First up to speak with Sean Hannity was former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The crowd went wild when they saw her enter the room, in part because her appearance was totally unexpected.
He began by discussing the issues going on at the Veterans Administration, bringing up Palin’s comments a few years back about death panels. She responded by saying that the VA is an example of what government run healthcare is and that it will result in death panels because it is inefficient and necessarily takes away choices. Palin continued,
Isn’t it ironic that those who are willing to sacrifice all, to put their life on the line; to allow the freedom of choices in healthcare and of physicians and everything else.. our soldiers, our airmen, or marines.. They’re the ones getting screwed by the VA..
Sean then shared what he referred to as his ‘conservative solutions for America’ which are five points.
I want a penny plan to balance the budget. I want a consensus plan, healthcare savings accounts. I want what you want, which is, drill here, now. Drill baby drill. I want to secure the boarders and I want school choice.
To which Sarah replied,
Well that is common sense Sean. That is your problem! You exercise common sense. And that is absent from those who are in this kind of elitist group making the decisions for us.
Sarah suggested that the Republican leadership should use Hannity’s five points and ask candidates if they support them. She stressed that if the Republican leadership were to do something like this, people would be able to clearly understand their platform.
Surprisingly for a pretty polarizing figure like Sarah Palin, when asked what she thinks about the clear divide within the Republican party between the Tea Party and the establishment, she responded with,
United we stand, divided we fall.
She went on to say that, “our foundational mission should be to stay united.”
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal began by discussing the success of his state, specifically touting the successes of school choice:
93% of the parents are happy. The dollars follow the kids. We don’t force the kids to follow the dollars. We’re seeing better academic scores, saving the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
For Jindal, it’s all about choice which he says this administration doesn’t understand. Speaking about himself and his fellow conservative Republican governors,
We trust the American people. Listen to this administration. The president doesn’t trust us to choose our own insurance product. Doesn’t trust us to choose the best school for our children.
Speaking about the First Lady’s school lunch program, Sean pointed out that the distrust even extends to food choices.
Michelle Obama has to tell us what to feed our kids.
Sean went on to reiterate his 5 conservative solutions for America, asking what Governor Jindal thinks of his ideas. Jindal replied, “Works for me.”
The Duck Commander himself, Phil Robertson, spoke with Sean about God and the American culture. But first Sean asked him what his first thought was when he was asked to speak at the Republican Leadership Conference, to which Phil responded he sensed a bit of desperation on the part of the GOP.
Sean and the crowd sort of nervously laughed at that statement but he went on to say that he doesn’t own a suit, a watch or a cell phone and that it just seemed strange. He jokingly said,
I’m draggin up out of the woods here. You boys must be hard up these days. But if you want me to come, I’ll come down and say a few words.
Sean went on to explain that while he is fighting political wars, Phil seems to be fighting a spiritual war. Phil responded,
You delve into and are part of the political wars. The, as I would call it, the argument ad infinite. It never ends. And very few people, I’ve noticed, ever change their mind.
With me, it’s all spiritual warfare. I want them to give their life to God Almighty and Jesus, His son, and be saved from their sins.
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