Palin to Defend Experience, Attack Obama in Convention Speech
September 4, 2008
Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) — Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin plans tonight to defend herself against attacks of inexperience, saying her job as a small-town mayor compares favorably to work done by Democrat Barack Obama.
“Since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves,” Palin, 44, will say at the Republican National Convention, according to excerpts released by the party. “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a `community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
Obama, 47, a first-term Illinois senator, has held up his work as a community organizer in Chicago as part of a record that he said shows his ability to lead. Palin, now the governor of Alaska, plans to take aim at that approach and showcase the issues she and presidential hopeful John McCain will tackle.
Palin is seeking to dispel questions about her experience and self-described status as a reformer that have swirled since she became McCain’s running mate on Aug. 29. Palin is also trying to move past the uproar over the disclosure that her 17- year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant.
“I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified,” Palin will say at the convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, tonight. “I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”