Palin Advises McCain: 'Take the Gloves Off'

Running mate tells Kristol she found debate 'liberating'
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2008 8:27 AM CDT
Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a rally in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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(Newser) – John McCain faces Barack Obama in their second debate tomorrow night, and the Arizona senator's running mate has some advice: "Take the gloves off." In an interview with New York Times columnist William Kristol, Sarah Palin says that she found it "liberating" to be able to "speak directly to the folks."

Palin told Kristol that she wanted the campaign to focus on "who the real Barack Obama is," and said that his relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright "does say something about character." Though her showdown with Joe Biden is now behind her, she did say she'd be happy to do it again—leading Kristol to ever-so-selflessly offer that "if there’s difficulty finding a moderator, I’ll be glad to volunteer."