September 4th, 2008
07:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Republicans nominate Palin for vice-president


Gov. Palin waved to the crowd, that greeted her with a long standing ovation, before she spoke at the GOP convention Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Republicans nominated Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be their vice-presidential candidate, making her the first woman ever to run for the office as a Republican.

Palin was nominated on a voice vote which Sen. Mitch McConnell recognized as unanimous approval, prompting chants of "Sarah! Sarah!"

Watch: The GOP officially nominates Palin as VP

Palin thrilled the convention Wednesday night with a barnstorming speech attacking Democratic nominee Barack Obama, touting her credentials as a reformer, and praising her running mate, Sen. John McCain.

Outside the convention hall, reactions to her speech have been mixed, if generally powerful.

The Republican National Committee said Thursday it had raised $1 million since the speech. The Obama campaign said it had raised $8 million in the same period.

soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Obama/Biden 08

    The Republicans just lost the race. I'm glad they didn't choose a better VP.

    September 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Jessica in IL

    Yep, she inspired me. To give to Obama.


    September 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Republican NOT voting for McCain/Palin

    The Republican Party was cheering about Palin making fun and laughing at people. People that needed help. Barack Obama was helping them for free. Helping them to get back on their feet.

    I watched her for about 10 minutes and thought I would throw up. She made me sick. Scarism, hatred, lying, yelling, and making fun of people. McCain and Palin are just alike. – sickening. They are acting like Bus/Chaney. We can't afford 8 more years of the same. All of her one liners were horrible. She needs to do a show in a night club.
    Making fun of trying to work with other countries instead of just going to war. Now we have Warmonger/Ms. Warmonger


    September 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. No JM

    There is a reason why Palin is afraid of community organizers… because people out on the ground – like the Obama revolutionaries – are out there boots on the ground, knocking on doors – they are the real motivations for change. I like that, it’s got a ring to it:
    This is the OBAMA REVOLUTION!!!
    As far as her speech last night, it made me donate money -to Obama’s campaign.
    Her constant sneer made her seem shrill and condescending. It’s as if she wanted to reach through the screen to strangle me and the protesters outside the convention.
    She argued that Republicans want smaller government…
    HHHMMMM – what do you call the brand spaking new HOMELAND OF SECURITY DEFENSE and all of its elaborate color coding?? Is that decreasing the size of government!? Republicans are notorious for having experience alright – experience for being able to pull the wool over the American people’s eyes. They are, to use a Bushism, “masters of strategery.”

    September 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. sick n tired

    Big deal!!! The GOP is grasping at straws with this pick!! Its so obvious that its absolutely BREATHTAKING!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Billy

    The train wreck continues.

    September 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. Peter

    Hey Sarah!
    Barack say "thank you– you're doing a great job fundraising"

    September 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Griff

    I can't say much Sarah! I'm not allowed... Just do your best girl..

    September 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. mose mose

    this vp woman showed her very spiteful nature by doing nothing but hurl profanities to the opposition side.its either her way or the highway.sorry hockey mum those days are gone,people have their own minds and ways.

    September 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. Sam Rose

    Already Sarah Palin is confused-

    She got up there last night-and clearly said–"Mr. Chairman, I accept" the nomination-"

    well I thought that was odd–because she had not gone through the
    'legal' nomination process?

    I think someone at the McCain camp goofed BIG TIME-

    Figures-this is how they will run the country-

    Obama-Biden '08

    September 4, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |


    likes to kill wolves from a helicopter
    believes the earth was created 7000 years ago
    is against alternate energy sources
    denies global warming
    is corrupt yet says she is ethical
    takes earmarks but says she is against them
    supports the AIP which wants to secede from the US
    supports abstinence only programs
    cut funding for teenage mothers
    is a religious extremist
    supports jews for jesus
    is just as nasty and unhinged as mccain
    believes in deficit spending
    lied about winning miss congeniality
    thinks being called a barracuda is a compliment
    supports eminent domain
    admits that she doesn't even know what a VP does

    Nice judgment Songbird

    September 4, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. Get Real

    Has anyone notice that the Republican Establishment is acting like Sarah's Pimp

    1. Buttons that say 'The Hottest VP"
    2. Allowing her to call her self Gal
    3. The way the men are salivating when she says " I took on the Old Boys Club"
    4. Pit Bull with Lipstick.

    And they are the ones screaming the media and Obama are being sexist//////

    Also, they are trying to scare the media just like Bush did when anyone tried to question his decisions/hudgements and reasons for going to War, Firing the Judges, Selection of Harriet Myers.

    This is their tactic scare and come across like big bullies.

    Obama and Biden will not bow down, Nor will the AMerican People. This lady is Sarah McBush

    September 4, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. EX -Democrat now for McCain

    Obama and Biden our broken goverment!! They suck!!! McCain and Palin our excellent together!! Shame on Obama !

    September 4, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. gerri

    This election isnt even close.Obama/Biden all the way.

    September 4, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. M Taglieri

    How can you claim to be an actual news organization when your "analysts" are all paid democrattic operatives? How can you credibly ask for comments from Donna Brazile and others and expect to get any fair analysis?

    I am watching CNN right now in the airport and this is why I watch Fox. CNN, Wolf, Campbell, etc. are biased and that other guy you have ... I forget his name ... the one who 'swoons' when he sees Obama ... he just needs to marry Obama and ride off into the sunset with him.

    September 4, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. John

    We are absolutely, 100% behind you Sarah!

    September 4, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. John

    She is a disgrace.... have you heard her speeches about the war?

    She is a disgrace... if she truly loved her daughter... she would have declined the opportunity to run... and in turn kept her daughter out of the media scrutiny....

    She is a failure as a mom... the oldest son was not a talented enough student to go to college.... so into the Army he goes.... the second oldest gets knocked up at 17....

    Her angry finger and brittle voice should be directed at herself... she is an insult to the party and the country...

    Call me another Obama Republican....

    September 4, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. Barbara

    he he he he he – just wait.

    September 4, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Susan L.

    Nastiest new entry into American politics. Her speech last night was shameful, derisive, derogatory, smug, spiteful, and just plain nasty. The thesaurus doesn't have enough words to describe what a vile little yap-dog Mrs. Palin is. Especially the way she spoke derisively of the Catholic Church and their community organizers who help so many people. Growing up on the East Coast even if you weren't Catholic you knew that the Catholic community organization groups were there to help people; all the people. Mrs. Palin thinks that the Mayor of an extremely tiny town - who left her town in $20 million worth of debt from her decision to build a sports arena boondoggle instead of needed infrastructure - who can't even run the town with the help of an Administrator to make sure she doesn't just go off an fire Librarians for NOT banning books that Mrs. Palin wanted banned - is better than people who actually help the poor and downtrodden.

    She's a pit bull all right. And her speech is full of bull, too.

    September 4, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  20. changing times

    Another probe into Sara Palin's unethical behavior. Alaska Police Union filed a complaint against her for unauthorized access to Wooten's peronnel file. So now lets see thats:

    Lying about the Bridge to No Where-which she supported
    Trying to Ban books at the local Library and threatening to fire the Librarian if she didn't comply
    left her town $22mil in debt
    Fired the Police Chief because "he didn't support your mayoral run"
    Refuse to put Polar Bears on endangered list
    Refuse to teach sex education in schools
    Cut funding for special needs children from $8,000 to $3,000
    Requested $27 million in earmarks for Wasilla =$300/person
    Husband 6 year member of secessionist group Alaska Independent Party whose founder hated America "Alaska First, Alaska Always"
    Courted that same group and attended their conventions, spoke at the 2008 convention.
    copied her husband on official government emails
    Attended 5 colleges in 6 years

    Yeah, she's just what we need in the White House another 4 years of the last awful 8 years of buffoonery!

    September 4, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. bb

    this shows the great people of this nation have already made up their mind.

    September 4, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. DJ in MI

    Let me start by saying her comments on "community organizers" is perhaps one of the most offensive things a person running for public office has siad in a long time. How dare her belittle thousands of people around this country who try to help millions of people have a better quality of life. It is an ABSOLUTE INSULT to the less fortunate people who have benefited from community organizers. If John McCain had an ounce of integrity he would not only publicly denounce what she, but fire her. I am an independant who is open to vote for any canidant who I believe is worthy, but McCain has DEFINATLY lost my vote.

    Second, if she doesn't want her family brought into this, then she should not bring them into this. I am all for family and family values and I believe children should be left out, but if a canidate try to use thier children for political gain, then the media has a right to question them about it.

    If she can't control 5 children, how can she handle 200 million people.

    Hope CNN posts this.

    Repubs. try and spin this.

    September 4, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. Rose

    Why do I have to go to Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report to get the real information about the Repubs and Sarah Palin?

    Come on CNN, DO YOUR JOB

    September 4, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. monnie

    Why don't she stay home and take care of her five children.

    September 4, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. Florida Gal

    Thank you Sarah for helping Obama!

    September 4, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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