Before a vast crowd on the National Mall, the media commentator and Sarah Palin stress religious themes but hit political notes too. The Rev. Al Sharpton follows with a smaller counter-rally.
Organizers said the rally drew 500,000 people to the National Mall. Though there was no independent confirmation of the estimate, the crowd was densely packed and stretched for blocks, approximating events that have been estimated at 200,000 or more. (Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press / August 27, 2010)
By Michael A. Memoli and Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau
August 29, 2010
Reporting from Washington —
Conservative radio and television commentator Glenn Beck urged thousands of supporters gathered Saturday on the National Mall to renew their faith both in God and in the nation because the country faces a choice of whether to “advance or perish.”
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