A Sarah Palin spokesperson has answered the former governor's critics, including some prominent Democrats, who claimed that she is encouraging threats of violence against members of Congress who voted in favor of health care reform. As we and several of our colleagues have reported, the charges are bogus and politically motivated:
An adviser to Palin responded by pointing to several instances in which the former Alaska governor has urged supporters to focus their energies on civil debate and action at the ballot box - not extremist activities.Sen. John McCain, Gov. Palin's running mate in the 2008 presidential election, defended the governor's Facebook posting on NBC's "Today Show" this morning:
"We are now the keepers of an honorable tradition of conservative values and good works, Palin said at the national Tea Party Convention in Nashville last month. "We must never forget that it is a sacred trust to carry these ideas forward. It demands civility and it requires decent, constructive, issue-oriented debate."
The adviser also noted that Palin spoke out last year after the murder of abortion provider George Tiller in Kansas, writing on her PAC Web site that "violence is never an answer in advancing the pro-life message."
"Its good that she finally agrees with the Democrats on something," the adviser told CNN. "[House Majority Whip] Jim Clyburn said that silence equals consent, and in this matter she agrees, which is why she has been vocal about condemning violence."
"I have seen the rhetoric of targeted districts as long as I've been in politics, please," McCain said. "Any threat of violence is terrible but to say there that there is a targeted district or that we reload or go back into the fight again, please, those are fine, they are used all the time."- JP