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Joplin Metro

December 3, 2009

<img src="http://www.joplinglobeonline.com/images/zope/extra.gif" border=0>Palin supporters gather for Springfield book signing<font color="#ff0000"> w/ poetry written for Sarah Palin </font>

By Scott Meeker

smeeker@joplinglobe.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In the spur of the moment, Arianna Russell decided to go rogue Tuesday evening.

The 22-year-old Ozark resident was driving to Warsaw when she learned that Sarah Palin would be holding a book signing the next morning in Springfield. She turned the car around and made her way to Borders, where a line had already started to form. She spent the night in a camping chair for the chance to meet the former vice presidential candidate and governor of Alaska.

“It was cold,” Russell said of the night spent waiting outside Borders, 3300 S. Glenstone Ave.

But worth it, she said.

“(Palin) is different than the other candidates who were running in the last election,” Russell said. “She’s straight with you and doesn’t try to hide things.”

Hundreds of supporters from throughout Southwest Missouri were on hand Wednesday morning to greet citizen Palin, who is in the midst of a tour in support of her new memoir, “Going Rogue.”

Brandon Shilling and Chris Fleming drove to Springfield from Joplin early Wednesday morning, arriving at Borders at about 6:30 a.m.

“I didn’t expect to see people with pillows and air mattresses camped out here,” Shilling said. “But I’ve followed (Palin) ever since the campaign and I’ll do anything I can to support her.”

Fleming said he looked forward to being able to meet Palin and express his appreciation.

“It’s an opportunity to shake her hand and tell her that we’re behind her,” he said.

Some of those in attendance Wednesday morning didn’t mince words when it came to why they were there to show support for Palin.

“Obama is a communist and McCain is a socialist,” said Springfield resident Mark Blumenstock, who identified himself as a Ron Paul Republican. “I don’t know what kind of president (Palin) would make, but she’s the voice of the conservative movement right now.”

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