TYLER, TX (KLTV)- It was a night a long time coming for many East Texans, but the moment finally arrived. It was a highly anticipated event. Thousands of East Texans descended on Tyler to hear former Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin.
The woman, who's become a major player in the Republican Party, took the stage, but not before crowds heard passionate speeches from Governor Rick Perry and Congressman Louie Gohmert.
This is expected to be Palin's only stop in Texas this year, and she was greeted by an East Texas crowd eager to hear what she had to say. Her focus was on the oil spill and it's relation to the nation's energy policy. She repeated her three famous words, "Drill baby drill".
Palin discussed the need for more domestic drilling and said it's crucial that government takes advantage of natural resources like oil. Along with more drilling, she calls for stricter oversight of oil companies. She said the government must hold businesses like BP accountable.
"We're outsourcing opportunity, and it's not right. We have the people. We have God given resources. What we are lacking is the political will and common sense in Washington D.C. to allow us to be secure," said Palin.
Perhaps the biggest applause came when Palin criticized President Obama for the way he has handled the oil spill in the gulf, saying he should have responded quicker.
"Oil was spreading. It was spreading quickly. Something needed to be done to protect the coast, but at practice, not enough was done and we have learned a heck of a lot now from what was not done coming from the White House," said Palin.
Palin also made it clear she is against an off-shore drilling moratorium. She said natural resources should be our economic lifeline and there should be no more exporting oil. Palin briefly mentioned healthcare reform, taking time to criticize the President's plan and it's possible consequences.