McCain, Palin Avoid Hot-Button Issues at Colorado Rally

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From CBS News' John Bentley:

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The two big constituencies here for Republican presidential candidates are members of James Dobson's Focus on Family ministry, and the large military presence anchored by the Air Force Academy. Sarah Palin and John McCain talked extensively to one and ignored the other, speaking more than they have in recent days about the war in Iraq, but not addressing any social conservative issues.

"John McCain is a man who wore his uniform for this country for 22 years and he refused to break faith with our troops in Iraq who have now brought victory within sight," Palin said at a rally here today. "As the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as commander-in-chief."

"There's no better place than Colorado Springs for me to tell you this," McCain echoed. "We are winning in Iraq."

The only domestic issue either of them spoke abut specifically was the government takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, although Palin did not offer specifics about how the ticket felt about the bailout.

"Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, they've gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers," Palin said to applause. "The McCain/Palin administration will make them smaller and smarter and more effective for homeowners who need help."

In the past, McCain has said the two companies "are too big to fail," and that he'd support "effective action" from the federal government to keep them from going under.
  • John Bentley

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