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Sarah Palin was 16 when Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States in 1981. On Feb. 4, the former governor of Alaska will give the keynote address at the opening of two days of festivities marking the late president's 100th birthday.

Her speech at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Calif., "will draw parallels to today, while calling on young people to continue the Reagan revolution into the future," according to Young America's Foundation, the sponsor of the event.

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, says she is considering a bid for the presidency in 2012. Like most of her potential rivals for the GOP nomination, she considers herself a "Reagan conservative."

Former Vice President Dick Cheney will close out the festivities with a speech on Feb. 5. Cheney served in Congress, representing Wyoming, during the Reagan presidency.

In between the two speeches, event planners have scheduled a series of panels with Reagan authors (including Politics Daily contributor Lou Cannon), former Reagan administration officials and young conservative leaders. Young America's Foundation was founded at Vanderbilt University in 1969 with the aim of bringing more conservative speakers to college campuses.

"These special events kick off an entire year-long celebration of President Reagan's life, ideas and his relevance for today's times," the foundation said.

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dottievanpelt

i don't think i have ever seen such hate and disrespect for any woman ever i don't understand why. i think she is educated, smart. i think librals are jealous but i don't understand the hate. she didn't have an abortion when she knew the baby has mentally challenged. she's a good mother. she is beautifut, i'm sure she could have been a model, but she is interested in politics.i wish i could shoot and hunt like her. my husband is 73,when she ran for v.p. that was his 1st. time voting, he thinks she is smart and talks what he wants to hear. lighten up people.i want HUCKBEE for president in 2012.

February 05 2011 at 2:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dmpolis

This has to be a disgrace to any presidnet living or dead. What were they thinking.

February 04 2011 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Prema and Matt

Please, I cannot believe people take Palin seriously. We are in BIG TROUBLE, golly ghee I CAN'T STAND HER!

February 04 2011 at 4:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fpfp040408

FACT = unemployment is down, stock market is way up , OVER 4,000 points, economy getting stronger, THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA !

February 01 2011 at 12:19 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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lafayme

In just 2 yrs Obama added to our deficit more than all Presidents combined. In just two years & 8 months Sarah had already accomplished all she set out to do which was bring Alaska (the 6th wealthiest state in the US) from a deficit to a surplus making Alaska just one of four states NOT IN THE RED. The N.Korea comment was quickly corrected by her, the Blood libel is a term used 5 times in recent days before the event(even the NYT)to mean when any group is wrongly blamed for blood spilled.The Sputnik comment is believed by many to be Russia's initial downfall because they poured money into it when they could not even afford food to feed their people.She eats what she shoots..many ppl do. Her PAC put the crosshairs on a map ..just like the Dem Nat. Comm did ...calling Republicans the targets behind enemy lines.

Let's nitpick some of Obama's gaffs and call him dumb:
I've now been in 57 states-I think one left to go/our country founded more than 20 centuries ago/greater inefficiencies to our health care system/countries like Europe/Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s/ a breathalyzer,or an inhalator.I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that (he was in Austrailia)/there was a tragedy in Kansas.10,000 people died-an entire town destroyed. (only12 people died)pronouced "ps" in Corpsman

February 12 2011 at 3:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fpfp040408

Palin is a quitter ( fact ) who says incredibly and does dumb things ( FACT => N. Korea is our ally, Blood libel, sputnik comment , reload, kills a reindeer 2 weeks before Christmas, puts gun sights on things.ETC ) Palin should not be the key note speaker for anyone ESP. not Reagan.

January 31 2011 at 2:28 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
You've got IT!

It is pathetic that Palin would consider running for President. On what experience? The only experience she had as a VP hopeful, she quit. She's a quitter! Is THAT her campaign slogan? "I've quit my way to the top!" What else has she done? Oh... a REALITY TV SHOW. So maybe her VP-running mate will be one of the Kard_______ sisters. Seriously! Ronald Reagan wasn't the smartest guy on the planet, but he was a Statesman, or at least he was so good at acting like one that he inspired others to leadership. What does she bring as a mentor of our youth. Oh, that's right, a REALITY TV SHOW. And a failed term as a governor of state no one hears about, because no one cares who kills moose from helicopters. Is she kidding?! Would Americans be sooo dumb to consider her?! Come on Guiliani and the rest of you GOPs, step forward and don't embarrass our entire nation by putting her up against Obama. What a JOKE! The only thing she has going for her is the failed screenplay writer who is writing her tweets! It's not enough.

January 30 2011 at 9:37 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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lafayme

Ever read? Did you know that before being a VP pick she had already written 5 Op-Eds in major publications including one in the NY Times. She majored in journalism. She entered politics in 1992...five years before Obama. From 1992 to 1996 she was a City Council person ...the only time in politics that she just had to show up to vote on issues which is all that an Illinois Senator has to do is show up to vote in which he voted "present" 136 times. That is the extent of Obama's political experience. He no sooner was a congressional senator when he began campaigning for President..No he didn't quit..he just wasn't there to actually do the job he was elected to do. Then Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla from 1996 to 2002 managing a budget and payroll into the millions resulting in Wasilla becoming one of the most thriving towns in Alaska. She campaigned for a year in an unsuccessful attempt to become Lt. Governor. Then was Chairperson on the Oil and GAs Commission when she discovered corruption in her own party between Big Oil and politicians. She then ran to unseat the incumbent Republican Governor that was involved in the corruption. She had a 93% approval rating among all Alaskans. Sarah Palin's Alaska was no more a reality show than Jacques Cousteau's UnderSea World was a reality show....It was more of a documentary/travelogue show in which she hosted. Obama might be smart enough to come close to the number of straws in a haystack but Sarah Palin can reach into that haystack and pull out a needle. ...Obama= Unemployment checks....Palin=Jobs

February 12 2011 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ransone

I've had enouogh, already, of Sarah Palin, right along with Paris HIlton, Lindsay Lohan, and Charlie Sheen! These media darlings have been created by the media to sell time, and they think a gullible public is eating it up! Get a life! The media created a public outcry about the Snail Darter years ago, and those little critters were as important as this last pap--maybe more important.

January 30 2011 at 5:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Glenn

Why the heck is Sarah Palin going to be there and who invited her. Nancy Reagan could not stand her. It is an affront to Conservatives everywhere to let this moron speak.

January 30 2011 at 3:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Jeff and Joyce

Again, where's the "civilogue". Are you sure Nancy Reagan can't stand her?? Will you define Moron, and point out where Sarah doesn't "get it". Maybe the reason she has been INVITED to speak is because people are listening and she does have something realevent to say?!!

January 30 2011 at 4:55 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
bthered

Has anybody asked Sarah Palin what She's read lately..?

January 30 2011 at 3:13 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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lafayme

Maybe she read the publications in which published over 5 Op-Ed's in (including the NY Times) prior to being asked by Couric. Maybe Couric was stupid enough to think that Alaska had the only Governor's office in the nation that does not regularly subscribe to every major publication. Maybe Couric who was already told that the McCain camp had strictly told Palin to stick to the pre-rehearsed answers and any others NOT TO BE SPECIFIC...so Couric asked her 20 times trying to trip her up and make her go rogue..SHE WAS NOT TO BE SPECIFIC AND SHE WASN'T....That's all Her science teacher Dad had already said what a voracious reader Sarah was because he removed the TV to an unheated part of the house to discourage TV and to encourage reading.
So stop the silly accusation that she doesn't read.

February 12 2011 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cwlanders

she is the best one to be the keynote.she is the closest one true to his thoughts and the way he ran goverment. I could see her having the guts to fire union gunes like he did .

January 30 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
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Glenn

Oh you want her to destroy America because she will

January 30 2011 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff and Joyce

Hey Glenn, How's that "HOPE and CHANGE" working out for you???

January 30 2011 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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