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Palin's first stop in Florida a safe one

Sarah Palin on Sunday made her first trip as John McCain's running mate to the battleground state of Florida.

She went to perhaps the easiest place in Florida to get a large Republican turnout, stuck mostly to the themes she's hit since the Republican convention and took no questions from reporters or the crowd.

But she was welcomed like a star, with thousands cramming into a plaza and nearby streets in this enormous retirement community about an hour north of Orlando. Some waited more than five hours in 92-degree heat to see her speak for 23 minutes.

Palin arrived in Florida on Friday and had no public events Saturday, though she told the crowd her daughters Piper and Willow got to go to Disney World.

After some jokes about the difference between golfing in Florida and Alaska, her remarks hit most of the same points she's made since McCain chose her as the first woman to run as a Republican vice presidential nominee. She did, however, update the stump speech to reflect last week's turmoil in the markets.

“We need serious reform on Wall Street. We need better regulation. It's like Sen. McCain said just yesterday – we don't need a dozen federal agencies doing the job badly, we need the best agencies doing the job right,” she said.

She attacked Democrat Sen. Barack Obama on the issue.

“John McCain took a clear stand and he offered his own recovery plan. Our opponent refused to even take a stand on the position,” Palin said.The visit drew a few contrasts between Palin and Obama running mate Joe Biden.

Biden made four stops in his two days, and ventured into Republican strongholds like Fort Myers and Sarasota. He took questions from the audience at each stop.

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