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VP candidate visits Salem

An estimated crowd of 16,000 filled Salem Stadium Monday night for an outdoor rally featuring Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Palin was introduced to the crowd by a mechanic and small business owner from Blacksburg dubbed “Bob the Mechanic.” She entered the stage along with her husband, Todd, as Dolly Parton’s song, “9 to 5,” blasted over the speakers.
With temperatures in the low 40s, members of the crowd braced against the cold while Palin, the governor of Alaska, said she loved the weather because it “reminds me of home.”
During her speech, which lasted close to 30 minutes, Palin spoke on taxes, claiming that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will raise taxes.
She said, “Our opponent is not being candid with you about his tax plan,” and she added, “It is not mean-spirited, and it is not negative campaigning to call someone out on their plans, their record and their associations.”
Palin also spoke of “Joe the Plumber,” which refers to Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Toledo, Ohio, made famous in the final presidential debate.
She said to the crowd, “You’re all Joe the Plumber too, and we’re all in this together, Virginia.” Palin’s visit to Salem was the last of a three-city tour throughout Virginia on Monday, which also included stops in Leesburg and Fredericksburg.
While Palin arrived at the rally at Salem Stadium at about 7 p.m., many members of the crowd had already been gathered at the stadium as early as 3:30 p.m., when the gates opened. Before Palin arrived, the crowd heard speeches from former Virginia governor and current Senate candidate Jim Gilmore, U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte, U.S. Representative Virgil Goode, Virginia Delegate Morgan Griffith and former Virginia attorney general Jerry Kilgore.

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VP candidate visits Salem

An estimated crowd of 16,000 filled Salem Stadium Monday night for an outdoor rally featuring Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Palin was introduced to the crowd by a mechanic and small business owner from Blacksburg dubbed “Bob the Mechanic.” She entered the stage along with her husband, Todd, as Dolly Parton’s song, “9 to 5,” blasted over the speakers.
With temperatures in the low 40s, members of the crowd braced against the cold while Palin, the governor of Alaska, said she loved the weather because it “reminds me of home.”
During her speech, which lasted close to 30 minutes, Palin spoke on taxes, claiming that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will raise taxes.
She said, “Our opponent is not being candid with you about his tax plan,” and she added, “It is not mean-spirited, and it is not negative campaigning to call someone out on their plans, their record and their associations.”
Palin also spoke of “Joe the Plumber,” which refers to Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Toledo, Ohio, made famous in the final presidential debate.
She said to the crowd, “You’re all Joe the Plumber too, and we’re all in this together, Virginia.” Palin’s visit to Salem was the last of a three-city tour throughout Virginia on Monday, which also included stops in Leesburg and Fredericksburg.
While Palin arrived at the rally at Salem Stadium at about 7 p.m., many members of the crowd had already been gathered at the stadium as early as 3:30 p.m., when the gates opened. Before Palin arrived, the crowd heard speeches from former Virginia governor and current Senate candidate Jim Gilmore, U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte, U.S. Representative Virgil Goode, Virginia Delegate Morgan Griffith and former Virginia attorney general Jerry Kilgore.

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