Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will take a dig at Barack Obama when she addresses concerns that her experience as a small-town mayor doesn’t add up to much.
“When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too,” she will say, according to remarks released this evening. “Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
Obama has often cited his experience working as a community organizer on the streets of Chicago as part of his life experience.
She also will take aim at the media.
“I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But there’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion — I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”