Thousands turn out for PalinA direction other than one that Karl Marx would enjoy, I'm sure.
By Mason Adams, the Roanoke Times
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin blew in and out of Salem on Monday night like a brisk Alaskan wind, calling on Virginians to vote her and presidential running mate John McCain into the White House next week.
On an evening where the wind chill approached freezing, Palin fired up an estimated crowd of 16,000 with a half-hour speech that focused largely on taxes and energy policy.
Palin touted the McCain campaign as one of reform. She said times have been tough economically, requiring someone with "experience and courage and good judgment and truthfulness" as president. Palin said the McCain campaign offered "a bold and a fair and a free plan to take this country in a new direction." (link)
Sarah rocks! And so does Southwest Virginia.
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It seems that there were those in attendance whose focus was elsewhere. Female blogger Roanoke RNR came away from the event with this report:
First Dude Rocks Salem
She even has photos. Of
Get your mind back on the business at hand, girl.
Contrast this story with one that appeared in the Kingsport Times a week ago (see "Warner, Boucher fire up Democrats at Wise County rally") that addressed a rally here in Southwest Virginia that was headlined by two of the state's most prominent politicians that attracted, by my count, according to the accompanying photo, a whopping total of 21 people, though there may have been a few more out of range of the camera.
Another indication that most Southwest Virginians have good taste.
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For a really exhaustive batch of photos of the Sarah Palin event, scroll through Collegiate Times.