Palin Fires Back at Critics
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2008 9:53 PM CDT
John McCain greets Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah Palin, and her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, on his arrival in Minneapolis for the Republican National Convention.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin tonight played up her small-town credentials, cast herself as a political outsider, and took a swipe at her critics in the media during her much-anticipated address to the Republican convention, Politico reports. After formally accepting the nomination to be vice president, she took a not-so-subtle shot at Barack Obama. "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities."

"I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone," she said. "But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion—I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country."