Though she insisted she's all for civility, Sarah Palin said Monday that she and other conservatives will not allow debate to be "stifled" by last week's tragedy in Arizona.
In her first interview since the shooting that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., gravely wounded and the former GOP vice presidential candidate on the defensive, Palin told her Fox News colleague Sean Hannity that she will not be cowed by "lame-stream media" critics who have suggested that macho campaign rhetoric from the right may have helped set the stage for the violence.
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"I'm not going to sit down and shut up," Palin said during an interview in which she quoted Scriptures and Martin Luther King and commiserated with Hannity about the criticisms that both had endured in the days after the shooting. "I did not like being called a merchant of hate by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., " Hannity interjected.
Palin said she wants to continue to use her notoriety to "empower" others, and was studiously noncommittal when it came to a 2012 bid for the White House
"I am going to continue down that path, and if that leads to being a candidate for higher office, then I will announce that at the appropriate time," she told Hannity