The Alaska governor raised the idea of a "looming crisis" in response to Democratic rival Joe Biden's remark at weekend fundraisers that Obama would face a "generated crisis" within six months of becoming president because he would be tested by adversaries of the United States. On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate John McCain also was using Biden's remarks to question Obama's readiness.
"I guess we gotta say, 'Well, thanks for the warning, Joe,'" Palin said to cheers from about 2,500 supporters at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. "But I guess the looming crisis ... is Joe Biden's next speaking engagement."
In Palin's view, the potential crises would be sparked by Obama's own actions. Playing off the Republican ticket's previous criticisms of the Democratic nominee, she criticized Obama for:
—Advancing the idea of invading Pakistan without that government's permission. Obama has said he would authorize an attack if the whereabouts of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were known and Pakistan's government were unable or unwilling to go after him.
Palin's criticism, however, comes as the Bush administration has authorized attacks on al-Qaida targets within Pakistan, sparking criticism at times from Pakistan's government. McCain, for his part, has said he would pursue bin Laden "to the gates of hell."
—Advocating sitting down with "the world's worst dictators" without preconditions. Palin noted that Obama has said he would meet with the Iranian regime even though it has threatened Israel with destruction. For his part, Obama has contended that the U.S. should not be afraid to meet with its adversaries.
—Opposing the troop surge in Iraq and voting to cut funding to troops, which Palin said left those in Iraq at grave risk. Obama's lone vote against a funding measure came because the bill did not include a timetable for withdrawal of troops; he followed with a vote for funding and has supported every other funding measure.
—Offering a weak response to Russia's invasion of Georgia, which Palin said would encourage Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to invade the Ukraine. In August, when the two sides were fighting, Obama condemned Russia's action and called for diplomacy and restraint by both countries.
Palin also repeated familiar campaign slogans, contrasting Obama as a tax-and-spend liberal with McCain as a fiscal conservative who will do more to help struggling families and small businesses. Palin said a McCain administration would create more jobs and lead the country to energy independence.
"We'll drill, baby, drill, and we'll mine, baby, mine" Palin said, appealing to a state where mining has a significant economic impact, particularly in northern Nevada.