Sarah Palin told a high-profile conservative Christian leader that she isn't discouraged by the Republican ticket's sagging poll numbers because she and running mate John McCain have been underdogs all their lives.
"I know at the end of the day, putting this in God's hands, the right thing for America will be done at the end of the day on Nov. 4," the GOP vice presidential nominee told James Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, who interviewed Palin by phone Monday in Colorado. The audio of the interview was posted online today.
"To me it motivates us. I'm not discouraged at all," she said.
During the interview, Dobson declared himself a "big fan" of Palin and said he was praying for her. "I've never seen such hatred," he said of what he called personal attacks on her and her family.
Asked what lessons she's learned, she replied, "You can't pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrelful." She said she has faith that the message will get out to voters, without the media filtering it.
Dobson has not been a big fan of John McCain, but has been enthusiastic about Palin, particularly because of her strong anti-abortion views. He praised the GOP platform's principles on abortion.
Palin vouched for McCain's fealty to that platform. "I do from the bottom of my heart," he said.
Palin talked about praying for strength during her latest pregnancy, when she found out that son Trig had Down syndrome. She said she was blessed for the opportunity for "walking the walk" on her pro-life views, and not just talking about them.
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