Calm Down at Town Halls: Palin

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2009 9:01 AM CDT
Elizabeth Smith ,left, and her husband Spence Smith hold protest signs during a rally protesting government managed health care in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Thursday, August 6, 2009.   (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin urged supporters to show restraint at town hall meetings, arguing that disruptive protests were giving Democrats ammunition. “There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress,” she said on Facebook yesterday, but we must “not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment.”

“Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse,” she continued, concluding, “Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us.” The remarks come just a few days after Palin called Democrats’ reform panels “downright evil,” claiming her son Trig would have to “stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel.’ ”