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Palin Mixes Faith And Politics In Convention Speech

Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke at a gospel music convention in Louisville Thursday.

Several thousand attendees filed into Freedom Hall for the event, which was part of the annual National Quartet Convention. Palin’s speech was mostly a collection of anecdotes about faith, but she occasionally worked in jabs at the media and political commentary.

“Free market principles work. When it comes to national security issues, like Reagan used to say, we win, you lose. Simple things like that. I don’t know why that’s considered extreme, those positions I have and those whom I choose to endorse and help support as we head into these midterms where we can take it back, we can take back our country,” she said.

Palin later she believes in God-mandated American Exceptionalism, and implored the audience to stay close to their faith.

“It’s in times like these that we must proudly stand up and speak out for what we believe in, not be ashamed of the gospel but remind America that that is what we need,” she said.

Before the conference, Palin addressed a fundraiser for Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul. That event was for donors only and drew several dozen protesters.

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Palin Speech Draws Protesters Outside Paul Fundraiser

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is delivering two speeches in Louisville today.

The former GOP Vice-Presidential nomineee was the keynote speaker Thursday afternoon at the National Quartet Convention, and prior to that addressed a fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul.

It drew several dozen protesters outside the Crown Plaza Hotel, including Cynthia Wedding of Louisville.

“I’m sure the Tea Partiers want to take out Medicare and Social Security. It’s proven effective, it’s working a lot of us couldn’t live without it. Rand Paul doesn’t need it but Kentuckians need it,” she said.

Paul, who faces Democrat Jack Conway in the November election, has said he’s not in favor of eliminating those government programs, but wants to cut waste from the federal budget.

The demonstrations were organized by labor groups and MoveOn.org.     

Kentucky AFL/CIO President Bill Londrigan says Palin’s visit is the latest example of out-of-state interests interfering in the Senate race.              

“We want to make sure people understand that these large front groups that are putting forth huge amounts of corporate dollars are trying to influence and buy this election—influence the voters and keep their eyes off the key issues,” he said.

A national Republican group and the Crossroads GPS organization have sponsored ads against Democratic candidate Jack Conway. Paul’s fundraiser was closed to the media. Londrigan says he supports Conway in the Senate race.

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Palin's Louisville Speech To Focus On Faith, Not Politics

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will speak at two events in Louisville Thursday. But only one speech is open to the public, and it won’t focus on politics.

First, Palin will speak at a lunchtime fundraiser for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event is for campaign donors only. At 2:00, Palin will cross the street and speak at the National Quartet Convention in Freedom Hall.

Convention president Les Beasley says Palin has been asked to speak about her faith.

“See, our music is Christian-oriented,” he says. “And she seems to have a strong faith in the Christian religion and she comes across as being a fine lady and we just thought that people might like to hear her speaking.”

Beasley says politics may come up during the subsequent question and answer session, and he expects the audience will include some Palin followers.

“Yeah, I think a lot of them would agree with her politics,” says Beasley. “Obviously, some of them don’t, because we’ve had some negative comments, but very, very few.”

Palin’s convention speech is open to the media and tickets are being sold to the general public.