Saturday, March 27, 2010

Thousands flock to Mesa school to see Sarah (and the old guy)

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The East Valley Tribune reports that thousands of people came to Dobson High School in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, Arizona Saturday morning for a McCain senatorial campaign rally featuring his former running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin:
As early as 6 .a.m., three hours before the duo was to take the stage, there were about 60 people standing in line outside the gymnasium.

Alison Davis, 20, of Mesa... made no bones about it. She was there to see Sarah Palin. While she hasn’t made up her mind between McCain and Hayworth, she excitedly pointed out what she calls Palin’s common sense conservatism.

“I think she’s a great role model for young women,” said Davis, who is a freshman at Everest College in Mesa majoring in criminal investigations.

“I like her positions on abortion and health care and how she wants to make health care a free market. I like how she believes in bigger state government and smaller federal control.”

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Mark Backman, 19, a senior at Dobson, also was standing close to the front of the line. He donned a T-shirt that read “America is ready for another revolution” and a red button that said “Palin Power”

Backman, who had been at the school since 3 a.m., said he plans to be an attorney and run for the U.S. Senate someday.

“I’m a big fan of Sarah Palin. I like her stance on the issues,” Backman said. “I think she’s a good person who has common sense values on the issues.”

By 7 a.m., the line had grown to roughly 500 people and snaked through the parking lot and onto the sidewalk. The crowd was peaceful and mostly celebratory. Volunteers and about a dozen police officers patrolled the grounds.

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By 7:30 a.m. the line shuffled in and the gym was at its 2,000 capacity. The crowd began doing the wave.
- JP

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