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Palin visits Dubuque in final push to election

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Dubuque (KWWL) -- Alaska governor and vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin made a campaign stop in Dubuque Monday afternoon. Republicans John McCain and Palin made 14 stops on the final day before elections Tuesday.

When the McCain-Palin campaign announced Dubuque as a stop on the last day before elections, some were surprised. But many of the supporters gathered said they were glad to see the final push come to Iowa.

"We came at 11 o'clock because we really wanted to get in to see her, and it just is wonderful that she came to the tri-state area," supporter Beverly Curtiss said.

Governor Palin's plane touched down in Dubuque less than two hours after speaking at a rally in Missouri -- all part of a whirlwind tour. At the Grand River Center, thousands of supporters chanted and cheered for their vice presidential candidate, in the now just hours before polls open.

"Election day is just a few hours until now people are going to start casting those votes election day so close, the time for Tuesday is near. Are you ready to carry this state to victory?" Palin said.

Palin focused on several platform issues including energy independence, stopping abortion, and taxes on the middle class and small business, all things the self-proclaimed "Joe the plumbers" in the audience said they identify with.

"I guess because I feel that I'm middle class, and I feel she is too, that she'll do a good job for us," supporter Viola Richard said.

More than 5,000 people stood in the auditorium while others watched the rally via closed circuit television from overflow rooms. Though the thousands of supporters at the rally said their vote is with McCain, Palin hopes this rally convinces even more.

"So Iowa, as the time for choosing arrives, the choice could not be clearer. Our country is facing tough times, and more than ever we need someone tough as president, and that choice is John McCain," Palin said.

After the Dubuque rally, Palin made stops in Colorado Springs for a similar event, and later two stops in Nevada.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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