Palin Talks Faith, Campaign with CBN News

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Since her nomination, Sarah Palin has possibly been the most talked about Vice Presidential candidate in history.

The Alaska Governor has faced intense media scrutiny and in an exclusive interview, she tells CBN News that her faith in God has been mocked during this Presidential campaign.

Click the play button for more with CBN News' John Waage following this report.

With two weeks before Election Day, Palin spoke with CBN News about campaign strategy, the media attention and her prayer life.

Attacker in Chief

Sarah Palin plugs away in her current role as "attacker in chief" for the McCain campaign. Despite that strategy, the McCain-Palin team trails in the polls and now face news like republican hero Colin Powell endorsing Obama and the senator raising a record $150 million last month.

Palin tells me there's still hope.

"When they see numbers that show us a bit down in the polls, for John McCain and for me it's invigorating," she said. "It's inspiring. It makes us work even harder."

Palin has been working hard to expose Obama's ties and relationship with Bill Ayers, a former domestic terrorist. Palin has been criticized for her approach.

"Are you okay with the "pal around with terrorist line?" Or you want to reign that back a little?" asked CBN's David Brody.

Palin responded "No I would say it again, I would say it again because again it, it, according to the information that we have, the association that he's had with Bill Ayers wasn't just one or two time sitting on a board together."

Palin's comments have led some supporters to supposedly yell out threatening comments against Obama.

"If I ever were to hear that standing up there at the podium with the mic, I would call 'em out on that," Palin said. "And I would tell these people, no, that's unacceptable, let's rise above that please. We haven't heard that."

Her Faith Walk

What she has heard plenty of are the attacks against her -- especially her Christian faith.

"Faith and God in general has been mocked through this campaign, and that breaks my heart."

Newspaper editorials have taken shots at her Pentecostal upbringing. The liberal blogosphere has chimed in and yes, Saturday Night Live has taken their shots too.

"People would misconstrue and spin anything that has to do with my faith or anybody else's and turn it into something to be mocked. That's very sad," she said. "I don't think that there's anything that I can do about it, so you know, I won't… whine or complain about it, but nobody is going to convince me that my foundation of faith is not good for me and for my family no matter the mocking, no matter what anybody says about it."

Palin dedicated herself to the Lord as a middle-schooler complete with an Alaska lake baptism. It's an event she calls 'significant" because she realized there was something bigger than her out there.

"As you're raised up out of the water it's like 'hey world, this is my confession of faith that I'm going to try to lead and live my life according to my belief that God as my Creator has good plans for all of us, and we are to seek those plans and seek the destiny that he has for all of us,"' Palin said.

Economy, Abortion, Gay Marriage

In the McCain campaign 'destiny' has made Palin the central outreach to Christian conservatives. While the economy gets top billing in this election cycle, Palin has gone after Obama on social issues, like abortion. Palin believes voters need to take a hard look.

"His abortion stance is so extreme. It's so, so far left that it's way out of the mainstream," she said. "I think he's in some sense succeeded in trying to package up and pretty-up some of his policies to make them look mainstream even on abortion."

The Obama campaign makes clear his desire to reduce the number of abortions in this country. On traditional marriage, Palin made clear her desire for a federal marriage amendment.

"I have voted along with the vast majority of Alaskans who had the opportunity to vote to amend our Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman," she said "I wish on a federal level that that's where we would go because I don't support gay marriage."

It's that type of talk that excites social conservatives and brings out signs like, "I love Sarah," "In God we Trust", "Sarah, the New face of Feminism" and yes, in a nod to her Alaska roots, even the "I Love Mooseburgers". While Palin's rallies are filled with energy and thousands of people, it's the quiet times, times for reflection and prayer that mean a great deal.

"I pray of course for about my family that my kids will not be adversely affected by some of the political shots of course that, that we've been taking the last couple of months. I pray for my son's safety over in Iraq fighting for us in a striker brigade in the US Army and for all of our troops," she said.

"It will take God's hand of protection to be continually over our land and His wisdom, His grace, His favor I pray for that for our country."

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