Former Republican governor of Alaska Sarah Palin speaks to members of the media as her husband Todd looks on before a celebration for evangelist Billy Graham's 95th birthday in Asheville, North Carolina on Nov. 7, 2013.
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With a new book heading to shelves, Sarah Palin is back on the offensive.

The former Republican nominee for vice president is out in the media again, giving interviews and spouting her controversial views as she promotes her new book.

At an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition fundraiser on Saturday night, Palin likened slavery to the federal debt.

“Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China,” she said. “When that money comes due – and this isn’t racist, but it’ll be like slavery when that note is due. We are going to beholden to the foreign master.”

This isn’t Palin’s first time at this particular rodeo, either. Last year, Palin told Sean Hannity that she felt the president was bringing the country back to the era of slavery.

“He’s is bringing us back, Sean, to days — you can hearken back to days before the Civil War, when, unfortunately, too many Americans mistakenly believed that not all men were created equal,” she said. “And it was the Civil War that began the codification of that truth, that here in America that, yes, we are equal and we all have equal opportunities.”

Except, it seems, when it comes to non-Christian holidays.

Palin’s book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas will hit shelves on Tuesday; it tackles the phrase “the holiday season” (the “angry atheists with lawyers” and “political-correct police” want to take the Christ out of Christmas, she told USA Today in an exclusive interview.) and encourages people to question store staffers who wish customers “happy holidays,” instead of the former governor of Alaska’s preferred greeting, “Merry Christmas.”

She’s also jumping on the anti-Christie bandwagon.

“I’d like him more if he would stand up and say, ‘Rah-rah, Tea Party, and thanks for not opposing me,’” she told USA Today. “He should hope that, say, if he were to run for president, he should hope that conservatives don’t stay home.”

“I would never put my faith and hope in any one individual politician,’’ Palin said on TODAY on Monday morning. “Not any of them. There is no Ronald Reagan on the scene today. If he were on the scene, that’s who I would put my faith in. 

And of course, she had some favorable words for freedom, when discussing her retirement from public office.

“There is great freedom in what I’m doing now,” she said. “And I love freedom.”

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