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Sarah Palin speaks at Tyler Oil Palace

TYLER, Texas (AP) - Sarah Palin is firing up an enthusiastic Texas crowd by criticizing President Barack Obama's handling of the oil spill in the Gulf, saying he's falling short on leadership.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate drew about 5,000 people Saturday night to the Oil Palace in Tyler.

Palin says Obama needs to "buck up" and should have been more aggressive in going after BP executives after the oil spill. She says the U.S. must become independent of foreign oil by using its own resources.

Palin also chastised the president's handling of the federal health care overhaul.

Palin had a friendly crowd in Texas, where every statewide office is held by a Republican.

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