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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I want to personally thank you for your response. I never thought I would take heat for pointing out someone's education, especially in relations to what is at stake. To know that Barack Obama and Joe Biden studied Political Science and that Obama seems to be profient in the Computer/Technology World and to say it should not account for anything is utterly ridiculous. Usually, I tell my kids that "If you are only one voice standing alone, then you be that sole voice heard, because at least you tried to make a difference!" However, in this case it is so refreshing to know that other people think that EDUCATION and understanding of the knowledge obtained in life is still something to cheer about.
My vote is for your terrific insight! Yeah! Education still rocks!!!!!
I don't want someone just like me to run our government- I want the most intelligent persons we can find.
As far as Sarah Palin goes, I could never vote for someone who supports taking away a women's right to choice. I am amazed at how quickly so many women jumped on the bandwagon SIMPLY because she is a woman. I hope those who did will take a more serious look at this candidate, and the reasons why she was chosen.
I still want to see her honestly answer that she DID support the bridge to nowhere in the beginning. She is quite adept at dancing around that. How can anyone say she answers questions? She avoids most everything and speaks to what she wants.
I am not questioing whether she has a brain- she surely does. But since when does being in Alaska qualify you as having foreign policy experience with Russia?
It will be an unforgotten place in History,Washington that is! I think She may do alright. Sarah Palin seem's to have Her act together. I feel it is unfair to make Her daughter out to be a bad person be cause of her pregancy. After all "she is not the first & she will not be the last" I guess time will tell if We as americans will exsperiance a Lady in D.C.
Cvarano, I agree with you. If this country is in such a state that we feel that we have to have the average individual next door to run the country, our priorities are very askew. Our Founding Fathers were all bright, educated men. They all had knowledge of the world around them. Having knowledge of the world around them is not necessarily having been in the military or having been held captive. That does give you experience with war itself, but not diplomacy and overall foreign relations. Nor is having actual experience in foreign relations and diplomacy being able to see a foreign country from a window in your home. If that were the case, there are tons of folks along the Canadian border or the Mexican border that could say they have extensive foreign policy experience based on that assumption. A person who came here from a foreign country to become a citizen would have more foreign policy experience. The United States of America is based on premises that allow us to better ourselves and our world without the overshadow of tyranny. We all strive to be better. For our future, I believe that we all in our hearts know that this is through education, to be able to better understand and function in the world, not just in the capsule of our country. Why then do those who do not posess the education or credentials put down those that do. Barack did not get a handout for his education. He worked for it. All of it. There is something to be said for the drive and fortitude that brought him this far. Also, he has been gracious and resolved in character. I am not fearful that he will insult foreign countries and neighbors because of anger. I do believe he has the knowledge to process complex issues without fluster, and will defend our country when it is necessary to do so.
I feel that it is a shame that people lash out at those with education. There are ways that everyone can receive higher education if they try. Maybe it is just taking one class at a time. It can be done. If you can't find a way to afford it, at least go to the library and self-study with text books, or go on the internet and get collegiate material from their libraries. It can be done.
Why does it seem like Americans have been voting for someone who reminds them of their friends and neighbors instead of the dreaded "elitists"? Someone you'd like to have a beer with, so the saying goes? Being very well educated really should be a prerequisite to running this country don't you think? Being a "hockey mom" really shouldn't be a factor in this race. And being able to down whiskey and beer with the locals seems like it should be a bad thing. I don't know about everyone else but my friends and neighbors aren't qualified to lead a village let alone America. I have no doubt that John McCain is a bright man so why does he need to brag that he was 5th to the bottom of his class? And why does Obama get flack for being so well educated? What is everyone thinking??
I watched footage of Palin answering a question from the public to elaborate on her foreign relations experience. What can she say to Americans to have the understand the scope of her experience. She told folks that she feels ready to be the VP, and that she knows she's ready. Did she offer up anything in the way of credentials? Did she offer up anything...NO! She only stated that she's ready...why should we take her word for it? Three weeks ago I hadn't even heard of her, and I am quite sure that the majority of America hadn't either.
My reaction to her answer...SO WHAT? Add to that today's revelation by John McCain that he thinks Spain is in Latin America. Trying to utilize smoke and mirrors to detract the American people from the real issues of the economy, offshore drilling, foreign relations and more is INSULTING! We need a President and a VP who understand the complexity of these problems and have the education and experience to find solutions, not give empty rhetoric.
The world is in global relationship, and the United States can no longer cling to its notion that we are the only country that deserves respect - above everyone else, and we'll use force to get it. The times have drastically changed, and John McCain cannot seem to wrap his head around the speed at which we are progressing. I think that his lack of knowledge and overall judgement on issues that are larger than just this country are very unsettling - to think that he may even have a chance to become the next President - we should all be scared. Barack Obama and Joe Biden combined have more experience and knowledge/education that we should be thinking in these terms when looking at the global landscape. It's time for the American people to embrace real change, real possibilities, not just regurgetated rhetoric slicked up to look like something new. Obama/Biden is our hope to improve our country, our relations globally, and improve our planet.
Stating where someone went to college was not to indicate that someone was a better person than the other. The education was to show that those who state that one's lack of or little experience dispels their knowledge is not true. Just because someone knows something, doesn't mean that they understand it. However, in this case Barack, McCain and Biden know what they are talking about. This lady said that Russia is visibile from Alaska as if that answer can help you govern. She was asked last night to layout her credentials in Foreign Policy. Her answer was that she has the readiness. I mean really get a book and read up on some stuff. The president and vice-president is suppose to know and understand more than most. Neither Barack, Palin, McCain or Biden has the experience of a president that has to make decisions all day and every day. However, at least having some of the education in these areas helps with the knowledge of the subjects we care about. Even Chuck Hagel (a true Republican) is saying enough is enough! There are lot of people who can talk strong and confident, but they also have knowledge about what they are talking about. I am not against women, but I am definitely against this one, because there are a lot of QUALIFIED WOMEN IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT CAN HOLD A BRIGHTER CANDLE THAN PALIN'S! Those are the women I would intrust my children's future. Definitely not this one, the debates will reveal who can really lead.
This is not a Woman's issue. This is an American issue. Palin is an excellent candidate. She has run a state, taken down some old cronies, broken the rules, and speaks her mind. I know the term "Maverick" has become a catch phrase, but geez, name one other candidate who has gone against his own party and worked closer with all parties than John McCain. He is clearly pro-American and non-partisan. He does what he believes is right. And he has chosen a person, as his running mate (who happens to be a woman!) who has proven to be the same. Every candidate is going to "flip flop" and sound like a "politician" during the campaign because they want to WIN! But there are only 2 candidates who have actually been flip flopping and behaving like "politicians" their entire political careers, and that happens to be Obama and Biden!
I agree with you completely! Just because one has a good academic record and went to top schools, doesn't mean they have an intellectual edge over someone else that went to the "lesser" schools. From birth to death, not everyone is afforded the same opportunities in life. Also, I personally love the fact that Sarah Palin does NOT have a law degree and is not a litigator. I believe she tells the straight story, rather than dancing around the questions with answers leaving the public wondering what she just said or meant.
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Just because someone goes to all the right colleges doesn't mean that they are the best educated for the any job. Many people without any formal education are much better than someone with a Ph.D. Education is just one small thing in a much bigger package.
While we were in Alaska for vacation, McCain announced that he picked Palin for VP. We asked around the locals and all but one had wonderful things to say about her. Even the one who did not like her said that she had kept her word and did what she said that she would do for Alaska. I am betting that she will be a great VP if elected.
With America facing historic debt, multiple war fronts, stumbling health care, a weakened dollar, all-time high prison population, skyrocketing Federal spending, mortgage crises, bank foreclosures, etc. etc., this is
an unusually critical election year.
Let's look at the educational background of the candidates and see what they bring to the job:
Occidental College - Two years. Columbia University - B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude Biden:
University of Delaware - B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.) vs. McCain:
United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 out of 899 (meaning that, like George Bush, McCain was at the bottom of his class) Palin: Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism Matanuska-Susitna College
- 1 semester University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism Now, which team are you going to hire to lead the most influential nation in the world?
I agree and find that these facts should also guide some decisions about who has experience or at least have knowledge of any topic/situation. Did anyone catch Palin's answer in her first town hall meeting? She had the opportunity to express/defend herself about her Foreign Policy knowledge. Ladies the answer was almost unrelated to the question, although she did say she has the READINESS TO BE VICE-PRESIDENT...THOSE WHO SUPPORT THIS TICKET KNOWING THESE VERY TRUE FACTS OUT OF HER OWN MOUTH, IS SERIOUSLY SUPPORTING A FUTURE OF DISASTERS GREATER THAN WHAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING TODAY!
With America facing historic debt, multiple war fronts, stumbling health care, a weakened dollar, all-time high prison population, skyrocketing Federal spending, mortgage crises, bank foreclosures, etc. etc., this is an unusually critical election year. Let's look at the educational background of the candidates and see what they bring to the job: Obama: Occidental College - Two years. Columbia University - B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations. Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude Biden: University of Delaware - B.A. in history and B.A. in political science. Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.) vs. McCain: United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 out of 899 (meaning that, like George Bush, McCain was at the bottom of his class) Palin: Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism Now, which team are you going to hire to lead the most influential nation in the world?
P.S. Check out McCain's body language on the picture at the top of this column.....
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