Palin to visit Jefferson City on Monday

The vice presidential candidate will come to Missouri to energize voters the day before the election.
Saturday, November 1, 2008 | 6:30 p.m. CDT; updated 9:01 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 2, 2008
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, attends a rally at West Port High School in Ocala, Fla., on Saturday. Palin will be in Jefferson City at 11 a.m. Monday for a rally the day before the general election.

COLUMBIA — Gov. Sarah Palin will speak in Jefferson City on Monday, one day before voters head to the polls to choose the next president of the United States.

Her stump will mark the end of a month of heavy campaigning across the state by both tickets. Palin has already been to Cape Girardeau, while Sen. Barack Obama visited Columbia on Thursday  and Springfield on Saturday. Sen. John McCain swung through Columbia and rallied Belton, and Sen. Joe Biden stopped in Jefferson City and Springfield.

If You Go

WHAT: Rally featuring Gov. Sarah Palin

WHEN: Monday. The gates open at 8 a.m., and the program will begin at 11 a.m.

WHERE: State Capitol, 201 W. Capitol Ave., Jefferson City.

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The Palin rally will be held outside the Missouri Capitol, 201 W. Capitol Ave., in Jefferson City. The gates will open at 8 a.m., and the program will begin at 11 a.m.

Tickets to the free rally are available at a number of locations throughout mid-Missouri, including one in Columbia — at the Columbia Victory Office at 1301 Vandiver Drive, Suite P — and one in Jefferson City. Tickets can be picked up Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

However, no one without a ticket will be turned away, said Tina Hervey, spokeswoman for the Missouri Republican Party.

Missouri has been a frequent stopping ground for the presidential and vice presidential candidates because of its swing state status., a blog about political polls that aggregates and muses on state and national polling data, has pinned Missouri as the toughest state to call for Election Day.

"Sitting at an Obama projection of 0.1% (Friday), Missouri is truly the median state of the 2008 election, and it could go either way," a post on the blog said.

Palin has made appearances in the "corners" of the state, hitting St. Charles, Springfield and Kansas City, Hervey said, and "the only spot in the state she hasn't covered yet is mid-Missouri."

"Missouri is a battleground state; it's important to both candidates," she said.

A rally at the midnight hour of the presidential race might seem inconsequential, but Hervey said that even now, a rally "will sway undecided voters."

"We know there are still folks out there who haven't made up their minds," she said.

Hervey said she also sees the rally as a way to get people excited about Election Day.

"It will energize our base, energize our volunteers ... remind them that McCain and Palin are the right choice for Missourians," she said.

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Robert Westafer November 1, 2008 | 6:59 p.m.

The Issue of Race

Barack Obama is a biracial man, having received 50% of his DNA from his “white” American mother and 50% of his DNA from his “black” African father.

Barack Obama looks more like his father than his mother because for unknown reasons the part of DNA that controls skin color, hair type, and other characteristics of physical appearance is generally more dominant in “black” DNA than in “white” DNA.

His father happened to be very intelligent and passed that potential along to his son through the part of his DNA that directs brain building. His mother was no intellectual slouch either and half of her son’s brain building DNA came from her.

Barack Obama barely knew his father who left when Barack was 2 years old. Young Barack was raised and nurtured primarily by his mother and his maternal grandparents, and he received a first rate education.

Perhaps the example of Barack Obama will help the human race begin to understand that the brain of each individual is built by a new combination of parental DNA whose brain building capability is independent of whatever characteristics of physical appearance other parts of that DNA happen to produce; and once built, that new human brain, in combination with the nurturing, education, and experience it receives, develops functional capabilities that are equally independent of whatever characteristics of physical appearance that individual’s DNA produces.

In short the quality of brain building DNA matters; nurturing, education, and experience matter; but characteristics of physical appearance produced by other parts of one’s DNA are unrelated to the functional capabilities of one’s brain. They don't matter.

Senator Barack Obama is an intelligent, articulate, and insightful 47 year old American whose best years lie ahead of him; a man who graduated near the top of his class at Harvard Law School and was president of its Law Review; a man who understands and respects the American constitution because he was an instructor of constitutional law for 12 years at the University of Chicago Law School; a man familiar with the American legislative process because he served 3 terms as an Illinois State Senator and the past 4 years as a US Senator; a man acquainted with Washington but one who also brings fresh ideas and a passion for bringing about important and necessary changes in Washington.

Senator Barack Obama is the man America needs today, and he is the man who can lead America into the future.

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Ray Shapiro November 1, 2008 | 8:12 p.m.

Don't bother going to Jeff City on Monday, unless you're a "hard-core" Republican and think that your President for the last 8 years was God's gift to America.

Obama's ethnicity is not an issue for me.

I'm voting for the Obama/Biden ticket because they represent the Democratic Party.

(I wonder how some folks would feel if Condoleezza Rice or Colin Powell were running as McCain's Vice President?)

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