Palin: Election Is About Truthfulness And Judgment

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From CBS News' Scott Conroy:

(JACKSONVILLE, FLA.) Continuing to hammer Barack Obama on his connection to 1960s radical William Ayers, Sarah Palin made clear her belief that voters will make their final decisions on Nov. 4 based on the candidates' personal qualities.

"Ladies and gentleman, this election is about the truthfulness and the judgment needed in our next president," Palin said at a rally here in front of an overflow crowd of thousands.

"John McCain has it and Barack Obama doesn't."

Palin also went into more specifics on the economy than she usually does at her rallies, touting John McCain's vow to initiate a spending freeze and promising that a McCain-Palin administration would balance the federal budget.

"We have to do this because we have to get in there and review every federal agency, every part of federal government, and improve those parts that need improving and eliminate those parts that aren't working for the American people," Palin said.

The Alaska governor focused a large portion of her remarks on Obama's past statements and relationships, suggesting that the Democrat is prone to making dubious claims.

"Since he got called out on his plans to meet unconditionally with terror state leaders like Ahmadinejad, will he now claim that he was unaware if his radical background?" Palin asked.

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