UPDATED: Alaska Governor McCain's Pick For Vice President

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."



McCain Campaign News Release

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.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 9, 2008 at 06:01 AM
    The liberals are revolting. McCain outsmarted them with a brilliant move with Palin. Sorry, I don't buy that mama caused her daughter to get pregnant. Kids in college make mistakes. Liberals take your poster children, Michael Moore, Pelosi, Reid, Biden and Obama and reorganize. With the internet, Fox news and even ABC sometimes, the lies are being exposed you spew. Sorry, we don't buy it. Palin is awesome and now you hate her due to her driving you canidate back into the gutters. Democrats for McCain Palin.
  • by voter Location: nc on Sep 6, 2008 at 02:28 PM
    rest assured; palin's daughter will have a child that WILL NOT increase the welfare rolls, WILL NOT grow up in a day care center, never know what food stamps are, more than likely become a productive member of society, pay unrealistic taxes to support the democrats and their programs AND the child will know who the father is. don't complain democrats, it's to your advantage when republicans have children.
  • by David Location: Kinston on Sep 6, 2008 at 01:12 AM
    Sarah Palin should've taken a shot at Michelle Obama by saying she has always been proud to be an American.
  • by No You Can't Location: B.C. on Sep 4, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    The McCain/Palin ticket is going to energize and motivate at least two thirds of the conservative base to get out and VOTE in November. Hateful, vicous, sneering democrates will energize the remaining one third to vote. To all you left wingers out there, thanks! Keep it up, keep lying and insulting and denigrating the average American with high ethical and moral values. Keep us motivate to go to the polls in November. You guys are your own worst enemy.
  • by conservative Location: Eastern NC on Sep 3, 2008 at 05:26 PM
    I love some of the idiotic comments by the obama crew. One wrote how each rep. had his head up the next ones butt. Brilliant commentary! That argument sure is going to make me change my opinion, NOT. then he talks about the VP's Daughter and the example she set for others. My question, how about your Pres. Bill Clinton and his intern!!! I bet you didn't complain about examples then!!!I guess some attack others due to nothing of importance to say. I love how the media is comparing Obama (pres. candidate) to the Republican VP nominee....If you choose to play the attack game, go ahead I don't have time for you drivel..Long Live the Republican Party and the still great United States of America (at least if we can keep obama out)....

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  • by NObama Location: pgv on Sep 3, 2008 at 02:15 AM
    WHO CARES!!!!! She has to live with the mistake.
  • by Jessi Location: USA on Sep 2, 2008 at 03:47 PM
    OBAMA 08 4 PREZ - Have you no shame? I do not know you, but I did read further down that you were an educator? Is this true? If so I am surprised at the messages you are leaving on this website. I find myself more and more surprised by your sarcasm and hatred every time I read your postings. This country does need some cleaning up, maybe we should start with people who "speak and act" like you. Call me old fashion at 29 yrs old, but if I was your mother I would wash your mouth out with soap.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Sep 2, 2008 at 03:09 PM
    To Condom, such a foolish statement! There have been many pregnancies and many transmitted deseases while condoms were being used. The failure rate of condoms is extremely high, if you depend on them to keep you safe, you are a fool! Were you there to see if a condom was used? They do fail up to 35% of the time!
  • by Anonymous Location: New Bern on Sep 2, 2008 at 02:21 AM
    The daughter didn't make a "mistake". she knew what she was doing and didn't take the precaution to stop it. It seems like the now thing to do is be a single mom. Young girls wear the title "single mom" like a badge of honor. It used to be a respect thing because the dad walked out. Parents, can teach their child to be resposible but they don't have to listen. Todays society teaches that it is acceptable behavior.
  • by Condom on Sep 1, 2008 at 09:03 PM
    If Gov. Palin talked about using a condom with her daughter, this wouldn't be an issue. Yeah Bristol would be having sex, but WE wouldn't know about it - and having sex isn't bad. The BAD part was when McCain picked this horribly unqualified person without fully vetting her. He changed his mind after the GOP threatened to fight his decision to pick LIEBERMAN! McCain/Lieberman 2008! *psyc!)
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