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This is who Sarah Palin is

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Robin Lustig | 17:03 UK time, Friday, 29 August 2008

You read it here first (an hour ahead of the BBC news website!). Sarah Palin is John McCain's choice as candidate for Vice-President. She's 44, the first female governor of Alaska, who in 2006 took on the state's Republican establishment on a clean-government platform and won.

She's described as a "conservative reformer"; "pro-life" (ie anti-abortion), and has five children, including one with Downs syndrome and one in the army. She's a former sports reporter, beauty queen, and high school athlete who enjoys hunting and eating moose-burgers. She's also the only non-Senator in the contest. You can read more about her here, here, here, and here.

But will this messy little story be a problem for her?

So what do you think of John McCain's choice?


  • 1. At 7:48pm on 29 Aug 2008, lpldblm wrote:

    This is a bit like a game of poker. John McCain is saying "I'll see your black and raise you a woman.

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  • 2. At 11:33pm on 29 Aug 2008, expertsceptic wrote:

    John McCain's bombshell choice for his running mate is confounding the network experts in the States. What was he thinking? Many liken it to pandering for the women's vote, or taking advantage of the disunity in the Democratic party over the loss of women's favorite Sen Hillary Clinton. Early discussion points out her lack of experience (mayor of a small town and only a year as Governor of the mini-State of Alaska) and more importantly her lack of knowledge and interest in international affairs like Iraq. And given McCain's age (he will be 73 in his first presidential year) the importance of having a VP ready to step in as president if McCain has health problems appears to disqualify Sarah Palin. Apparently the more qualified and mature, expected choices like Mit Romney were bypassed for electoral reasons. Shame on McCain, he appears to be just another politician and not the principled hard-headed statesman and patriot that he has been billed as.

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  • 3. At 04:50am on 30 Aug 2008, MarcusAureliusII wrote:

    It was an entirely predictable strategy. It's a chance to win. That's a politicians first and most important task, to get elected. It will be interesting to see if the Democrats criticize her for having so little experience in elected high office. All she need to do is swing a reasonable percentage of disaffected Clinton supporters to give the election to McCain if the race is as tight as the polls say it is.

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  • 4. At 10:01am on 30 Aug 2008, straightchris wrote:

    Sarah Palin's husband works for BP offshore oil co.

    For those who don't know, BP has a shocking record for health and safety in the US.


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  • 5. At 8:58pm on 01 Sep 2008, Pharbin77 wrote:

    What is going on here is pretty easy to see. There is no way in hell he would have chosen her if everything with Hilary had not happened. He and his campaign are pandering to the ignorance of the "typical" ...
    Stupid American.

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  • 6. At 07:41am on 02 Sep 2008, straightchris wrote:

    Riot Cops in St Paul, the hosts of the Republican National Convention don't know who Amy Goodman is:


    Amy Goodman of Democracy Now is one of the most well-known and well-respected journalists in the United States, I guess Riot cops only watch Corporate News.

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