McCain Picks Republican Vice President – Who is Governor Sarah Palin?

I’ve been following the Democratic National Convention all week and have found it absolutely intriguing. After a pretty stunning speech from Obama last night in Denver and on the helms of the Republican National Convention, next week, I turned on the T.V. this morning to catch the announcement from McCain of his Vice Presidential running mate, the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

I’m curious what people know about Gov. Palin. To be honest I’ve never heard of her. She looks like a nice lady, but, what do you think qualifies her for the office of Vice President of the United States of America? It was a very interesting and potentially quite strategic choice by McCain and his campaign.

I’m gonna try and do a little more research and find out a bit more about Gov. Palin. In the meantime, what do you know about this woman?! Sound Off. What are your thoughts? Does this cause you to pause, especially if you were leaning towards voting for Obama/Biden, to see what this Republican campaign has to say over the next 60 days? Your thoughts…

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12 responses to “McCain Picks Republican Vice President – Who is Governor Sarah Palin?

  1. I’m with you on that. I don’t know much about her, but I’ve been trying to read up on her. She seems to have a pretty good resume. She’s a Governor, so that gives her the executive experience that a pres/vice pres needs. She is pro-life and a gun activist. She also stands strongly behind her ethical reform in Alaska. I guess we’ll see though. I liked McCain’s pick.

  2. Finally a woman I can look up to!
    – A lifelong member of the NRA (awesome)
    – The governor of a huge environmental state with 80% approval rating (awesome) They say its hard to even get over 50% approval…
    – She has strong morals – non of this wishy washy Obamaesque stuff, which I think is the MOST important. (pro-life etc.)
    No one really knows her because she isn’t in hollywood’s spotlight! I’m over Oprah and all of the celebrities in politics.

  3. I LOVE the pick… especially as the dad of 3 girls. Some background from http://palinforvp.blogspot.com/

    Sarah Palin is an anomaly in American politics. It’s not because she’s a woman, not because of her blue-collar background, and not because of her ability to juggle the titles of “governor” and “committed mother of five”. Forget about all of that stuff for a moment; it’s interesting, but if Barack Obama has taught us anything, it’s that a compelling biography is not a qualification for leadership. Instead, Palin is unique because she can claim one of the broadest bases of support of any leader in our country. Other than the lunatic fringes of Alaska’s kleptocratic political establishment, nobody hates her.

    Most politicians rise to power because they represent a certain wing of their party, and even some of their own partisans detest them. Mike Huckabee will never resonate with libertarian republicans, social conservatives cannot support Rudy Giuliani, certain evangelicals will always have a problem with Mitt Romney, and frankly I doubt that hard-core conservatives will ever fully embrace John McCain. That doesn’t make them bad candidates; it just means that they face significant opposition within the Republican Party. Sarah Palin does not have that problem.
    I have been working to draft Gov. Palin as Vice President since February of 2007, and I can recount first hand how she has united divergent views among Republicans and is now even gaining Democratic support. The key is that she offers a combination of qualities that make her a hero to many, many different groups. For instance, two of our strongest bases of support have been social conservatives and libertarian republicans, who are normally at each other’s throats.

    However, she offered both groups something that they desperately wanted without compromising any appeal to the other. The SoCons loved her pro-life, pro-family, and pro-gun positions, while the libertarians and fiscal conservatives cheered her on as she vetoed hundreds of millions of dollars of wasteful government spending. Getting those two groups to sing kum-ba-ya was enough of an accomplishment, but now it appears that a third group has found what it wants in Gov. Palin: McCainocrats.

    For those Democrats who are considering abandoning the Obama ticket (primarily disillusioned Clinton supporters), Palin represents the final push into the Republican camp. Not only is she a woman (which, like it or not, is an issue for some voters), but she also puts a fresh, future-oriented face on the McCain campaign. By upending Alaska’s corrupt political class, Palin has actually produced the type of change that Barack Obama can only talk about; and her collar is far bluer than Joe Biden’s ever was. Furthermore, she is arguably the only candidate who has the necessary expertise to address the single most pressing issue in this election: gas prices. As Governor of Alaska, Chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (America’s largest interstate organization), and a former Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Sarah Palin can run rings around almost anyone when it comes to oil.

    The last candidate to assemble such a broad coalition of support was a gentleman by the name of Ronald Wilson Reagan. He not only won the presidency in two successive landslides, but went on to become one of the most beloved and effective presidents in recent history. Now, I realize that it is somewhat presumptuous of me to make this comparison, but I personally have no doubt that Sarah Palin has the capability to become the next Reagan. In fact, the only real question that I have heard is whether we should bring her to the forefront now as a VP candidate or save her for later as a full-fledged presidential hopeful in 2012. I personally choose the former, because the latter involves the defeat of John McCain and the election of President Obama and Vice President Biden. 2008 will be a crucial election year, with the winner being handed the responsibility for the Iraq war, the gasoline crisis, the Russo-Georgian conflict, and any number of other issues. The stakes are simply too high to throw McCain under the bus and bide our time. Likewise, Sen. McCain should realize that the stakes are too high for him to select a VP candidate who simply “does no harm” rather than pushing his ticket over the top.

  4. I hear she was raised Muslim and her pastor is a racist. I’m just sayin’…..

  5. I’m excited about what I’ve heard so far – finally a woman in the national spotlight who is strong and impressive but behind the socially conservative side of things!!!

    Maybe just maybe, she’s been busy getting things done in her corner of the world!

  6. uh oh…looks like democratic nick feels a little threatened. throwing out some early bombs already 🙂

  7. Nick, come on now that was kinda pithy.

    Obviously Steve is up on the whole scene. Substance-wise I think she is the bomb, presentation-wise I think she needs some coaching.

    And the person running the sound for the McCain camp this morning needs to find a new job. He was either in the tank for Obama or intoxicated. Either way they need to step up the presentation.

    They HAVE the goods, now they just need to SELL the goods.

  8. it was a joke and I am NOT a Dem

  9. Interesting….very interesting…..I am impressed so far:) and more excited about this election that I ever thought I would be…it is turning out to be “interesting….very interesting….:)” (unless you were old enough to watch laugh-in, you won’t understand ” interesting….very interesting”)hahaha

  10. The fact that she has only been a govenor for a mere 16 months does not make her more qualified for the job than some of the other Republican women who have MUCH more experience, both governing and in legistative branches of government. So, that makes me suspicious of the motives of John McCain in his selection, particularly since he had met her all of twice before the rally the other day announcing the VP pick. Why pass over more qualified women just to select this woman who, 2 years ago, was MAYOR of an incredibly small town and who he himself doesn’t even know??? It just doesn’t make any sense. And, even her education does not provide a balance to her lack of experience – majoring in broadcast journalism and working as a local sportscaster does not soothe my concerns. Plus, when asked a couple of months ago about the VP rumors, she said she wasn’t to entertain any more talk of the VP nod until someone could explain to her exactly what the Vice President actually DID each day!!!!?????!!!!! Gulp!!

    Lastly, I have to tell you I am concerned about how she is going to manage the needs of a 6-month-old special needs child, plus the duties of the second-most important job in our country. I’m sorry for those who think that is not feminist enough, but I speak as the mother of 4, whose husband travels with his job and who owns her business. It is extremely difficult and exhausting and none of my children are infants or have special needs. My first priority is and always will be my children, and I just don’t know if it is fair to that infant for her to assume this responsibility. Just my .02.

    Given John McCain’s age and health history, I have to look at this woman as what she is . . . the next potential President of the United States. And, when you look at it like that, if the choice is Barack Obama or Sarah Palin, the choice is very easy. She simply is not prepared to be the Commander in Chief of the United States, imo.

  11. I think it’s a fantastic choice– she, in my opinion, has more qualifications than Obama and believes in what she lives, and lives what she believes. This makes me happier about the Republican ticket since McCain obviously wasn’t my first choice, but I believe Sarah Palin makes this ticket a stronger, surer choice.

  12. After watching her at the convention and doing a lot more research on her, I have to say a couple of things.

    Number one, McCain is a lot smarter than people give him credit for.

    Number two, Sarah Palin is a natural born leader. She has strong conservative principles and she lives by them.

    Number three, she got into politics for the right reason. This wasn’t a life long ambition. She got here because she wanted to fix things and when she had the chance, she did. That’s why she had the 80% approval rating.

    And last, she has good ideas and she can can SELL them. Effective communication goes a LONG way in getting the things done that you need to do. She connects with people and understands the “common person”. Common sense and wit.

    She was the right pick.

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