Sarah Palin says Obama lacks guts on illegal immigration

By Matt DeLong
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 2, 2010; A06

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said Sunday that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has "the cojones" that President Obama "does not have" to take on illegal immigration.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Palin (R) blasted Obama over the Justice Department's lawsuit to block Arizona's controversial new law and attacked him in particular for not addressing "sanctuary cities" -- where local law enforcement is prohibited from asking people about their immigration status. Arizona's law bans sanctuary cities.

Palin said the president and congressional Democrats "are all wet" on plans to let the George W. Bush administration's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire. "It's idiotic to think about increasing taxes at a time like this," Palin said. She added that her "palm isn't large enough" to write all her notes down, and she proceeded to read notes about tax policy from a sheet of paper.

Palin declined to address "fickle" polls showing that she remains unpopular with independents. "I don't blame people for not knowing what I stand for," Palin said. "If I believed everything I read in the media, I wouldn't like me either."

Palin said her family has been avoiding their front yard and "certain angles" in their home after an investigative reporter moved in next door. She said her family has changed its behavior as a result of his arrival, and she accused the reporter, Joe McGinniss, of infringing its privacy and trying to "hamper some of our freedom."

"Some people need to get a life," Palin said.

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