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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) - On Monday, the first day of early voting in Colorado, Sarah Palin urged supporters to get out to the polls, where voters will also face a choice in a tightly-contested Senate race and sort through a variety of ballot initiatives.
“So Colorado, understand that early voting begins today in this great state,” she told an audience at a minor league ballpark. “ If you believe what we believe in and if you’re ready to shake up Washington and clean up Wall Street, if you’re ready to get this economy back on track and win these wars, John McCain and I are asking for your vote.”
As she did over the weekend, Palin pressed on with the McCain campaign’s strategy of portraying Barack Obama’s tax plan as a socialist handout to Americans who don’t pay taxes.
“Barack Obama claims that he will cut income taxes for 95 percent of Americans,” she said. “But the problem is, the problem with that claim is that 40 percent pay no income tax at all, so, so how can you cut income taxes for folks who don’t pay them? His plan is to cut them a check and call that a tax credit. Where is he going get all the money for those checks that he’ll cut? It’s by raising taxes on America’s families and on our small businesses, on a lot of folks just like you and like Joe the Plumber.”
Obama’s campaign says their plan calls for tax relief for 95 percent of workers and their families. Non-partisan tax policy organizations agree that 40 percent of Americans don’t pay income tax, but many of those are lower-income earners who have payroll taxes deducted from their paychecks.
Palin said Obama’s tax plan “will stifle the entrepreneurial spirit that has made this country unique and has made it the greatest country on earth.”
While in Colorado Springs, the Alaska governor sat down for an interview with influential “Focus on the Family” founder James Dobson, who has long been critical of McCain but said in August that the selection of Palin as the Arizona senator’s running mate makes him more likely to vote for the GOP ticket.
Palin has three stops across the state on Monday.