Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, ventured to the Florida district of Rep. Alan Grayson on Friday, and urged voters to oust the Democratic lawmaker.
"Do it for the rest of America," she said in a speech to the Orange County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day fundraiser. She claimed to have such strong feelings about Grayson that she declined to get into specifics to avoid offending her children.
"Alan Grayson. What can you say about Alan Grayson?" Palin, the former GOP vice presidential nominee, asked the audience. "Piper is with me tonight, so I won't say anything about Alan Grayson that can't be said around children."
She opened her speech by saying that she was glad to be able to be so honest in front of the crowd about her love of America and freedom -- because, apparently, such positions can be a political liability if they become widely known. Palin's America-loving, however, was captured on a grainy hand-held video and is now part of the indisputable public record.
"It's good to be in a group like this where we can be candid and open about our pride in America and never think that we have to apologize for being the greatest country on earth and God bless you. If you love your freedom, you do think of that," she said.
The Grayson campaign is now giving it back to Palin, saying that he was impressed she was able to fit his entire name on her hand.
"I look forward to an honest debate with Governor Palin on the issues, in the unlikely event that she ever learns anything about them," Grayson said. His campaign added that "[s]cientists are studying Sarah Palin's travel between Alaska and Florida carefully. They hope to learn more about the flight patterns of that elusive migratory species, the wild Alaskan dingbat."
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