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Tea party group kicks off coast-to-coast tour

Sarah Palin signs autographs after speaking at a rally to kick off the Tea Party Express bus tour in Reno, Nev., on Monday.

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Sarah Palin signs autographs after speaking at a rally to kick off the Tea Party Express bus tour in Reno, Nev., on Monday.

Sarah Palin launched a two-week run of tea party rallies Monday leading up to the Nov. 2 election.

Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2008, kicked off the 15-day Tea Party Express coast-to-coast campaign tour in Reno, Nev, hoping to capitalize on government discontent and unify conservatives.

Palin told more than 500 people that common sense is an "endangered species" in Washington, D.C., and they should "keep the faith" as they go to the polls.

"Tea Party Americans, you are winning, you are turning this country's political landscape upside down … and the left just doesn't know what to do with you," Palin said to cheers.

The Tea Party Express has scheduled stops in 15 states before it ends Nov. 1 in New Hampshire. Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell said Palin was welcome to join other stops on the tour but she had committed only to the Reno rally.

Michelle Obama seeks support of women

First lady Michelle Obama on Monday urged women to get behind Democrats in next month's midterm elections.

At at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York, she that said her husband had named two women to the U.S. Supreme Court and that the first piece of legislation he signed as president was to help women achieve equal pay.

Senate hopeful riles students on ethnicity

Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle told dozens of Hispanic high school students last week that "some of you look a little more Asian to me," inducing gasps from the crowd.

Angle, a Republican in a close contest against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, met Friday with the group at a Las Vegas high school after students expressed anger with her campaign's anti-illegal immigrant message in TV ads.

Angle, who is white and has Mexican grandsons, argued that it can be difficult to pinpoint someone's race or ethnicity.

Editor handcuffed by guards for candidate

A prosecutor in Anchorage, Alaska, will decide whether to pursue charges after an editor was handcuffed by security guards at an event for Senate candidate Joe Miller.

Guards hired by Miller's campaign said they detained Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger after he ignored requests to leave the event Sunday at a school. Hopfinger said security pushed him as he tried to question Miller and he pushed back.

Tea party group kicks off coast-to-coast tour 10/18/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 18, 2010 11:30pm]

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