Palin Makes Last Pitch to Ohio

Nov 3, 2008 1:06pm

ABC News’ Kate Snow and Imtiyaz Delawala Report:  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin kicked off her final day on the campaign trail in Ohio this morning, telling a small crowd of supporters that they “must win” on Election Day tomorrow, while continuing to critique comments Obama made on the coal industry in San Francisco earlier this year — saying that Obama must take “truth serum” when he visits the city.

“I’ll tell ya, this is the right place to be for us to kick off this final day of campaigning. This is the right place to be,” Palin said to a crowd of 1,000 in Lakewood, Ohio outside of Cleveland. “You can just feel it here, you can just feel it here in Ohio — victory’s coming, we can do this, we can win, we can win Ohio. And we must win for you.”

Palin continued a line of attack she introduced on the campaign trail yesterday, critiquing Obama for comments he made in a San Francisco Chronicle interview in January 2008 which re-surfaced this weekend, in which he said that his proposed cap and trade fees on the coal industry would “bankrupt” those trying to build new coal plants that weren’t environmentally friendly.

While Palin tried to critique Obama on his words in the interview, she twice stumbled in her response, saying “bankruptcing” and “bankruptcies” when meaning to say “bankrupt.”

“Just yesterday, revelation, an audiotape surfaces,” Palin said. “You gotta hear this tape. You’re gonna hear Obama sayin’ it, talking about bankruptcing, bankruptcy there in the coal industry.”

“So he’s talking to the San Francisco Chronicle, and he says that sure, if industry wants to try to build these coal-fired power plants, they can go ahead and try, but they’re only gonna be able to do it in a way that bankruptcies the whole industry, the coal industry,” Palin added.

The Obama campaign maintains that Palin is taking Obama’s comments out of context. They argue he never talked about bankrupting the entire coal industry — instead that his policies would impose high fees for those building new coal-fired plants that produce more greenhouse gases. Sen. John McCain has supported a similar cap-and-trade proposal.

“What I’ve said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else’s out there,” Obama said in the interview. “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

Palin joked that Obama must take “truth serum” whenever he visits San Francisco, referencing Obama’s comments this spring at a San Francisco fundraiser that Pennsylvania voters “cling to guns or religion.”

“And there must be something about San Francisco and he because it’s like — I heard on Fox News today, it’s like a truth serum where when he’s there he seems to be more candid,” Palin said. As Palin began to reference Obama’s “bitter” comment, a man in the crowd yelled out, “Bitter clingers!”

“There ya go, the bitter clingers, the cling-ons, all of us, I guess, you know holding on to religion and guns,” Palin responded. “So something about he being there in San Francisco.”

Palin, dressed casually in jeans and wearing her hair down, raced through the shortened version of her stump speech, warning the crowd of her fears if Democrats take control of Washington on Election Day.

As the crowd chanted, “We will win!” Palin responded, “We must win, because Ohio, the far left wing of the Democrat party, not mainstream Democrat ideology, the values, the planks in the platform of the Democrat Party. It’s the far left wing of the party is getting ready to take over the entire federal government.”

The latest polls show Obama with a small lead over McCain in Ohio, which has proved to be as close of a battleground state as it was in the 2004 election.

Palin spent Sunday hop-scotching across the Buckeye State, trying to rally the Republican faithful to turn out to vote for the McCain-Palin ticket at rallies in Canton, Marietta, Columbus and Batavia, Ohio.

“Now we are just two days away from the election and the time for choosing. Are you ready to help us carry your state to victory?" Palin asked a crowd of nearly 5,000 in Marietta, Ohio Sunday afternoon, drawing wild cheers and applause.

Palin was joined on the trail yesterday by country singer Gretchen Wilson, who performed her hit song “Redneck Woman” at three of Palin’s Ohio rallies. Wilson tweaked the main line of her chorus to sing, "Let me get a big ‘Hell, Yeah’ for the nation’s next VP.”

And Palin praised her running mate’s appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, while offering an optimistic election prediction through advice for her SNL look-alike Tina Fey.

“Did anyone catch John McCain last night on SNL — Saturday Night Live?” Palin asked the crowd. “He was such a pro in those skits there with Tina Fey. And little advice for Tina — we want her to make sure that she’s holding on to that Sarah outfit, because she’s gonna need it in the next four years.”

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