McCain throws a curveball with choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as VP.

Posted: 10:40 AM ET

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential candidate on the Republican ticket for the White House in November, a senior McCain campaign official has told CNN.

Palin, 44, is a first-term governor who unseated incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in the Republican primary in 2006 and went on to defeat former Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat, in the general election.

An advocate of drilling for oil in her state’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, she is little known outside of Alaska.



This is a radical move, and it takes away the experience argument from McCain against Obama.


2 responses to “McCain throws a curveball with choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as VP.

  1. polisciafterparty

    Here’s the thing I don’t like: Biden’s asset- his ability to bluntly criticize the woefully inadequate Republic ticket has just been compromise. If he wails on the veep, Palin, he’s a bully. The mean bully who happens to know more about national issues, who happens to be a better debater, who has about 25 more years od experience (which, according to McCain is relevant)…etc won’t be able to flex his muscles because McCain picked a woman (a non-Hillary woman). Hillary needs to hit Palin hard. Please Hillary, go to town.

    – Legal Eagle

  2. McCain may believe that picking a woman as running mate will get him lots of votes from disappointed Hillary supporters.

    I believe that’s as likely to happen as Rush Limbaugh’s prediction earlier this year that voters disappointed with McCain’s lack of conservatism were going to vote for Hillary.

    I don’t doubt there are disappointed Hillary supporters, but expecting them to cross party lines because he picked a female VP is, to put it mildy, “a stretch”. As much as Mr. Limbaugh’s abovementioned flight of fancy was.

    Another note… Governor Palin may be for exploratory drilling in ANWR, but John McCain is on record being against it. Watch one of them change their mind in the very near future.

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