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Palin: Obama sees election as foregone conclusion



TAMPA - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin told a roaring crowd at the Tampa Convention center that Barack Obama is acting like the election's already over: "Elections, they're not decided until the votes are counted. Our opponent sure seems once again to be getting a little but ahead of itself,'' Palin said referring to a New York Times report (denied by the Obama campaign) that the Democratic nominee has already prepared an inauguration speech. "Barack Obama and I both have spent quite a lot of time on the basketball court. but where I come from you have to win the game before you cut down the nets,'' she said.


"It's kinda like the presidential seal. Remember the presidential seal that he made for himself a few months back? Or his plans to speak at the Brandenburg Gates until the German government had to remind him that's not allowed. That's an honor reserved for heads of state. Or the stadium that's already rented out for the victory party that he's planned. You kinda get the feeling that the Obama campaign thinks this whole election process is just a formality...I know judging from media coverage it does seem the coronation is already set. But as for John McCain and me, we don't take anything for granted. We're not assuming we have your vote, we are respectfully asking for it."

Natch, she also mentioned the Rays. ...

"Who woulda thunk that they are where they were today, this season, your rays. What it tells me is you all know a little something about turning an underdog into a victor,'' she said using a line she's used about the Red Sox. "We're counting on you to do things the Ray way and help us win for you on Nov. 4."

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:40pm]


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