Editor's note: Sarah Palin's association with the Alaskan Independence Party has raised some eyebrows in the Lower 48. Here is the text of the welcoming speech she offered by video to the group for its convention earlier this year. It's on YouTube.
I am Governor Sarah Palin and I am delighted to welcome you to the 2008 Alaskan Independence Party convention in the Golden Heart City, Fairbanks.
Your party plays an important role in our state's politics. I've always said that competition is so good -- and that applies to political parties as well. I share your party's vision of upholding the constitution of our great state. My administration remains focused on reining in government growth so individual liberty and opportunity can expand. I know you agree with that.
We have a great promise to be a self-sufficient state made up of the hardest-working, most grateful Americans in the nation.
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So as your convention gets under way, I hope that you all are inspired by remembering that all those years ago, it was in this same city that Alaska's constitution was born. And it was founded on hope and trust and liberty and opportunity. I carry that message of opportunity forward in my administration, as we continue to move our state ahead and create positive change. I say good luck on a successful and inspiring convention. Keep up the good work, and God bless you.
Read more about the Alaskan Independence Party at adn.com.