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    Palin heightens rhetoric on abortion

    JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin charged into the culture wars Saturday in Pennsylvania, painting Sen. Barack Obama as a radical on abortion rights.

    The stop comes amid news that Palin violated Alaska ethics law by trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from the state police, a state investigator's report for the bipartisan Legislative Council concluded Friday.
    Ethics woes aside, Palin focused her attention on abortion -- an issue that rallies the conservative base but some say alienates independent and women voters.

    "In times like these with wars and financial crisis, I know that it may be easy to forget even as deep and abiding a concern as the right to life, and it seems that our opponent kind of hopes you will forget that," Palin told a crowd in Johnstown. "He hopes that you won't notice how radical, absolutely radical his idea is on this and his record is until its too late."

    Palin has mostly avoided raising her opposition to abortion rights on the campaign trail since she was tapped as Sen. John McCain's running mate, a fact she readily acknowledged in her remarks. Watch more of Palin's views on abortion

    But Palin said Obama's record on the matter is too extreme to be ignored, and she spent 10 minutes of her 30-minute speech discussing abortion.

    "A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for activist courts that will continue to smother the open and democratic debate that we deserve and that we need on this issue of life," she said. "Obama is a politician who has long since left behind even the middle ground on the issue of life."

    Obama opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade and disagreed with Supreme Court ruling to uphold the "Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act." He did not cast a vote on Prohibiting Funds for Groups that Perform Abortions amendment in 2007.

    Palin opposes abortion in all cases, including rape and incest, except when a mother's life is in danger, and said she believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned and the decision given to the states.

    McCain voted for the Prohibit Partial Birth Abortion bill in 2003 and "yes" for Prohibiting Funds for Groups that Perform Abortions amendment in 2007. He believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and also supports the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.

    Palin also talked about a remark Obama made about sex education while campaigning in Johnstown in March, when he told a voter he didn't want his daughters "punished with a baby" or "punished with an STD" if they were not educated about sex and made a mistake.

    "So I listened when our opponent defended his unconditional support for unlimited abortions and he said he said that a woman shouldn't have to be 'Punished with a baby,'" Palin said as the audience jeered at Obama. "Ladies and gentlemen, he said that right here in Johnstown. 'Punished with a baby.' It's about time we called him on it."

    Obama is also in Pennsylvania Saturday -- campaigning in the heavily Democratic city of Philadelphia.

    During his four-stop swing around the city, Obama acknowledged McCain's efforts to "tone down the rhetoric" on the campaign trail.

    "I appreciated his reminder that we can disagree while still being respectful of each other. I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- Sen. McCain has served this country with honor, and he deserves our thanks for that," Obama told an early morning crowd assembled in the northern part of the city. Watch more of Obama's comments

    Ever since last weekend, when Palin first accused Obama of "palling around with a terrorist," referring to 1960s radical William Ayers, rowdy crowds have called Obama a liar, terrorist and worse.

    At an event Friday in Lakeville, Minnesota, McCain referred to Obama as a "decent person" and praised him as a "family man" after two voters expressed fear over Obama being elected. Watch McCain tell voters not to be afraid of Obama

    But the Arizona senator was met by a sea of boos when asking the crowd to be more respectful toward Obama.

    When the crowd began to boo, McCain told them "No, no. I want everyone to be respectful."

    Obama later dispensed with polite talk and pivoted to his main campaign trail argument that McCain is out of touch on the economy.

    "Sen. McCain's campaign manager actually said that Sen. McCain wasn't talking about the market because there's just not much a candidate for president can say -- and they aren't sure what he'd say each day even if he did talk about it.," Obama said.

    "But here's the thing Philadelphia. They can run misleading ads, and pursue the politics of anything goes, they can try to change the subject. They can do that what they want to do because the American people understand what's going on -- but it's not going to work. Not this time."

    CNN's Peter Hamby, Ed Hornick and Sasha Johnson contributed to this report.

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    They really don't have anything left to say about the economic crisis!

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    I guess they're shifting from "terrorist" to "baby killer" for this week. I bet next week, photos of Barack dating a white woman in college will be blasted all over Faux News.

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    Her speech came off IMO like she has the right to choose but other women don't. Did anyone see the people lining the streets in Pittsburgh when she pulled in for some fundraiser? People were booing and holding signs like 'Sarah Palin Liar? You Betcha!'. She never showed her face to the crowds. They interviewed one transvestite alleged supporter who said he/she loved her. Too funny. Looked like REAL Joe Sixpackers and Hockey Moms aren't buying it.
    as privileged as a whore...victims in demand for public show, swept out through the cracks beneath the door, holier than thou, how?

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    The way Palin sees it, making your teenager have a kid and marry some redneck yahoo is preferable to sex education and birth control. She's a f'ing lunatic.

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    Sarah Palin heightens rhetoric on abortion during campaign speech
    Somebody muzzle this mutt.
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    She is turning off a lot of right wing die-hards. Let her ramble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    She is turning off a lot of right wing die-hards. Let her ramble.
    How's she turning off right wing die-hards? I thought they were adamantly pro-life.

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    This rhetoric is so untruthful. First, how is upholding existing laws radical? That is upholding the status quo, so her intention to change the law is the radical position.

    Second, in the year 2003, only 22 percent of Americans polled believed that abortion should be outlawed. So it is hardly the case that the will of the people is being ignored by abortion being legal.

    By the way, I have a child--I chose to have a child at the age of 32. And sometimes, even though I was ready to have a child, it has certainly seemed like punishment! I can only imagine if I hadn't been ready or hadn't wanted him.

    A poll in the year 1998 inquired about the reasons for women choosing abortion, and 25.5 percent wanted to postpone childbearing, and another 21.3 percent said they could not afford a baby. These were the top two reasons. For both these groups of women, having a child would be a form of punishment, hurting their chances at getting anywhere in life because they're too young, or driving them into poverty, or both.

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    stupid cunt got soundly boo'd at that hockey game in philly tonight.

    Kinda wish she'd slipped on the ice and cracker her beehive.
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    this dumb bitch thinks anything to the left of her far-right fundie way of thinking is 'radical' and socialist and extreme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotncmom View Post
    How's she turning off right wing die-hards? I thought they were adamantly pro-life.
    They are-with reservation. Do you think they condone forcing a young girl to bear a child out of rape or incest? I don't think so. I have several friends that are right wingers and at lunch THEY brought it up and thought she had gone beyond the pale. 2 said their husband would agree with her,so were not going to mention it at home. No one knows what they are going to do in the voting booth,but one with 4 daughters, I would be willing to bet will vote demo this year. Sights you thought you'd never see! Funny-we have been friends for years,but no one ever asks"So who are you voting for" point blank.
    Too personal,I guess!
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    Honestly this woman is ranting herself right into an assassination. The Republicans haven't cornered the market on nut job fanatics and I could totally see some Ellen Jamesian fundy going ape shit and shooting her if they win. She better chill it a little.

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    So, a vote for Obama is a vote for a terrorizing, war-hating, baby killing, unpatriotic, inexperienced socialist? Just trying to keep up.

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    They should start selling haterade instead of Kool aid at the rallies.

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