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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  1. Robert

    Bizarre choice. Not a smart choice. Palin has minimal experience. Palin will not attract Hillary women with a right wing and socially conservative record.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. felix the cat

    what in the world is he thinking? ha ha ha

    Obama 08

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Chi4Obama

    And out come the PUMA'S in full force.

    They won't support Palin because of her "qualifications" (because she has none).

    Could it be they are supporting her because she is..Dare I say…a woman. So sad

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    Deb from Okla, spoken like a true okie. Get your head out of the sticks, you are voting against yourself.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Tony

    She should do the RNC a favor and refuse. Since mccain can't seem to make up his mind they can hopefully help us.

    PALIN, PLEASE FOR THE SAKE OF THE PARTY, REFUSE>>>>>>

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. JIM...TX

    AND she's for MORE oil drilling in the reserve:(

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Anonymous

    The GOP thinks women are emotional and not politically sophisticated enough to see this pick for what it is: blind panic.

    They think that women will blindly vote for one of their own than for the candidate that has their best interests in mind.

    Also, there goes the inexperience line of attack. This woman has been governor for less than two years, and other than beauty pageants and state trooper scandals, has no other relevant experience.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Jackie, Minneapolis MN

    Everyone is going to see through this. Women supported Hillary Clinton because she was an experienced, tough woman. If all women wanted was a female in the White House on top of the ticket, Elizabeth Dole would have gotten the nomination when she ran years ago!

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Dan

    This pick shows McCain knows he can only win by dividing the Democrats. Can't wait to see Biden devour her....hilarious

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

    I'm a Hillary supporter that was going to vote for McCain until NOW!!! Palin as a VP? how in the hell she's going to debate with Joe Biden? is this what you called strong ticket? Now I'm just not voting!!! You blasted Obama in regards of of Experience!!! And now you are putting a women that's been a gov. just a year and a half? and a ex beauty pageant? is she ready to be presiden of UNited States!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A year an half she's been governor!! This sux for me now because I will not VOTE!!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. hein

    Talking about Obama's lack of experience?! McCain is 72 years old, and is Palin ready to be President? Really, this is a huge risk for them. The experience card is gone, done.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Phil of Colorado

    Awesome. Ironically, she has more "executive managment experience" than McCain, Obama and Biden combined. This infuses an exciting new aspect and certainly will make this a historic election.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Cynthia

    Senator McCain chose her to try and bring in the Hilliary Clinton supporters and I think that is an insult (and that might be the wrong word to use but right now I can't think of the right word). What he is missing the fact those women wanted Hilliary. She is only 44 years old and McCain is 72 if somewhere God forbid were to happen to them COULD she handle it – I don't think so. Let's hope that the Democrats win and win handily this time. Our country is in trouble and this is not the time to play game, Senator McCain.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Alexis from Ohio

    She is no Hillary

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Tony

    EXCELLENT CHOICE!

    Hey guys, and gals, instead of saying "who?" and tilting your head, how about doing a little more research for once? In less time she's accomplished more than Barack Obama ever has, and as far as sticking to her principles she has more integrity than Obama, Biden, or even John McCain himself.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. TCQuad

    A red state conservative who is literally married to the oil industry and under an abuse of power investigation?

    That's pretty much the Republican brand right there.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. momster

    Fabulous! See ya Obambam! Way to go McCain.

    Hillary supporters? Welcome to the new Republican party! We will be glad to have you.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Crush Rush

    She looks like a barbie doll news anchor.Look out Cindy this just might be your replacement.Shes a big oil gal, from a big oil controled state.Nothing more needs saying.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. John

    BIDEN vs PALIN lol....... Republicans are in big trouble

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Wrangler - Kansas

    It figures that he would select a former beauty queen.

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

    i guess he's going after Hillary's feminist supporters with this.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Conan

    Sweet! And she's hot too!

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Christie

    Yeah McCain, Just because I am a women, does not mean I will vote for any women.

    Obama/Biden 08

    And I love the Clintons.

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

    This pick does a great service to George H.W. Bush. It makes his choice of Dan Quayle look like a good one.

    18 months experience in the smallest state? Next in line to the presidency with a 72 year old (US male life expectency is 75 years)?

    This isn't a bad choice. It is incompetent.

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

    I can only imagine Biden's line in his vice presidnetial debate...

    "Ms. Palin, I know Hillary Clinton and you are NOT Hillary Clinton..."

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