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Sarah Palin's debut on Fox with 'big man on campus'

January 13, 2010 |  7:34 am

(UPDATE: Sarah Palin's appearance on Fox News Tuesday upped its already top-rated viewership by a million, as noted by our buddy Don Surber over here.)

"I'm still standing and I'm here with Bill O'Reilly."

So said former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday night in her debut as a Fox commentator, in which she called conservative commentator O'Reilly "the big man on campus." Her comments sparked more political analysis about whether the gig is a steppingstone than any big surprises. Take a look.

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Among her comments:

On healthcare: "The White House wants to take another one-sixth of our economy from the private sector hands and put it in government's hands.... That's the another step towards greatest unemployment numbers."

On House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "Perhaps so," she said, when asked if Pelosi was more liberal than President Obama.

On Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: "I don't think he's a racist but I don't think [former Republican leader] Trent Lott is a racist either."

-- Johanna Neuman

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