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Sarah Palin walks on stage to deliver her acceptance speech after becoming the first woman to be on a Republican presidential ticket. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Sarah Palin walks on stage to deliver her acceptance speech after becoming the first woman to be on a Republican presidential ticket. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The first woman on a Republican party presidential ticket scored a hat trick in her acceptance speech for the vice presidential nomination.

Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, delivered a stirring speech Wednesday night attacking her Democratic opponents and playing up her small-town biography.

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities,” she said. “I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.”

Palin took the stage immediately following the convention’s keynote address delivered by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, foregoing the traditional tribute video that precedes the night’s major speaker.

She framed her biography as that of an average mom from a small town, and in so doing, attacked Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle. “They [small town voters] love their country, in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America,” referring to a line from a stump speech from Michelle early on in the primary campaign.

Palin also hyped her maverick credentials, displaying her will to rid her state of wasteful spending. “I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for,” she said. “That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay…I told the Congress ‘thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere.”

Her attacks on Obama were both substantive and personal. “But listening to him [Obama] speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or even a reform – not even in the state senate,” Palin said.

The Democrats issued an immediate response: “The speech that Governor Palin gave was well delivered, but it was written by George Bush’s speechwriter and sounds exactly like the same divisive, partisan attacks we’ve heard from George Bush for the last eight years,” Bill Burton, an Obama campaign spokesman said in a statement.

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Written by chroniclenews

September 4, 2008 at 12:35 am

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