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The View's Hasselbeck pushes for Palin, calls wardrobe attacks "deliberately sexist"

TAMPA -- Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got a celebrity boost Sunday when she was introduced by Elizabeth Hasselbeck, co-host on ABC’s women centered talk show, The View.

During her 10-minute introduction, Hasselbeck fired back at her Democratic-leaning co-hosts, who often dominate discussion on the show and cut off comments by the Republican Hasselbeck.

“When I was asked to come here and introduce the governor here, I was, of course, completely honored. And who wouldn’t be?” Hasselbeck said. “But I’ll be honest with you, I was mainly excited about being about to talk for a full five minutes without being interrupted.”

Hasselbeck also took a few shots at the coverage of Palin’s vice presidential wardrobe budget, calling the attacks “deliberately sexist.”

“Instead of the issues ‘they’ are fixated on her wardrobe,” Hasselbeck said to a chorus of boos from the crowd. “Now, with everything going on in the world, it seems a bit odd. But let me tell you this is deliberately sexist. I thought I’d come here and clarify a few things so that ‘they’ might not understand…As you can see Sarah Palin is a woman that knows how to dress…But I’m actually most impressed by her accessories, like the flag pin she wears in honor, in honor of her son and our military men. Now ‘they’ don’t list that accessory in their reports, do they?”

Hasselbeck continued on the same woman-centered theme:

“This woman has a real knack for cleaning. She cleaned house in Alaska. All that corruption went out with the trash…and I promise you that when it gets hot in the kitchen, this woman may be from Alaska, but she can take the heat.”