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Now Sarah Palin thinks we "must stick to a discussion of the issues" on healthcare

Published August 10, 2009 2:35PM (EDT)

On Friday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page to warn of the dangers of Democratic healthcare plans: Her son Trig, who has Down Syndrome, "will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel,'" she said.

By Sunday, Palin was back on Facebook, albeit with a totally different message. This time, she wrote:

There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment. Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying. Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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