Sarah Palin started off her keynote speech at at this morning's Susan B. Anthony List "Celebration of Life" breakfast in downtown Washington D.C. with a defense of her endorsement of Republican California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina. Palin justified picking Fiorina over the other Republicans in the primary race by remarking that "anyone bold enough to proclaim their pro-life stance -- or pro-NRA stance in a deep blue state" like California is "the real deal" when it comes to pro-life credentials.
Palin chose to endorse Fiorina as the Republican candidate over the pro-choice Tom Campbell and the pro-life Chuck DeVore. Many conservative groups, such as RedState, favor DeVore as the more conservative candidate with better pro-life bona fides. The SBA List, however, is backing Fiorina, as they prioritize the elections of pro-life women.
The part of Palin's speech that drew the biggest response from the audience was her story about her and her daughter Bristol's difficult pregnancies -- hers with Down Syndrome son Trig, and unwed teenager Bristol's with son Tripp. It was a moving moment when Palin called Trig "our greatest blessing" and "the best thing that ever happened to me and to the Palin family," and mentioned that Trig wakes up every morning clapping his hands and applauding the day.
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