Continuing on bus tour, Sarah Palin sounding more like a candidate 

Sarah Palin discussed more policy issues as she continues her bus tour around America. Last night Fox News aired an exclusive interview with On the Record's Greta Van Susteren where Palin took advantage of Van Susteren's  conversational style to voice her opinions on several issues.

"How's that fire in that belly?" Van Susteren asked.

"Fire in the belly's still raging," Palin replied, "when it comes to energy independence and when it comes to many many common sense decisions that this country  to make to allow us to remain independent and free and secure.

When asked about her future plans, Palin answered:

With more and more people talking about . . not just me but other potential candidates. . . I'm fired up to share with America what the many solutions can and should be. its all common sense and its not rocket science what the decision makers in our country can and should be doing to turn some things around.

On the Ryan Plan:

From day one, I have said, Thank you, Representative Ryan, for coming out with a plan. And people who are slamming the plan and calling it social engineering or belittling his efforts, you know, for shame! I want to know where their plan is if they can't support Ryan's plan. Ryan has been courageous. He's been fiscally sound in what he has spelled out for America. What he is trying to tell America is that we are going broke.

On the stimulus:

A trillion dollars in stimulus package projects that still have resulted in record-setting unemployment, a heart- breaking number of home foreclosures, still these crashed markets left and right, these bailouts, these takeovers ... that didn't work. President Obama has got to recognize that what other countries have done -- what Greece has done, what Spain, what Ireland, what -- that we are now emulating the mistakes that they have made. It's not going to work!

On giving financial aid to Egypt:

I oppose it -- A, we don't have the $2 billion! Where are we going to get it? We're going to go borrow it perhaps from China? We'll borrow money from foreign countries to give to foreign countries. That's bad enough.

On oil and gas prices:

Look at the energy issues that must be addressed today. And we cannot keep going with the flow as we have been with a moratorium in the Gulf. And then we're told by the White House there really isn't a moratorium. Yes, there is. The impacts of that moratorium, where 97 percent of our offshore has been locked up -- what we're looking at now is 157,000 barrels per day less next year, and 200,000 barrels per day less being able to be developed from the gulf the year after because the moratorium disallowed the permitting process, disallowed rigs to be able to, economically speaking, stay in the gulf. They moved out.

So we're going to be looking at $8 billion a day that we're going to be pouring into foreign countries in order to import that make-up fuel that we're going to need to take the place of what we could have gotten out of the Gulf.


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