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. Vets for Hillary

    She Ain't Hillary.

    Nice try, Mccain.

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Marty

    Great choice! Female! Pro life!

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Woman voter

    Who cares? She won't change a thing!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Bob

    ANWR, people.

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Linda

    Talk about reaching out. Good move McCain.

    ...exec experience and a woman. It sounds like you're paying attention and making the right judgement and decisions.

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Mike

    This woman fired someone because her sister was in a bitter divorce. That will go over well. Good luck.

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. JT

    Echoing words against Dan Quayle in 1988:

    "You m'am, are no Hillary Clinton."

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. J-Waters

    this will be to easy

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. AJ

    Congrats to McCann and Sarah. I just wish both sides would stop attacking each other and focus on what they are going to do for us not themselves.

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Zach

    This just made my day...

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Richard, FL

    Great ending for a perfect week for Democrats!

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Have to post Anonymously now

    Smart move. Once the public knows more about her, they'll warm to her. She's real old-school Republican. She has a bright political future ahead of her.

    But not this year.

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Edgar

    Offcourse he would name a woman. After the speech Obama gave last night, McCain knew the only way he could come back after that would be to get the women vote. McCain cannot win over with his policies because he does not have any to offer, so he has to win with gimmicks, like naming a woman to run with him.

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Mark

    Why would any woman want to support you after what you did to your first wife, John?

    Hibitual adulterer who applied for a marriage license in Arizona in order to marry Cindy before his divorce from Carol., his first wife who had been recently crippled in a car accident, was complete.

    Nice, John. Women will love you.

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Tracy in MN

    Does McCain really think he can pick a woman and try to take Hillary supporters away from the Democrats? Does McCain really think he can chose a first term governor and still use the "Obama's not ready" mantra? Does McCain think America won't learn about Palin's corruption charges?

    Thats laughable.

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. shan

    hmmm...i'm thinking that mccain is underestimating us democratic women. we're not going to run to him just because he picked a woman. i'd hope not anyway. we're smarter than the manipulation.

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Rocky

    Alright!

    Now Obama/Biden will definitely win! Thanks McCain!

    Conservative base will not follow.
    She's being investigated on ethics.
    Her husband is involved with the big oil companies.

    Excellent material for the democrats to expose.

    Not to mention all the crap McCain has.

    You made my day...even my year!!! On to November and victory!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. QG

    This is very strategic. Just pick a woman. Any woman.

    This is an insult to all women!

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Latinos for Obama/Biden

    Think about it folks: this woman is suppose to be ready to become Commander and Chief" if Panamanian McCain croaks? Man this is a joke!

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. georgia independent

    Doesn't change my mind – I still will vote for McSame.

    Does anyone really believe that McCain would listen to a woman?

    Obama was right – John McCain doesn't get it. Can't wait to hear what Hillary has to say.LOL!

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Latina for Obama...NJ

    GAME OVER MCCAIN!!!

    Senator Obama im proud of you for a job well done last night

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Fred

    All i know is that she is a beauty queen who has been governor for two years

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Women for control of their own bodies

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

    Obama / Biden 08.

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Anonymous

    You can't leak a decision that was made last minute as a result of panic.

    She is literally married to big oil. Her husband works for BP.

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Whoa

    So the republicans go so far as to pander that they choose a woman for the VP pick

    you know the only reason he did this was to look good for the election there is no way he is thinking about using this VP pick for anything after the election

    what an actor

    Obama/Biden08 the people who take this country and their citizens seriously and who are not just trying to stay in the white house for fun

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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