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Palin Lists Her Presidential Priorities

Palin Lists Her Presidential Priorities

By Scott Conroy - January 27, 2011

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told an Anchorage radio duo on Thursday that if she were president of the United States, her first act would be to slash corporate taxes.

"Number one, we announce that we're going to cut the corporate tax rate so that our industries can come back to America and know that this is where they can produce and keep more of what it is that industries and companies and businesses earn, so they can reinvest and hire more people," Palin said on KWHL's The Bob & Mark Show.

Palin's answer came in response to a question from one of the hosts asking her to name her top three priorities in a theoretical presidential to-do list.

Other potential Republican presidential candidates have named corporate tax cuts as a goal that would be high on their agendas, citing the U.S.'s relatively high rates compared to those of its economic competitors.

Palin said that as president, she would send the message that "the federal government cannot afford to be in the business of bailouts" and would replace the health care reform law with "some common sense reforms."

Palin also named entitlement reform as a priority, along with opening up new land to help achieve energy independence -- presumably a reference to her support for drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

"We can ratchet down funding for NPR and let the private sector fund that," Palin added. "We can ratchet down subsidies for Amtrak. It loses so much money."

In response to one of the host's suggesting that "coddling up to China" has been a mistake that the current administration has made, Palin suggested that there might be behind-the-scenes negotiations at work between the two countries to help correct an import/export imbalance.

Palin also used the subject of China to touch upon one of her most frequently mentioned topics of the last few months: monetary policy and worries about inflation.

"China is making some good points though, guys," Palin said. "When they start talking about, ‘Hey, America, back off on you preaching to us that we need to readjust our currency and the value of our currency, so that the import/export balance is a little bit fairer' when essentially America is doing the same thing with our own currency when you look at what the Fed is doing to essentially devalue our dollar by priming the pump. We're printing more money and we're throwing it into the system, and that eventually devalues the dollar and can lead to inflation."

The former Alaska governor and members of her family have been frequent guests on the Bob & Mark show, and Palin's first interview after being announced as the Republican vice presidential nominee in August of 2008 was with the program.

In her interview on Thursday, Palin reaffirmed a previous promise that the Anchorage radio personalities' listeners would be the first to know when she makes up her mind about whether she will run for president. Palin gave no indication of the timing for when she will make her decision.

Though she has tasked her aides with taking some initial steps that could lead to a presidential run, Palin is widely expected to delay the announcement of her final decision and let the shape of the prospective field become clearer.

The conservative interest group Young America's Foundation announced on Thursday that Palin would deliver a speech on Feb. 4 to mark the 100th anniversary of former President Ronald Reagan's birth at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California.

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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