Palin Addresses Investors in Hong Kong

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Several months after resigning her post as governor of Alaska, a more moderate Sarah Palin addressed a group of global investors in Hong Kong giving what she called her view of Main Street. 

"I'm going to call it like I see it, and I will share with you candidly a view right from Main Street, Main Street U.S.A.," Palin said, according to a video of part of the speech obtained by The Associated Press. "And how perhaps my view of Main Street ... how that affects you and your business."

The former vice presidential candidate's speech was broad in scope, touching on everything from from financial markets and Afghanistan to China-U.S. relations and health care. 

Some have speculated the address was meant to lay the first brick in the foundation for a 2012 White House bid. Palin caught much political heat in 2008 for her lack of foreign policy experience.
"She has learned and grown from the election," said Melvin Goode, New York-based consultant who said he'd carried out some political polling for President Barack Obama in the past.

"She was more level headed," he said. "She didn't criticize. I was waiting to see if she said anything derogatory about Obama, and she didn't." 

Instead she argued for less government involvement, calling for lower taxes and a private-sector solution to health care. 

Palin also touched on U.S.-China relations, suggesting the U.S. had a role to play in shaping China's future. She prompted China to become a more a responsible member of the world community and to help resolve issues related to Afghanistan, North Korea, and other troubled regions. 

Wednesday's address - her first given overseas - was closed to the media so that she could make an "unfettered" presentation to the investors.

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