August 29th, 2008
08:15 PM ET
10 years ago

GOP VP shortlisters react to McCain’s choice

McCain announced Friday he had chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

McCain announced Friday he had chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

(CNN) – As news broke that Sarah Palin Friday had been selected to join John McCain on the Republican ticket, reactions from others believed to have been on the Arizona senator’s shortlist trickled in, each speaking more glowingly of the Alaska governor than the last.

“A wonderful, terrific, outstanding pick,” said Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty at the Minnesota State Fair Friday morning. Pawlenty was believed to be a longtime frontrunner for the vice presidential slot, but Friday morning told a local radio station that he wasn’t going to Dayton, Ohio where McCain was to unveil his pick.

Fellow frontrunner and former McCain rival Mitt Romney called Palin’s biography “inspiring.”

“She's a Washington outsider with a commitment to the conservative principles that will make our nation stronger,” said Romney in a statement. “I look forward to campaigning for Senator McCain, Governor Palin and Republicans all across the country.”

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee revealed on his Web site on Thursday that the McCain campaign had never asked him for the documents necessary for the vetting process. He praised Palin as a “pleasant surprise” because of her pro-life record and said she was a reminder to women, “that if they are not welcome on the Democrat’s ticket, they have a place with Republicans.”

Florida governor and prominent surrogate Charlie Crist – who appeared to fall off the Arizona Senator’s radar in recent weeks – complimented Palin for her bi-partisan work.

"Senator John McCain has made a great pick in Governor Sarah Palin. She has demonstrated tremendous leadership as the chief executive of her state…” Crist wrote in a short statement released by his office.

All four men will address the Republican convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul next week.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Adrienne

    Senator Obama has worked to confront 21st century challenges like proliferation and genocide on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He possesses the personal attributes of a great leader – an even temperament, an open-minded approach to even the most challenging problems, a willingness to listen to all views, clarity of vision, the ability to inspire, conviction and courage.

    What foreign ploicy experience does this girl have?

    August 29, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. Bill the Engineer

    Is he out of his mind? I see pictures of them standing together, and all I can think of is that she looks like his daughter, not his running mate!

    August 29, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  3. Ron

    What a joke and insult to the Republican Party.

    August 29, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. Voter

    What can they say?

    August 29, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. Mike Dallas

    I am not sure which is more disturbing, the fact that McCrypt made such a hair-trigger and impulsive VP choice or Palin for willingly allowing herself to be used as a policitcal pawn. Most women, I would like to think, if you knowingly bring a special needs baby into this world, would realize, you should be giving the child more attention not less. While admirable to have a baby she knew was going to have Down's syndrome, abandoning it to further your poliical career is not.

    Both McCain and Palin's decisions are selfish and self-serving and are disturbing on many levels, because neither takes into account the possible effects.

    August 29, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. PoliticoMike

    Can a brotha get a comment on these CNN blogs or what?? I don't think I'm writing anything controversial.
    The guy or lady who's approving these, look out for a brotha..

    LOL, Watch this be the only comment of mine that get approved. 🙂

    August 29, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. joe

    I am looking at these Republicans trying to defend this VP pick on CNN and it is so funny because you can tell that they themselves don't know anything about her and trying their best to say the right things about her

    I am just cracking up, now someone please tell me why can't just be real with themselves

    August 29, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. Betty

    If McCain picked Sarah Palin because he thought it would get Hillary's
    supporters to vote for him he is in for a BIG surprise!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  9. Rosalyn Knowles Ferrell

    Plain Seems like a nice lady but I do not want a "soccer mom" for VP and considering the age of McCain and his health I do not want one for President either.

    Did the GOP figure any female would do. They must really think American women are stupid. Plain is no Hillary.

    August 29, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  10. lilacs

    If it smell like a skunk,you can bet its a skunk.The woman is under investagation.Now the repugs can quit bashing the democracts. You can tell a lot about the company they keepand the repugs are the lowest of the bunch or but I forgot the can break every law there is because the law doesnot applie to them. Time they are a changing. NOMCCAIN&NO PALIN, GO DEMOCRATS GO

    August 29, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. jerry

    They are saying that Obama don't have any experience but if I remember correctly at lease he had a chance to sit down with some world leaders on his trip last month and Iam sure he knows there names but can someone tell me who world leaders have she ever met?

    August 29, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  12. sjp

    of course they talked nicely of her. she saved each of them from having to climb on board this sinking ship. waiting to see full reports of this process and who turned this job down.

    August 29, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    Good for you McCain and boo to you Obama

    August 29, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  14. Rosalyn Knowles Ferrell

    Palin not Plain slip of the fingers I guess.

    August 29, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  15. Rob indetroit

    MCcain just vproved he has no judgement, this is what happens when he,s calowed to make his own decision.

    Obama-Biden 08'

    August 29, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. aware

    Republicans are really energized by this winning choice!

    I am too, and I am a Hillary Clinton supporter who will vote for the McCain/Palin team! 🙂

    Exceptional team! Now we will see real change that Americans can believe in! 🙂

    August 29, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. RU Kidding

    Talk about political pandering! Any woman who would vote simply because a ticket has a woman who was mayor of a town about the size of my subdivision, currently under investigation, was a journalism grad and has been in office one year really isn't smart enough to vote. So much for McCain's "NO EXPERIENCE" argument he( along with other )Obama detractors have been yammering about for months. This is worse than Quayle! This is the potential leader of the free world? Romney, Huckabee, Hutchison and other "Qualified" & experienced repubs should be P.O'd! OMG please help this country!!!

    August 29, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. Jim in Orlando

    A: "Palin is a newcomer, unknown to many, and is completely lacking in the experience necessary to be VP."

    B; " But she has served in elected positions longer than Obama, been the chief executive of a town and state, and has a record of accomplishment that Obama pales against."

    A: "Yeah, but Obama's not running for VP !"

    B: "My bad."

    August 29, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  19. Linda K.

    This is an advantage Republicans have over us Democrats. They don't criticize each other in public, at least not to the extent we do. We need to keep going strong and put Obama in the White House.

    August 29, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  20. Joe

    Gov. Palin has more experience governing than Obama. The irony is she is exactly the change Obama is talking about... she is a reformer, a changer. She has worked with both Democrats and Republicans.
    She has proven record as Governor and a 80% approval rating.

    She is qualified to be President and make the tough foreign policy decisions as well. She knows first-hand what it takes having a son about to leave for Iraq. I respect James Carville, but he's dismissing her too easily. James, give her a chance. She might surprise you.

    August 29, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. Rob indetroit

    Obama will have the electio raped up by elevan oclock PM. NOV,62008

    August 29, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |

    I don't support McCain but I think he should have picked Romney.

    Palin has as much credibility as my toenail.

    August 29, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  23. No comments

    All the excitement that's going on and I don't see it here in this section of the web.. well off to the party section to celebrate the wonderful news. C'ya!

    August 29, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  24. John, FL

    And just like the Bush Administration, the rest of the Republicans still talk as if they're oblivious to the sinking ship on which they stand.

    August 29, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  25. Rob indetroit

    Obama will have the election rapped up by 11PM NOV6 2008.

    August 29, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
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