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Republican presumptive presidential nominee John McCain announces that he has chosen first-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. (Credit=AP, Editor: Heather Farrell /

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 29, 2008; 2:01 PM ET
Categories:  John McCain , Sarah Palin , Video Report  
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Hello Pumas!!!! Have Dems decided they can ignore women? Republicans have not! Come to us my dear Pumas! Republicans are not mysognists unlike the Democrats! Come to us Pumas!

Posted by: Mike Donaldson | August 31, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

The 1999 City of Wasilla Municipal Election for Mayor official results list the following: Sarah Palin 909 votes, John Stein 292 votes and Cliff Silvers 32 votes. Does Sen.John McCain consider this as being a basis for selection of Gov. Palin as his choice to be Vice President of the United States?

Posted by: 41Yank52 | August 31, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

But she has foreign policy experience because shes so close to Russia!

Posted by: Daniel | August 30, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I think she is a perfect pick for McCain - No she is not Hillary but Obama is no Kennedy. So all you people who drank the Kool aide remember it was his choice to dismiss the 18 million voices for Hillary. As far as experience goes she could match his any time any where any how. No not all her views are my views but I think plenty of woman will be able to see her as a sure step in the right direction- I don't want to wait another 12 years to MAYBE have a woman in office- not when we can do it now.

Posted by: mimi362 | August 30, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I like Palin. She's smart, tough, and she has done proven reforms. Unlike Obama...he's actually done nothing, but give good speeches. If this country wants real change, not just a good speaker, then they will vote McCain/Palin.

Posted by: David | August 30, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I like Palin. She's smart, tough, and she has done proven reforms. Unlike Obama...he's actually done nothing, but give good speeches. If this country wants real change, not just a good speaker, then they will vote McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain is not like Bush. Him and Bush hated each other when they ran against each other. He's went against Bush many times. Palin is hot and smart. Vote for them. She is a real reformer. Obama is a real talker. He's never done anything, but given a good speech.

Posted by: Demo. for McCain | August 30, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

By the way,Palins husband works for BP (british-petroleum)when he's not fishing!She was a runner up in a beauty contest.Bad news,she gonna be runner up again too!

Posted by: Oh-No | August 30, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Any person saying they are a Democrat and voting for a republican is actually saying they think George Bush has done a wonderful job.Where have you been?And what are you thinking?Look around !!Get your head out of where it does'nt belong and wake up!!If your not part of the solution then your part of the problem and I suspect you have never been a real democrat to begin with.If you want 4 more yrs.of what we've already had,your a nut!!
Now with McCain selecting Palin,we could end up with her as President,talk about NO experience!! Geez.McCain just proved his elevator does'nt go to the top floor!!

Posted by: Oh-No | August 30, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

In your guts
You know he is nuts!
(old arizona saying)

Posted by: worknaught | August 30, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow, a gun-toting, animal-killing, no-choice, trophy VP. Just what we global, educated, gals want!

Now if we could just get even lower salaries, for the same pay, we would be all set!

This give new meaning to "going to hell in a hand-basket." Wow!

Posted by: jo blo | August 30, 2008 3:39 AM | Report abuse

“No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her." Susan B. Anthony

As a life-long Democrat, I never expected to be voting for a Republican, and definitely did not expect to contribute to one. But contribute I did, today, after I learned of Palin's selection. I was planning to support McCain anyway, but it was tough to get excited about doing so until today. I definitely wavered after Hillary's outstanding speech on Tuesday as her remarks seemed targeted directly to me. But there is no way that I can condone the Democratic Party's treatment of Hillary Clinton, and it is reprehensible that Obama didn't select her to be his V.P. Hillary's struggle this year epitomized the aspirations of all women, and no woman should be treated like a second-class citizen. Susan B. Anthony was right.

McCain/Palin '08

Posted by: 4Hillary1 | August 29, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Joe Jankovic:

"I was shocked with the way the Obama campaign treated her and Geraldine Ferraro and how they made false charges relating to President Clinton."

So i guess it was a-ok for Hillary and Ferraro to say the mean spirited unsubstantiated lies they told about Obama?

Posted by: American First | August 29, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Franky | August 29, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

It's a crazy pick.

McCain selects a VP who is in many ways an even younger and more inexperienced version of George W. Bush. Wow. Just plain, wow.

Posted by: JP2 | August 29, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

This is good news for the McCain camp. That we are here right now discussing this than Obama acceptance speech is a big huge success. The speech will be forgotten before tomorrow.

I can certainly tell you that the pulse in the republican party is one of excitement. Obama was a nobody 4 years ago and he talks about experience. Get a grip people

For you liberals whether you like it or not; say what you may, you know what this choice has done more than anything else is to energize the republican base. That is exactly what they need right now

Posted by: Leon | August 29, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | August 29, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The level of cheap shots under comments is astounding. I'll take a small town hockey mother anyday....moose burgers rule!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden will eat this woman for breakfast and crap her out before lunch.

Really, this is their big play? This woman spent six years as mayor of a town of 6,700 people, is governor of a state for two years, and she's ready to be one heart beat away from the job of leader of the free world?

This woman isn't even fit to carry Hillary's purse, and they expect that feminists everywhere will suddenly swoon and vote for her?

Absolutely puzzling...seems almost like a Trojan Horse.

Posted by: CatherineinOHIO | August 29, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain has got to know that he's done. Finished. That the Rovian attack engine doesn't have a prayer in Hell of beating Obama/Biden.

If this gal was Governor of Ohio or Pennsylvania, it might make sense.

Governor of Alaska ??? No way.

This is a selection based on where the GOP will stand AFTER THE ELECTION.

McCain and Rove want the GOP to be an ideological organization. That is all. They want ownership, particularly Rove, by driving out everybody sane/pragmatic/sensible.

Good luck, boys..............

Anybody want to run for office as a GOPper and win outside of The South, they're going to have to get away from oil money, away from Rove, away from this disaster in the making.

That will be damn hard, at least for a decade or so. Till Rove pukes out and goes to prison.

Posted by: Carl | August 29, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain had to go all the way to Alaska to find someone as out of touch as he is.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Palin was a city council person and then mayor of Wasilla, AK, a little rural village of 8,000.

She's spent a year and a half as Governor of the 4th smallest state in the U.S.

And that's it? That's it?!?!

She has less national security experience than most Starbucks employees. At least they know a half dozen words in Italian.

She makes Ned Flanders from the Simpsons look worldly.

This is a ridiculous, ridiculous pick.

Posted by: bluto | August 29, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Hillary in the primary campaign.

I was shocked with the way the Obama campaign treated her and Geraldine Ferraro and how they made false charges relating to President Clinton.

I for one am disappointed in Senator Obama and will not vote for him!

Posted by: joe jankovic | August 29, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin is really a Republican after Karl Rove's own blackened tar pit heart - she's a product of the party that produced the indicted Ted Stevens and ethically tarred Don Young, and she's embroiled in a Troopergate scandal of her own, with state investigators looking at serious allegations that Palin abused her office by pressuring the state Public Safety Commissioner to fire "an Alaska state trooper involved in a rough divorce from Palin's sister." Sounds like a woman after Karl Rove's black tar pit colored heart.
In addition to further associating McCain with the Republican culture of corruption, the Palin pick undermines one of his main anti-Obama narratives. It's going to be laughable to hear McCain assail Obama's supposed lack of experience after naming the first-term governor -- only one-and-a-half years into her term -- of the 47th largest state to be his running mate. Palin lacks any foreign policy experience, and is bereft of even the two core areas of policy expertise that governors are supposed to bring to a ticket -- ag policy (Alaska doesn't have much in the way of traditional agriculture) and urban affairs (Anchorage is the 65th largest city in the US, behind giants such as Corpus Christi). She's easily the least experienced running mate in recent memory, which is pretty scary, given McCain's age and his history of cancer.

Posted by: ZappoDave | August 29, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

You know they are celebrating in Chicago today! McCain just lost the election. The men who don't have a problem with a pick like Palin are democrats. Northern and West Coast democrats.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 29, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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