For Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, finishing her day at the home of the Mesa State College Mavericks was an appropriate bookend for her Monday tour of Colorado.

“Let me ask you to root now for another team of mavericks,” Palin said before the crowd of more than 10,000 at Suplizio Field drowned out her remarks with cheers.

Palin, who is running with Republican presidential nominee John McCain, said Colorado’s voters have a clear choice between her ticket and that of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

“Our opponent is playing with words to hide his real agenda of redistributing your hard-earned money,” Palin said to boos from the crowd.

She said people like “Joe the plumber,” citing Joe Wurzelbacher, who has become a fixture of Obama’s and McCain’s political lexicons, have the most to lose under “Barack the wealth-spender.”

“Now is not the time to experiment with socialism,” Palin said.

Matt Chandler, Colorado spokesman for the Obama campaign, said: “The attacks from Sarah Palin are simply false. This is misinformation from a campaign that is losing on the issue of the economy.”

Palin’s 7 p.m. stop in Grand Junction was her third stop Monday in Colorado, a state that recent polls have shown trending in Obama’s favor.

Palin also visited Colorado Springs and Loveland earlier in the day.

The Alaska governor’s speech marked the second time a presidential or vice-presidential candidate has stopped in Grand Junction this year.

Obama addressed a crowd of roughly 6,000 at Cross Orchards last month.

Like Obama, Palin’s remarks barely touched on Western issues.

That, however, did not stop the crowd from roaring with approval throughout Palin’s speech.

The crowd also responded well to Palin’s guests on the stage, including her husband, Todd, and her daughters Willow and Piper.

Musician Hank Williams Jr. and Collbran Republican Laura Bradford, who is running against state Rep. Bernie Buescher, D-Grand Junction, also worked the crowd Monday evening.

Palin will campaign in Nevada today. Todd Palin and former Congressman Scott McInnis, R-Colo., are expected to host events in Garfield and Eagle counties.


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