Republican firebrand Sarah Palin tore into Barack Obama, the "permanent political class, " and unnamed practitioners of "crony corporate capitalism," but made no mention of her yet undeclared candidacy for President during a 40-minute speech at a Tea Party rally in Indianola, Iowa, on Saturday. But on another of her frequent visits to the state whose caucuses begin the delegate selection for the party's national convention, the former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate sounded very much like a contender for the top of the ticket 2012, as she widened her attack to include Republicans as well as Democrats and offered a five-point plan for revitalizing America.
"Here's my plan," she told the roughly 2,000 people standing on a rain-soaked field to greet and cheer on the popular champion the Tea Party movement with frequent chants of "Run, Sarah, Run! " Calling for "sudden and relentless reform," Palin outlined a plan for the repeal of "ObamaCare," elimination of "burdensome regulations," undefined reform of entitlement programs, elimination of federal corporate income taxes, and the development of domestic energy resources.
"Drill here, drill now!" Palin shouted to the crowd cheering her plan for oil exploration and development at home. "Let the refineries and pipelines be built. Stop kowtowing to foreign countries and dictators, asking them to ramp up production and industry for us." Making what sounded like a campaign pledge, Plain said, "I promise you this will bring real job growth, not the politicians' phony green jobs, sprinkled with fairy dust and glitter."
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