August 29th, 2008
10:49 AM ET

Alaska Gov. Palin is McCain's VP pick

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Sen. John McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential candidate on the Republican ticket for the White House, CNN has learned. The 44-year-old Palin, now in her first term as governor, is a pioneering figure in Alaska, the first woman and the youngest person to hold the state's top political job.

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  1. dianne giannetti

    oh come on now, the reublicians don't really believe we don't see through this scam they just pulled. This women dosen't represent at all the women who are Hillary supporter, she beleive in all the opposite views of what we love in Hillary, she is totally against pro choice, gay righs, womens right and is a gun supporter. Just ,because he picked a women doesn't mean we are little sheep and follow along with this, No way can you compare what women want to see change in this country to what this women represents......PLEASE GIVE US MORE CREDIT THEN THIS.........

    August 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  2. Melissa, Los Angeles

    Brilliant move by McCain to elect a woman to be his VP. Those 25% dissenters who wanted Hillary i.e. a woman president will more than likely vote for McCain just to have our first woman VP. How sad that people vote based on race and gender.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  3. Tara DC

    McCain has made an enormous mistake and sealed his fate; we will all be saying "President Obama" in a few months. To choose someone with minimal experience and strong ties to big oil so obvious it is a joke to even consider an effective recipe for change. As a woman and a moderate republican, I find myself unable to tow this party line, and will now strongly consider voting for Obama. I can accept Joe Biden as a potential leader, I cannot accept a fellow soccer Mom. That is just too scary... wisdom is knowing your limitations and planning for the unexpected.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  4. Nicole

    Gov, Palin as McCain's running mate is a risky choice for the GOP. Palin seems to be a down to earth woman and a very busy mom. Not that these are bad qualities but may end up being too much for her to handle. Her youngest son suffers from Down's Syndrome and even though as a mother myself my heart goes out to her, I also as a nurse realize the challenge it is to raise a child with this condition. Can she really devote the time needed to the country when she has such a full plate at home already?

    August 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  5. Felicia

    As a woman employed in a typically male profession, I am concerned by the need of female candidates in this race to make reference to sexism, the "Glass Ceiling" associated with it, and the historical nature of this presidental race while completely ignoring the undercurrent of racism and the associated "Black Tax" associated with it that has been rearing its ugly head more and more in this POTUS contest. I was excited to hear that John McCain had chosen a woman (Sarah Palin) as his running mate and was excited she would note the accomplishments of female politicians from the past. However, when she chose to ONLY honor Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton and completely EXCLUDE the accomplishments of Shirley Chisolm in the Democratic Primary of 1972, as a fan of the TOTAL history of America, I was completely apalled. It only reminds me of the fact that, although candidates like Palin and Hillary Clinton like to wave the flag of the women's suffrage accomplishment of 1920, they completely ignore the fact that the right to vote for ALL African-Americans – men AND women, wasn't fully accomplished throughout this country until the Voting Rights Act of 1967. Yes, I am aware that the right to vote was granted to black men ON PAPER in 1870, but history has proven that it took another act of Congress almost 100 years later to actually allow that Federal law to be enacted. If we're going to discuss history, let's make sure we recognize ALL who have made a difference.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  6. JIM....TEXAS

    From this pick one could almost assume that all the QUALIFIED potential candidates for McCains VP bailed on joing this ship of fools. Hoping Palin would appeal to women and HRC's women is pretty much a long shot an very much pandering. Most PUMA's wanted Hillary for what she'd bring to the table and Palin with her 2 years as governor of Alaska ain't much, especially since McCain turned 72 today. Anybody remember G.W........governor of Texas an look how well that turned out!

    August 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  7. Mike C

    Interesting choice, and should appeal to people who want a woman in the top position. It has to look appealing for Palin to be a heartbeat away from the presidency – especially with the longevity McCain's family has had.. His father had been dead for 2 years when he was McCains again, and grandfather died when he was 61. I would think the abuse to McCains body has to limit his longevity.
    However, one of the downsides of his pick shows experience isn't a real issue – just fabricated to detract from Obama

    August 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  8. toni sweet

    I think it was amazing that Sarah Palin comes out of nowhere and thinks she can crack the glass ceiling. She has done nothing to help break it, now she wants to colect in a few weeks. You have to work for the glory, Hillary did.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  9. Cherie Muerth

    This choice is a big mistake for McCain but a big big bonus for Obama. Here's why: She does not measure up to Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden with regard to experience or confidence and therefore she will be considered to be inappropriate for the job.
    McCain might as well have picked any working mother off the street who also could have been secretarial but not Presidential.
    They have no chance now.
    BUT ...that's a good thing!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  10. Dennis

    John McCain is running for president as the oldest person to seek that office. He has chosen someone who has 19 MONTHS of governing experience and is a heartbeat away from being the leader of the free world......ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Congratulations President Obama!

    August 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  11. nettison

    Come on McCain – you could've at least pick a female republic with some substance. This is a sad, pitiful move. sad sad sad

    August 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  12. gina

    Wow Palin is really impressive! She seems very real.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  13. missy

    I agree with what John King said earlier today, McCain can no longer argue that Obama lacks experience.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I said it once and I'll say it again, Republicans are looking at 2012 and are running away from John McCain. This ticket ain't going no where, McCain 71 years old and picks a 44 year old running mate.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  15. sprice

    Are they for real??? It's not a surprise. Good look at first, but the more she spoke it was evident DESPERATE PICK! Smart in terms of trying to reach Hillary's group, but the more she spoke the more sad it became. She is a pitiful choice for the second in line. If you've ever been to Alaska, you would know that governing Alaska doesn't even compare to governing Los Angeles. RISKY is too nice of a word. It demeans Hillary followers, because it says the ONLY reason they supported Hillary was because of gender. This is a JOKE! Makes a good look for a trophy wife and a poster woman, but as our second in command, are we this desperate???Has it come down to republicans winning at any cost???? Don't ruin their lives, let them go back home and coach the children, they are not ready to help lead a country.....

    August 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  16. Ram Riva

    This selection for Vice President confuses me...
    There's serious concern on Sen McAin's health, therefore on this presidential campaign, his choice for a running mate, is considered extremely important....
    If McAin's health diminishes, the VP will replace him as president, also he's been betting on the fact that conservative voters will never elect an Afroamerican or a "woman" for President...
    Is an issue far more important on the republican ticket, than on the democratic side...
    On one hand we have, "lack of experience", and on the other, "diminishing health"...
    That makes both VP selections very important...
    Come November we must select "the best team"...

    August 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  17. Frank, Quebec

    "Former beauty queen becomes the leader of the free world! "

    : That will be the title of the papers when John McCain passes out.

    "Miss America Palin will give lessons on ethics walking on stage with a bathing suit on."

    : That is the image that will be in the mind of voters on election day.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  18. margaret

    John McCain must really believe that the women supporter of Hilary Clinton are stupid air-heads. We did not vote for Hilary just because she is a woman. And we would rather vote for Obama then to vote for a ticket that believes they can hoodwink us into a vote just because you picked a woman for vice-president. And by the way, Who is she, and what has she done for the US lately?

    August 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  19. Carrie in CO

    Really McCain?? After using "experience" as your only criticism of Obama, you pick someone not only inexperienced, but most of us have never even heard her name. So being a senator on both a state and national level isn't enough – but being a "soccer mom" makes you ready to lead this country! On top of that trying to pander to Hillary voters with an Anti-choice candidate is one hell of a reach.

    I think maybe this is less to do with strategy and more to do with Romney and Pawlenty not wanting ruin their future chances by being on the McCain losing ticket.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  20. Bill, Kansas City

    The pick of Palin is an overt attempt to pander to women voters (certainly her speech on being elected made this crystal clear). On reflection, I think most Americans will see that ultimately it represents an insult to women. That is, the McCain campaign thinks that women who supported Hillary are not able to evaluate the issues and recognize that Palin is a conservative extremist who does not reflect their values and interests.

    It is also a legitimate concern to think about McCain's age and recognize that statistically his vice-president has a higher than average chance of being called to serve as president and commander in chief. Through this lens, the questions of whether her experience as a small town mayor, 18 month governor and high school point guard make her qulified to be president has added significance.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  21. don brown

    I particularly like the role the McCain laid out for his V.P. when he forcefully said: (nothing)

    August 29, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  22. Gilby-HI

    This is exactly what the GOP needed. If change means anything this is exactly what will change everything. Say good night to the hard edge political nightnare that Hollywood has made of Government. Governor Palin God bless you and best wishes.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  23. Sharon

    Oh my God, the Republicans are going to nominate Ozzie and Harriet, complete with beehive hairdo. That's ok, it goes along perfectly with the Cold War the McBush's seem to want to foster.

    Guess it's good for their friends in the defense industries.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:00 pm |
  24. Monica

    John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin for vice president will lead him
    to the bridge of nowhere. I was a independent who supported Hillary in the primary in PA. Her experience, intelligence, values, and her dedication to the working families of this country is why I supported her not because of her sex. This transparent pick by McCain will sway my vote to Obama.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
  25. Sista Tabia

    This nomination creates a division amongst Republicans. Most conservatives do not support women nor younger people in senior roles.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
  26. Zia

    He turned 72 tthis month! God forbids if something happens to him, this ex-mayor and beauty paegent (under federal investigation) from Wassila is going to have the key to the nukes. NO WAY, NO HOW, NO McCAIN!!!

    August 29, 2008 at 12:51 pm |
  27. Brenda

    So, let me get this straight...Obama does not have enough experience, yet this woman does? Exactly what qualifications does this TOKEN female have, to be one heartbeat away from being our President? Does being a beauty queen count?

    August 29, 2008 at 12:50 pm |
  28. anom

    How very disrespectful to us, women-to think we just voted for Hillary because she is a woman. Wow, McCain with this choice you've just disrespected Hillary Clinton's achievements and the intelligence of the American woman. You think we are that shallow – and you say, you are running on judgment?

    August 29, 2008 at 12:49 pm |
  29. LiLi

    His plan to have a woman a running mate in order to gain voters from the Clinton pool will absolutely backfire on McCain. Obviously, he has no women on his advisory committee or else they would have told him that women are more educated about the issues than ever. Right now Obama has a better record as to voting for issues that matter to women. And lets not forget that a woman's right to choose is a major issue this election. I'm pro choice myself and that's my choice, however, at the same time, I don't believe that it's anyone elses right to tell a woman what her choice should be. My fellow women could lose the right to choose if a Republican gets in the Whitehouse. Other people are making mean comments about McCain's running mate and leaving her baby with downsyndrome to run for vice president, but remember people that baby has 2 parents not one and obviously her husband supports her all the way. Let's not hate on her for making this decision. Even though I won't vote for her, I'm just as proud that she was chosen as I was proud when Hillary ran. I just won't vote Republican because I disagree with their positions.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:47 pm |
  30. Julie

    I LOVE this selection! I'm a registered independent in Colorado and love that no matter which ticket wins it will be a historic election.

    But I have to admit....I will now vote for McCain/Palin. I'm a professional mother in my upper 30's and love to FINALLY see a woman break through the glass ceiling. This is another strong maverick pick by McCain and proves he is the man I thought I he was.

    GREAT VP selection!

    August 29, 2008 at 12:46 pm |
  31. terry

    The American people will not pick a woman just because she is a woman . No more than Blacks would have picked Obama just because he is Black . The American people will see right through this

    August 29, 2008 at 12:45 pm |
  32. Karen Lawrenceville ,GA

    W-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l....a cheerleader for the second highest office of our land...great going Mccain..oh ya and she has a nack for abusing her power when it comes to taking care of her own..riff !ram! bah !good job

    August 29, 2008 at 12:43 pm |
  33. Sarita, AL & CA

    A very interesting pick for McCain. I guess it's true what the pundits were saying about the advantage of going last – and being able to see what Obama had done in his convention so they could try to top it. My hope is that he didn't pick Gov. Palin in order to try and sway the Hillary votes. i don't know much about Ms. Palin, but I'm sure that will change very quickly.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:42 pm |
  34. Edgard

    I must admit Mc Cain has once again proved to the American people that he will continue a failed Bush administration policy, by picking a VP running mate with no foreign policy experience, and no legislative policy. How about that for judgment? Since when does having 5 kids qualify someone to become President of the United States of America? I'm sure Gov. Sarah is a hard working person who has challenges at home just as much as the millions of families across our nation, but I just do not and will not believe that is enough to qualify her for the position. I think its an insult to play the Down Syndrom card on behalf of one of her child, because in the media thats all I hear . Lets talk qualifications shall we? What are they? What does she bring to the table? Please someone help me understand why she will be a good VP candiadate? Because all I see is a Mc Cain show, and a cheap, and insulting stradegy that should insult women and men alike who are really concerned about the future for this country, our families fincancial and health issues and just as equally important our national security.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:39 pm |
  35. jo sanders

    i am watching John Mccain introduce (i d k) mrs palin as his running mate he has to read his speech off of a piece of paper will he forget what he has to say??? does he not know how to speek from the heart?? picking a woman in my opinion only shows how very DESPERATE!!! the republican party is!!! TRYING TO APPEAL TO HILLARY VOTERS to me mr .Mccain would NEVER have chosen a women otherwise. thank you,Jo sanders -Texas.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:37 pm |
  36. Demi

    Obama was right. McCain doesn't get it.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:37 pm |
  37. cinla

    What a move by John McCain! Democrats should never underestimate Republican strategists. They have always been able to match us, move for move and often are a step or two ahead. Obama and Biden need to keep the momentum of the past few days going and the Democratic pundits need to speak out and call a spade a spade, a big reason she was selected was to pick up still-angry Hillary supporters. This is "check," not "checkmate."

    August 29, 2008 at 12:36 pm |
  38. Shirley Turner

    On the face of it, McCains choice looks perfect to grab the young voters and female voters. But we are electing a person to be, not only the leader of the greatest country on earth, but who is responsible to other nations. I think Mr Obama's choice as a running mate is a far more responsible choice. If something should happpen to Mr Obama, Sen. Biden could step right in. However, if something should happen to Mr McCain, we would be left with someone with very little experience. S. Turner

    August 29, 2008 at 12:33 pm |
  39. Daniel Chartian

    john mccain pick a person that i don't think is a person that can take his place as president if or when something happen to him and it also show his poor way of think that people will pick him because he pick a woman.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:33 pm |
  40. Rick

    well now, you people were the first to drag Barack Obama over the coals for not wearing a American Flag pin, but did anyone look at John McCain today? He was not wearing one either.... Will this be brought to anyones attention? Sure would like to see equal time given to this matter as you gave Barack Obama........

    August 29, 2008 at 12:33 pm |
  41. michael carroll

    John McCain just put the nail in his coffin for President. He picked Sarah Palin because she was a woman in his attempt to sway disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters. Bottom line – anyone who was supporting Senator Clinton and is now supporting Senator McCain was never going to vote for Senator Obama. Senator’s Obama and Clinton political ideology is exactly the same. So Senator Obama loses zero ground in terms of votes but gains ground because McCain cannot make the case for experience verses judgment in this campaign.

    Michael Carroll

    August 29, 2008 at 12:30 pm |
  42. gretchen

    Thats what i am talking about !! A PRESIDENTIAL candidate who knows his stuff !!.....with a VP..who has knowledge and is well liked . Unlike having a presidential candidate who is CLUELESS !! with a VP..who has more knowledge than him. GO JOHN !

    August 29, 2008 at 12:25 pm |
  43. Jan

    John McCain's surprise VP pick Sarah Palin, gives me excitement and positive outlook towards John McCain. I am a Hillary Clinton supporter who I still can't cross over to Obama.

    I 'm sure Sarah Palin will be tough, will deliver and she will matches up to Joe Biden and Obama......

    Excellent VP choice by John McCain!

    I am a Hillary Cl,inton supporter.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:22 pm |
  44. E. F. Harris

    I feel like McCain chose Palin because of her gender. This election is serious to me. At least Obama has been stating his case for over a year. It has given us a chance to get to know him and his vision. Biden's experience speaks for itself and I look for a team to govern our beloved country. Who is Palin? What do we know of her to give her the opportunity to possibly be president. Condi Rice I know. Are the any other vetted republican women who could have been chosen? People discuss the gas prices. It is horrible, however, what about the job loss and the home foreclosures? FIX THAT FIRST.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:22 pm |
  45. Karen T

    So we've had McCain making the case that these are insufficient credentials a potential president:

    – 5 years as a community organizer before
    – Harvard Law school
    – including president of the Harvard Law Review
    – Civil Rights lawyer
    – Constitutional Law professor
    – 8 years in the state legislature
    – First-term senator
    – Has dealt with foreign policy (and non-proliferation) on some levels
    – Has traveled and met with foreign leaders

    Granted, not the lengthiest list, but you've got quite a number of years in community service, law and politics, plus a hefty and highly relevant education and, let's not forget, Constitutional Law professor. Not nearly good enough, in John McCain's view (and that of many others).

    And yet McCain thinks this makes one qualified for second-in-command, a heartbeat from the Oval Office:

    – Mayor of Alaskan town of 6000
    – First-term governor

    That is a mockery of the job. That is outrageous.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:19 pm |
  46. lampe

    Great Pick Sen. McCain. Now show The Democrats, and Obama, and The DNC, the right way to respect a Woman.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:19 pm |
  47. mya

    wrong wrong choice whatever Mccain try to do isn't going to be successful he try to win voters we can care less about a female republican

    August 29, 2008 at 12:18 pm |
  48. Terry in Nashville

    I am a Hillary supporter and have been glued to the convention all week to see just exactly what Obama is about. Today, I am currently witnessing John McCain's choice for VP. He has chosen a woman that noone seems to know anything about, from a state with limited industry and corporations, in hopes to get the Hillary vote. I vote No Way, and have at this moment chosen to vote for Obama. Why? Because I believe this is a slap in women's faces that he chose a woman VP of whom no one knows in attempt to appeal and to compare with Hillary voters. Hillary has a proven track record, and understands what is happening in this country and abroad. Last night Obama said "I get it" and I believe he does. I still planned on giving McCain a second look, however, today, McCain's speech should be "I DON'T get it!" "I Don't know what this country needs" I just want to get the Hillary votes so I picked a woman! Forget my vote Mr. McCain!

    August 29, 2008 at 12:17 pm |
  49. Truth Not Truthiness

    Barack Obama has picked a VP that undoubtedly could lead the country safely through a crisis should anything happen to Barack Obama. Who has John McCain picked? An unknown with none of the experience that could effectively and safely lead the country through a crisis should anything happen to John McCain. "Country First" you say John McCain? How can you possibly say that now with a straight face, when all you are thinking about is winning this election with a "do no harm" pick, instead of the safety f this country should anything happen to you. In addition, Barack Obama has shown that he invites other's experienced opinions. Are you above advice John McCain? You really are sounding like my grumpy grandfather...as melanoma (cancer!) hangs as a constant threat in the background…Also, how can you think you possibly can lead a country into the 21st century if you have NEVER used a personal computer? NEVER sent an EMAIL?????

    August 29, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
  50. Aaron V

    How is this pick going to help McCain on the economy? It will help him on ethics, but did he really need help in that area? The most important issue to voters is still the economy. Obama is going to have Bill Clinton in his corner on the economy, and Hillary Clinton in his corner on women's rights. This is a gamble by the McCain campaign and the Obama camp has several options to help neutralize it, while McCain's biggest vulnerability remains. This could have been a swing for the fence that ended up being a game-ending strike out.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:15 pm |
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