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GOP Campaign Downplays Palin Book-Banning Inquiry

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WASILLA, Alaska (AP) - John McCain's campaign is defending
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's inquiry more than a decade ago into
banning books at her hometown library, saying her questions were
only hypothetical.
Shortly after taking office in 1996 as mayor of Wasilla, Palin
asked the city's head librarian three different times how she would
react to requests to ban books.
Librarian Mary Ellen Emmons reportedly told Palin that she would
object to any censorship, adding it was a constitutional question,
and the American Civil Liberties Union would get involved, too.
A short time later, Palin notified Emmons that she was being
fired because Palin didn't feel she had the librarian's "full
support." Emmons was reinstated the next day after a public
The McCain campaign says "Palin has never asked anyone to ban a
book, period."

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