Palin takes off gloves, rips Washington elite
September 4, 2008
Source: Star Tribune
Claiming her historic spot on the Republican ticket, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin uncorked a slashing attack on Barack Obama Wednesday night and vowed to help John McCain bring real change to Washington.
“Victory in Iraq is finally in sight … he wants to forfeit,” she said of the Democratic presidential nominee.
“Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights.
“Government is too big … he wants to grow it.”
A packed Republican convention hall roared at every line delivered by the 44-year-old Alaska governor, the first woman ever named to a Republican national ticket.
In the most eagerly awaited moment of the convention, the first-term Alaska governor and mother of five made her first major address since presidential nominee-to-be John McCain chose her for the No. 2 spot.
Palin faced her largest TV audience ever, a nation transfixed by her unexpected appearance on the national scene and a bumpy family narrative, not least her unwed 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy.
In a home-spun narrative of her public career as governor and small-town mayor, Palin addressed the roiling debate about her qualifications for the vice presidency, and the inevitable comparisons to Democratic hopeful Barack Obama.
“I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town,” she said. “I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better.
“When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.”
Before Palin was elected Alaska’s governor in 2006, she noted, she was the mayor of her home town of Wassila, a job she said compared favorably to Obama’s background as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago.