DAYTON, Ohio (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gratefully accepted her new role as John McCain’s running mate on Friday, telling an audience of 15,000 Ohioans that the job “will demand the best that I have to give, and I promise nothing less.”
In a recent television appearance, however, Palin downplayed her V.P. chances by lampooning the office’s professional requirements.
“As for that V.P. talk all the time,” she told CNBC’s Larry Kudlow in late July, “I tell ya, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me: What is it exactly that the V.P. does every day?"
“I’m used to being very productive and working real hard and in administration,” she continued. “We want to make sure that the V.P. slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that were trying to accomplish up her for the rest of the us before I can even start addressing that question.”
“It’s a pretty big job, madam governor,” Kudlow told her.
“This is a pretty cool job here, too, though as governor of Alaska,” Palin responded.
All we have heard from John McCain for months is, “Barack Obama is too young. Barack Obama is too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief. Who do you want answering the phone in the White House at three a.m.? Blah, blah, blah.”
So what does McCain do? He picks someone to be his running mate who is even younger than Barack Obama and has less experience.
Sara Palin is 44 – Obama is 47. Sara Palin is in her first term as governor of Alaska, a state that has 13 people and some caribou. Obama is a member of the United States Senate from Illinois.
It’s not a big deal, except for this: If McCain wins, he will be the oldest person ever inaugurated for a first term at 72. He has a history of health problems that include bouts of melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer. It is reasonable to consider that McCain’s running mate could be called upon to be our president.
Meanwhile, some may see this as a move for McCain to attract disaffected women who voted for Hillary Clinton and aren’t yet behind Obama. But that might not work for a few reasons: Palin, like McCain, is pro-life. Also, she might be a woman, but she’s no Hillary Clinton.
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(CNN) – John McCain's campaign hit back hard against the initial reaction to his choice of running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, from rival Barack Obama's campaign.
In a statement released earlier Friday, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton sharply questioned Palin's preparedness to be president.
Watch: McCain says Palin is exactly what he needs
"Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency," Burton said.
But McCain communications director Jill Hazelbaker said Palin's experience far outpaces that of Obama.
"It is pretty audacious for the Obama campaign to say that Governor Palin is not qualified to be vice president," she said. "She has a record of accomplishment that Senator Obama simply cannot match.
"Governor Palin has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and actually achieving results - whether it's taking on corruption, passing ethics reform or stopping wasteful spending and the 'bridge to nowhere,'" Hazelbaker also said.
(CNN)— Barack Obama made history Thursday by officially accepting the Democratic nomination for president. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux give you a complete re-cap of the most memorable moments from Obama’s speech.
Former Vice President Al Gore also gave a rousing endorsement of Obama during the final night of the Democratic National Convention. CNN’s Alina Cho gives you the highlights from Gore’s speech.
Plus: CNN’s Mary Snow reports on what the GOP is doing to counteract the momentum coming from the Democratic Party following their convention.
Finally: Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama may have more in common than you know. CNN’s Deborah Feyerick has the details.
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DAYTON, Ohio (CNN) - The McCain-Palin bumper stickers are barely off the printers, but the presumptive GOP nominee and his newly tapped running mate already have at least one major policy disagreement.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is one of the nation’s strongest advocates for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. John McCain opposes the idea, though he has carefully left the door open to changing his mind.
McCain hinted in June that he may re-evaluate his position on drilling in ANWR, saying that he would “go back and look at it again,” but he has since continued to cite environmental concerns as his primary reason for opposing drilling in the reserve.
Both Palin and McCain support offshore oil drilling.
In July, the Alaska governor told Human Events that she was planning to invite McCain to visit ANWR in Alaska in hopes of changing his position on the matter.
(CNN) – Sarah Palin's ascension to the No.2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket is the first time an Alaskan has appeared on a major party ticket for president.
But she is not the first woman to appear on a major ticket - In 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale chose then-U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro as the Democratic VP nominee in 1984.
Watch: Palin accepts: 'I'm honored'
The last major party VP nominee with less than two years of experience in statewide or federal office was Spiro Agnew in 1968. Agnew had been elected as Maryland's governor in 1966 and inaugurated on Jan. 25, 1967; Richard Nixon chose him to be his running mate in August, 1968. Agnew's previous experience had been at the county level. Palin was elected Alaska's governor in 2006 and was inaugurated on Dec. 4, 2006. Palin's previous experience has been at the city level.
Agnew is also the last sitting governor to be chosen as a major party's VP nominee.
(CNN)—Alaska Senator Ted Stevens gave a glowing endorsement of the McCain-Palin ticket Friday, calling it “a great day for the nation and Alaskans.”
The endorsement may not be welcome news by the McCain campaign given the Alaska senator was indicted last month on seven counts of ethics violations for failing to report more than $250,000 in home renovations and gifts from executives at VECO Corp, an Alaska-based Oil company. Stevens has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
“Governor Palin has proven herself as a bright, energetic leader for our state and will bring the same energy to the vice presidency,” Stevens said in a statement.
Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, said Palin’s background in energy-related issues will ensure a wide-ranging energy plan for the future, “one that will include development of Alaska’s resources and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”
Palin is a strong advocate for the development of oil resources in Alaska. According to the Anchorage Daily News, Palin proposed giving Alaskans $100-a-month debit cards to account for rising energy costs in May.
(CNN) – Sen. John McCain Friday picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, CNN has learned.
The 44-year-old Palin, now in her first term as governor, is a pioneering figure in Alaska, the first woman and the youngest person to hold the state's top political job.
She catapulted to the post with a strong reputation as a political outsider, forged during her stint in local politics. She served as mayor and a council member of the small town of Wasilla starting in 1996 and was chairman of the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska's oil and gas resources, in 2003 and 2004.
The conservative Palin defeated two so-called political insiders to win the governor's job, incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in the GOP primary and former two-term Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles in the 2006 general election.
Palin made her name in part for backing tough ethical standards for politicians. During the first legislation session after her election, her administration passed a state ethics law overhaul.
Palin's term has not been without controversy. A legislative investigation is looking into allegations that Palin fired Alaska's public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, because he refused to fire the governor's former brother-in-law, a state trooper.
(CNN)– Emily’s List president and founder Ellen Malcolm turned the tables of the experience argument back on John McCain Friday, blasting the Arizona senator’s pick for vice president.
“How ironic that, on his 72nd birthday, McCain has raised the question of whether his running make is prepared to be commander-in-chief and lead the country,” Malcolm said in a statement.
Malcom also said the 44-year-old Alaska governor and McCain share quite a bit in common: “They both want to continue the failed economic policies of the Bush administration and they both offer more of the same that has led this country down the wrong path.”
Malcolm, whose group advocates on behalf of female candidates who support pro-choice abortion rights, said McCain’s pick for the number two spot proves that he is aware of the power female voters hold in this election, but his policies fail “to support any of the issues that they care about.”
McCain gave some conservatives a scare when he told the Weekly Standard earlier this month he would consider a pro-choice candidate for his VP.
Palin and McCain are pro-life.
(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.