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Palin speaks on economy in Grand Junction

Emily Anderson
Grand Junction Correspondent
Vail CO Colorado
Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin talks before a crowd at a baseball field in Grand Junction, Colo., Monday, Oct. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin during her speech Monday touched on a subject recently thought taboo by a strategist for the McCain-Palin ticket ” the economy.

“We will get this economy on the right track,” Palin told a packed stadium and crowd of people huddled on Suplizio Field’s baseball diamond. “We will bring tax relief to every person and every business.”

She told small-business owners they were the “backbone” of the economy and promised to lower their taxes so they could create jobs. Palin also said the Republican presidential ticket would cancel the capital gains tax and lower business and income taxes.

Palin said Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s plan to offer tax cuts or credits to 95 percent of Americans would “take money from people like you and Joe the plumber,” referencing a man named Joe Wurzelbacher who asked Obama about tax policy for business owners when he met Obama in Toledo, Ohio.

Obama, whom Palin labeled “Barack the wealth spender” in Grand Junction, has said he would pay for tax cuts for the middle class by rolling back tax cuts for wealthy Americans set by President George W. Bush in his first term.

“Obama said he wants to spread the wealth” with this redistribution plan, Palin said. “Joe Biden calls higher taxes patriotic. But Joe the plumber said it sounded to him like socialism. And now is not the time to experiment with socialism.”

Palin discussed the nation’s $10 trillion budget and said she and Republican presidential nominee John McCain would balance the federal budget by the end of their first term. Palin named worker “retraining and veterans’ care” as two of the budget items that will be exempt from a proposed federal budget freeze.

She also voiced support for job creation with an “all of the above” approach to energy independence, from fostering solar, wind, biomass and clean coal technology to drilling for resources on American soil and offshore.

“We will drill, baby, drill and mine, baby, mine,” she said, adding a new twist to an oft-chanted slogan at the Republican National Convention.

Palin spent the rest of her speech talking up her running mate and slicing into his “opponent,” as she referred to Obama most of the night. Palin said Obama hasn’t been forthright in the campaign and that she won’t apologize for saying so.

“It’s not negative campaigning when you call someone out on their record, policies and associations,” Palin said.

Palin posed McCain as the candidate with “experience,” “good judgment and truthfulness” and “the only man in this race who’ll talk about these wars, and he’s not afraid to use the word victory.”

“If you are ready to get the economy back on track and win the war, John McCain and I are asking for your vote,” she said.

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