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. Sara

    I would like to tell McCain thank you on behalf of all Democrats, he just gave Obama/Biden the election. If he was trying to get Hillary's female voters he could have at least picked Condi who is actually known.

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Left and Gone

    Wow. If I needed another reason not to vote for Obama, McCain just gave it to me. I love the choice.

    McCain '08
    Hillary '12

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Brent

    I love the pick. She is a REAL person and a woman, and has more experience than Obama has. She has executive experience and is a reformer.

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Ashley

    WOW!!!!

    The worst blunder is Modern political history.

    Obama/Biden'08

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Love It!!

    THANK YOU John McCain! This is one of the most exciting things to happen in a long time. The race just got interesting again.

    McCain/Palin 08!!

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    maybe next time the GOP can pick Clarence Thomas as VP to try and pander to African Americans.........oh wait, people have heard of him.

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Shirley-Ohio

    Big mistake. Hillary supporter wanted Hillary not just any woman. The wanted Hillary because Hillary has accomplished so much. This was a big mistake on the behalf of John McCain because this woman is not capable of running the Country in the fact that something was to happen to hip. Hillary herself is now going to work as hard as she can to get Obama elected as Hillary herself wanted to be the first woman President. This pick is no gamechanger, it just makes Obama look even better.

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Beverly, NYC

    Biden will chew her up and spit her out. So much for the experience only candidate. I guess his first choice didn't want the job, don't blame them, who wants their career to go up in flames when he loses.
    Now I know McCain has given up and not really serious about winning.
    Who is going to trust this woman to run the nation should something happen to McCain.

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. mimi

    who????? UMM who is she? what has she done????

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Terry

    This is an obvious attempt to get Hillary's 18 million votes. And you know what? After what the DNC did to Hillary, it is very tempting.

    Prediction: HILLARY VS PALIN 2012....WELCOME PRES HILLARY!

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. what?

    McCain decries Obama's lack of experience... then picks her as VP???

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Earl

    Love it! I was a big Romney supporter and I think this is a great pick.

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Latina for Obama...NJ

    I cant stop laughing!!!!

    This lady is not Hillary....so if you people get mccain elected and something happens to him...we'll have a very INEXPERIENCE commander in chief..

    GO OBAMA GO...GAME IS OVER FOR THE REBUPLICANS

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. AJ

    Just think; McCann wins the whitehouse and Sarah becomes president then in 2012 it's Hillary vs Sarah!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. dave

    EXCELLENT CHOICE

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. mike s.

    Awesome pick!

    This former Hillary supporter will definitely be voting for McCain/Palin!

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Chi4Obama

    Hmmm,

    If a MAN had Sarah Palin's resume, would HE still be considered for VP. Just makes you wonder huh.

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. MC in TX

    Well, there goes his argument about Obama's supposed lack of experience. Come on – the man is 72 years old, and his choice for VP is a young woman whose sole political experience is two years as Governor of a remote and highly Republican state and time spent as Mayor and a City Council Member in Wasilla, Alaska, population 5400. She has zero national experience, zero foreign policy experience. Is this who you really want to take over if McCain expires in office???

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Wendy in CA

    I'm laughing so hard. He's TOTALLY blown it. He can't say a WORD about Obama's "lack of experience" now...and that was ALL he had against him. He just handed the presidency to Obama! Woo hooooooooooooooooooooo

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. The Last Refuge of the Scoundrel

    Who crafted the Violence Against Women Act? Oh yeah, that would be Joe Biden.

    Sarah Who?

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Scarlet

    first time i am excited about the election. hurrah!!!!! Go Sarah

    August 29, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Lexington Green

    It could work... after all this is the same electorate that re-elected George Bush. They are just trying to lower the bar for the gullibility of the typical dis-engaged American Voter. Maybe it will be a home run.

    August 29, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. p weinberg

    He has been bashing Obama for being young and inexperienced? He is 72 years old and has had health issues – shouldn't his VP be someone who really can lead? This is just pandering at it's worst.

    August 29, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Jeb

    Lack of experience?!?!?! As a VP she has much more executive experience than Obama does... and he wants to be the pres. To me it just highlights how little experience Obama has when McCain's VP has much more!!

    August 29, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. Abby :)

    Doesn’t his completely undermine his 'inexperienced' argument since he can die and she could be president?

    August 29, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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