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Sarah Palin Defends Her Experience In RNC, Jabs Obama

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Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke Wednesday night before the Republican National Convention, defending her experience as a small-town mayor and governor of Alaska and taking a swipe at the Democratic ticket. Wasn't her daughter Piper cute, caring for her little brother?

Palin told delegates in St. Paul, Minnesota Wednesday that the Democrats "look down" on her experience. She said being mayor is like being a community organizer, "except you have actual responsibilities," a jab at Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Barack Obama, who was a community organizer in Chicago.

Palin also said she will go to Washington to serve the people of the United States, and not to seek the approval of the media and Washington elite. She praised Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain as the right choice to be commander in chief and said he was right to support the U.S. troop surge in Iraq.

Palin is the first female Republican vice presidential candidate, but critics says the first-term governor and relative unknown is inexperienced. After Palin's speech, the convention is formally nominating the Republican ticket.

In other speeches at the convention, former rivals of McCain for the Republican nomination praised McCain's leadership, defended Palin, and criticized Obama as inexperienced.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said that unlike Obama, McCain understands that "radical violent Islam is evil," and he will defeat it. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said McCain is the most prepared, most experienced, and most tested presidential candidate. And former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Palin has "more executive experience than the entire Democratic ticket."

McCain will accept the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday.

Senator Obama, speaking at a campaign stop Wednesday in Ohio, criticized the speakers at the Republican convention for not discussing the economy. He said McCain's campaign has tried to make the election about personality and not issues.

Reported by VOA

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