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And tonight on -- my exclusive interview with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin now this is the governor is very first television appearance since the horrific shooting in Tucson.
-- took the lives of six Americans and wounded more than a dozen others she's here respond -- the political finger pointing.
That took place in the aftermath of that tragedy a much much more and joining me tonight from Wasilla Alaska is Fox News contributor Governor Sarah Palin governor welcome back.
Thanks John thank you for the opportunity I let let's go back.
Put to the very beginning nine days ago when the shooting occurred where what are you -- and what we thinking at the time.
I was in my home here in -- and of course my first thoughts when I heard of the shooting was -- and knowing that there were deaths was somehow absolutely atrocious this was and how.
Evil a person would have to be to kill an innocent and then as things unfolded and heard shot about -- the death of an innocent child a nine year old.
Child my thoughts nothing could be as horrendous as that and you know that is the main thing that we need to remember here even as we proceed in our discussion -- is that there are families mourning and we mourn with those who -- we agree with those who grieve and they are prayers.
Cover these families and made the somehow as we read the book of Jeremiah god touch these families and envelop.
That they have the end of the peace -- only he can provide may he turn their morning somehow supernatural lead to joint.
Governor -- -- -- your name.
And I put in the words.
Governor Sarah Palin Tucson shooting.
And it came up nearly 101000.
In 101000 instances.
-- you connected to this when did you first realize you were being connected to this tragedy.
Well right away unfortunately.
And not just me and this isn't it.
About -- and my response four days after.
Does this horrendous event -- in my response I talked about defending those who were innocent had nothing to do with the shooting and it.
My defense wasn't self defense it was defending those who work.
-- I found out right away because when I started to allude to -- -- here well who did this and names were not given but.
I read my name in the reports and then I read Rush Limbaugh and then soon.
Your name's Shawn and mark abandoned some Tea Party patriots and soon the entire state of Arizona was being -- of accused up.
Somehow being accessories.
To this horrendous horrendous crime.
That is why I was puzzled at first as to why before facts were even gathered why would be that the mainstream media would start.
Accusing and using such a tragedy for what appeared to be right off the bat some political gain.
Yeah I didn't particularly like my profession what I do for a living.
I'm being called the merchant of -- by Robert F Kennedy junior.
I didn't like it at all and I responded and I'm gonna get to you and you know your choice in responding in all that in just a second.
A lot of these initial stories governor had to do with with this map that you're -- can't put up during the last campaign and the fact that.
Was one of the people on quote the target list in the cross hairs that were there.
What what could you tell us about this map and and -- -- I'll get in a more questions after that.
Well that map wasn't an original graphic in fact for many many years maps in political races have been used to target certain districts that.
And it to people would feel that they can navigated to those districts and find someone whom they believe -- down represented their constituents' will better than incumbent and that is what this map represented that we used on my pack.
And the graphic that was used was cross terrorists targeting the different districts and again that's not original affect Democrats have been using it for years in fact Bob Beckel I believe that he.
Had bragged on your show shot that he is the one who invented these cross hairs are these targets help.
It it and that came up Brenda wade that oh it must to be cause of this.
Horrendous evil act of this shooter bit perhaps he saw that map and that incited him towards violence which of course is.
Ridiculous and that again it's not an original use -- but I -- graphic.
Begin June did you or your -- have this taken off the web site immediately after the shooting -- that's been bantered about.
You know I believed that I'm someone in the -- in fact the contract graphic artist didn't take it down.
And I don't think that that was inappropriate if it was kind of cars are much heart burn and even more controversy -- have a problem with that being taken down but at the screen shots of course have been taking -- that and I don't know if the Democrats.
Get taken down the -- -- in these ensuing days but again you know knowing that that had absolutely nothing to do.
With an apolitical or perhaps even left leaning.
-- and all who -- these innocents and an injured so many.
I didn't have a problem with -- being taken down if in fact it actually has been taken down.
Governor you know what have you mentioned earlier the DLC has used this Bob -- did say this -- -- Democrat over the years has said this.
This is a DLC map that we're looking at on the screen here a bull's -- map.
Targeting districts and it says a right they're targeting strategy.
All these war analogies clintons had a war room it's very common in politics.
Why do you think you were singled out in the left single -- -- in in this governor.
I know but it isn't about me personally but it is about the message.
That I have not hesitate at all to spread across this country and that is that our country's on the wrong track we've got to get.
Put back on the right track and we have to elect those officials.
Who can adopt and enact policy.
To allow us to be prosperous and healthy and safe again and I know that a lot of those on the left hate my message and I'll do all that they can to stop.
Many because they don't like the message but again we know that it's not just me it's all who seem to embrace the I'm time tested truths that helped build our country they do not like to hear that message and as many of them had promised to do.
They'll do what they can -- -- -- and destroy the message and the messenger.
Yet during the campaign we had Joseph mansion now senator mention.
And -- he took a rifle and he fired a bullet right through the captain and tax bill.
He said and didn't retrospect he would he probably wouldn't do it again.
In light of this criticism fair or unfair in light of the events.
Mean do you think targeting maps bull's eyes etc.
are fish that they should no longer be used in these campaigns governor.
You know I think it's great to be very.
-- and I think even huge tower really to really start censoring everyone's speech and everyone's icons that perhaps they have used traditionally for decades in.
Political races and political talk and -- as I say I believe that some of that will be few -- we hear now this.
Desired this demand for stability and discussion when it comes to political debate didn't.
Certainly I agree with the idea of being civil I get definition civil means being well -- yes we should be respectful we should be simple but.
We should not to use an event so like that in Arizona to stifle debate did that.
That -- time honored and cherished tradition that we haven't America being able to respectfully petition our government.
Add protest peacefully and respectfully in order to affect the change that we would like to see in our government's what do you think should have.
And I know so much has been set as I mentioned when you wouldn't we go will you it's you know 101000 articles related to the Tucson shooting.
And and I I've got to imagine that bothers you and it's.
Eight I I guess the question that I'm asking -- -- some of suggesting what -- this man that's the end of Sarah Palin's political crips are -- become radioactive is -- term somebody used.
Do you do you does this impact you or you your political future in any way our governor.
-- change you well.
On -- days celebrating the legacy and the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
we would be well to remember what -- his famous quote he had reminded listeners.
That's a lie cannot live and I believe that it not every situation is just going to be Providence that sheds light.
I'm what the truth yes we have to do our part -- sell sell.
In a situation like we have just faced in these last eight days had been falsely accused of being accessory to murder.
-- and others need to make sure that we too are shedding true shedding light dot truth so that -- cannot continue to let because.
If -- -- does live then of course.
Your career is over your reputation is -- and you will be ineffective -- what it is that you are I'm trying to do so.
I will continue to speak out so they're not going to shut me out they're not gonna shut you up or rush or.
Marco -- or Tea Party patriots are those who as I say respectfully.
And done patriotic we petitioned their government for change.
They can't make us sit down and shut up and if they ever -- to succeed in doing that.
Then our republic will be -- -- not necessarily me.
-- Sat down and shut up but having that the boys.
Respectful dissent being shut up that would -- -- republic.
I governor we have a lot more to get to.
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