ABC News' Kate Snow and Imtiyaz Delawala Report: They may be behind in the polls, but vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin predicts a race that will come down to the wire.
Speaking in the hot sun at the Richmond International Raceway, Palin compared this election to the recent Chevy Rock and Roll 400, a race that was decided in the final laps.
“The lead going back and forth, lap after lap, nobody knew who was going to win right up to the finish line," Plain told the crowd. "Well, John McCain and I are nearing the finish line here too of another close race and you know it is looking a lot like that Rock and Roll 400. Our race is gonna be close. It's gonna be a real sprint to the finish line and it is a long way from being decided."
The latest polling in Virginia showed McCain leading in the state but it is considered a battleground Obama could turn blue. No Democratic presidential candidate has won Virginia since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
The crowd at the Palin event was, by all appearances, already well in the McCain camp. Most wore McCain-Palin buttons or stickers or held signs. And there was a new sign today—a blue printed sign seen throughout the crowd read: “I am voting for the chick!”
Palin continued with more toned-down attacks on Obama. She said, “all across America there’s a lot of anger right now,” as she has said frequently in recent days. The crowd cheered as Palin cited anger at Wall Street, anger at “the arrogance of the Washington elite” and “anger about voter fraud.”
“We believe in the forward movement of freedom, not the constant expansion of government. And though Barack Obama disagrees, that freedom includes—that freedom includes the rights and liberties under the 2nd Amendment." The audience booed loudly when she said the words “though Barack Obama disagrees.”
Speaking about the economy, Palin said she and John McCain disagree with Obama’s policies but she did not specifically refer to new plans unveiled today by the Obama campaign.
“It’s in times like these that the last thing that we need to see is a tax increase,” she said.
As Palin detailed what a McCain-Palin administration would do about the country's housing problems, she mistakenly reprimanded her own supporters in the back of the outdoor audience, who were attempting to get Palin to speak more loudly.
As the crowd began chanting, “Louder! Louder! Louder!”, Palin apparently became flustered and stopped her remarks to say, "I would hope at least that those protesters have the courage and the honor of thanking our veterans for giving them the right to protest."
She then continued on with her housing message, telling the crowd, "We’re going to walk with those who are under the wrong mortgage and get them a fixed rate mortgage that will help them keep their homes."