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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