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Governor Sarah Palin Campaigns in Reno, Henderson

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Kellene Stockwell
Channel 2 News

Sarah Palin says the Republican ticket stands firmly against raising taxes, and she questions Barack Obama's readiness to be president. "We not only talk the talk we walk the walk."

Palin made her remarks Tuesday as she rallied an enthusiastic crowd in Reno for GOP presidential nominee John McCain.

Palin was met by a crowd of about 2,500 party loyalists at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and greeted with chants of "Sarah, Sarah, Sarah."

The Alaska governor is making references in her speech to remarks by Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden over the weekend. Biden told supporters that an international crisis will test the "mettle" of Obama.

Palin says, "Thanks for the warning, Joe."

Palin also said it would be Barack Obama's stands on issues like Iraq and terrorism that would lead to trouble. Among other things, she pointed to Obama's willingness to meet with the world's "worst dictators" without preconditions. She also mentioned that Obama opposed the troop surge in Iraq and voted to cut funding to troops.

Palin later headed to Henderson for another rally. She appeared in Carson City last month.

Her running mate, McCain says they are focusing on the economy, and that it's "absolutely not true" that the issue isn't a strong one for the Republican ticket.

In an interview aired this morning on "The Early Show" on CBS, McCain waves off a statement by a campaign official a few weeks ago that talking about the economy is a loser for Republicans. McCain says voters should listen to him, and he says his campaign is about the American economy.

He has also been repeating his Democratic opponent's remark on wanting to "spread the wealth around" to suggest that Barack Obama favors socialist policies.

Meanwhile, Obama is canceling nearly all his campaign events Thursday and Friday to visit his gravely ill grandmother in Hawaii.

Spokesman Robert Gibbs says Madelyn Dunham "has always been one of the most important people" in Obama's life. She turns 86 Sunday.

On Friday, Michelle Obama will sub for her husband at campaign rallies in Ohio.

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