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    Wink You betcha Sarah Palin wants to talk to the press

    These days, Gov. Sarah Palin seems like a candidate trying to wriggle free of her handlers.

    On Sunday night, she twice took questions from reporters, the first time on an airport tarmac without her press staff’s knowledge.

    After landing in Colorado Springs late Sunday, Ms. Palin marched over to a local television crew and began answering questions on camera, sending the traveling press corps sprinting in pursuit, and her press staff scrambling.

    “Get Tracey,” one campaign aide barked into his headset, calling for Tracey Schmitt, Ms. Palin’s ever-watchful spokeswoman, who rushed over to supervise the impromptu press conference. (Ms. Schmitt, looking distressed, tried several times to cut it off with a terse “Thank you!” in between questions, to no avail.)

    Later that night, at a quick stop at an ice cream shop in Colorado Springs, Ms. Palin was asked if she could answer “just one question.” She smiled brightly in response. “Sure!” she said, and went on to answer five questions.

    Since joining the Republican ticket as Senator John McCain’s running mate, Ms. Palin has still not held an official full-length press conference, and for the first month as the vice-presidential nominee, rarely acknowledged reporters. She gave several television interviews, including one to Katie Couric of CBS, which even Ms. Palin described as “less than successful.”

    Early on, reporters following Ms. Palin grumbled over their limited access to the candidate. On the campaign trail, Ms. Palin is accompanied by several former staff members of the Bush White House, including Ms. Schmitt and Chris Edwards, who handles advance work.

    On “Saturday Night Live” last weekend, the opening sketch was a fake news conference, playing off the perception of Ms. Palin as inaccessible to reporters, and under the tight control of her nervous press staff. (Her fake press secretary at the “SNL” news conference ordered reporters not to take notes or use recording devices.)

    But in the last few days, the real Ms. Palin appeared to be bucking her staff and answering questions with more confidence than before.

    On Friday, she wandered to the back of her campaign plane and chatted briefly with reporters, defending herself from Republican pundits who said she is unqualified to be commander in chief. “If I felt I was not ready I would never have said yes,” she said. “I want to take on this responsibility, this challenge, this opportunity to run for vice president as his partner.”

    On Sunday night, she criticized the Republican National Committee’s use of robocalls.

    “If I called all the shots, and if I could wave a magic wand,” Ms. Palin said, “I would be sitting at a kitchen table with more and more Americans, talking to them about our plan to get the economy back on track and winning the war, and not having to rely on the old conventional ways of campaigning that includes those robocalls, and includes spending so much money on the television ads that, I think, is kind of draining out there in terms of Americans’ attention span.”

    And she sharpened the criticism that Senator Barack Obama’s tax policies amounted to “socialism.” “There are socialist principles to that, yes,” Ms. Palin said of his plan. “Taking more from a small business or small business owners or from a hard working family, and then redistributing that money according to a politician’s priorities. There are hints of socialism in there.”

    A reporter who transcribed her comments for a pool report later Sunday evening sounded his approval. “In her continuing evolution from the least accessible to the most accessible of the four candidates, Palin took questions from your pooler at the Coldstone Creamery in Colorado Springs.”

    Palin Meets the Press - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

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    My republican "friends" have been throwing around that "socialist" word for weeks now...must be the new scare tactic from the McCain camp. Next up: More Religion Talk!

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    Tell them they're morons for drinking the Kool Aid, and the Rethugs have been engaging in corporate socialism for decades.
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    We are all going to Key West a couple of weeks after the election...if they think Obama is liberal, just wait till they see what shit I have planned for that trip!

    They all insist they are socially liberal, but fiscally conservative (a cop out really), but we'll see if that actually holds up when they see it up close and in action. Just saying.

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    HA HA HA! Caribou Barbie must know that her ship is sinking. She's trying to do everything she can to save it.

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    ^I think she is trying to start a new career! Her approval rating in Alaska has dropped significantly and she is on par to FAIL at both a VP candidate and a governor...next step...talk show on FAUX! Guaranteed!

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    “If I called all the shots, and if I could wave a magic wand,” Ms. Palin said, “I would be sitting at a kitchen table with more and more Americans, talking to them about our plan to get the economy back on track and winning the war, and not having to rely on the old conventional ways of campaigning that includes those robocalls, and includes spending so much money on the television ads that, I think, is kind of draining out there in terms of Americans’ attention span.”
    Well isn't she just a bit full of herself. She's really giving the American people a lot of credit with that statement.

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    oh im sure she has a whole litany of moronic and ignorant things she wants to say, but keeps getting steered away by handlers who know better.
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    Well isn't she just a bit full of herself. She's really giving the American people a lot of credit with that statement.

    You took the words out of my mouth. Thanks, Whore of Babble-on, for letting us Americans know what you really think of us. Stop measuring us according to your short intellectual stick.
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