While speaking at an anti-tax forum in Clarkston, Mich., May 1, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin warned nearly 1,400 residents about the unprecedented growth of the Federal government, and conveyed her hope to repeal healthcare reform legislation and reign in Federal spending, according to the Associated Press (AP).
As the keynote speaker at the Michigan Defending the American Dream Summit, Palin also took the opportunity to chastise her former running mate John McCain and his campaign staff for pulling out of Michigan during the 2008 presidential election.
"The rest of us will not abandon Michigan," she told the crowd. "You deserve much better than the kind of leadership you’re getting from Washington, D.C. If we’re going to get America back on track, we have to get back to some time-tested truth."
Palin told the audience that she was shocked when she found out that the McCain campaign would leave Michigan early, and that her disgust with the decision was what made the Arizona senator’s brain trust assume she was going "rogue," the Michigan Capitol Confidential reports.
The former governor also pointed to Federal bailouts and healthcare reform as all-too-common examples of the government’s "intrusive" nature.