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Kirk: Palin hit ‘home run’ with speech

AP PhotoRepublican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaks during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008.

VAIL ” Vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin knocked it out of the park with her speech to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, said Tom Kirk, a Vail resident who is a delegate to the convention.

“There’s no question that she hit a home run last night,” Kirk said Thursday. “She did an incredibly good job. She indicated that she’s strong, she understands energy, understands government.”

Some have questioned whether Palin, governor of Alaska, has sufficient political experience. The recent announcement that her daughter is pregnant as well as a continuing investigation over the firing of a public safety commissioner has added to media scrutiny. Palin struck back at the media Wednesday.

“Here’s a little newsflash for those reporters and commentators,” Palin said. “I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this great country.”

Kirk, 79, of West Vail, said she “threw down the gauntlet” with the press.

“She’s going to cut through all the B.S.,” Kirk said. “She is really ready for the job … She’s a straight-shooter and she has her facts together and she knows what’s going on. She’s really impressive.”

Kirk also saw speeches from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

“The theme that persisted throughout the night was the only man that can bring about change of the two candidates is John McCain. He has the will, knowledge, experience, the understanding of the issues and the determination and fight to push things through,” Kirk said.

Giuliani’s speech was especially good, Kirk said.

“He was absolutely phenomenal,” Kirk said. “He was electric, almost, he was so good. I’ve never heard him make a speech that good in any way, shape or form.”

Kirk, a retired Air Force colonel, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam from 1967 through 1973. He was a prisoner alongside John McCain in 1970 and 1971 in a Hanoi prison.

Later Wednesday, Kirk cast his vote for McCain, as did the rest of the Colorado delegation. McCain won the nomination with 2,343 votes. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul received 15 and Romney got two.

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