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Palin Channelling Reagan

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Yes, it seems that Sarah Palin wanted to take her last moments to remind vice presidential debate watchers that she and her running mate, John McCain, represent the party that opposed Medicare. Her final quote "...you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America when men were free." is actually taken from a speech by Ronald Reagan that was recorded on an album entitled "Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine" according to an article written in 2004 by Larry DeWitt, a doctoral student with numerous publications to his name, entitled Operation Coffeecup: Ronald Reagan's Effort to Prevent the Enactment of Medicare. The loss of freedom to which Reagan referred was to the enactment of Medicare.

Correction: I had originally posted that Palin did not attribute the quote. She did in fact cite Ronald Reagan as as the source. My apologies to Governor Palin.


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