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John McCain to Sarah Palin: I Choose You!

John McCain to Sarah Palin: I Choose You!

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate at a campaign rally on Friday in Dayton, Ohio.

Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president,” the McCain campaign said Friday. “Governor Palin has the record of reform and bipartisanship that others can only speak of. Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington today.”

This move will sure pick up a few of the Hillary Clinton voters!

Little known facts: Palin came in second place at the Miss Alaska pageant in 1984. The 44-year-old Idaho-native also is the mother of five children.

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  • Lynda

    McCain has totally lost it by picking her.
    She is a soccer mom and has no clue what a vp does (she did an interview that is on you tube)
    If he does win and something happens to him she will be president………scary thought!

  • shine

    count me in. i’m Hillary’s supporter voting for republican for the first time. I like Sarah Palin, she stands for what is right and is outright against those full of bs politicians. And the blood sucking lobbyist in Washington DC just got to stop. I took notice when it took SIRI and XM radio way too long to merge because the National Association of Broadcaster was lobbying hard against it. It’s about time for a few good men to reside in DC. whose with me?

  • Jess

    McCain has a history of health problems that include bouts of melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer.
    At some point, voters will have to ask themselves who they would want running the country if it ever became necessary: Joe Biden or Sarah Palin????

  • Bob

    If McCain wins (which I doubt he will) and dies in office, this woman would be our President! She’s the Gov of Alaska for fucks sake and hasn’t even served a full term! She has next to nothing when it comes to experience. Hillary supporters should be offended that McCain thinks they’d vote for him just because his VP has a vagina. Desperate, sad, and pathetic.

  • Jess

    McCain is trying to appeal to the Hillary voters and using her for that purpose.
    To borrow a phrase from Sen. Lloyd Bensen addressing Sen Quayle, one step removed ….. “Gov., I knew Sen. Clinton. Sen. Clinton was a friend of mine. Gov. you are not Sen. Clinton”
    Palin is not Hillary!!! and She won’t ever be!!!

  • whatever yo

    If you vote for him just because he chose a woman for VP, you’re a bigger idiot than Bush is.

  • shine

    watch and see Sarah Palin will blow you away. She is a natural and has no tolerance for power over principle. Give her a chance and watch the most awaited debate. Biden will be put in his little corner.

  • Bob

    All you people talking about experience need to remember that George W. Bush had more “experience” than Obama OR Palir. And look what happened to America under his presidency.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!

  • whatever yo

    McCain is 72 years old.

    She is an avid hunter and life long NRA member.

    PETA supporters, vegetarians, etc shouldn’t support her, I’m not sure that they will.

    She is also against all abortion rights and wants to outlaw it… even if you get raped and such.

    And she calls herself a feminist? It’s so dumb!

  • Maggie

    There are so many issues that, not only need to be addressed, but that need correction as well! I can say that without my political views getting in the way, Barack Obama is the only way positive changes will come about. Most importantly, I want to go abroad and not be embarrased that I AM AN AMERICAN! I returned here in May after living in Italy for six months, and it is downright staggering the amount of negative response I recieved just by my being AMERICAN. Ten years ago, people would have treated me as a hero just because I was AMERICAN. We should as a whole nation restore the good name of AMERICA before people forget about how good AMERICA has been in the past. I am proud to have a leader who I sincerely feel will bring us to where we should be!

  • lol

    SATAN/MEDUSA 2008!

  • Bob

    SATAN // MEDUSA in 2008!

  • The BIG boss

    McCain is a pimp he likes having all those women around him I’m sure former runner-up for miss alaska can be a great vice president. W***E cough cough .McCain is as old as dirt he and Hugh Hefner are probably best buddies there both like the same age we know he takes visits to the mansion when wifeys out of town


    To all those out there complaining about who isn’t and who is a true Hillary supporter…GET A LIFE! Obama was dumb enough to not pick Hillary (the winning ticket) so he gets what he deserves…a LOSING RACE!!! Before everyone bitches and moans bout McCain’s choice, how about actually researching the facts on her record not just posting what you “heard” about her! MCCAIN/PALIN 2008!!!

  • http://#15 Anne

    Joe biden’s son is also headed to Iraq. Do you know anything?

  • someone

    I can not believe people would vote for Mccain just because he selected a woman as his VP running mate. Are you freaking people kidding me. Hilary was never on Obama’s short list (and she never wanted to be VP any way she wanted to be President). Have you guys even listed to any of these candidates speak on any of the issues. Everybody that is saying they are now switching their votes to MCCain because he has a woman on his side never had any intentions of voting for Obama in the first place. Voting for somebody because of what sex they are or what race they are is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard. Listen to what these people have to say before you go and make a really stupid choice. I am not trying to convince you to vote one way or the other but at least know where each candidate stands for.

  • hehehe

    If Obama loses, blame nobody but himself. wrong choice of VP.

  • Paulie

    Sarah Palin’s views represent everything Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has worked against throughout her life.

  • sheryl

    Palin isn’t going to peel off Hillary pro-choice, hard core feminists but she will appeal to the blue collar folks and working class women who were voting for Hillary in droves.

    BTW, you are factual wrong that Palin is against all abortions. She supports having an abortion if the mothers life is in danger.

    LIke her or don’t like her but get your facts correct when doing it.

  • Jess

    Palin isn’t the right person for VP…
    Back in June she said it herself…she is not the right person for that position…and she said she would stay in Alaska because there’s a lot to be done there…

  • sheryl

    Joe Biden said the same thing. Almost every VP candidate says that they would stay in their current position…….duh!

    It doesn’t look to good for a Governor or Senator to say they essential don’t want the job they currently have if given a choice.

  • the dq

    “And the blood sucking lobbyist in Washington DC just got to stop. ”

    She and her state are the biggest blood suckers of pork there are. Get a clue.

  • smart Choice

    This is a smart choice for McCain.

  • Jess

    The difference is that she said she wouldn’t do it to Alaska!!! because there’s a lot to do there! just a couple a months ago Alaska needed her and suddenly they dont anymore?!?!?!

    How stable from her!

  • sheryl

    When she became Governor she gave back money to the federal government for “the bridge to know where”.

    She went against her party to do that. She probably hates government wasteful spending mor than McCain.

    Also if feminists go after Palin for abortion it will shine a huge light onto Obama’s position and voting record.

    That position being he actual voted against the Born Alive bill in his state that would’ve proteceted a child that survived an abortion.

    So put simply Obama supports infanticide. As a pro-choice woman, I find Obama’s voting record on this topic vile. I don’t want Obama to select judges to the Supreme Court that would support his extreme abortion views.

  • TiredofthisCrap

    I don’t see how she can pick up the disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters, unless theses women want their daughters and granddaughters going to backalleys again to get abortions, still receiving less pay for the same job and banging against that glass ceiling.

    Hillary does not want to be VP, she wants to be the President, why should she settle for VP. Hopefully she’ll have her chance again.

    Palin was picked, she was the only one on the short list anti-choice/pro-life. Tom Ridge would have been a stronger and more credible VP, shit I think he was even going for Leiberman. She was only picked to appease the staunch right wingers. To get those Christian fundamentalist out to vote, because the Republicans are going to need them this year.

  • TiredofthisCrap

    I don’t see how she can pick up the disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters, unless theses women want their daughters and granddaughters going to backalleys again to get abortions, still receiving less pay for the same job and banging against that glass ceiling.

    Hillary does not want to be VP, she wants to be the President, why should she settle for VP. Hopefully she’ll have her chance again.

    Palin was picked, she was the only one on the short list anti-choice/pro-life. Tom Ridge would have been a stronger and more credible VP, shit I think he was even going for Leiberman. She was only picked to appease the staunch right wingers. To get those Christian fundamentalist out to vote, because the Republicans are going to need them this year.

  • Alaska woman voter

    As a casual acquaintance of Sarah Palin’s I have to say this is a real eye opener. I didn’t realize how mis-directed some blog commenters can be.

    Sarah is an amazing, smart, principled politician and a well-balanced mother and wife. I have watched her and Todd parent and participate in the community and I have watched her politic based on her determination to be exactly who she is based on how she was raised and how she determines what is right and not the way old-school good old boy politics would dictate.

    This is probably the smartest move and the second-bravest thing McCain has ever done (after being an honorable prisoner of war). Some might think she is a pawn and this is a stupid move on his part, but you will all know soon just exactly why she is on a straight trajectory into the White House in a short amount of time. This country will be better and less corrupted with better communication and transparency than it has been as long as I can remember.

    On the topic of the investigation into her firing of the police commissioner: Sarah was incensed by her former police officer brother-in-law who threatened, bullied and harassed her sister in order to intimidate her into giving up custody of their kids. She was disgusted by the police commissioner who had this evidence in front of him but he wouldn’t fire this man who could potentially display this aggression in the community. Sarah has the right to fire someone who would not do the right thing when given the authority to do so. She was protecting the community with the evidence she had. The legal investigation is just a technicality.

    Yes, Sarah is ready to run this country if necessary because she is intelligent and motivated to do the right thing and she represents more than 50% of the FEMALE voters in America. Plus, she has Todd who is an incredibly dedicated and engaged father and supporter.

    Conservative women voters: We don’t like to argue, we are the quiet majority!

  • haha

    I’m sorry but in the event that the 10,000 year old Mccain dies, I DON’T want to have a President Palin.


  • joy

    I watched Sara Palin’s acceptance speech in Dayton, Ohio, as well. She is amazing. She truly knows what she is talking about. Sen. John McCain made yet again another wise decision in appointing Gov. Palin. I was blown away by her in every sense of the word. A few months ago she was interviewed via phone about the importance and understanding of drilling, global warming, and stopping dependency on foreign oil, etc… She is amazing and so refreshing. No empty promises with her. She even has more experience than Obama. I love it!! She’s tough as steel! They definitely have my full vote now…

  • tired of ignorance

    Ugh! Abortion…

    Why does everyone think women should just blindly support a woman’s right to choose to KILL a life they created themselves?

    Truly intelligent, morally right, principled women aren’t that ignorant and realize that everyone is better off when women take responsibility for their actions and parents teach their children right from wrong.

    We need to help protect teenagers from themselves and communicate with them instead of finding out later our child killed our first grandchild because they were terrified we would “kill” them if we found out. We need to help women stop regretting their choices for the rest of their lives instead of learning what love truly can overcome.

    We need to encourage women to give these innocent babies up to two-parent, balanced homes where they will be loved and grow up to be responsible adults who will make intelligent decisions.

    Prevention, education and adoption – - not abortion!! Why can’t you people understand that??

    Sarah chose to give live birth to a child who is not perfect to honor life instead of flushing that life down the toilet. Seriously people, who is doing the right thing here?

  • mccain 08

    Let’s see, she was a city councilmen, then a mayor, then a Governor of a state. How can you say that’s no experience??? That’s worth way more than Obama’s 3 years, 2 of which he has used just for campaigning. Give me a break. Sarah is an awesome choice!

  • mccain 08

    I hope that everyone criticizing McCain for being 72 years old remembers this when it’s their turn. In most cultures, you are respected for your wisdom and respected. Just because you’re over 65 does not mean that you are useless or ready to die. Have some respect people!

  • whatever yo

    will people stop freaking talking about her like she’s running for president!!!!!!!!!

    she’s running to VICE president for crying out loud!!!

  • Eightisenough!!!!

    The Republicans are desperate!!!!HAHA!!

    McCain is such a hypocrite!

    I wonder what Hilary thinks of this woman who called her a whiner, and wants her 18 000 000 votes to come her way, as Jack Cafferty said, “What a joke!”

  • mccain 08

    For anyone who would like to know her bio:
    1992-1996 — Entered public life, serving two terms on the Wasilla City Council.

    1996-2002 — Elected mayor of Wasilla City, Alaska, for two terms until term limits forced her from office.

    2002 — Lost her first statewide campaign for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.

    2002 — Frank Murkowski left the Senate to become governor and named Palin chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

    2003 — Split with the party leaders by battling Randy Ruedrich, the head of Alaska’s Republican Party.

    2006 — Upset then-Gov. Murkowski in the Republican primary, then defeated former two-term Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat, in the general election.

    2007 — Pressured lawmakers to get the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act passed, to build a natural gas pipeline to deliver 35 trillion cubic feet of North Slope natural gas to market.

    Aug. 29, 2008 — Chosen as Sen. John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate in the 2008 election.

  • fabiiia

    if MCcain dies this bitch will be our president
    no one is going to take america seriously
    with a women as president
    no offense..i am a women
    but hey thats the world for you!!!!
    we are fcked pick obama

  • x`q

    I love he picked this lady because now Obama’s ‘inexperience’ is no longer a problem; she’s only been in office for ONE term! He thought he would please Hilary supporters but lost 1 argmuent as a result. NICE!

  • Caring

    #24….. it is people like you that do not vote on the issues but cast your vote on race or gender….that is very sad! if you truly supported Hilary, you wouldn’t vote for Sarah Palin just because she is a woman….she DOES NOT SHARE Hillary’s or a true democratic point of view!!

  • HillaryFans

    To all you Hillary fans, it seems you all fail to watch the news and keep up with politics, She made it perfectly clear she DID not want to be VP!!!

  • mccain 08

    #138, please read my post with her bio. 13 years, including almost 2 as Governor trumps 3 years as a senator any day.

  • troy

    #97 Walter Mondale lost to Ronald Reagan in 1984. George H. Bush beat Micheal Dukakais in 1988. If you’re going to bring up past elections you should make sure you have the right canadidates.

    As far as McCain’s choice of running mate is concerned I have mixed feelings. In some ways I do think its a bold and unexpected choice. In others it does smack of desperation, We’ll just have to see how she does on the national stage.

  • WakeupPeople

    This is actually a set back for women! She is only being used as a pawn in John McCain’s quest for the white house…SHAME!!!

  • Seriously

    f*&k the commie haters, McCain/Palin all the way.

  • anon

    She wears the coolest glasses ever! I’ve seen some clips of her and I love how she uses the glasses to look “serious” and to take away from that beauty queen face she has. She is stunning. She is younger than McCain and Biden and Obama yet she choses to wear glasses. Come on, she’s not fooling anyone.

  • pleaseeeeeeees

    anon @ 08/29/2008 at 7:26 pm
    You act like she starts wearing this glass just from today. lmao.

  • go sox

    Alaska woman voter, here-here!! And thanks to the others who have posted her accomplishments for us. She sounds like an amazing woman, a GREAT speaker, and a true motivator. I’m so sick of Obama’s promises and schtick. He’s just telling the people what they want to hear. Anyone can do that. A real leader has to know how to work with BOTH parties and get the job done. One person can’t do what Obama promises he’s going to do. STOP WITH THE RHETORIC!!!

    Good choice for McCain !!!

  • pollyanna

    Of course this crack squad knows her office is being investigated for the impartial firing of her brother in law after his nasty divorce from her sister. Probabley had that big smile on before and after she issued the order. Just what we need, yet another unprofessional “leader.” Lots of fishy going on up there in Alaska. Just what we need, more stink in the White House. The Demo’s were so good this week I was in tears. We really could turn these frowns upside down. Sure would feel good to be proud of our figure heads.

  • Inexperienced and Ignorant?

    Palin is one of the worst vice presidential choices imaginable. She has zero experience on the federal level and has shown a complete lack of knowledge of the Vice Presidency, as well as a lack of caring about foreign policy.

  • Davey

    I’m sorry Alaska Woman voter, no matter how much of a jerk he is if he’s doing his job he has no right to try to fire him for personal reasons. That is not the type of person I want in power.

    Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

    She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.

    Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.

    She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.

    She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy.

    She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species-she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.

    Those are other reasons I don’t want her as our next VP.