Governor Palin spoke today in Belleville, Michigan at Americans for Prosperity’s Patriot’s in the Park tea party event. The Detroit News reports, “Sarah Palin brings positive energy, message to tea party faithful”:
Former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin told an energized crowd of supporters Saturday to keep up hope going into the election season.
“I don’t want you to be bummed, I don’t want you to lose courage and I don’t want you to lose hope and faith that things can be turned around, though the challenges do seem daunting,” Palin told a cheering crowd of at least 400 strong gathered at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. “We must not lose our sense of optimism.”
Actually, reports on the ground state that more like 1,500 attended the event of fired-up patriots.
Palin’s address rounded out a day of speeches from tea party and conservatives in politics, religion and the media, hosted by the Michigan branch of Americans for Prosperity and the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus.
Other speakers included Wisconsin Speaker of the House Jeff Fitzgerald, Michigan state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton Township and Troy Mayor Janice Daniels.
But the enthusiasm of the crowds could not be compared to when Palin appeared shortly before 4 p.m. Dozens ran to the stage to get close enough to snap a picture. Supporters screamed “You go girl!” and “Palin for Energy Secretary.”
Palin started off by telling the crowd about how much she likes Michigan.
“Any state that loves hockey and hunting and snow and cars, I feel perfectly at home in,” she said.
Palin touched on a myriad of issues including the energy crisis, the budget deficit and healthcare. She said President Obama’s vision for the country is to fundamentally change America.
“Why would anybody want to fundamentally transform what is so good and free and strong about America?” she said.