The Parallels Between Sarah Palin and Ronald Reagan - Page 2
Published: August 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm
Palin entered politics because she was concerned that revenue from a new Wasilla sales tax would not be spent wisely.
In 1996, Palin had been serving on the city council for four years, and decided to run for mayor. She defeated three-term incumbent mayor John Stein, running on a platform of "fresh ideas and energy.” In the campaign, she vowed to replace "stale leadership" and criticized Stein for wasteful spending and high taxes.
Sarah Palin once said, “To reduce deficit spending and our enormous debt, you reign in spending. You cut the budget. You don't take more from the private sector and grow government with it.”
Prior to running for Governor, Ronald Reagan was a spokesman for GE, championing the core tenets of American conservatism: free markets, lower taxes, and limited government. Ronald Reagan, like Sarah Palin, believed the government could not be trusted to wisely spend taxpayer’s money.
Ronald Reagan once said, “Government is like a baby---an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.”
In 2006, Palin ran for Governor of Alaska on a clean-government platform. In the November election, Palin was heavily outspent but still victorious, defeating former Democratic governor Tony Knowles by a margin of 48.3% to 40.9%.
She became Alaska's first female governor and, at the age of 42, the youngest governor in Alaskan history, the state's first governor to have been born after Alaska achieved U.S. statehood. She took office on December 4, 2006, and for most of her term was very popular with Alaska voters. Polls taken in 2007 showed her with 93% and 89% popularity among all voters, which led some media outlets to call her "the most popular governor in America."
Ronald Reagan defeated Democrat Pat Brown in 1966 to win the office of Governor of the State of California. Reagan ran on a platform that primarily focused on two themes; entitlement reforms, emphasizing the need to reduce welfare costs, and secondly a promise to reduce incidences of criminal activity.
Though Reagan served two terms as Governor of California, he would never enjoy the enormous popularity in that state as did Sarah Palin in Alaska. In that sense, Sarah Palin is distinguished from Reagan.
Sarah Palin was chosen as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 Presidential campaign. Her conservative views were widely attacked by the mainstream media. As a Vice-Presidential candidate she misspoke on ocassion and had a few minor gaffes in her press interviews, but those paled in comparison to the embarrassing and awkward comments attributed to Barack Obama’s Vice Presidential candidate, Joe Biden.Continued on the next page