Sarah Palin – feminist first, tea partyer second
Sarah Palin defends her endorsement of Carly Fiorina in the California Republican Senate primary over the tea party favorite. In speaking out against abortion, she rallies the 'pro-women sisterhood.'
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“I think a whole lot of moms ... are concerned about government handing our kids the bill; it's generational theft, too,” Palin said. “We're stealing opportunities from the future of America. We rise up and moms say, come on, now that's enough. That is enough and we're going to do something about this.”Skip to next paragraph
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Palin also made clear that in her view, modern conservative feminism means that having children and being active outside the home are not incompatible.
“Together, our pro-women sisterhood is telling these young women that they're strong enough and smart enough” to do both, she said. “They're capable to be able to handle an unintended pregnancy and still be able in less than ideal circumstances, no doubt, ... [to] give their child life in addition to pursuing career and pursuing education, pursuing avocations, though society wants to tell these young women otherwise.”
She spoke of her daughter Bristol’s experience with proceeding with an unplanned pregnancy and her own coming-to-terms with discovering while pregnant that her fifth child, son Trig, had special needs.
She also cited Gallup polling that shows more Americans view themselves as “pro-life” than “pro-choice.”
The latest poll, released Friday, showed 47 percent of Americans self-identify as “pro-life” versus 45 percent “pro-choice.” That’s nearly the same as the split Gallup found last July, 47 percent “pro-life” and 46 percent “pro-choice.” The “pro-life” advantage was greater last May – 51 percent “pro-life” to 42 percent “pro-choice.” But for the “pro-choice” camp, the numbers seem to settle far below where they were in the mid-1990s. In 1995, Gallup found 56 percent calling themselves “pro-choice” and 33 percent “pro-life.”
After this story was posted online, Fiorina’s deputy campaign manager for communications, Julie Soderlund, wrote to point out a survey by the nonpartisan Field Poll taken in March that showed that Fiorina received more support from self-identified tea partyers in California than the other candidates. Among likely GOP primary voters who identify “a lot” with the tea party movement, Fiorina received 27 percent support versus 23 percent for former Rep. Tom Campbell and 12 percent for DeVore. Thirty-eight percent preferred “other” or were undecided.
With so many going for “other” or undecided, that’s a sign that many voters were not fully engaged in the race by mid-March. (There has not been more recent polling on tea party sentiment in the race. The primary is June 8.) Another point in the March poll gives one pause: Among self-identified “strongly conservative” primary voters, former Congressman Campbell came out ahead with 27 percent, Fiorina had 25 percent, and DeVore 13 percent. Campbell is clearly the least conservative candidate of the three.