Palin Says She Wants To Talk About Issues, Adds That Obama Pals With A Terrorist

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From CBS News' Scott Conroy:

(CARSON, Calif.) At a rare October rally in this solidly blue state, Sarah Palin alluded to her recent interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, calling it "not too successful" and adding that Couric asked her questions that made her think, 'C'mon, let's start talking to the American people about the issues you guys want to know about.'"

Palin said that if she had her druthers, she would have rather told Couric about her plans for reform, putting government on the side of the people, and winning the wars. Then she promptly transitioned into attacking Barack Obama for his relationship with William Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground movement in the 1960s. Palin mentioned a story about the relationship that appeared in Saturday's New York Times, which the Obama campaign says actually showed the relationship between Obama and Ayers added up to far less than a friendship.

"Our opponent is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who target their own country," Palin said.

The Republican VP nominee also hit Obama for saying he'd cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans, calling the Democrat's vow "the phoniest claim in a campaign that has been full of them."

Palin regaled the cheering crowd with a story about how she was reading her Starbucks mocha cup yesterday, which featured a quotation from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

"Now she said it, I didn't," Palin said of Albright. "She said, 'There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't support other women.'"

The crowd roared its approval, but according to several sources, Albright actually said, "there's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't help other women."

"OK, now thank you so much for receiving that well—I didn't know how that was going to go over," Palin told the southern California crowd. "And now California, let's see what a comment that I just made how that is turned into whatever it'll be turned into tomorrow in the newspaper."
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