ABC News: Palin is McCain’s Surprise VP Choice
John McCain has made his vice presidential pick: the Republican contender will tap first-term Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.
The 44-year-old Palin brings working class roots and appeal to female voters, becoming only the second female vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket and a first for the GOP.
Being first is nothing to new to Palin (pronounced PALE-IN). She is the first female governor of the Last Frontier, the 49th state to join the Union in 1959 and the 48th most populous state.
Palin is also the youngest governor in Alaska’s short statehood history, taking office in 2006 amidst attempts by Democrats to turn the reliably Republican state to their column.
Gov. Palin is married with five children, a staunch opponent of abortion rights, and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
While she is unknown to most Americans, the choice will play well with the conservative base. For instance, take a look at Justin Quinn’s blog written in June.
The more I learned, the more I was amazed by this spitfire from the tundra. I checked with a friend who works on The Hill in DC, and sure enough, she was everything the Internet machine said she was and then some. My friend called Palin the GOP’s “secret weapon,” and said she’s got the presence, the substance and the panache to change the election for McCain … if only he’d consider her.