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Latest update : 2008-12-10

Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin remained silent on Saturday on the parliamentary investigation targeted at her in which her husband was heard.

ANCHORAGE - Republican vice presidential nominee
Sarah Palin bid farewell to Alaska on Saturday to hit the
campaign trail in the lower 48 states with a strong defense
of her home state.

Addressing several hundred supporters who chanted "Sarah,
Sarah," Alaska Gov. Palin made an indirect reference to some
critics who have argued that her experience leading the
sparsely populated state did not prepare her to be a heartbeat
away form the presidency if John McCain were to win the Nov. 4

Palin said she had heard critics say "'Oh, you're a
sparsely populated state,' and at a time like this, I say, you
know, thank you, God, for this."

"We're small enough to be family and we can look past some
political differences to work as a family and to protect one
another and to make each other's lives a bit better, a bit more
secure. We're going to look out for each other in Alaska," she

She spoke a day after a state legislative committee in
Anchorage ordered subpoenas of her husband, Todd Palin, and 12
others to question them about charges that the governor abused
her power by firing a public safety commissioner who refused to
fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with her

Palin's stay in Alaska over the past couple of days was her
first since McCain made her his surprise choice two weeks ago
to run with him against Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Out of respect for U.S. efforts to grapple with Hurricane
Ike, Palin held back from criticizing Obama.


Palin, 44, sprinkled her speech here with Alaskan humor,
introducing Todd as "the First Dude" and chuckling that in the
state, "Men are men and women win Iditarods" -- referring to
Alaska's grueling sled dog race.

"Going forth in these days ahead, Alaska, I pledge to do my
level best and to be worthy of the confidence that this
beautiful state has put in me and I hope to reflect the very
very best of Alaska as we work for a better America," she

Palin came back to Alaska to conduct her first television
interview since becoming McCain's running mate. Her appearances
on ABC News over the past couple of days drew mixed reviews.

She was faulted by some analysts for not immediately
recognizing what ABC News interviewer Charles Gibson was
talking about when he asked her about "the Bush doctrine" -- a
2002 strategy from President George W. Bush that declared the
United States had the right to intervene militarily if it felt
it was under immediate threat of a terrorist attack.

On the other hand, she made no major gaffes and McCain
campaign officials were generally pleased with her

Palin has quickly soared from political unknown to popular
Republican politician in the space of two weeks, helping McCain
vault into a slight lead in public opinion polls over Obama.

The Obama campaign, which has struggled to respond to the
Palin phenomenon, has issued fierce attacks against her in an
attempt to undermine her credibility as a self-styled

After her solo rally in Anchorage, Palin was headed to
Nevada, where she was to stage a rally on Saturday night. Then
it is on to Colorado for an event there on Monday.

She will ultimately hook back up with McCain and hold joint
rallies with him. His aides like the idea of the two of them
campaigning together, since she has helped draw the largest
crowds McCain has seen and is generating enthusiasm among core
conservative voters who he needs to turn out on Nov. 4.

Date created : 2008-09-14