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Can pro-amnesty neo-con John McCain be accepted by the TEA Party movement.


Two years ago, John McCain transformed Sarah Palin overnight from an obscure first-term Alaska governor into a national celebrity when he picked her as his vice presidential running mate.

Now Palin is repaying the favor, putting her prestige on the line in an effort to help the four-term Arizona senator overcome his toughest re-election challenge ever.

The two campaigned together Friday for the first time since they lost the presidential race in 2008.

At the first of two rallies this weekend, Palin pumped up Tea Partiers, invoking the cause of the first Tea Party in 1773.

“Remember it was the Freedom Fighters and those who protested tyranny and big government,” she said. “And that’s what we’re doing today.”

“And when you think about that first Tea Party, shoot, some may claim that John was there, at the first Tea Party,” she said with a laugh, poking fun at McCain’s age. McCain, who is 73, grinned widely beside her.

After the rally, they were to hold a fundraiser at the same Phoenix hotel where McCain conceded the presidential election on Nov. 4, 2008.

Now McCain is fending off a primary challenge from former congressman and conservative talk-radio host J.D. Hayworth, who is a darling of the Tea Party, whose support McCain hopes Palin can undercut.

“She’s very popular with the Republican Party and she’s very popular with our supporters,” McCain told Fox News.

Political experts say Palin could help McCain win over even the Republican party’s most conservative members.

“I don’t think most endorsements have much effect at all. But I think Palin in this specific race could make a difference,” political analyst Tucker Carlson told Fox News, calling Palin the “de facto leader of the Tea Party Movement.”