West Slope welcomes Gov. Sarah Palin

When late afternoon rolls around today, expect traffic to be heavy around Suplizio Field at Lincoln Park.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who also happens to be the Republican vice presidential candidate, is scheduled to speak at Suplizio Field tonight. Palin has been attracting larger-than anticipated crowds wherever she goes as she campaigns on behalf of the John McCain/Sarah Palin ticket.

Palin’s appearance comes just over a month after Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama appeared at Cross Orchards in Grand Junction. His visit drew a crowd estimated at 6,000.

Republicans hope as many as 13,000 people will show up tonight for Palin’s visit, despite the Denver Broncos game.

Dueling crowd numbers may provide interesting fodder for political discussions, but the real aim is winning Colorado’s nine Electoral College votes. At the moment, the Obama/Biden ticket is clearly leading in that regard. But the Western Slope, long a bastion of Republican voters, is viewed as critical in obtaining those votes. Hence the visits by both campaigns to this area.

As we did when Obama arrived in Grand Junction, we urge both supporters and opponents of Palin to express their views peacefully and courteously.

And we hope everyone will join us in sincerely welcoming Gov. Palin to western Colorado.


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