Image: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin stumped for Joe Miller,
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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin stumps for Joe Miller, left, at the rally held in downtown Anchorage Alaska at the Dena'ina Center on Thursday.
updated 10/29/2010 9:06:42 AM ET 2010-10-29T13:06:42

Sarah Palin took aim at U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski as she sought to rally Alaskans Thursday for Murkowski's beleaguered GOP rival, Joe Miller.

Palin avoided using Murkowski's name in addressing the hundreds of people gathered in Anchorage for a "Change D.C." rally but it was clear who she meant. In describing Miller's two chief rivals in the race, she said one is an "out of touch liberal" and the other was mayor of Sitka. The latter is Democrat Scott McAdams.

"Let's send Joe Miller to the United States Senate to shake it up," she called out to cheers, adding later: "Let's restore America with honor."

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Palin, who gave Miller a peck on the cheek after introducing him, was lending her star-power to a candidate who's seeking to overcome a series of campaign bumps.

In recent weeks, Miller has acknowledged his family received some of the types of government payments he now questions as a limited-government candidate. This week, records released under court order, after news organizations filed suit, showed Miller had admitted to lying about improperly using government computers for political purposes while a borough attorney in 2008. He was disciplined and took responsibility for what his superior considered an isolated incident.

A number of other conservatives, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint; and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., offered their support for Miller in videos.

Palin singled out Murkowski, in particular, as trying to distract voters' attention by questioning Miller's record and honor to avoid talking about the issues facing the state and nation and the need to change the status quo in Washington.

Murkowski mounted her run after losing the Republican primary to Miller. She, Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams are currently locked in a heated race.

A Murkowski spokesman referred a reporter to a statement Murkowski released before the rally, in which Murkowski said Miller "knows that he has lost the confidence of Alaskan voters."

During a debate Wednesday night, Murkowski told a statewide audience she wouldn't support a Palin run for president at this time.

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Video: Miller, Murkowski neck-and-neck in Alaska

  1. Transcript of: Miller, Murkowski neck-and-neck in Alaska

    ... Joe Miller 's mind, it wasn't supposed to be this way. The tea party favorite defeated Senator Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary. But then she mounted a surprising write-in bid, extending her campaign against Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams .

    Senator LISA MURKOWSKI: Scott is not ready to lead, Joe is not fit to lead. I have been leading this state -- I have been leading this state...

    COWAN: She turned up the heat during their first televised debate Sunday, trying to capitalize on Miller 's missteps. Over the weekend, a court ruled that some of his personal records had to be made public in light of revelations that Miller used government computers for his personal use.

    Mr. JOE MILLER: It is true. During a lunch hour, I did get on borough computers and I participated in a private poll for about five minutes. It was a mistake I made.

    COWAN: He says those warts make him real, and he accused of Murkowski of having disclosure problems of her own.

    Mr. MILLER: Would you be willing to subject yourself to the same level of scrutiny that your campaign has subjected to me?

    Sen. MURKOWSKI: We filed a financial disclosure that laid out everything, everything that I have.

    COWAN: They both pulled out everything; Murkowski even leaning on the late Alaska Senator Ted Stevens .

    COWAN: That ad was recorded just before the popular senator was killed this summer in a plane crash. Murkowski got his daughter's blessing to use it. But Miller is getting some big-name help too, from Sarah Palin , who in an e-mail to voters is taking a swipe at Murkowski , whose father was once governor, saying, quote, "Public service should be an honor, not a family dynasty." Now, what's still unclear, Brian , is whether Murkowski 's voters will be energetic enough to do two things. They have to not only fill in her name on the ballot, but they also have to circle in that overnight -- oval next to it. They have to do both those things, otherwise the vote doesn't count. Just another logistical hurdle in a race that for now is still neck and neck.

    Brian: All right, Lee Cowan on the big Alaska race tonight.


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