Monday, September 22, 2008

Sarah Strikes Fear In Obama Camp And For Good Reason

(Joe Biden's last rally drew only 1,000)

The Independent World News
Sarah Palin Draws Record Crowds in Florida

They came by the tens of thousands to the town of Lady Lake in Central Florida, waiting patiently in the scorching sun for a chance to see Sarah Palin. According to some estimates as many as 60,000 people turned out.

“She's the sunrise, not the sunset,'' said Linda Cusumano, 57, of Orlando.
“She makes me feel there's nothing we can't do.''

The Palin effect may be waning across the country, but in the retirement communities of central Florida, Alaska’s first term Governor struck fear into the heart of the Obama campaign over the weekend.
The Democrats are investing heavily in winning Florida after two consecutive defeats in presidential elections. But six weeks before the election, Barack Obama’s hopes of winning this important battleground remain in doubt. The last two elections saw Al Gore defeated by 537 votes in 2000 and John Kerry whipped by George Bush 52 to 47 per cent.
The Illinois Senator’s campaign has pumped in some $8m (£4.3m) in television advertising and is spending much of the week in Tampa preparing for the first presidential debate in Mississippi on Friday.
The polls show the Florida race is a dead heat, but the McCain campaign is confident that it has the vital momentum it needs to win. As many US states turn their back on the Republicans, the polls show that Florida, with its trove of 27 electoral votes, continues to lean towards Senator McCain.
And the dynamic newcomer and running mate Mrs Palin is a large part of the campaign’s winning formula. Her appearance at Lady lake, at the weekend thrilled the conservative base and estimates of the crowd ranged from 25,000 to 30,000.
''The South is Palin Country,'' said a banner trailing from a plane overhead, a reminder that central Florida is culturally closer to the American South than it is to cosmopolitan and liberal South Florida. The latest Miami Herald poll shows that 40 per cent of McCain voters say Governor Palin made them feel better about their choice.

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