By: AP
By: AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Potential 2012 presidential candidate Sarah Palin says America has plenty of character, but it's hard to find inside the Washington Beltway.

The former Alaska governor spoke to a sold-out crowd of nearly 2,500 Thursday night in Montgomery at a fundraiser for Faulkner University's scholarship program.

She stressed the need for people to pursue a life of purpose and character, and she cited the works of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther
King in the civil rights movement. She also criticized "lamestream media" and "Harvard elite" for being out of touch with most Americans.

The visit is Palin's third to Alabama in less than a year. She was in Birmingham in November and May. Alabama is an early presidential primary state, but Palin has not yet disclosed her plans for 2012.

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