(GOLDEN, COLO.) - For the first time since joining the Republican ticket, Sarah Palin outlined the issues she would focus on in a John McCain administration.
"John and I have worked out a plan—what I want to concentrate on and what he would like to kind of tap into me to help with, Palin said at a rally in front of a few thousand people here. "My mission is going to be energy security and government reform. And another thing near and dear to my heart, it's going to be helping families who have special needs and children with special needs. And we're going to be pushing for innovative cures for diseases."
Palin has appeared in a string of large rallies since being named McCain's running mate, and for the most part, she has doggedly stuck to her script. But in Monday's Colorado appearance, she offered a host of new remarks, including a fresh line of attack against Barack Obama.
"Our opponent wants to raise income taxes and raise payroll tax and raise investment income taxes and raise business taxes and raise the death tax," Palin said.
Obama has repeatedly stated that he wants to lower taxes for Americans making less than $250,000 a year.
Palin also addressed the ominous news out of Wall Street, saying that the "crisis is an issue of real concern."
"I'm glad to see in this case the Federal Reserve and the Treasury have said no to using tax payer money to bail out another one," Palin said. " … Guys and gals, our regulatory system is outdated and needs a complete overhaul. Washington has ignored this. Washington has been asleep at the switch and ineffective and management on Wall Street has not run these institutions responsibly and has put companies and markets at risk."