Palin Meets With Israeli Ambassador, Stumps In Va.

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From CBS News' Scott Conroy:

(LANDSDOWNE, VA.) - Sarah Palin begins her day in Virginia by meeting with Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor. The Alaska governor has expressed unequivocal support for Israel, saying that she wouldn't "second guess" the country if it decided to launch military strikes against Iran.

"We shouldn't second guess Israel's security efforts because we cannot ever afford to send a message that we would allow a second Holocaust, for one," Palin told CBS News' Katie Couric last month. "Israel has got to have the opportunity and the ability to protect itself. They are our closest ally in the Mideast. We need them. They need us. And we shouldn't second guess their efforts."

Palin went on to tell Couric, "It is obvious to me who the good guys are in this one and who the bad guys are."

After the meeting, Palin will hold three rallies across Virginia beginning with an event in Leesburg—an outer suburb of Washington, D.C. The Republican ticket trails in recent polls in the state and has fallen well behind the Democrats in Northern Virginia.

No Democratic presidential candidate has won Virginia since Lyndon Johnson did in 1964.

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