Saying she's "exactly" what he and the country need, John McCain has picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
McCain introduced Palin during a raucous rally in Dayton, Ohio. The Arizona senator said he made his pick after looking for a political partner who can best help him "shake up Washington."
Palin, a conservative with a maverick reputation, thus becomes the first woman named to a spot on a Republican ticket. She declared herself "honored" to be chosen as she stood by a beaming McCain in her first few seconds in the national spotlight.
Unlike Barack Obama's running mate Joe Biden, who attacked McCain sharply in his debut last week, Palin was indirect in her initial attempts to elevate McCain over Obama.
Palin told the crowd, "There is only one candidate who has truly fought for America and that man is John McCain."
ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain today announced that he has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate and to serve as his vice president.
Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington.
Governor Palin has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources. She leads a state that matters to every one of us -- Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.
In Alaska, Governor Palin challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill. She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending. She put a stop to the "bridge to nowhere" that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.
As the head of Alaska's National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.
Governor Palin has the record of reform and bipartisanship that others can only speak of. Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington today.