Here are the excerpts being released so far…
On her experience as a public servant:
“I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kidsâ€™ public education better. When I ran for city council, I didnâ€™t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too. Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a â€˜community organizer,â€™ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
On why she is going to Washington, D.C.:
“Iâ€™m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And Iâ€™ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if youâ€™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 hereâ€™s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: Iâ€™m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – Iâ€™m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”
On energy policies that the McCain-Palin administration will implement:
“Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of Americaâ€™s energy problems – as if we all didnâ€™t know that already. But the fact that drilling wonâ€™t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, weâ€™re going to lay more pipelines…build more nuclear plants…create jobs with clean coal…and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.”
On John McCain:
“Hereâ€™s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”
As I’ve said the past few days, until Palin actually answers the legitimate questions being posed to her, attacking the media is thin gruel. Some voters might buy that, but not many. Because people are still thinking to themselves, “Who is this person?” and that question needs to be answered before they’ll switch.
But will Palin’s lack of experience actually hurt Obama by bringing up parallels between the two? I don’t think so and here’s why…McCain has never had a problem being perceived as more experienced than Obama. But what he does have a problem with is enthusiasm and Palin essentially saying she’s not really all that experienced either won’t exactly make voters stream to the polls to usher in a McCain presidency.
And honestly, the only person who will be able to make voters excited about a McCain presidency will be John McCain himself. So, in that regard, his campaign has put too much heavy lifting on Sarah Palin’s speech tonight for it to succeed in the way it’s designed to.