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A First For Women Republicans In Washington

A First For Women Republicans In Washington

A few days ago Senator John McCain did something no other Republican presidential nominee has ever done before in the history of the party:  he chose a woman as his vice presidential running mate.  The news of Governor Sarah Palin’s nomination surprised many people following the campaign around the country.  Now, everyone knows the name Sarah Palin and everyone wants to know just who she is.

 

After a quick look at Sarah Palin’s resume one thing is clear: she has become accustomed to breaking barriers throughout her short career.  In 2006 at the age of 42, Palin became Alaska’s first woman governor as well as the youngest governor in Alaskan history.  She was also the first governor to have her inauguration ceremony outside of Juneau as she chose to have it held in Fairbanks instead. 

 

A look into her personal life and history reveals a personality that we don’t think of when we think of politics as usual in Washington.  From former beauty queen runner up to a seasoned moose hunter to mother of five, Palin does not easily fit into any mold.  Her political career began 16 years ago when she joined her local city council.  And from there, she later became mayor of a small town called Wasilla. 

 

Her lack of experience in the political arena is an issue for some who wonder if she is ready to handle a vice presidency.  But others are more optimistic.  June Radintz, a retired nurse and Republican, commented to the Boston Globe regarding Palin’s nomination, “If she is what she says she is, it’d be wonderful.  It sounds like she doesn’t go with the flow.  I’m tired of the same old rhetoric.  She’s refreshing.”

 

As news pours into the media regarding Gov. Palin’s political history, we are also hearing quite a bit about her family and personal life.  MSNBC recently reported about a statement made by the campaign informing the public that Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is currently 5 months pregnant and planning to marry the baby’s father.  Aides from the campaign said that making the pregnancy public was aimed at quelling internet rumors that Sarah Palin’s infant son is actually her daughter’s. 

 

What do you think of Sen. John McCain choosing Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate?

 

Will this change the way you vote come November?

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  • whimsey770 By whimsey770
    09.03.08  

    Well...I was planning to vote for McCain anyway because I feel Obama lacks vital experience. However, McCain is one of the Washington Republicans that has been around forever. Now with his choice of Palin, I am very excited. She brings something to the ticket that it lacked. She isn't Hillary, but that isn't a bad thing. She has run governement (on a much smaller scale) where the other three men in the race have not. They have strickly voted according to how there campaign fund was padded. Not Palin. She has excellent organizational skills. Who else would be able to take all this on? (family and country) You don't see her husband hosting The View.

  • Salemsw By Salemsw
    09.04.08  

    You said it ALL !!!!

  • didama By didama
    09.04.08  

    Really? This makes some want to vote for McCain more? I was on the fence about McCain but, feel like this completely turned me off! Does he think that the disenfranchised Hillary voters will just swing to him because of Palin. That's his strategy. Does he think women are morons?!

  • ilikemovies By ilikemovies
    09.04.08  

    Palin is an exciting addition to the ticket. She has INTEGRITY. I like what I've seen of her so far. A caring mother, a loving wife, a popular, energized Governor. She can stand up for herself without coming off in an ugly way. I think McCain's choice is brilliant! This ticket has my vote!

  • Hgroff2005 By Hgroff2005
    09.04.08  

    I don't really think that it's a Hilary vote item. She is a stand up woman who faces the real issues that us everyday Americans face. She is a strong woman. With Obama, on the job training is not what is needed to lead a country. Just think what terror may occur in that learning curve, there is no mentor to teach him.

  • jennibee By jennibee
    09.04.08  

    I am so excited about the upcoming election! Way to go Sarah Palin! I am McCain/Palin all the way!

  • didama By didama
    09.04.08  

    I think McCain believes that women must be idiots. He didn't vet Palin at all. Silly! Look at all of the garbage that's coming out about her. McCain's top VP choices were Ridge, Lieberman etc. Palin was not his first choice. She was a hail mary!

  • jade28 By jade28
    09.04.08  

    She's pro-life and pro-gun, she's doesn't relate to me!

  • rdiamondp By rdiamondp
    09.05.08  

    I don't think there is any GREAT choice for president this year and as for McCain choosing Palin, I think it is his way of trying to get more of the women's votes out there. I thought it was a cleaver idea to start with but now that I hear more about her, I don't think she is an asset. She has too much drama and does not portray herself as strong and tough as Hilary does.

  • erikaboch By erikaboch
    09.05.08  

    I am still undecided, even more so now that I saw Palin speak. I thought she was impressive. I am typically more conservatice than liberal. However, I do like Obama. I did read some of the postings, and Whimsey 770 mentioned that Obama lacks vital experience. Which is true, but Palin is even less experienced, and she is just one heartbeat away from leading the country (if Republicans are elected). Just something to think about. Another comment, I also don't think Palin and Obamas lack of vital experience is necessarily a bad thing. Look and Clinton and Bush they had a lot of experience and our country has not benefitted from their years of service. One more thing on Palin...I agree with all of those who said she is no Hilary, and THANK GOD!!!

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