Sarah Palin defends John McCain amid Arizona censure

9:46 AM, Jan 28, 2014   |    comments
Sarah Palin campaigned for John McCain in his 2010 Senate race. (Rob Schumacher, The Arizona Republic)
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(USA TODAY) -- Sarah Palin is defending John McCain after the senator was censured by the Republican Party back home in Arizona.

In a post on her Facebook page, McCain's 2008 running mate says she believes in loyalty and wonders why the Arizona GOP would reprimand "an American hero and friend" who consistently fights "President Obama and Harry Reid's far left agenda."  A key passage in Palin's post:

So at this time, it's perplexing to see Senator McCain's good efforts to uncover the Obama agenda being ignored and perhaps even hindered now by those wanting to censure the Arizona Senator. Despite our differences on some other issues, there is no questioning Senator McCain's dedication to national security in spite of the White House's agenda.

The Arizona GOP censured McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, over the weekend for what it contends is the senator's "disastrous and harmful record." McCain told Politico that the rebuke "fires me up." Our colleagues at The Arizona Republic has more on the McCain censure.

As if to underscore her remarks - and drive home the point that McCain is a former Vietnam-era POW and American hero - she posted a photo of McCain from his days as a naval aviator. Palin opened her post by noting she was writing on the anniversary of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords that ended the war in Vietnam. 

It's not the first time Palin has come to McCain's defense. She campaigned for him in 2010 when the senator faced a primary challenge from the right.

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