Palin Knocks Obama Over "Staged Photo-Op" Gone Awry

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From CBS News' Scott Conroy:

(LANCASTER, Pa.) Though she's said that she has begged her staff not to make her talk any more about "Joe the plumber," Sarah Palin again cited Barack Obama's infamous encounter with Joe Wurzelbacher to make her point that the Democrat is wrong on the economy.

"Senator Obama said—he said that he wants to spread the wealth, which means, which means he wants government to take your hard-earned money and dole it out however he sees fit," Palin said at a minor league baseball stadium here, which was filled to capacity. "Now Joe said to him that sounded like socialism. To me it sounds like real bad medicine for an ailing economy, and whatever you call it, Sen. Obama will do to those who want to create jobs what shouldn't be done, and we're calling him on it."

Palin said that by contrast, the Republicans believed in creating new wealth, rather than spreading it.

"So when he left Joe's neighborhood in Toledo, our opponent didn't look real happy," Palin said. "Seems that the staged photo-op there got ruined by a real person's question. So here's a guy working—standing there in his neighborhood when a candidate for president shows up and he wanted more than just a handshake and a campaign button. He wanted some answers. He—Joe had asked our opponent a simple—a straightforward question, and he spoke for so many other Americans."

The Alaska governor was speaking from experience, having had one of her own staged photo-ops interrupted by a real person's question back in late September.

While campaigning in Philadelphia at that time, Palin was asked by a voter about whether the U.S. should engage in cross-border raids from Afghanistan into Pakistan in order to kill terrorists. Palin's affirmative answer seemed to jibe with a stance that John McCain had criticized Obama for espousing.

After that encounter was publicized, Palin accused the media of engaging in "gotcha journalism."
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    Scott Conroy is a National Political Reporter for RealClearPolitics and a contributor for CBS News.

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