newsmax.
- Posed question: What is your take on global warming and how is it affecting our country?
- Charlie Gibson: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?
Sarah Palin: They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.
- ABC News interview, 2008-09-11
- Yeah, what I did was wrong.
- to conservative Alaskan columnist Paul Jenkins, in response to a comparison of emails showing her actions in conducting campaign business on City time to state Republican leader Randy Ruedrich conducting party business on state time, 2008-09-13, quoted in Jo Becker, Peter S. Goodman and Michael Powell (2008-09-14). "Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes". The New York Times.
- Our opponent...is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.
- We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation. This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans.
- Fundraiser in Greensboro, North Carolina, 2008-10-16, quoted in Holmes, Elizabeth (2008-10-17). "Palin Touts the ‘Pro-America’ Areas of the Country". The Wall Street Journal.
- Senator Obama said that he wants to spread the wealth and he wants government to take your money and decide how to best to redistribute it according to his priorities. Joe suggested that sounded a little bit like socialism. Whatever you call it, I call it bad medicine for an ailing economy and it's what Barack Obama will do to those who want to create jobs.
- Rally in West Chester, Ohio, 2008-10-17, quoted in Holmes, Elizabeth (2008-10-17). "Palin Aligns Obama’s Economic Policies with ‘Socialism’". The Wall Street Journal.
- Referring to Senator Barack Obama saying to Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher on 2008-10-12 about progressive taxation, "And I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody" and Wurzelbacher saying of it to the Toledo Blade, "That's a pretty socialist comment."
- That's a great question, Brandon, and a vice-president has a really great job because not only are they there to support the president's agenda, they're there like the team member, the teammate to the president. But also, they're in charge of the United States Senate, so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom. And it's a great job and I look forward to having that job.
- Responding to a question from a Colorado 3rd grader about what the US Vice President does; October 20, 2008. 
- [Tax] dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good — things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not.
- Referring to a $211,000 USDA study seeking ways to better control Bactrocera oleae, which is harmful to American agriculture. 
- Alec Baldwin: You can't let Tina go out there with that woman. She goes against everything we stand for. I mean, good Lord, Lorne, they call her... what's that name they call her? Cari... Cari... What do they call her again, Tina?
Sarah Palin: That'd be Caribou Barbie.
- ...I know at the end of the day putting this in God’s hands, the right thing for America will be done, at the end of the day on Nov. 4. 
- Don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is and even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll just plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don't let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in '12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door.
- On her considering a future run for the office of President of the United States, November 10, 2008 
- Let me go back quickly to a comfortable analogy for me and that's sports. Basketball! And I use it because you are naïve if you don't see a full court press from the national level picking away right now. A... good point guard here's what she does: she drives through a full court press pro...tecting the ball, keeping her head... up because she needs to keep her eye on the basket and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can win *gasp* and that is what I'm doing - keeping our eye on the ball that represents sound priorities remember they include energy independence and smaller government *gasp* and national security and freedom and I know when it's time to pass the ball... for victory.
- On her resignation, July 3rd, 2009. 
- "While we recognize the occurrence of these natural, cyclical environmental trends, we can't say with assurance that man's activities cause weather[sic] changes. We can say, however, that any potential benefits of proposed emissions reduction policies are far outweighed by their economic costs."
- Palin, Sarah (December 9, 2009). "Copenhagen's political science". washingtonpost.com (The Washington Post). Retrieved on December 15, 2009.
- The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care.
- "Statement on the Current Health Care Debate", Facebook, 2009-08-07, quoted in "Sarah Palin falsely claims Barack Obama runs a 'death panel'", Politifact, 10 August 2009
- In response to the proposed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- But I didn't believe in the theory that human beings – thinking, loving beings – originated from fish that sprouted legs and crawled out of the sea. Or that human beings began as single-celled organisms that developed into monkeys who eventually swung down from trees; I believed we came about through a random process, but were created by God.
- Canada needs to dismantle its public health-care system and allow private enterprise to get involved and turn a profit.
- "Backlash boots Palin from hospital fundraising". Toronto Sun. 2009-12-18.
- Thank goodness for social networking sites like this and new media sites which have allowed us to get around the "lamestream" media and present the facts.
- "Is It Any Wonder Why We Call Them “Lame”?", Facebook, 2010-06-01
- It's wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news.
- On joining FOX News, quoted in "Sarah Palin signs on as a commentator with Fox News". BBC News. 2010-01-11.
- The Administration says then, there are no downsides or upsides to treating terrorists like civilian criminal defendants.
But a lot of us would beg to differ. For example, there are questions we would've liked this foreign terrorist to answer before he lawyered up and invoked our US constitutional right to remain silence[sic]. Our US constitutional rights. Our rights that you, sir [addressing veteran in audience], fought and were willing to die for to protect in our Constitution. The rights that my son, as an infantryman in the United States Army, is willing to die for. The protections provided — thanks to you, sir! — we're gonna bestow them on a terrorist who hates our Constitution?! And tries to destroy our Constitution and our country. This makes no sense because we have a choice in how we're going to deal with a terrorist — we don't have to go down that road.
There are questions that we would have liked answered before he lawyered up, like, "Where exactly were you trained and by whom? You—you're braggin' about all these other terrorists just like you — uh, who are they? When and where will they try to strike next?" The events surrounding the Christmas Day plot reflect the kind of thinking that led to September 11th. That threat — the threat, then, as the U.S.S. Cole was attacked, our embassies were attacked, it was treated like an international crime spree, not like an act of war. We're seeing that mindset again settle into Washington. That scares me, for my children and for your children. Treating this like a mere law enforcement matter places our country at grave risk. Because that's not how radical Islamic extremists are looking at this. They know we're at war. And to win that war, we need a commander-in-chief, not a perfesser of law standing at the lectern!
- National Tea Party Convention keynote speech, Nashville, Tennessee, 2010-02-06, quoted in "Palin: "We need a commander in chief not a professor of law standing at the lectern"", Media Matters for America, 6 February 2010 and "The qualities of Sarah Palin", The Economist: 58, 4 December 2010
- regarding President Obama
- Now, this was all part of that hope and change and transparency, and now a year later I gotta ask those supporters of all that: "How's that hopey-changey stuff workin' out for ya?"
- National Tea Party Convention keynote speech, Nashville, Tennessee, 2010-02-06, quoted in Gonyea, Don (7 February 2010), "'How's That Hopey, Changey Stuff?' Palin Asks", NPR
- regarding President Obama
- Lest anyone try to convince you that God should be separated from the state, our founding fathers, they were believers. And George Washington, he saw faith in God as basic to life.
- to Women of Joy in Louisville, quoted in Grossman, Cathy Lynn (21 April 2010), "Sarah Palin throws the God punch — again", USA Today
- on separation of church and state
- I think we should just kind of keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant — they're quite clear — that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments.
- The O'Reilly Factor, 6 May 2010 , quoted in "Sarah Palin: American Law Should Be 'Based On The God Of The Bible And The Ten Commandments'", The Huffington Post, 10 May 2010
- Let me ask you, do you love your freedom that you have here in America? Well, so do I.
- Keynote address to International Council of Shopping Centers convention, Las Vegas Convention Center, 2010-05-23, quoted in Dostal, Erin (23 May 2010), "Sarah Palin praises free market at Las Vegas convention", Las Vegas Sun
- There is no way I'm not going to love a state when you enter your borders and you look up at your state flag and you see emblazoned on that a mama grizzly.
- RNC fundraiser, Anaheim, California, 2010-10-16, quoted in "Palin rallies the faithful in Anaheim while Whitman and Fiorina campaign elsewhere", Los Angeles Times, 16 October 2010
- Referring to the male grizzly bear on California's state flag.
- Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn't it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.
- "@SarahPalinUSA", Twitter, 2010-07-18 [deleted], quoted in "Palin "Refudiates" Mosque Near Ground Zero". NBC New York. 2010-10-17. and "The qualities of Sarah Palin", The Economist: 58, 4 December 2010
- Referring to controversial construction of Park51, a Muslim community center a few blocks from a site of the September 11 attacks.
- Pat Gray: How would you handle a situation like the one that just developed in North Korea?
Sarah Palin: Well, North Korea, this is stemming from a greater problem, when we're all sitting around asking, "Oh no, what are we going to do" and we're not having a lot of faith that the White House is going to come out with a strong enough policy to sanction what it is that North Korea's gonna do. So this speaks to a bigger picture that certainly scares me in terms of our national security policy. But obviously, we've got to stand with our North Korean allies. We're bound to by treaty. We're also bound to by—
Steve Burguiere: South Korean.
Palin: Yes, and we're also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes.
- Radio interview, The Glenn Beck Program, 2010-11-24, quoted in "Sarah Palin: 'We've got to stand with our North Korean allies'", The Guardian, 24 November 2010
- Assange is not a 'journalist,' any more than the 'editor' of al Qaeda's new English-language magazine Inspire is a 'journalist'...Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders?...Did we use all the cyber tools at our disposal to permanently dismantle WikiLeaks?
- On Wikileaks after the release of confidential US diplomatic cables 
- Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book "America by Heart" from being leaked,but US Govt can't stop Wikileaks' treasonous act?
- Greta Van Susteren: And Governor, last night, there was a lot of talk about the "Sputnik moment" that the President talked about, um... Do you agree with him? Do you f— And is this our moment?
- Sarah Palin: That was another one of those WTF moments, when he so often repeated the "Sputnik moment" that he would aspire Americans to celebrate, and he needs to remember that, uh, what happened back then with the former Communist USSR and their victory in that, uh, er, race, to space. Yeah, they won but they also incurred so much debt at the time that it, it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union. So I listen to that "Sputnik moment", uh, talk over and over again and I think no, we don't need one of those.
- On the Record w/Greta Van Susteren, Fox News, 26 January 2011
- "Palin Calls Obama's Sputnik Analogy A "WTF Moment"", Media Matters, 26 January 2011, retrieved on 2011-01-27
- Lewison, Jed (27 January 2011), "Palin completely misunderstands what "Sputnik Moment" means", Daily Kos, retrieved on 2011-01-27
- referring to Barack Obama saying of investing in biomedical research, information technology, and clean energy, "This is our generation's Sputnik moment."
- Nobody has promised life was going to be fair. In politics, it really isn't fair. There's scrutiny, double standards and all that. Again, when it affects me personally, I'm dealing with it in a different way that others who want to bring more light to it and demand that Bill Maher apologize or that NOW defend me for something that was said. By the way, I need NOW's defense like a fish needs a bicycle. I don't want them to defend me.
- On the Record w/Greta Van Susteren, Fox News, 23 March 2011 (Borrowing a feminist slogan from Irina Dunn that is commonly misattributed to Gloria Steinem: "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.")
- on NOW's criticism of a vulgar remark made by Bill Maher about Palin: "Did you hear this – Sarah Palin finally heard what happened in Japan and she's demanding that we invade 'Tsunami'. I mean she said, 'These Tsunamians will not get away with this.' Oh, speaking of dumb twats, did you –"
- I haven't heard the president say that we are at war, and that's why I too am not knowing, do we use this, the term "intervention"? Do we use "war"? Do we use "squirmish"? What is it?
- Quoted in "Sarah Palin Wonders Aloud if Libya Action is a "Squirmish"", Crooks and Liars, 29 March 2011, retrieved on 2011-03-30
- When Piper laid the wreath at George Washington's tomb this afternoon, I wished that every American school student could be here to see and feel the spirit of our nation's first father. Even Piper was able to grasp the significance of being in the presence of our first President — who had such diverse interests — when she told me later "how hard he must have worked to keep that farm going!"
- "Greetings from the road in Maryland!", SarahPAC, 30 May 2011
- He who warned, uh, the— the British that they weren't going to be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringin' those bells and um makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were going to be secure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.
- Martel, Frances (2 June 2011), "Watch CNN Anchor’s Deadpan Reaction To Sarah Palin’s Version Of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride", Mediaite, retrieved on 2011-06-05
- Somander, Tanya (3 June 2011), "Sarah Palin’s History Lesson: Paul Revere Warned The British", ThinkProgress, retrieved on 2011-06-05
- describing Paul Revere
- posed question: "What have you seen so far today, and what are you going to take away from your visit?"
- Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.
- National Rifle Association annual convention, 2014-04-26, quoted in Jake Miller (2014-04-27). "Sarah Palin talks waterboarding, guns at NRA convention". CBS News.
2008 Republican National Convention
- "Palin’s Speech at the Republican National Convention". The New York Times. 2008-09-03. Retrieved on 2008-09-06.
- And a writer observed, "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty and sincerity and dignity," and I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman.
- Quoting Westbrook Pegler
- I love those hockey moms. You know, they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.
- While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over-the-top. I put it on eBay.
- I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.
- Referring to her mayorship of Wasilla, Alaska.
- "Quotes of the Day". Time. 2008-09-04.
- Well, I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment. And — I've learned quickly these past few days that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But — now here's a little news flash. Here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country.
- Alex Johnson (2008-09-04). "Palin fires back at media, ‘Washington elite’". MSNBC. Retrieved on 2008-09-04.
- Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reason and not just to mingle with the right people. Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests. The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it. No one expects us all to agree on everything, but we are expected to govern with integrity, and goodwill, and clear convictions, and a servant's heart.
- The phrase "a servant's heart" refers to a teaching of Jesus to crowds of Pharisees ("But the greatest among you shall be your servant.", Matthew 23:11) or to his apostles at the Last Supper ("and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all", Mark 10:44) or to his apostles on the road to Jerusalem ("But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.", Luke:22:26).
- I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks" on that Bridge to Nowhere.
- Republican National Convention, 2008-09-03, quoted in Rosin, Yereth (2008-09-01). "Palin "bridge to nowhere" line angers many Alaskans". Reuters.
- On a controversial earmark for the Gravina Island Bridge
2008 interviews with Katie Couric
- Katie Couric: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families, who are struggling with healthcare, housing, gas and groceries, allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?
Sarah Palin: That's why I say, I, like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the tax payers looking to bail out, but ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping tho— uh, oh, it's got to be all about job creation too, shoring up our economy, and putting it back on the right track. So healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as— competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.
- Interview with Katie Couric, The Early Show (2008-09-25), quoted in Powers, Ryan (25 September 2008), "Palin: ‘What The Bailout Does Is Help Those Who Are Concerned About Health Care Reform’", Think Progress
- What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who's more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who’s actually done it.
- Katie Couric: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign-policy experience. What did you mean by that?
Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land — boundary that we have with — Canada. It, it's funny that a comment like that was — kind of made to — cari— I don't know. You know. Reporters —
Palin: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.
Couric: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.
Palin: Well, it certainly does because our— our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia—
Couric: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
Palin: We have trade missions back and forth. We— we do— it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where— where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is— from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to— to our state.
- Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?
Palin: I've read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.
Couric: What, specifically?
Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.
Couric: Can you name a few?
Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn't a foreign country, where it's kind of suggested, "Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?" Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.
- Interview with Katie Couric, CBS Evening News, 2008-09-30
- "Sarah Palin Answers What Newspapers, Magazines Inform Her Worldview: "Most Of 'Em...All Of 'Em...Any Of 'Em," "Alaska Is Like A Microcosm Of America"", The Huffington Post, 30 September 2008
- Tozzi, Lisa (30 September 2008), "Palin: ‘I’m the New Energy’", The Caucus
- My response to her, I guess it was kind of flippant. But, I was sort of taken aback, like, the suggestion was, "You're way up there in a faraway place in Alaska, do you know that there are publications in the rest of the world that are read by many?" And I was taken aback by that because, I don't know, the suggestion just was a little bit of perhaps we're not in tune with the rest of the world.
Quotes about Palin
- Alphabetized by surname.
- I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings.
- I have a person that I want to win obviously, and I don't think that's a mystery. On the other hand, if he doesn't win, if the other guy wins – if the guy who's running with Bible Spice wins – [applause] if John McBush and Bible Spice win, we have to find a way to come together as a country, because we can't let it be the way it’s been the last 8 years where there's been this acrimony and this bitterness.
- What's happening to Sarah Palin right now is like the worst college exam cram period ever.
- Heather Bruce, on her older sister's preparations for the U.S. vice-presidential candidate's debate; October 2, 2008; 
- She’s an instinctively effective candidate. And with a compelling story.
- She's been thrust in the spotlight with very little national preparation and I think, all things considered, you saw a very composed and effective debater.
- We should all come to her defense and say that Sarah Palin is a fucking retard. [laughs from his audience] Get it? You see, it's satire!
- Hey, Sarah Palin, hows that hatey, killy, reloady, crosshairsy thing working out for ya?
- Frank Conniff, Twitter, quoted in "Sarah Palin's 'Crosshairs' Ad Dominates Gabrielle Giffords Debate". ABC News. 2011-01-09.
- parodying her "hopey-changey thing" line, referring to Palin's "Don't retreat, reload" slogan and her ad featuring a map with crosshairs over 20 congressional districts targeted by her political action committee SarahPAC, and Representative Gabrielle Giffords subsequently being shot in the head.
- Gov. Palin supports an 'all of the above' energy approach, with first-hand experience advocating it. She has a strong record of working to cut wasteful spending. She is firmly dedicated to promoting strong families and protecting the most vulnerable in society.
- It's like a really bad Disney movie, The Hockey Mom. "Oh, I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska", and she's president. She's facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd.
- Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.
- Sarah Palin rummages online frantically erasing her rabble-rousing Tweets like a Stalinist trimming non-persons out of photos.
- In Alaska, Gov. Palin challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill. Unlike some Governors who have let spending get out control, Governor Palin has actually used her veto pen and cut budgetary spending. And she has fought hard against wasteful spending, helping to thwart senseless government projects. Sarah Palin is a governor with a record of achieving results for Alaska."
- Luke Esser, Washington State GOP Chairman, as quoted in August 30, 2008 article in Seattle Pi.
- The Palin choice looks cynical. The wires are showing.
- I think she has pretty thoroughly — and probably irretrievably — proven that she is not up to the job of being president of the United States.
- She talked about Reagan with great affection. But then she also talked about Lady Thatcher, and I think it's interesting for a number of our friends who assume that, if you come from Wasilla, you can't be very sophisticated. She was pretty vividly aware of who Margaret Thatcher was, and it made an impact on her as a young woman, watching and growing up in high school and college.
- Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House.
- She got her start as a PTA activist and 'hockey mom' who took on the corrupt Alaskan political machine. Unlike Obama, who played ball with the notorious Chicago machine, Palin took dead aim at the bosses of her own party.
- She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?
- She wouldn't have articulated one coherent policy and people would just be fawning all over her. Tony [Knowles] and I looked at each other and it was, like, this isn't about policy or Alaska issues, this is about people's most basic instincts: 'I like you, and you make me feel good.'
- She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials. [...] I think it's a stretch to, in any way, to say that she's got the experience to be President of the United States.
- It might be worth asking Governor Palin for a tally of the other favorites from her reading list.
- I found her quite a capable woman. She asked the right questions on Afghanistan.
- There is nothing said about Palin that wasn't said about Ronald Reagan. Grade B movie Star. Amiable dunce. And it really hurt, didn't it?
- I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me." And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.
- Sarah Palin is now the guy who hangs out in the high school parking lot showing off his car, five years after he graduated.
- Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show (2009-04-03), MSNBC
- She's got a show on The Learning Channel. That's like me having a show on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
- You know what's the worst thing about it? The greatest [thing about] McCain is no cynicism — and it is cynical.
- In television interviews she was out of her depth in a shallow pool. She was limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions, and sometimes in knowing them. She couldn't say what she read because she didn't read anything. She was utterly unconcerned by all this and seemed in fact rather proud of it: It was evidence of her authenticity... In another age it might not have been terrible, but here and now it was actually rather horrifying.
- Most qualified? No. I think they went for the — excuse me — political bullshit about narratives... Every time the Republicans do that — because that's not where they live, and it's not what they're good at — they blow it.
- It's arguable that membership in the self-esteem generation harmed [Sarah Palin]. For 30 years the self-esteem movement told the young they're perfect in every way. It's yielding something new in history: an entire generation with no proper sense of inadequacy.
- In the end the Palin candidacy is a symptom and expression of a new vulgarization in American politics. It's no good, not for conservatism and not for the country.
- How dare Palin not embrace abortion as the ultimate civilized ideal of modern culture? How tacky that she speaks in a vivacious regional accent indistinguishable from that of Western Canada! How risible that she graduated from the University of Idaho and not one of those plush, pampered commodes of received opinion whose graduates, in their rush to believe the worst about her, have demonstrated that, when it comes to sifting evidence, they don't know their asses from their elbows.
- Liberal Democrats are going to wake up from their sadomasochistic, anti-Palin orgy with a very big hangover. The evil genie released during this sorry episode will not so easily go back into its bottle. A shocking level of irrational emotionalism and at times infantile rage was exposed at the heart of current Democratic ideology — contradicting Democratic core principles of compassion, tolerance and independent thought. One would have to look back to the Eisenhower 1950s for parallels to this grotesque lock-step parade of bourgeois provincialism, shallow groupthink and blind prejudice.
- I like Sarah Palin, and I’ve heartily enjoyed her arrival on the national stage. As a career classroom teacher, I can see how smart she is — and quite frankly, I think the people who don’t see it are the stupid ones, wrapped in the fuzzy mummy-gauze of their own worn-out partisan dogma. So she doesn’t speak the King’s English — big whoop! … I stand on what I said (as a staunch pro-choice advocate) in my last two columns — that Palin as a pro-life wife, mother and ambitious professional represents the next big shift in feminism. Pro-life women will save feminism by expanding it, particularly into the more traditional Third World.
- Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.
- Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.
- In one blockbuster of a speech, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resurrected my Dad’s indomitable spirit and sent it soaring above the convention center, shooting shock waves through the cynical media’s assigned spaces and electrifying the huge audience with the kind of inspiring rhetoric we haven’t heard since my Dad left the scene.
- People are learning that she pandered to us by saying, 'I'm for this' … and then when she found it was politically advantageous for her nationally, abruptly she starts using the very term that she said was insulting.
- Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein, on Palin's withdrawal of support for a "bridge to nowhere" earmark, a term he claims she'd originally found insulting; Palin "Bridge to Nowhere" Line Angers Many Alaskans, Reuters, published September 1, 2008
- Life is full of gambles that are unavoidable. This surely was an avoidable gamble.
- A look at Palin’s 20 months in power, along with interviews with people who worked with her, shows her to be a serious executive, a governor who picked important things to do and got them done — and who didn’t just stumble into an 80 percent job-approval rating.
- I made a prediction when I talked to her yesterday. I said "People who get hold of this—like AP or any of the state-controlled media—they're going to focus on … the soap opera aspects of your book and they're going to ignore what is truly one of the most substantive policy books I've read.
- Paglia, Camille (2008). "Obama Surfs Through", from Salon.com, accessed 2011-04-20.