Sarah Palin as vice-presidential running mate

John McCain selects Sarah Palin, the Republican Governor of Alaska, as his vice-presidential running mate in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. The oficial announcement was made at noon Eastern time at a rally in Dayton.

Sarah Louise Heath Palin

Sarah Louise Heath Palin

Brought to statewide attention because of her whistleblowing on ethical violations by state Republican Party leaders, she won election in 2006 by first defeating the incumbent governor in the Republican primary, then a former Democratic Alaskan governor in the general election.

Palin is the second female major party nominee for Vice President and the first Republican (the first was Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984).

In introducing Palin, McCain said, “I have found the right partner to stand up to those who value their privileges over their responsibilities.” Palin has an “outstanding reputation for standing up to special interests and entrenched bureaucracies,” he added.

“I will be honored to serve next to the next president of the United States,” said Palin, accepting the position. “To have been chosen brings a great challenge. I know that it will demand the best I have to give, and I promise nothing less.”

Palin has been the governor of Alaska since 2006, and previously served as councilwoman and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Prior to this announcement, other potential picks included former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, and Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman.

The first scheduled vice-presidential debate is October 2 in St Louis, Missouri, where Palin will debate Barack Obama‘s running mate Joe Biden.

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