Inside the Tent: Reactions to Sarah Palin’s speech

By Reuters Staff
September 4, 2008

Sarah Palin touted her small-town roots and lashed out at Democrat Barack Obama during a highly anticipated speech to the Republican convention on Wednesday, ridiculing her critics as out-of-touch elitists who do not understand everyday life in America.

Here are some reactions from inside the convention center in St. Paul:

Liz Tait and Molly White, Texas

“Soccer moms are gonna put her in the White House!”

Bob McAfee, Pennsylvania

“She’s a winner and we need a winner.”

Anne Conrad, Tennessee

“She’s a woman who has dealt with real issues in her family, her state, and her job, and she’s addressed them with strength, out of courage, and really following her convictions.”

Tony Manheim, New York

“I thought she gave a great speech and I’m rethinking my initial reactions.”

Christine Dwyer, Ohio

“She’s rocking, she’s rolling, she’s bold, she’s courageous and we love her.”

Tobias Buck, Indiana

“Sarah Palin looked into the liberal heart and made it bleed.”

Audrey (last name not known), Minnesota

“I really belive this will pull in Hillary voters.”

The videos were shot by Ed Stoddard, Corbett B. Daly and Leslie Rutledge.

Inside the Tent has more than 40 delegates and other attendees in Denver and St. Paul, equipped with video cameras to capture the conventions from the ground up. Rutledge is not a Reuters employee and any opinions expressed are her own.

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When it comes to connecting with the “average” American..the ones who do most of the working and living in this country..Obama and Biden talk the talk. But, unfortunately for the Democrats, McCain and Palin walk the walk as well. Gov. Palin’s speech put an exclamation point into this whole race. What a great candidate!

Posted by LindaP | Report as abusive

Okay, can people stop generalizing and saying all Democrats don’t work and just complain. I work two jobs and my whole family works their butts off. My sister is in the Navy. We have all had jobs since we were very young.

Stop insulting the people who work hard for where they are. Not all Democrats are lazy just like not all Republicans work hard. Stop generalizing. It’s annoying.

Posted by Working Hard | Report as abusive

Kelly- Wow! First of all, I don’t know anyone who actually supports partial birth abortions. Second, there is no such thing as right and wrong in love. And third, aren’t people who are looking to change the constitution based on religion just the same as people trying to change it based on personal beliefs?

We don’t need to come to the light… We are already there… maybe you should join us.

Posted by Nichole | Report as abusive

Hi, i truly belive McCain/Palin are thing America needs for a better future!

Posted by Michel | Report as abusive

Paris Hilton would be a better choice than Sarah Barracuda! At least Paris has an energy plan!

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