Sen. Bond Warns Palin Crowd That Obama Wants Judges Who Empathize With "The Gay"

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From CBS News' Scott Conroy:

(CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO.) - Taking the stage as one of the pre-program speakers at a Sarah Palin rally here in Rush Limbaugh's hometown, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri, fired up the crowd by warning them about Barack Obama's judicial philosophy.

"Just this past week, we saw what Barack Obama said about judges," Bond said. "He said, 'I'm tired of these judges who want to follow what the Founding Fathers said and the Constitution. I want judges who have a heart, have an empathy for the teenage mom, the minority, the gay, the disabled. We want them to show empathy. We want them to show compassion.'"

Bond then seized on Obama's comments to Joe The Plumber, saying the Democrat wants to redistribute wealth.

"He thinks this country should be a government—not a government of laws, but a government of compassion and empathy, not of laws," Bond said.

Bond was referring to Obama's answer to "Joe the Plumber's" question earlier this month "Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?"

"It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success too," Obama said on Oct. 12 in Holland, Ohio. "My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody ... I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

Palin is scheduled to take the stage in just a few minutes, but there are still thousands of people in line outside waiting the Show-Me Center.

After this event, Palin heads to Erie, Pennsylvania, for a closed national security roundtable and a rally. She'll end her day with a rally in Williamsport, home of the Little League World Series.
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    Scott Conroy is a National Political Reporter for RealClearPolitics and a contributor for CBS News.

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