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Palin Warns Against One-party Rule

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin told supporters Wednesday that one-party Democratic rule in Washington would bring an “agenda of inaction.”

“When you look over the energy plans of Barack Obama and his allies in Congress, it’s just a long, labored agenda of inaction,” Palin said during a speech on energy. “And it’s the same agenda of inaction we could expect under the one-party rule of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.”

“They’re always talking about things we can't do in America, energy we can't produce, refineries we can't build, plants we can't approve, coal we cannot use, technologies we cannot master. As John McCain has observed, for a guy whose slogan is ‘yes, we can,’ Barack Obama’s energy plan sure has a whole lot of ‘no, we can’t.’”

Palin was following the lead of running mate John McCain, who on Monday called Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a “dangerous threesome.”

“This election comes down to how you want your hard-earned money spent,” McCain said during a speech in Cleveland. “Do you want to keep it and invest it in your future, or have it taken by the most liberal person to ever run for the presidency and the Democratic leaders who have been running Congress for the past two years — Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?”

“This is a dangerous threesome. They believe that $1 trillion of rescue financing is not enough and have already proposed another $300 billion spending spree they are calling a stimulus plan. I would rather give the great American middle class additional tax cuts and let you keep that money and invest it in your future.”

Pelosi dismissed McCain’s charge Tuesday during remarks at a forum conducted by Google.

“Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there. But I do tell you that if the Democrats win, and have substantial majorities, Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan,” she said.

“It's interesting to hear Sen. McCain talking about the dangerous Obama, Reid, Pelosi. Dangerous is not really a word that should be a part of a national debate as we go into a presidential race.”

The energy speech was Palin’s second on policy, following remarks last week on special needs children. If elected, the Alaska governor has said her focus in a McCain administration would be on those two issues.

Palin called for a “clean break” from the energy policies of the Bush administration, as well as prior presidents.

“We must steer far clear of the errors and false assumptions that have marked the energy policies of nearly 20 Congresses and seven presidents. Some tasks will be the work of decades, and some the work of years. And they all will begin in the term of the next president,” she said.