The war of words between former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich continued on Thursday when Palin took to her Facebook page
, writing, "Really, Mark? Really?" in response to comments he made about her fitness to run against him.
"Margaret Thatcher used to say, 'I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.'" the former vice -residential candidate added.
"So, thank you, Mark Begich, for making me and others exceptionally cheery today!"
Begich reacted to Palin's announcement
that she was considering challenging him in next year's election by saying, "I don't know if she's a resident. She's been away from Alaska a lot and has probably lost touch with what's going on." Under the U.S. Constitution, senators have to live in the state they represent at the time of election.
"She should go to my webpage. Most Alaskans I see on a pretty regular basis, but I haven't seen her for a long time," Begich said.
Palin's response took aim at Begich's voting record, saying, "I can see why you are looking for a distraction. You have voted FOR Obamacare, FOR massive tax increases, FOR carbon taxes which could cost Alaskans 21,000 jobs, AGAINST pro-life legislation, and there’s so much more. You even flip-flopped to oppose the nation’s balanced budget amendment."
Palin continued, "You agree with, and vote with, ultra-liberal Senators Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid approximately 90 percent of the time."
Begich, a former mayor of Anchorage, was elected to the Senate in 2008 when he defeated longtime GOP Sen. Ted. Stevens.
Speaking to radio host Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Palin criticized Begich as a Democratic pawn who doesn't listen to the voters back home.
She continued the charge online, writing, "Mark, you recently said, 'Alaskans pick who they want based on what’s good for Alaska.' Couldn’t agree more, Mark, which is why many hope to see great changes for our great state following the upcoming 2014 election."
Alaska's Republican Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller, the official GOP candidate in the 2010 Senate race, have already announced their candidacies
for the 2014 race.
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