By Hillary Chabot
MEREDITH, N.H. -- Sarah Palin, barnstorming in this battleground state today, urged cheering supporters to prove the pundits wrong with a Granite State upset Nov. 4.
The GOP vice presidential candidate was welcomed by more than 3,000 people outdoors at Weirs Beach, a picture-perfect backdrop with the mountains rising above Lake Winnipesaukee.
“Granted,” she told the crowd about John McCain’s slip in polls, “we’re coming from behind, but with your help it can be done.”
Earlier she stopped in Dover where 1,200 waited for Palin, who revved up the crowd, but kept the attacks to a minimum.
“The people of New Hampshire went to the voting booth and turned the underdog into the victor,” Palin said about McCain’s surprise victory during the primary. “We’re going to take a maverick and a patriot of the Senate and we’re going to put him in the White House with your support.”
In her first trip to New England as part of the campaign, the Alaska governor said New Hampshire shares much in common with her home state, including a shared love of fishing and tax opposition – she even wished she could share the motto “Live free or die.”
“We all love good moose hunting, we enjoy our land, we love being outdoors,” Palin said, later adding, “Dover is home to two kinds of people, the people of New Hampshire and the fine people of Massachusetts who got sick of paying all those taxes.”
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