St Paul, Sep 4: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in her maiden speech as Republican John McCain Vice Presidential nominee entertained the crowd with funny annecdotes, critical remarks about Obama and everlasting undying support to McCain. She introduced her family, stressed her small town credentials and joked about her self-professed 'hockey mum' reputation, but held out a promise of toughness on key issues from America's dependence on foreign oil to the pursuit of terrorists.
Saraj Palin used her image as a mother, working woman and as a devoted wife to utmost advantage. She introduced her family members and laid rest to all the controversies boiling to tear her apart. "Our family has the same ups and downs as any other, the same challenges and the same joys," she said. Terming her family as an average American family, she said, "They face the same challenges that moms and dads do, every single day in our country. Difficult things happen to families, and just like yours, families pull together and get through it."
She also introduced her "perfectly beautiful baby boy", Trig, who has Down's syndrome, pledging to be an advocate for families of special needs children in the White House. "For years you've sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters," she said.
Sarah Palin also launched a stinging attack on the media over what she said were its claims that being outside the Washington establishment was reason enough to disqualify her from high office, prompting the crowd to offer extended boos for the media.
Obama attacked and criticised
In an attack portraying her Democratic opponents as two-faced, Ms Palin said Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama would never talk about the great merits of small town people to their faces, but lambast those same people in another forum for their commitment to God and guns.
Palin promised that being an Alaskan, she knew just how much American oil and gas was available to replace expensive foreign oil.
She ridiculed Senator Obama with imagery of a man trying to save the world rather than serve America and she returned to Senator McCain's strengths.
"If character is the measure in this election, and hope the same, and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause; join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next president of the United States," she said.
By just one sentence Senator McCain laid rest to all doubts and Sarah Palin's critics... by posing a simple rhetorical question to the crowd: "Aren't you glad we chose the right candidate?"