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"She's exactly who this country needs to help me fight the same old Washington politics of me first and country second," the presumptive Republican nominee said at a Dayton, Ohio, rally of about 15,000 supporters, who welcomed the surprise pick of the relatively unknown politician with cheers and flags.

"She's got the grit, integrity, good sense and fierce devotion to the common good that is exactly what we need in Washington today," McCain said.

Palin, 44, described herself as a fighter against corruption and a bipartisan reformer in her first appearance as a candidate for vice president, an office she said she never expected to seek.

"I was just your average hockey mom in Alaska" before getting involved in politics, she said. "When I found corruption there, I fought it hard and brought the offenders to account."

Palin told the crowd, "To have been chosen brings a great challenge. I know that it will demand the best that I have to give and I promise nothing less." Video Watch Palin say she's honored to be picked »

Palin 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.
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Campaigning for governor, she described herself as a "conservative Republican, a firm believer in free-market capitalism" and "a lifelong Alaskan who grew up hunting and fishing."

She boasted of eliminating taxes as mayor in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. She also was a City Council member in the town and was chairman of the Alaska's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates oil and gas resources.

Palin will be the first woman to be nominated for vice president as a Republican and only the second to run for vice president on a major party ticket, after Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.

Palin also will be the first Alaskan to be on the ticket of either party.

She described herself Friday as "commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard" and noted that her oldest son, Track, is a U.S. soldier scheduled to deploy soon to Iraq.

But there also are aspects of her biography that make her unusual for a Republican candidate. McCain introduced her as a former union member and the wife of a union member, a nod to Ohio's strong organized-labor culture. iReport.com: What do you think of McCain's VP pick?
Sarah Palin

# Born: February 11, 1964, Sandpoint, Idaho

# Education: B.S., University of Idaho, 1987

# Elected offices: Wasilla, Alaska, City Council member, 1992-1996

Wasilla mayor, 1996-2002

Elected governor of Alaska, 2006

# Professional career: Television sports reporter, 1987-89; co-owner, commercial fishing operation, 1988-2007; owner, snow machine, watercraft and all-terrain vehicle business, 1994-97; chairwoman, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, 2003-2004.

# Married: To Todd Palin; five children. The oldest, Track, serves in the U.S. Army; the youngest, Trig, has Down syndrome.

Sources: Almanac of American Politics, CNN

Palin made her name in part by backing tough ethical standards for politicians. During the first legislative session after her election as governor, her administration passed a state ethics law overhaul.

Nevertheless, she is under investigation for her firing of a state official, Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. She has been instructed to hand over documents and recordings of telephone conversations as part of the probe, which grew out of allegations she sacked Monegan for refusing to fire her former brother-in-law from the state police.

She has denied any wrongdoing,

But Palin acknowledged that a member of her staff made a call to a trooper in which the staffer suggested he was speaking for the governor.

Palin has admitted that the call could be interpreted as pressure to fire state trooper Mike Wooten, who was locked in a child-custody battle with Palin's sister. She suspended the staffer who made the call.

McCain apparently is making a concerted effort to reach out to former supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton who may be unhappy with the choice of Sen. Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee. Video Watch McCain praise Palin »

Palin mentioned Clinton by name in her speech, saying, "Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out the women of America aren't finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all."

The remark brought a mixed reaction from the Republican crowd; some women cheered, but there was also some low-pitched groaning and booing.

Obama's campaign issued two simultaneous responses to Palin's announcement -- one from the candidate and his running mate, Sen. Joseph Biden, praising the choice, and another from a spokeswoman panning it.

"We send our congratulations to Gov. Sarah Palin and her family," the statement from Obama and Biden said, calling her selection "yet another encouraging sign that old barriers are falling in our politics. While we obviously have differences over how best to lead this country forward, Gov. Palin is an admirable person and will add a compelling new voice to this campaign."

But at the same time, Obama spokeswoman Adrianne March said: "Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Gov. Palin shares John McCain's commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush's failed economic policies -- that's not the change we need, it's just more of the same."

Rep. Thad McCotter, a Michigan Republican, said earlier that Palin has more executive experience than the entire Democratic ticket.
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Most of the speculation about McCain's choice had focused on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut and 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas also had been mentioned as a possible long shot if McCain were to seek a woman.

Palin is the youngest person ever elected governor of Alaska and the first woman to hold the job. iReport.com: McCain's pick called "a stroke of genius"

She was dubbed "Sarah Barracuda" by opponents when she was mayor in Wasilla, resurrecting a nickname she earned as a state champion high school basketball player, according to the Almanac of American Politics.

She is married to Todd Palin, an oil production operator on Alaska's North Slope. They have five children. Her youngest, Trig, was diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome.

Palin has focused on energy policy during her short stint in office, and she is known for her support of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a position McCain opposes but many grass-roots Republicans support.
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McCain just threw away his strongest argument against Obama (inexperience) - fuck if he gets sick next year we would have a soccer mom in charge of foreign policy
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oeretS said:
McCain just threw away his strongest argument against Obama (inexperience) - fuck if he gets sick next year we would have a soccer mom in charge of foreign policy

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oeretS said:
McCain just threw away his strongest argument against Obama (inexperience) - fuck if he gets sick next year we would have a soccer mom in charge of foreign policy
Are you American? Funny how we pay more attention to US politics then our own (myself included).


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i'm dual a dual citizen (Can/US):)

you can't deny that the electoral process in the US is far more exciting than in Canada, and more democratic in a sense since we don't actually vote for our PM.

this year has been especially intriguing in the US, for obvious reasons


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Hehe, I just watched the introduction of Pallin by McCain. It almost seemed like he almost couldn't bring himself to announce his pick. I think he then had to refer to his cue card to get her name right.
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i posted this already in the politics forum but it needs to be repeated...wtf!? mc cain is on crack. he builds his platform and image around his experience, service and patriotism then picks an unknown from alaska who's only been governor for two years!? that or he's totally crazy, sorta like, 'fuck it!' and throws the biggest curveball out there to fuck with barack obama's 'change' platform. i can just picture it... 'you want change, i'll give ya change.' pow. lol

a good read...



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..and by crazy he's also crazy like a fox. pandering to the jilted 'female' vote...check. 'change'...check. 'inexperience'...check. (it hasn't exactly been working for him, nor has did it for hillary). she's an all-american, pro-life, lifetime nra member, brady-bunch mom with a son enlisted in the armed forces. gold.

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apparently McCain only met her one time. Poor old guy fell in love at first sight again at the age of 72.

If the democrats don't win after all this that will be really embarrassing.
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Rajio said:
wtf fridge - take the labels off already rockerfelller!
White people actually put those stupid fridge magnets from pizza places and plumbers and plutocrat and politicians on the fridge of all places.

We stopped putting them on cars in the 70's.
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