(CEDARBURG, WISC.) – Sarah Palin picked up right where she left off at the Republican vonvention, attacking Barack Obama on everything from his job as a community organizer to not supporting the surge in Iraq.
"He said it was doomed to fail. But just last night, Sen. Obama finally broke and brought himself to admit what all of us have known for quite some time, and that's that thanks to the skill and valor of our troops, the surge in Iraq has succeeded," Palin said.
"I guess when you turn out to be profoundly wrong on a vital national security issue, maybe it's comforting to pretend that everyone else was wrong, too."
As she introduced John McCain, Palin said the difference between Obama and her running mate was words versus action.
"For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words," she said. "For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds."
Thanking the woman he called "the most marvelous running mate in the history of this nation", McCain was tasked with giving the policy part of the platform today.
"Here's a little straight talk, these are tough times. The jobs report today is a reminder," he said, referring to the report today that the American economy has lost over half a million jobs this year. "All you've ever asked of government is to stand on your side and stay out of your way, and that's what I intend to do."
Obama responded by accusing McCain of continuing economic policies of President Bush.
"John McCain may believe that the fundamentals of our economy are 'strong,' but the working men and women I meet every day are working harder for less," Obama said. "John McCain's answer is more of the same: $200 billion in tax cuts to big corporations and oil companies, and not one dime of tax relief to more than 100 million middle-class families."