Sarah Palin: Let’s shake it up in California! (Updated)

I’d like to tell you about a Commonsense Conservative running for office in California this year. She grew up in a modest home with a school teacher dad, worked her way through several colleges, and then entered an arena where few women had tread. Through a combination of hard work, perseverance, and common sense, she proved the naysayers wrong to reach the top of her field, where she led with distinction – facing hard truths, making tough decisions, and showing real leadership through a rocky transition period. Where others had failed, her company had weathered the storm and settled on a stronger new foundation.

Her name is Carly Fiorina, and I’m proud to endorse her for U.S. Senate.

Carly is the Commonsense Conservative that California needs and our country could sure use in these trying times. Most importantly, she’s running for the right reasons. She has an understanding that is sorely lacking in D.C. She’s not a career politician. She’s a businesswoman who has run a major corporation. She knows how to really incentivize job creation. Her fiscal conservatism is rooted in real life experience. She knows that when government grows, the private sector shrinks under the burden of debt and deficits. We can trust Carly to do the right thing for America’s economy and to make the principled decisions she has throughout her professional career.

Please consider that Carly is the conservative who has the potential to beat California’s liberal senator, Barbara Boxer, in November. I’m a huge proponent of contested primaries, so I’m glad to see the contest in California’s GOP, but I support Carly as she fights through a tough primary against a liberal member of the GOP who seems to bear almost no difference to Boxer, one of the most leftwing members of the Senate. Carly needs our support in this crucial election year when we have a real chance of putting an end to the Pelosi/Reid “Big Government” agenda.

I hope you’ll join me in supporting Carly. Visit her website here, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Read up on her positions and plans to help get us on the right track.

California is still Reagan Country, and Carly promises her “Reagan Conservative” values will be put to good use for her state and for our great nation. Shaking it up in California is long overdue. Let’s help Carly do it!

Update: I’d like to add a few things about my Carly endorsement because some reaction right out of the chute calls for more information:

Carly has been endorsed by the National Right to Life, the California Pro-Life Council, and the Susan B. Anthony List. She is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-military, and pro-strict border security and against amnesty. She is against Obamacare and will vote to repeal it and prevent the government takeover of private companies and industries. Carly is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Like me, she is a member of the NRA, has a 100% NRA rating, and she and her husband are gun owners. She is pro-energy development and believes as I do in an all-of-the-above approach to energy independence. She is against cap and tax. And most importantly, Carly is the only conservative in the race who can beat Barbara Boxer. That’s no RINO. That’s a winner.

– Sarah Palin

The Book On Carly – There’s Never A Happy Ending

Chuck DeVore

Fiorina on Immigration

The American Spectator – By Philip Klein

Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina caused a stir on Friday when she condemned a “racist tone” emerging in the immigration debate.

I also spoke to Fiorina on Friday – after the Politico interview took place, but before it was published – and brought up immigration.

By in large, Fiorina defended the Arizona law and called for tougher border security, but wouldn’t take a position on what to do with the millions of immigrants who are already here illegally.

“I think it is the height of hypocrisy for President Obama, Barbara Boxer, the Democrats to change the subject and say, ‘People in Arizona are terrible, and therefore we need comprehensive immigration reform,’” she said. “The assumption should be that it is the federal government’s responsibility to secure the border. They have failed in that responsibility. They do not need one new piece of legislation to secure the border. They just need to do it.”

She went on to say that, “I think we have to keep the subject on, ‘What is the federal government’s job?’ And the federal government’s job on immigration is two-fold. One is secure the border. And two, have a temporary worker program that works. And the federal government is doing neither one.”

Asked about what she would do with those already here illegally if the border were secured, she was evasive.

“I don’t think voters are going to tolerate a discussion of what we’re going to do next until we do what actually has to be done, period,” she said. “So I’m not prepared to even discuss what we do next.”

She did, however, say that she could not vote for a comprehensive bill along the lines of McCain-Kennedy.

And she defended the new law in Arizona.

“I support Arizona’s efforts to protect its citizens,” she told me. “They’ve been put in an untenable situation and that law is a reflection of their frustration and their fear and it was passed because of the federal government’s unwillingness and inability to do its job.”

Asked about some of the civil liberties issues critics had raised about the ability of law enforcement to demand papers from citizens, she said such attacks on the law were overblown.

“You can create all kinds of scary stories about what might happen, but that isn’t how the law is written,” she said. “The law does not provide the opportunity to simply ask someone for their papers for no reason. “

Overall, Fiorina’s comments on immigration reflect the political position in which she finds herself. She wants to win a Senate seat in a very Democratic state with a huge Hispanic population. But before she gets a chance, she has to win over conservatives to get the Republican nomination. Border security is a safe position that most people say they support. But handling the status of those already here illegally is much thornier and more contentious issue.

Related Links:

Rasmussen: Election 2010: California Senate

SF Gate: Lois Kazakoff: The Chronicle talks with Carly Fiorina

SF Gate: Carly Fiorina outlines her anti-abortion stance

Politico: Facebook turns on Sarah Palin

LA Times: GOP Senate candidates spar in first face-to-face debate