August 29th, 2008
10:40 AM ET
2 years ago

McCain names Sarah Palin as surprise VP choice

John McCain has chosen Sarah Palin to be his VP.
John McCain has chosen Sarah Palin to be his VP.

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential candidate on the Republican ticket for the White House in November, a senior McCain campaign official has told CNN.

Watch: McCain introduces Sarah Palin as his VP

Palin, 44, is a first-term governor who unseated incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in the Republican primary in 2006 and went on to defeat former Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat, in the general election.

An advocate of drilling for oil in her state's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, she is little known outside of Alaska.

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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. NoMcSame

    Just go grab any woman you can find and think that she will help you get into office. What a joke. The whole ReThuglican Party is a joke. They can't talk about ISSUES at all because they are on the wrong side of most of them. The republican party is WEAK and the tricks are OLD so they have nothing else to talk about. The republicans have an OLD DRIED UP OLD man running for president of this country and the people don't want him. Ronald the Raygun could not come out of the grave to help McSame win this thing.
    OBAMA08

    August 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. diane08

    WHO???????????????

    August 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. s.b.

    Way to go! Well done. A master stoke and so much better done than Obama's lackluster and leaked choice. What a great indication of who should be POTUS. McCain-Palin '08

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. United Not Divided

    Say WHAT? hahahahahahah OMG I can't take it. If you supported Hillary and think that she is going to be your new champion, you have a new thing coming. Oh I can't take it I'm laughing so hard.
    Mr. Obvious?

    Obama 08

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Zach

    Palin!? Please, this must be a joke. McCain spends all his time bashing Obama on his "lack of experience"…and his likely VP pick is even LESS EXPERIENCED! Talk about a hypocrite…

    This just in.... Obama has clinched this election

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Accountant Guy

    Awesome!! Game Over Republicans!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Dandelion.

    Well I guess there goes the inexperienced argument. This woman is no Hillary, and I hope people realize that.

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Fred

    She isn't Hillary

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    I think this is a disaster for John McCain. Did he actually think that Sen. Clinton's supporters are so dumb they wouldn't realize they were being pandered to?

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Mercedes

    This will not change my mind at all. I may a female but Obama has my vote. Never heard of her at all. At least no one can say they didn't know who Sen. Obama was before this elections.

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Former Puma

    . . . . WHO?

    No Way no how no McCain.

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. debbie

    You just earned my vote McCain!

    McCain 08 Hillary 12

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Ray from CA

    Please, tell me this is wrong!

    Hopefully Hillary will be able to get angry that she might not be the first woman

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Srini

    Sen. McCain, please tell me how you can say Obama has no experience when Sarah might need to step into your role if you win. I am talking about age, Mr. McCain

    -Republican.

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Latina for Obama...NJ

    is she ready to be commander in chief is something happens to Mccain??? IT

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. California Dem

    SHE AIN"T HILLARY!

    August 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. karen-phoenix

    She's only been Gov for 1 year and she's already in a scandal in Alaska!!! As a republican, WHAT WAS HE thinking? McCain is seniel!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Certain Loss

    There goes here political career.

    August 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. a, holley

    That VP pick is a joke, We all know who McBush is trying to sway to vote for him.

    August 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Amber

    holyyyyy smokes.............i'm so excited and my heart is beating so fast I can't even type. I'm a Hillary supporter. And boy oh boy .....McCain just sunk the U.S.S. Obama.

    lol................McCain/Palin 08

    Ladies.....let's play hardball!

    August 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. TESAP:SAVANNAH, GA

    HUH??? WHO???? WHAT???............... LOL.................

    LOL...........

    GET READY FOR THE NEW PRESIDENT........BARACK OBAMA.....

    :)

    August 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Lame pandering

    What a transparent attempt to pander to the female vote, especially from a guy who consistently votes against equal pay for women.

    He just doomed his own ticket.

    August 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Carl from MI

    Palin will almost as good of a choice as Dan Quayle!!! She brings absolutely nothing to the race besides being a woman and a GOP puppet. Lame McCain is trying to capitalize on her being a woman VP since Obama didn't choose Hillary.

    Newsflash: Hillary voters ARE NOT going to go for another woman VP... they only want Hillary!! Duh!!!

    WAKE UP, AMERICA!! VOTE SMART.... NOT SENILE!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Ohio Observer

    ha ha ha ha

    She's no Hillary

    LOL @ the desperate GOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. He's a User

    Congrats Ms. Pallin...

    Ladies ... look at his history ... John McCain hasn't cared one IOTA about women or issues that matter to them ... until he needed one politically ...

    He's like a no good husband or boyfriend that is selfish ... only politically

    August 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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