A First For Women Republicans In Washington

   By drodriguez  Sep 03, 2008

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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sandyalip by sandyalip | Little Falls, NJ
Sep 10, 2008

As a Hillary supporter, I am insulted by McCain's choice. I backed Hillary because I thought she was the best for the job, not because she was a woman. God forbid if something were to happen to McCain, a dog sled rider would be President of the greatest nation on earth. That's pretty scary. If you listen to what she says, you'll find she either borrows someone else's words or lies.

I want this war to end. How could she be so religious and still think this war is right? She's a farce.

I want alternative energy resources so we are not dependent on foreign oil, or have to fight these wars and so we can have a more cleaner earth. Gore won the nobel prize not because he was a democrat but because he was right. He's right now. I'm backing Obama.

Chellez76 by Chellez76 | Parkville, MD
Sep 10, 2008

I am not a Democrat or a Republican, but I have to say that the move was brilliant by McCain. Since the news broke, it has dominated the media and the Internet. I just don't understand how some are gushing over her and she has yet to speak without a script. Wait for the interviews and debate and then make up your minds, before putting her on a pedestal.

She stances on abortion and abstinence I do not agree with. She is a bit to extreme for me and I doubt I would be voting for the McCain/Palin ticket. It comes across as a slap in the face to women. This is who represents us?....she does not come close to representing me or a large contingency of women I know. Sadly, some of us are falling for the "oh she broke the glass ceiling and she represents us" Oh well.

cryslynn44 by cryslynn44 | Philadelphia, PA
Sep 10, 2008

I believe this was a very smart move by McCain because there are women out there that will vote for someone because of their gender. Although it was a smart move by McCain I do NOT believe putting her in office would be smart for our country. Although Obama dose lack vital experience atleast he wasn't just a hockey mom before decideing to run for president. Obama has the smarts and the patience get our country out of the mess we are in.

LaleeD by LaleeD | Cordova, TN
Sep 09, 2008

Ummm honestly no one has the experience to be the President unless you have either been President or Vice President and since no one on either ticket has been that should be enough to shut everyone up on that issue. Running a state does not hold the same responsibilities as an entire country so no one has enough experience. And even with her short stint as mayor/govenor it gives her no heads up on anyone. I am so tired of hearing that she is a pitbull with lipstick (it's not like she wrote her own speech)

Yeah, yeah she is childish at best and naive at worst. I am so tired of the try and make your opponent look bad so you won't have to discuss real issues. She inherited a city with 0.00 debt and left it with 22 million dollar debt, she supported the bridge to nowhere (whatever that was all about) and then changed her mind, she is abusive with her power (no different than others in the GOP) so why would I be happy with this pick? She is the same party different face.

The Republicans keep saying that it is all about change and they don't even want to mention George Bush-the leader of the party at this moment. Give me a break! If any of this was happening to the left this election would be over! I am sick of the sickening, blatant hypocrisy that is happening and waiting for America to wake up!

dame by dame | Fanwood, NJ
Sep 09, 2008

Yes, I have heard Palin speak everyday since she was nominated. She has spoken from a telepromter or a piece of paper in front of her wearing different clothing, but clearly voicing the same speech verbatim. She cut the personal chef - but the personal chef was reassigned with the same money. There was no money saved there. Then she claimed to have taken a pay cut. However, she has been paying herself everytime she worked from home. Wow, no money saved again. Same GOP, same party, it's just that one member is wearing a skirt.

spidermonkey511 by spidermonkey511 | P C BEACH, FL
Sep 09, 2008

She is great! McCain/ Palin all the way. I am so excited about this upcoming election.

dlbrangers by dlbrangers | Louisville, KY
Sep 08, 2008

For those who think that Sarah Palin wasn't vetted by the McCain campaign, you are sorely misinformed and mistaken. Governor Palin was in Arizona on numerous occasions in the last couple of months. She has been talked about as a potential VP candidate in the media, since February. It may have come as a surprise to those who hadn't paid attention to the list of potential candidates, but for those of us who have been actively following this, it was no surprise at all. I actually told my husband almost a month ago that I hoped McCain was going to give her serious consideration. I have since learned that McCain put a great deal of thought in this. It is not a political ploy to get Hillary votes, although if that is a result, then fine (Hillary herself said that Obama didn't have the experience to be President). There is no disputing that McCain has a significantly longer resume in that area.

The McCain/Palin ticket is definitely a ticket of straight talk. Neither has a history of blindly following the party line and they have gathered information to make informed decisions (even if that means that they have had to change a position and oppose their own party). I haven't always agreed with John McCain on everything, but I respect that he is willing to take tough stands and believe that he makes his decisions because he believes he is doing what is right.

sap1701 by sap1701 | Appleton, WI
Sep 08, 2008

Well at first I wasnt sure about McCains choice, but I did like the fact that she wast a lawyer I am sick of lawyers in public office, they dont go for the people just themselves. When I heard her speak I felt that this is the kind of woman who I would like to have in office. She is straight forward and to the point unlike the like of Hillary who skirt around everything. I like straight talk and she gives it like it is o backing off I like that ad so is McCain.

baaramewe by baaramewe | EAGLE RIVER, AK
Sep 08, 2008

i'm an alaskan, and she and mccain will definately be getting my vote! she's done some awesome things for alaska while governer, and is a breath of fresh air for the white house.

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Sep 08, 2008

CHECK OUT www.FACTCHECK.org It is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that really checks into the rumors, the ads, and finds the REAL truth behind what each candidate and VP says. DONT MAKE YOUR CHOICE UNTIL YOU KNOW ALL OF THE FACTS! TO BE INFORMED IS TO BE EMPOWERED, LADIES!

kvandyke by kvandyke | Knoxville, TN
Sep 08, 2008

I think Palin was a great choice. Even if it was a ploy to get votes from Hilary supporters that's O.K. Political campaigns are really just ploy after ploy to get votes so why should choosing Palin be offensive? I am tired of hearing women say can she be a mother and VP at th same time? Where are all the feminists to defend her? No one is asking Obama if he can be a good father and President. I think it just shows a prejudice against women. Go Palin.

missanne19 by missanne19 | Tallahassee, FL
Sep 08, 2008

At first I was surprised to hear that he had picked Palin for VP. However, once I got to find out more about her and where she stands on I was pleasantly surprised and even excited. I think that having her on the ticket makes the choice more appealing. I haven't been excited about Obama or McCain but I had previously decided to vote for McCain because of ethical reason. However, I'm more at ease with my decision now that Palin's involved.

kikikiki by kikikiki | menlo park, CA
Sep 07, 2008

I'm a (politically) independent, married, middle-aged, professional woman who votes for president based on leadership qualities. I don't agree with everything Palin (or even McCain) stand for, but I now FULLY support this ticket. Palin proves that McCain is his own man, and will not be afraid to make tough choices - even if those choices are outside of the traditional "Republican" box. Palin also proves that Republican's stand for more than whatever an "old, rich white man" might envision for our nation. She ALSO proves that "women in politics" isn't just for Hilary anymore. Win or lose this year, the future of US presidential politics is fundamentally changed because John McCain was willing to reach out to a conservative woman to round-out his ticket. Let the games begin!

sassyone71 by sassyone71 | Milton, FL
Sep 07, 2008

Have you heard what Palin has to say ? If not then you need to sit down and take the time to listen. She was a very smart choice ! It will not chage my vote because I planned on voting for McCain anyways.

dr8811 by dr8811 | EDMONTON, KY
Sep 07, 2008

I'm planning to vote for Obama and Joe Biden. I'm originally from Pennsylvania and I hope most of Pa. does the same. I feel McCain's pick was a gimmick. Nobody knows anything about her and she's a heartbeat away from the presidency. He is after all, 72 years old with a history of cancer. I really think McCain will get us into another war - maybe with Iran, which he says he wants to do, and maybe even Russia - which would be a total disaster! I don't think Palin is the right choice. And I notice they're hiding her in a closet of something since she hasn't talked to ANYBODY in the press.........not even Fox! Why are they hiding her? Because she isn't ready for print time, and if she isn't, she certainly isn't ready to be President......in my opinion anyhow. It's a free country - vote for whoever.