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Defiant Palin mocks Obama

2008-09-04 07:39:41 GMT2008-09-04 15:39:41 (Beijing Time) Reuters

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In a highly anticipated speech to the Republican National Convention seen as her public debut in the spotlight -- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin -- John McCain's choice for vice president -- portrayed herself as a Washington outsider and touted her small-town roots.

SOUNDBITE: ALASKA GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN, VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING (English):

"I grew up with those people. They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America -- who grow our food, run our factories, and fight our wars. They love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America."

After introducing her husband and five children-- and telling delegates much of her life story, Palin came out swinging against Democrat Barack Obama and members of the news media who have raised questions about her qualifications-- and her background as a former mayor of a small town in Alaska.

SOUNDBITE: ALASKA GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN, VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING (English):

"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities -- 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 praised her party's presidential nominee John McCain as an independently-minded Senator who has served his country and not just his party -- contrasting his motivations for the presidency with that of the Democratic nominee, Barack Obama.

SOUNDBITE: ALASKA GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN, VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING (English):

"In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change."

McCain joined Palin and her family on stage at the end of her 36-minute speech as Republican delegates to the convention roared in excitement.

SOUNDBITE: SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING (ENGLISH):

"Don't you think we've made the right choice for the next vice president of the United States?"

There's no question that Palin has energized the Republican convention. The big unknown is whether the first-term Alaska governor can provide a lift to the Republican ticket.

In St. Paul, Minnesota, I'm Jon Decker for Reuters Television.

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