Reactions to McCain's Vice Presidential Selection

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain shocked the country on Friday when he picked little known Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

For some, the choice is a dark horse.

“I didn't have many thoughts. I've never heard of her. I don't know anything about her,” says Bill Bean of Knott County.

Senator John McCain announced Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate early Friday. It is her first term in office and while she may be relatively unknown to some, one Kentucky lawmaker says her ideals line up with the party.

“She's bold on the issues that matter to people, like the right to bear arms; she's very strong on energy, which affects states like Kentucky,” says Senator Brandon Smith, (R) 30th District.

Some say the choice will not impact their vote.

“I just feel Obama has a good following and with Republicans, how they've done in the past, it's time for a change. I truly believe it will be a Democratic president,” says Gwen Lawson of Perry County.

Others say the selection is a welcomed surprise.

“It brings in new insight as well as new possibilities. I think it's about time,” says Melissa Smith of Perry County.

“I think he picked her for a running mate that he would be proud if something happened to him; she could be the president,” says Lester Turner of Perry County.

“I think we're at the crossroads of history. Either way we go now, history's going to be made,” says Senator Smith.

It is something that will have most people watching and waiting to see what happens.

This is only the second time in history a woman has been nominated as a vice presidential nominee and a first for the Republican Party.

Democrat Walter Mondale selected Geraldine Ferraro back in 1984.

All eyes turn to the Republican National Convention as it starts this Monday in Minneapolis.

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  • by Carol Location: California on Sep 3, 2008 at 01:29 PM
    Gov. Palin's promises to raise and guide her family, in Alaska, and her promise to govern Alaska, have both been broken. Her priorities are out of order. Perhaps she will tire of Washington, D.C. too.
  • by Hey Helen on Sep 3, 2008 at 04:00 AM
    McCain just turned 72...he's not 76. Maybe you're the one with dementia.
  • by Bill Location: Pike on Aug 31, 2008 at 05:42 AM
    This is great!!! its about time we have some in office that actully has contact with the every day Joe.That will take down the theafing congress, we have now..
  • by Bill Location: Pike Co. on Aug 31, 2008 at 05:12 AM
    Yes its about time we see someone from the population, rather then another belt way person. America may have chance yet.Go McCian.
  • by Ashley Location: Kentucky on Aug 30, 2008 at 06:04 PM
    Hi, I've been following the election news closely, because like most people across the country I have family who serve in our military, and it greatly concerns me that people would choose to vote for someone just because either they didn't get his or her way (ie, Hilary Clinton did not recieve the Democratic nomination) or because they feel that the choice for V.P. is an attractive woman. The decision we make decides our fate in world issues and here at home... I think sometimes we forget what the election is about. Focus on who can best lead us and protect us and not on who has been in washington the longest or who looked good in vogue.
  • by Chad Location: Independence on Aug 30, 2008 at 05:54 PM
    Lisa how can you even suggest that Sara Palin has less experience than Barack Obama! In fact Sara Palin has more experience, in the few short years that she has been in politics, than Barack Obama has his long political career. No the Insult is the fact that we have an empty suit, Obama, running for President. It's a crying shame that Obama has any support. It shows you the state of this nations citizens. Obama, if he wins, will not change one thing in Washington and he will be known as one of the worst Presidents in History. Just my opinion. Yea Obama has a plan, he won't tell you or me, but he has one somewhere. Foolish Americans. We get what we deserve and if the people of this nation choose Obama they shall get what they deserve. By the way Barack Hussain Obama is his full name! Stop censoring the News Media and say his name!!!!!!!! Good Day, Chad!
  • by Jean Location: Hazard on Aug 30, 2008 at 05:17 PM
    Talk about amateur hour - this makes Dan Quayle look like a statesman. I mean, McCain just chose someone who he only met once and who has a scandal hanging over her head! Gimme a break. Those of us who supported Hillary Clinton did so because of what she stood for, not because of her gender. Gov. Palin is the extreme opposite in terms of her views and experience. I think McCain put politics first with this choice, not his country.
  • by TC Location: Frankfort on Aug 30, 2008 at 03:54 PM
    Why is it wrong for McCain to have someone who is not experienced with the ways of the Beltway when that's Obama's whole platform? I think she's a pretty good choice. Just think, 2 days ago, Bill Clinton was bashing republicans for saying Obama had no experience and was not ready to lead (even though his wife had spent months saying the same thing, it's wrong when repubs do it), now they're bashing McCain's VP pick. Politics can make people stick their foot in their mouth.
  • by Lynn Location: tennessee on Aug 30, 2008 at 02:30 PM
    Do some research, this lady has guts, and she is no greenhorn. She's got more experience than Obama.
  • by Lisa Location: Prestonsburg on Aug 30, 2008 at 12:06 PM
    Taking into consideration Mccain's 4 cancer scares, I believe its irresponsible that he would pick someone with such little experience to run this wonderful country if something happens to him. It's almost an insult.
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