Sarah Palin Excites Orange County Republicans For Van Tran

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Palin visited OC on Saturday
Orange County has an endless supply of ironies.

Friday, ex-President Bill Clinton held a pep rally for Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in Santa Ana.

Yesterday, Sarah Palin--a Fox News contributor and likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate--participated in an Anaheim rally for Van Tran, Sanchez's challenger in the Nov. 2 election.

And get this: In a county that's home to Disneyland, McMansions and staunch Republicanism, Clinton--the bitter scorn of conservatives--drew a larger crowd.

But Palin's event, organized by the Republican National Committee, was undoubtedly more energized.
 


That's saying something because folks in their 20s and 30s dominated Clinton's crowd and the former Alaskan governor attracted people whose median age was probably 65 or older. Yet, the GOP crowd was twice as loud in its cheers.

​"It's good to be here!" Palin told the indoor audience on a cloudy, misting day. "It's like walking on sunshine. . . . Positive change is just right around the corner."

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The GOP star rocked the Anaheim crowd and its mayor, the ruddy-faced, tie-less Curt Pringle.
Palin said California voters have a "clear choice" on election day of voting for "more taxes, more government outreach, more regulation and more unemployment" or for Republicans who'll provide "real change, positive change for we the people."

She then made a bold prediction.

"Soon we'll be dancing because California will be put back on the right track," she said.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
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