(ST. LOUIS) Sarah Palin's post-debate rally at St. Louis University's Chaifetz Arena on Thursday night was briefly interrupted by a small group of protesters on the upper balcony. The candidate looked on as thousands of her cheering supporters drowned the protesters out, then she calmly stepped back up to the microphone.
"You know what? I got a call from my son today," Palin said, referring to her 19-year-old son Track. "He's been deployed over to Iraq. He's fighting for our freedoms, including their freedom to say what they want to say."
The crowd roared its approval.
Though she spoke for only 13 minutes, Palin projected a strong sense of satisfaction over her debate performance.
"St. Louis has always been known as the gateway to the west," she said. "And I have a feeling hopefully even after tonight that it is the gateway to victory in this election."
Palin continued to demonstrate the warm personal feelings for her opponent, which she first showed earlier tonight on the debate stage when she asked Biden, "Hey, can I call you Joe?"
"Well, they told me that Sen. Biden was a very skilled debater and now I know what they meant," Palin said.
But the Republican vice presidential nominee was not so kind when she touched upon the policy contrasts that she highlighted in more detail during the debate.
"He did his very, very best to convince all of us that two of the most liberal members of the Senate belong in the White House," she said. "But that was a tough sell, and especially in this time of crisis in our country that would've been a tough sell."