Governor of Alaska and former Vice-Presidential candidate for the GOP, Sarah Palin rejected 30% of the allotted stimulus money from the federal government. Sarah Palin has been a critic of the federal stimulus from the beginning. Read more, see photos and video below.
Sarah Palin seems to be joining with other conservative governors who have been critics of President Obama’s stimulus package; including Bobby Jindal and Mark Sanford. Sarah Palin has been less vocal about it, but considering her big stage last fall she has certainly garnered much attention.
Sarah Palin has rejected about $400 million of the funds saying that they would come with too many strings attached and would lead Alaska into a deeper hole. Local Democrats have been firing with both barrels as expected. From CNN:
Bob Poe, a Democratic candidate for governor of Alaska, called Palin’s move downright “narcissistic” in a conference call with reporters, and said it’s clear she is making decisions with an eye toward a future presidential campaign. Palin faces reelection in 2010.
“She is clearly aligning herself with the other very conservative governors who have also rejected the money,” Poe said.
Poe also suggested Palin is playing an “obvious game,” given the state legislature is permitted to overrule her decision to reject the money and is likely to do so.
Then I suggest Mr. Poe, that you override the governor and not worry about it; obviously these democrats don’t understand principles. Just because you are allotted money, doesn’t mean you have to take it. Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Mark Sanford, Haley Barbour, and Rick Perry are operating on pure principle right now; something the liberal establishment doesn’t seem to understand. Something I should say, the republican establishment doesn’t understand.
Sarah Palin did say however that she was open to taking more of the federal funds, about $170 million more; especially those slated for education. Saying,
““We’ve increased education funding in Alaska at historical levels during my administration because it is our priority. We want to make sure any new dollars complement what we’ve already grown,” she said.
Sarah Palin is up for re-election in 2010, and is one of the GOP favorites to run for President in 2012.
More photos and a video of Sarah Palin are below.
Sarah Palin Stimulus Video