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John McCain’s surprise choice

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The presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain made a bold move that demonstrated the changing times. Today, Senator McCain announced the selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential pick.

At a rally in Dayton, Ohio, McCain introduced Palin, a relatively unknown politician, as the running mate who will “… help me shake up Washington.”


Before becoming governor of Alaska in 2006, Palin served as a mayor and council member of a small town in that state. She is 44, married, the mother of five children — one, a son, is serving in the army.

Palin will be the first woman to be nominated for vice-president by the Republicans and only the second female to run for the number two spot on a major party ticket. Democrat Geraldine Ferraro was the first in 1984.  

On the negative side, Palin is under investigation in a scandal involving the firing of a state official, Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.  

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