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Palin Choice Popular in Md. GOP Delegation

ST. PAUL -- The tone at a Maryland delegation breakfast this morning seemed dialed back, in keeping with the spirit of today's GOP convention. But several speakers sang the praises of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), the recently named running mate of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Louis Pope, a Maryland delegate who is a member of the Republican National Committee, related how he and other members of the RNC's rules committee were tearing up in joy last week as they took a break in their proceedings and watched the Palin announcement on television.

"It's really unreal, thinking two days earlier, she was shooting caribou in Alaska," said Pope, who praised Palin's family and conservative credentials. "I think it's phenomenal, what John McCain did."

The focus of the breakfast was mostly housekeeping and updates on how Gustav is affecting the convention.

Among those offering tips was Don Murphy, a former state delegate who is leading the delegation. Delegates should be careful about what they say to the media and realize cameras are everywhere, Murphy said.

"Does the name President George Allen ring a bell?" Murphy asked, referring to the former Virginia senators's "macaca" comment that doomed his political career. "No."

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 1, 2008; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Elections , At the 2008 Conventions , John Wagner  
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