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. SDunn

    Well there goes the inexperienced argument from the Republicans!! What were they thinking????? Every single argument he's made against Obama about his so called inexperience has just been cancelled out!

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Joel

    It's a good pick for McCain. I still won't vote for him, but it's a smart move, politically.

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. La Raza

    Ok, so McCain's answer ... quick grab a woman any woman. This is a slap to all women in the world. She ain't no Hillary and women of the world are not stupid.

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Frank, Missouri

    If John McCain thought that Hillary's supporter just wanted a woman – that's bad judgement. Hillary has her support because of who she is and what she stands for – not because she is a woman. The fact that she is a woman was only as (un)significant as Obama being black. So, to pick a woman as VP for political calculation only will not ring home with the Hillary supporters!

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Jimmie, Virginia

    And to further ad to my previous comment, please look up Sarah Palin. If you don't know about her, you will know about her soon enough. She is a game changer. She has been about change in the state of Alaska. I'm a proud democrat, but Gov. Palin is a GREAT choice.

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Luke

    That first post guy is ridiculous.

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Paul C.

    A very political pick if there was ever one.
    The Repugs must keep in mind that Palin is a heartbeat away from the presidency. Is she ready to serve?

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Obama/Biden 08

    McCain probably chose her only for the chance to draw in women's votes.. but you know what they say.. a woman voting for McCain is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Tennessee

    Bye-Bye Barrack!

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

    LOL who is inexerienced? This has got to be a joke. This woman has only been a governor for 2 years and people dare to question Obamas experience? Also, the state of Alaska is getting ready to investigate her on corruption charges. THANK YOU JOHN MCCAIN you just handed it to Senator Obama!

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Above Ur Average

    4 MORE MONTHS.!! THATS WHOT U GOT IN OFFICE RE-PUBLICANS
    4 MORE MONTHS !!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Texas Lady

    Great choice!!

    The Republicans just won it lock, stock and barrel.

    Buh-by obamabots!

    McCain-Palin '08

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Nuwan Sam

    John McCain made a risky but a good choice. One goal of this VP pick is to target the "sisterhood of traveling pansuits" who voted for Hillary Clinton. In this election, Obama could have made history in big way with Hillary Clinton as VP but he didn't take that chance. Now McCain is going to make history by having a woman for a VP. I do not know her at all, but she may be able to tap into some of those women who voted for Hillary and not please about Obama not giving her a chance.

    - Nuwan from Houston TX

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. From Florida

    Great choice. My DH was hoping for her long time ago. She is a rising star and will be ready to be 1st female president after MCcain :D

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. Ontaya

    Wow talk about lack of expeirence who is this woman have never heard of her before. He is the biggest hypocrit ever.

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

    crickets...

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

    Desperation

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

    Does he really think women are THAT stupid? They are not going to vote for him just because he has this unqualified soccer mom running with him. How insulting! Hillary supporters are not ignorant, they will not fall for this. Any woman is NOT better than no women in the running. He's an idiot! He's old and has a good chance of not surviving a four year term and that would leave her in charge of the country. NO THANKS!

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    hahahaha. this is great! and goes against the McCain/experiance mantra of the last 2 months. I guess the elephants just secured Alaska.

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

    You Obamaites are just devistated that McCain was the one who picked a women instead he picked Biden. With Biden's dismal 2% showing in the primaries I don't see who Mr. Obama thought would want him.

    Go Sarah

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Amy, Kazoo

    Wow. Exactly how stupid does he think women are?

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Lost in CNN Moderation AGAIN

    McCain/Palin is TOAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bet on it!

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Gotta Love it

    wow... take that DNC

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Jeffer65

    So where does she stand on the issues? Did McCain just tick off the real conservatives by picking her? Doesn't sound like she's very experienced. Could be interesting but I think Biden is going clean her clock in the VP debates.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Tam

    This is a big mistake. He doesn´t understand that it wasn´t about a woman in office, it was about Hillary. I feel like this choice showcases his lack of understanding. He just lost my potential vote.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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