The Republicans have a single-digit lead in Florida, and Sarah Palin drew a crowd of 60,000 this weekend as she gave a speech in the battleground state. Appearing in Republican-leaning “planned community” The Villages, Palin told the crowd that running mate John McCain is the “only great man” in the presidential race.

Florida based news website reported that Palin promised that McCain will fix the nation’s economy if voters give the GOP four more years in the White House.

“He won’t say this, so I’ll say it for him,” the Alaska governor said in an almost confidential tone at the close of her first Florida stump speech. “There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you. John McCain wore the uniform of his country for 22 years — talk about tough.”

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