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Sarah Palin draws record crowd in Central Florida


From palmbeachpost.com

The first Florida campaign stop by the Alaska governor and Republican phenom drew a crowd estimated at 60,000 by officials in this Central Florida retirement community. It was the largest crowd ever for a political event at The Villages, community spokesman Gary Lester said.

Palin said her role in a McCain administration would include focusing on government reform – “not just talking about it, but actually making change happen” – and energy independence and on helping families who have children with special needs. Palin’s youngest son has Down syndrome.

Her friend, Cheryl LeDuc, said she’s a Republican but wants to see a shake-up in the GOP. She said Palin “is conservative and she’s going to clean up Washington, including the Republicans.”

Sue Viera of Micco, in Brevard County, described herself as an independent who had been an “iffy” supporter of McCain. “When he put Palin on, that really put me over the top,” said Viera, who said she sees Palin as someone who is nonpartisan and “will do what’s right.”

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