Sarah Palin today sharply criticized the White House for its attacks on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its funding of political ads which target Democrats. President Obama and Vice President Biden have both claimed this week that the U.S. Chamber has taken foreign campaign donations, but neither the president not the vice president have offered any evidence to support their allegations:
Headlining a speakers forum sponsored by the Sacramento Metro Chamber, the former vice-presidential nominee, current Fox News commentator and firebrand for conservative candidates charged the White House with portraying private business interests as a threat to America.Governor Palin also said that voters need to elect "business-minded candidates who will not sell out their principles for the sake of bipartisanship":
"If you believe in commerce and you're called a chamber," she told the Sacramento gathering, "maybe that's enough to get you on the White House enemy watch list."
She added: "Did you ever think our White House would go to war with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? The Chamber of Commerce isn't a threat...Who are they going to go after next? The Boy Scouts? The Girl Scouts?...The way the White House talks, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is an international terrorist."
Palin attacked the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress as anti-private enterprise.
"Our administration in Washington is at war with respect to private business," she said. "Those who believe in the free market...are targeted by some in the administration who believe the government can create prosperity."
She said the midterm elections are about "the little guy, the common man," who has been forgotten or ignored by the current administration in Washington. She predicted a wave of change at the state and federal levels after angry voters fight back on Nov. 2.The Associated Press reported that the crowd at the chamber forum numbered about 2,000.
The former vice presidential candidate also praised the tea party movement for "forcing both sides of the aisle to rethink the way they're doing business."