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McCain Touts Palin's National Security Chops

From CBS News' Scott Conroy:

(FAIRFAX, Va.) John McCain told a massive crowd of about 23,000 people that while Barack Obama is "wrong on national security," Sarah Palin "is right on national security, and she's been right."

"She understands these issues," McCain said. I am proud of her."

Palin's thin national security resume has come under fire from Democrats. The Alaska Governor appears to have traveled very little outside the United States (she did visit troops in Germany and the Middle East) and shortly after taking office in 2007, she was quoted as saying, "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq."

But McCain suggested that Palin's work in negotiating a natural gas pipeline is indicative of the kind of effort that will make America less dependent on oil-rich nations like Russia, who he accused of trying to rediscover its Czarist past.

"Recently the Russians committed aggression in a little country called Georgia—that was part of their attempt to reassemble the Russian Empire and also to control the energy supplies to Europe and the world," McCain said. "This governor negotiated a $40 billion natural gas pipeline that will bring clean energy to the Lower 48, which will help alleviate America's energy requirements. I'm proud of that job, and that's the kind of work we can achieve."

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