Senator John McCain has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. With Alaska’s three electoral votes fairly safe for Republicans, this choice was clearly not based on geography, but demographics and it appears that McCain is betting that the choice of Palin will help him win over unsatisfied former Hillary Clinton supporters. The choice certainly made headlines and has taken attention away from Barack Obama’s speech to the DNC. Palin is the first Alaskan to be on a major party presidential ticket and the first women to be on the republican ticket.
will update when a map showing her background becomes available….
Reactions from around the web and background on Sarah Palin:
- Interactive map of Sarah Palin’s Journey from Mibazaar
- FiveThirtyEight: Women View Palin More Skeptically than Men
- First Read: Pros and Cons
- Almanac of American Politics
- Race42008.com (republican supporting site)
- Open Left (democratic supporting site)
Official Statement from McCain: U.S. Senator John McCain today announced that he has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate and to serve as his vice president.
Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington.
Governor Palin has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources. She leads a state that matters to every one of us — Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.
In Alaska, Governor Palin challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill. She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending. She put a stop to the “bridge to nowhere” that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.
As the head of Alaska’s National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.
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.