McCain Picks Alaska Governor As Running Mate

DENVER (AP) - John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah
Palin to be his vice presidential running mate on Friday in a startling selection on the eve of the Republican National Convention.
Two senior campaign officials disclosed McCain's decision a few
hours before the Republican presidential nominee-to-be and his newly-minted running mate appeared at a rally in swing-state Ohio.
Palin, like McCain, is a conservative with a maverick streak who has shown a willingness to clash with others in her own party. A self-styled hockey mom and political reformer, she has been governor of her state less than two years.
Palin's selection shocked numerous Republican officials.
At 44, Palin is a generation younger that Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, who is Barack Obama's running mate on the Democratic
She is three years Obama's junior, as well - and McCain has made
much in recent weeks of Obama's relative lack of experience in foreign policy and defense matters.
In making his pick, McCain passed over several more prominent
prospects who had figured in speculation for months - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge among them.
Palin flew overnight to an airport in Ohio near Dayton, and even as she awaited her formal introduction, some aides said they had believed she was at home in Alaska.
She is a former mayor of Wasilla who became governor of her state in December, 2006 after ousting a governor of her own party in a primary and then dispatching a former governor in the general election.
More recently, she has come under the scrutiny of an investigation by the Republican-controlled legislature into the possibility that she ordered the dismissal of Alaska's public safety commissioner because he would not fire her former brother-in-law as a state trooper.
The timing of McCain's selection appeared designed to limit any
political gain Obama yields from his own convention, which ended Thursday night with his nominating acceptance speech before an
estimated 84,000 in Invesco Field in Colorado.
Public opinion polls show a close race between Obama and McCain,
and with scarcely two months remaining until the election, neither
contender can allow the other to jump out to a big post-convention lead.
McCain has had months to consider his choice, and has made it clear to reporters that one of his overriding goals was to avoid a situation like the one in 1988, when Dan Quayle was thrown into a
national campaign with little preparation.
Palin has a long history of run-ins with the Alaska GOP hierarchy, giving her genuine maverick status and reformer credentials that could complement McCain's image.
Two years ago, she ousted the state's Republican incumbent
governor, Frank Murkowski in the primary, despite having little money and little establishment backing.
She has also distanced herself from two senior Republican office-holders, sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don young. Both men are under federal corruption investigations.
She had earned stripes - and enmity - after Murkowski made her
head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. From that
post, she exposed ethical violations by the state GOP chairman, also a fellow commissioner.
She and her husband Todd Palin, have five children. The latest, a baby, was born with Down syndrome.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Heather Location: Central KY on Sep 2, 2008 at 03:14 PM
    I think Palin is a SUPER choice for McCain. With her on the ticket, Obama/Biden just got a sure victory in November! Thanks McCain!
  • by Stanley Simmons on Sep 2, 2008 at 02:55 PM
    I miss Bill Clinton
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Sep 2, 2008 at 10:24 AM
    Everybody needs to read the post from Allen on 29 Aug. Makes the most sense of anything on this page.
  • by me Location: ky on Sep 2, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    go figure obama-biden osama ben-laden gezz does anyone else see the ...hay im a gonna vote McCain/
  • by CJ Location: Ashland, Ky on Sep 2, 2008 at 04:32 AM
    For David and narrow minded GOP with blinders on, our country now suffers the largest deficit in history at the hands of the GOP; we invaded a country, killed thousands, and watched a leader hung; the Federal Reserve (not government related) is a group of wealthy bankers around the world that have great control over housing, stock market, and other financial matters; and, if you truly think Clinton was the only man in Washington with an itch to scratch or that Bush has kept this country safe, you need to wake up! Our borders are open! History shows that when our country was under attack, our borders were closed, those of the same nationality of the attackers were held and not put on a plane and given safe haven out of the country as the Saudis were after 9/11. Heck they even landed on the tarmack in Lexinton while all other planes were grounded. Let us all not forget Katrina. I am an American, a believer in Jesus Christ, and ALL our people are valuable.
  • by happy democrat Location: pikeville on Sep 2, 2008 at 02:52 AM
    this democrat isnt a whiner.actually i am very happy.every person of the 50 states knows how low this 72 year old man for palin she didnt care how degrading that was for her and of all americans.SHE SHOULD HAVE SAID NO!its not going to help him get in the white house.then we can hear the whining.BOO WOO.
  • by earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Sep 1, 2008 at 09:31 PM
    Its not about Sarah Palin being a woman its about her being a real person. I appreciate her values and if anyone can relate to us "regular folks" I think she can and will. I was going to vote for McCain but with some reservation....but now I will feel great about casting that vote.
  • by randall Location: cols oh on Sep 1, 2008 at 07:51 PM
    how about mcain and biden together in the whitehouse it would be nice to have an adult back in the whitehouse.
  • by grumpy on Sep 1, 2008 at 04:46 PM
    I am disgusted wiyh all of them throw them out and lets start over
  • by Eddie Location: Pikeville on Sep 1, 2008 at 02:28 PM
    To all you Democrat whiners, I say this: Palin has at least managed a small town as a mayor, she's been on a city commission, she has been a Governor, her husband works on the North Slope Oil fields as a WORKER, not an executive, they salmon fish together, she once broke several fingers while fishing and continued fishing. They have owned a small business just a few years ago, etc. This woman GETS IT, when it comes to the average person, far more than ANY candidate on either ticket. She has been there and dealt with the issues that come from the federal levels of dealing with unfunded mandates, she has had to walk the streets and answer to average citizens face to face, unlike Biden, unlike Obama, and unlike McCain. She is EXACTLY what Washington needs right now, and you know it. Your blowhard words and hate-filled invective is only because of YOUR desperation, wondering why your candidate couldn't find someone to relate to the average Joe/Jane like she can.


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