LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — Sarah Palin took the stage of the pavilion at John Knox Village in this Kansas City suburb on Monday and quickly described her running mate as "the only man in this race who's got what it takes to lead our country."
Later she said of John McCain, "he doesn't run with the herd."In her short stump speech, Palin recited a litany of her own achievements in Alaska that have already becoming familiar fare to many Americans.
For instance, she once again described her decision to reject federal money to build the infamous "bridge to nowhere" because she she said if her state wanted the bridge it would build it itself. It's been widely reported, however, that she first championed the project and kept the federal appropriation for Alaska even after the bridge idea died.
Palin's speech was interrupted numerous times by chants of "Sarah, Sarah, Sarah" and "John McCain, John McCain."When McCain got his chance, he stressed the importance of Republicans winning Missouri in November."We must win this state, and we will to win the presidency of the United States," he said.
He described himself as a maverick, adding "now we have a team of mavericks. We understand that who we work for. We're going to work for you and we're going to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., and take on the special interests. And we're going to reform the government."
McCain also cited an ad campaign by the liberal group MoveOn.org that portrayed Gen. David Petraeus, then commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, as "General Betray Us." McCain claimed that Obama refused to vote on a Senate resolution to condemn that ad.
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