Palin Feels Strength Of "Prayer Warriors"

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From CBS News' Scott Conroy:

(TOLEDO, OHIO) In an interview posted online Wednesday, Sarah Palin told Dr. James Dobson, one of the nation's most prominent evangelical Christian leaders, that she feels the power of prayer wherever she goes on the campaign trail.

"It is that intercession that is so needed and so greatly appreciated," Palin said. "And I can feel it too, Dr. Dobson. I can feel the power of prayer, and that strength that is provided through our prayer warriors across this nation, and I so appreciate it."

Palin told the "Focus On The Family" chairman that she is inspired by people she meets along the rope lines at her rallies, who tell her that she is in their prayers.

"It's our reminder to do the same—to put this all in God's hands," she said. "To seek His perfect will for this nation and to, of course, seek His wisdom and guidance in putting this nation back on the right track."

Back in February, Dobson released a statement saying, "I cannot, and will not, vote for Senator John McCain, as a matter of conscience," but after McCain selected Palin as his running mate, Dobson indicated he was open to supporting the Republican ticket.

Dobson asked Palin about her son Trig, who was born with Down syndrome. The Alaska governor related the challenges and joys of raising an infant with special needs and then reiterated her anti-abortion rights stance.

"I've always had near and dear to my heart, the mission of protecting the sanctity of life, and being pro-life—a hardcore pro-lifer," she said.

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