- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has posted a nearly eight-minute video on her Facebook page condemning those who blame political rhetoric for the Arizona shooting that gravely wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Last spring, Mrs. Palin targeted Mrs. Giffords’ district as one of 20 that should be taken back. Mrs. Palin has been criticized for marking each district with the cross hairs of a gun sight.

In the video posted Wednesday, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate said vigorous debates are a cherished tradition. But she said that after an election, both sides find common ground, even though they disagree.

But Mrs. Palin said that, especially as a tragedy unfolds, journalists and pundits should not manufacture what she called a “blood libel” that incites hatred and violence.


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