Palin is Republican star and Obama the target
September 5, 2008
Source: Uk Reuters
ST. PAUL (Reuters) – Sarah Palin was the biggest star at John McCain’s Republican convention. Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama was the biggest target.
Palin, the moose-hunting Alaska governor and newly minted vice presidential candidate, stole McCain’s four-day show while proving a perfect messenger for its main theme — that Obama is an out-of-touch liberal whose sense of the real world cannot match McCain’s, earned in a Hanoi prison cell.
Her sarcastic put-downs of Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, drew roars of approval from Republicans and drew more than 37 million U.S. television viewers — just short of Obama’s record audience for a convention speech last week.
The message echoed the last two Republican conventions, when scathing attacks on Democrats Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004 helped put George W. Bush in the White House twice.
“Sarah Palin’s mocking tone of Obama was very appropriate,” said Fergus Cullen, chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. “This election now is about Barack Obama and whether he is qualified to be president.”
Palin’s attacks allowed McCain to go easy on Obama during his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday, and her popularity with conservatives gave him room to distance himself from Bush and tout his reformer credentials and willingness to challenge his own party.
“I don’t work for a party. I don’t work for a special interest. I don’t work for myself. I work for you,” McCain said in a 48-minute speech.