Palin Casts Herself As Washington Outsider, Slaps At Obama

ST. PAUL, MN — The self-described “hockey mom” has come out slashing.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told delegates at the Republican National Convention that she’s an outsider ready to join John McCain in helping to bring real change to Washington. 

But Palin also unleashed a smiling attack on Barack Obama. She accused him of wanting to forfeit the victory in Iraq that “is finally in sight.”

Palin said that “Al-Qaida terrorists” want to cause “catastrophic harm on America,” and that Obama is “worried that someone won’t read them their rights.”

Palin was joined after the speech by her family and John McCain. He asked roaring delegates, “Don’t you think we made the right choice” for vice president?

It was an apparent reference to the convention-week controversy that has greeted Palin, including the disclosure that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant.

Meantime, dozens of Wasilla, Alaska residents say they loved every minute of hometown girl Sarah Palin’s speech.

More than 100 people packed a sports bar to watch John McCain’s choice for vice president deliver her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

She got a loud laugh when she joked that the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick, but her biggest roars at home came early on when she was introducing her family to the convention crowd.

In Wasilla, the McCain-Palin shirts being worn around town have been dubbed “Sarah wear,” and wear them they did.

After the speech, one woman admonished the pundits who expect Democrat Joe Biden to overwhelm Palin in the debates, saying she thinks “the opposite” will happen.