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Barbara Boxer calls Palin 'an extremist'
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Friday September 5, 2008


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Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has become the latest female Democratic leader to slam Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, telling reporters on Thursday that Palin is "an extremist" and "way out of the mainstream."

"My impression of Sarah Palin is that she can throw a very strong punch, a very sarcastic punch," Boxer began. "I think her speech was laced with ridicule. ... People will respond differently to that. It didn't move me very much. I was uncomfortable with it."

"But the most important thing, it seems to me, is her record and her views," continued Boxer. "She's an extremist. And she's way out of the mainstream. And it's ... hard for me to imagine how Democrats, moderate Republicans, and moderate independents can embrace the McCain-Palin ticket."

According to the Associated Press, Boxer stated that John McCain had showed "a terrible lack of judgment" in his choice, echoing remarks last week by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who called Palin's selection "an example of colossally bad judgment on the part of John McCain."

"She's anti-science," Boxer said of Palin. "She says that global warming isn't in any way caused by human activities when the world's leading scientists say that it is. She's opposed to stem cell research which will save millions of lives, she's against abortion even in the case of rape and incest, and is against birth control."

This video is from CBSNews.com, broadcast September 4, 2008.




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