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Palin visits Colorado to shore up base

Steven K. PaulsonThe Associated PressAspen, CO Colorado
Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, accompanied by her husband Todd, reaches out to greet supporters at a campaign stop at the airport in Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday, Nov. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. GOP vice-presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Monday asked supporters to send presidential candidate John McCain on “one more mission,” telling voters time is short.”Election Day is just hours away. The time for choosing is near. Are you ready to send us to Washington to shake things up? Are you ready to send an American hero on one last mission?” she asked a packed hanger at the Colorado Springs airport a day before the election.She was shaking hands after her speech when word came out that a report cleared her of ethics violations in the firing of her public safety commissioner. Campaign officials said they weren’t surprised.”It’s exactly what we expected,” said Tom Kise, McCain’s Colorado campaign manager said.Palin appeared at the rally with country singer Hank Williams Jr., who sang the national anthem. She then told the crowd Barack Obama is out of touch with small businesses and predicted his tax plan would be ruinous, taxing businesses at the expense of the economy.Palin has campaigned frequently in Colorado, whose nine electoral votes could be pivotal in a close election. She visited the Denver suburb of Englewood on Oct. 4 and Colorado Springs on Oct. 20.McCain plans to visit Grand Junction on Election Day. The Republicans are following back-to-back weekend appearances by Democrat Obama, who spoke to tens of thousands in Denver and Pueblo. Michelle Obama, Barack Obama’s wife, was in the Denver suburb of Littleton, 50 miles north for a rally Monday.Polls indicate McCain is trailing in Colorado, but the GOP says the state could potentially swing to McCain. Colorado has chosen Democratic presidents just three times since 1948.Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden, have shown they are more than willing to take on Republicans in traditional conservative Colorado bases, including Grand Junction and Colorado Springs, a city that’s home to Fort Carson, Peterson and Schriever Air Force bases and the Air Force Academy.Biden visited Colorado Springs two weeks ago.A recent poll performed for The Denver Post showed Obama with 49 percent support among voters compared with 44 for McCain. Three percent picked another candidate and 4 percent said they were undecided. The telephone poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc., and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. A group of 625 voters and an additional 200 unaffiliated voters were interviewed.

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