Election 2008

Palin: 'I Love Small Town USA'

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/95664781/95664733" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has earned a reputation as an attack dog on the campaign trail, but she softened her tone on Sunday. In St. Clairsville, Ohio, Palin spoke to an audience about workers rights and her love of small town America. Host Renee Montagne reports.


Both the presidential candidates had rather quite days yesterday. Republican John McCain huddled with his economic advisers and prepared for Wednesday's final debate. Democrat Barack Obama took a break from his debate preparations to go door-to-door with volunteers in Ohio. The vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, was also in Ohio yesterday. She told a crowd in St. Clairsville that John McCain would bring reform.

Governor SARAH PALIN (Republican, Alaska): John McCain understands our nation's problems and he knows how to fix them. As a senator, John has confronted the corrupt ways of Washington. He's taken this on. He's taken on the wasteful spending and abuses of power. As president, he's going to end those abuses whatever it takes.

MONTAGNE: The Republican ticket has leveled increasingly harsh attacks against Senator Obama in recent days. But Sarah Palin struck a different tone yesterday. She spoke of her love for small town America and told the crowd about the need to hold federal spending in check.

Governor PALIN: We're in a hole. What do you do if you're in a hole? You don't want to be in that hole. The first thing you do is you quit digging. We got to quit digging this hole that we have dug and this is how we have to do this. We have to impose a spending freeze to cover all but the most vital functions of government like worker retraining.

Copyright © 2008 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from