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Media and activists come out for Palin's antiabortion speech

I'm at the Susan B. Anthony List's fundraising breakfast, keynoted by Sarah Palin, whose presence has brought in a big media presence and bevy of candidates and activists. In the press seats -- Matthew Continetti of the Weekly Standard, David Brody of CBN, Greta Van Susteren of Fox News (and her husband and Palin friend, John Coale), Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic, and Matt Lewis of Politics Daily. Among the candidates and elected officials: New Hampshire senatorial candidate Kelly Ayotte, Maryland congressional candidate Andy Harris, Virginia Del. Barbara Comstock, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.), and Rep. John Culberson (R-Tex.) And the most prominent activist I've seen who doesn't work on antiabortion issues right now -- Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage.

There are 550 attendees at the sold-out event, the largest-scale Susan B. Anthony List fundraiser held up to this point in a campaign, and reporters are treating it quite like a coming-out for a group that intervened in Doug Hoffman's NY-23 race, Rep. Bart Stupak's (D-Mich.) decision not to seek reelection, and the primary campaign of defeated Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.V.).

By David Weigel  |  May 14, 2010; 10:24 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Abortion , Sarah Palin  
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