Hey! Did you watch the last night of the Democratic National Convention and see Barack Obama’s history making acceptance speech? Pretty powerful stuff huh? Well, not wanting to be overshadowed, John McCain woke up this morning and decided to make a little history of his own, by choosing a WOMAN as his running mate. While Geraldine Ferraro was the Democratic nominee for Vice-President alongside Walter Mondale, the Republican party has never had a female VP nominee. So, let’s take a closer look at McCain’s pick — Alaska Governor Sarah Palin — and see whether her record has the potential to swing angry Hillary Clinton supporters across party lines.
1. Elected in 2006, Palin, at 44, is the youngest and the first female Governor of Alaska.
2. She’s a former beauty pageant winner, having won the Miss Wasilla pageant in 1984 — her talent was the flute and she also won Miss Congeniality. She went on to come in second in the Miss Alaska pageant that same year.
3. While she was born in Idaho, her hobbies suggest she’s a true Alaska girl at heart. A lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Palin likes to hunt, ice fish, and ride snowmobiles.
4. Palin is married to her high school sweetheart, Todd, and has five children. Her eldest, at 18, enlisted in the Army on September 11, 2007. So, like her adversary Joe Biden, she can speak to what it’s like having a child deployed in Iraq.
5. Her record on social issues is quite conservative: she’s adamantly anti-choice and is a member of the group “Feminists For Life”; she opposes gay marriage and under her leadership Alaska was one of the first states to pass a Constitutional ban on gay marriage. She did, however, pass legislation that granted State of Alaska benefits to same-sex couples.
6. In the last few months of this year, Palin has been under investigation for ethics issues. Walter Monegan was dismissed as Commissioner of Public Safety by Palin in July, a dismissal that he says was the result of his refusing to fire State Trooper Mike Wooten, who is currently embroiled in a bitter custody battle with Palin’s sister. Wooten also says that the government, under Palin, has improperly released his employment files in his divorce case. Palin maintains that there has not been an abuse of power in her administration.
7. A poll released in 2008 shows Palin’s approval rating to be around 80%.
So what do you think? Good choice? Bad choice? Smart choice? Are you impressed that McCain picked a woman to be is running mate? Or do you think it’s a desperate attempt to swing female voters to his side? Tell us how you feel in the comments!