[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/17/art.palin1.cnn.jpg caption="Sarah Palin says she can relate to Miss California, Carrie Prejean."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin came to the defense of Miss California Carrie Prejean on Wednesday, calling attacks against her "despicable" and saying that she can relate to her as a "liberal target."
Prejean has been in the spotlight since famously declaring her opposition to same-sex marriage during the Miss USA beauty pageant. Palin tied Prejean to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by saying all three believe that "marriage is between a man and a woman."
"I can relate as a liberal target myself," Palin said in the statement. "What I find so remarkable is that these politically-motivated attacks fail to show that what Carrie and I believe is also what President Obama and Secretary Clinton believe – marriage is between a man and a woman."
Palin confirmed that she spoke to Prejean "soon after the attacks started." The former vice presidential candidate, once a beauty pageant constestant herself, said she respected Prejean for "standing strong and staying true to herself.
"The liberal onslaught of malicious attacks against Carrie Prejean for expressing her opinion is despicable," Palin said. She added, "Our Constitution protects us all – not just those who agree with the far left."