Belleville — Former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin told an energized crowd of supporters Saturday to keep up hope going into the election season.
"I don't want you
to be bummed, I don't want you to lose courage and I don't want you to
lose hope and faith that things can be turned around, though the
challenges do seem daunting," Palin told a cheering crowd of at least
400 strong gathered at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. "We must not lose
our sense of optimism."
Palin's address rounded out a day of
speeches from tea party and conservatives in politics, religion and the
media, hosted by the Michigan branch of Americans for Prosperity and the
Willow Run Tea Party Caucus.
Speakers took to a stage laid out in front of rows of people sitting in
folding and beach chairs. Many brought umbrellas to escape the heat of
But the enthusiasm of the crowds could not be compared to when Palin
appeared shortly before 4 p.m. Dozens ran to the stage to get close
enough to snap a picture. Supporters screamed "You go girl!" and "Palin
for Energy Secretary."
"It's just the energy she brings," said Donna Kreuger. Gesturing toward
the enthusiastic crowd surrounding Palin, she said: "Four years later
and look what's happening look what she's driving."