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Palin to new lawmakers: Stick to your principles

By Gabriella Schwarz, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Palin urges lawmakers to "defund Obamacare"
  • She encourages bipartisanship
  • Palin takes poke at "lamestream media"

(CNN) -- Sarah Palin has a message for new members of Congress: keep your promises.

The former Alaska governor took to her Facebook page Saturday to dispense advice and chart a roadmap for the next Congress.

"Stick to the principles that propelled your campaigns," Palin said in the open letter. "The first step is, of course, to defund Obamacare."

In addition to repealing health care reform, Palin called for cuts in spending, tax cut extensions and border security, all of which were pillars of congressional campaigns during the midterm election cycle.

She also encouraged bipartisanship.

"You should extend a hand to President Obama and Democrats in Congress," Palin said. "After this election, they may finally be prepared to work with Republicans on some of these issues for the good of the country."

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But if Democrats are not willing to work across the aisle, she said "we will all be looking forward to 2012."

And her message was not without a jab at the media who she often refers to as the "lamestream media."

"Remember that some in the media will love you when you stray from the time-tested truths that built America into the most exceptional nation on earth," Palin said.

"When the left in the media pat you on the back, quickly reassess where you are and readjust, for the liberals' praise is a warning bell you must heed. Trust me on that."

Palin is often mentioned as a potential 2012 presidential candidate and launches a book tour at the end of the month to promote her new book, "America by Heart: reflections on family, faith and flag."

The tour will include stops in Iowa and South Carolina, sites of early presidential battles.