A growing spat between The President and the former Alaskan governor spilled over into the Southern Republican Leadership Conference on Friday. The two have been sparring over the recent Nuclear Treaty with Russia. Sarah Palin, GOP’s possible 2012 candidate, has been taking shots at Obama for months, but this is the first to get a reply. Check out the full story, as well as pictures and video below!
Earlier this week, US President Obama, and Russian Leader Medvedev signed a nuclear treaty agreeing to lower their nuclear arsenals and alter wartime strategies including missile defense and the use to nuclear weapons. The U.S., most notably, said that an attack by chemical weapon against the U.S. would be met by devastating conventional military strikes, but no nuclear force.
Seeing as the conservative republican base loves a strong military presence, this was a key point of attack for Sarah Palin / GOP to use.
The former Alaskan governor struck first at Obama on Fox News over the newly signed Nuclear Policy. The sweeping changes the US and Russia made were hailed largely as huge successes, but she described them as:
“Go ahead, punch me in the face and I’m not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.”
She said Obama was weak with his nuclear policy, continuing:
“No administration in America’s history would, I think, ever have considered such a step that we just found out President Obama is supporting today,”
Obama responded on ABC:
“I really have no response, because last I checked, Sarah Palin’s not much of an expert on nuclear issues.” The President added: “If the secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are comfortable with it, I’m probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin.”
The “Thrilla from Wasilla” got in a few more pot-shots at The President (who actually wrote an equivalent of a college thesis on Nuclear Disarming), dismissing “all the vast nuclear experience that he acquired as a community organizer.”
Also, intermingled with cutesy sayings (calling her hand “the world’s oldest teleprompter”), she also attacked Obama on oil drilling. Not saying that he did to much, but too little! The President recently signed a bill to open up vast areas off the eastern coast to oil drilling, a move that has been long awaited. But the former governor said it wasn’t enough, retooling a line from her 2008 campaign: “Let’s drill, baby, drill. Not stall, baby, stall.”
Her speech at the SRLC finished with the crowd on their feet shouting and clapping, urging her to run in 2012. You have to give it to her, she definitely has support among conservative republicans! The question among most republicans is, can such a polarizing figure garner enough support outside of her base to beat out an incumbent president.
What do you think of Sarah Palin? GOP candidates have historically been able to appeal somewhat to liberal issues, would she have a chance in the 2012 election? Let me know in the comments section!
Also, check out the pictures and video below!