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The complete Sarah Palin Tea Party speech video

February 7, 2010 |  2:16 am

Republican Sarah Palin speaking in Nashville at the Tea Party National Convention 2-6-10

Well, here it is. Here she is.

After all the talk and the other Republicans pulling out, Alaska's very own ex-Gov. Sarah Palin showed up Saturday night at the national Tea Party convention in Nashville (with Piper).

And, by and large, she told the crowd in the darkened banquet room what it wanted to hear, judging by the frequent applause. Opening with a hearty and well-received: "Happy Birthday, Ronald Reagan!"

Two lines that stuck out in particular:

We need a commander-in-chief, not a professor of law standing at a lectern.

Gee, wonder if she had anyone in particular in mind.

In praise of the grassroots Tea Party activists, she said:

You don't need an office or a title to make a difference.

Gee, wonder if she had anyone specific in mind.

See what you think for yourself. Here's the whole video of her Tea Party speech:

Sunday, Palin will pop up in Houston to campaign with and for incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, who's being challenged in the GOP primary by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina, a Tea Party activist and businesswoman. The Ticket reported on some new polling data in that race right here.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Ed Reinke / Associated Press.         Video courtesy of C-SPAN.

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