Palin: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’

Former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican nominee for Vice President Sarah Palin talks to CNN Sr. Producer Paul Vercammen (not shown) at her caucus site in Wasilla Alaska on Super Tuesday, March 06, 2012. (Jeff King/CNN)

Former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican nominee for Vice President Sarah Palin talks to CNN Sr. Producer Paul Vercammen (not shown) at her caucus site in Wasilla Alaska on Super Tuesday, March 06, 2012. (Jeff King/CNN)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a capacity crowd at a National Rifle Association rally how she would baptize terrorists if she were an elected official.

“If I was in charge,” Palin said in Indianapolis, “they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who ran against Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election with Palin as his running mate, has spoken out against waterboarding, calling it illegal and ineffective. During the Vietnam War, McCain endured years of torture and imprisonment as a prisoner of war under the North Vietnamese.

At the NRA event Saturday, Palin said the Washington insiders who called the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, a case of workplace violence “don’t know what is right.” That shooting was carried out by Maj. Nidal Hasan.

“Not when that evil Muslim terrorist Major Hasan massacres his fellow military soldiers at Fort Hood,” she said.

Characterizing Hasan, “that devil, as a ‘disgruntled employee’ ” is hypocritical, said Palin.

She called liberals hypocrites for their stance on issues varying from gun control to torture at the NRA event that was part of the organization’s 2014 convention.

But she backtracked later, saying, “Not all intolerant anti-freedom leftist liberals are hypocrites.”

“I’m kidding,” she said. “Yes, they are.”

Palin told the crowd that “guys like” Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada “are not satisfied with just taking your money and your job and your truck and your property and your rights and your health care. Those Democrats trying to get all ‘Pelosi’ on ya, and you’re not gonna have it!” she said, referring to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

Palin accused the Democrats of pursuing “policies that poke our allies in the eye and coddle adversaries instead of putting the fear of God in our enemies.”

She ended her speech by telling the crowd that the bracelet she wears celebrates the Bill of Rights, ratified in 1791.

“It’s why we’re here, to celebrate and confirm that solemn oath to liberty,” she said.