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McCain said to choose Alaska gov as running mate

I suspect the Democrats will brush her off as some sort of rube, and that would be their demise. She's tough.

How can they attack a VP candidate for lack of experience when their presidential candidate is mired in inexperience issues?

How can they accuse McCain of giving in to oil when she's put the spurs to big oil interests up here in AK?

How can they say McCain is the same old story when she's a reformer that came from outside and took on insider politics in AK?

How can they attack her without looking like condescending snobs or bullies?

She's the Democrats' worst nightmare -- a fashionable woman who's had a successful career while having five kids, is married to a blue-color husband, is a life-member of the NRA, actively hunts and fishes, gets her hands dirty with manual labor, has a son in the infantry about to deploy to Iraq, managed a pregnancy while governor, knowing she was carrying a child with Down Syndrome, and has union connections.

Awesome pick -- wait til the country figures out what Alaska already knows.

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Here's another endorsement for her, (just removed from her website yestereday but hey, it's the internet era, nothing is ever gone forever)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nTX-oJUCaU&eurl=http://tpmelectioncentra...

Have to admit she has a deep knowledge on the issues of the day, both international and the minutia of domestic policy. Long track record too. Brave of McCain to pick such a strong candidate who has so much potential to outshine him. A subtle play to Hillary's supporters too, I'm sure they will pivot to McCain en mass now. Ms Palin stands where they do on isues so important to women. And then there's the electoral votes from Alaska, no more worries about them. Two terms as a city council person!

Will McCain switch his stance on ANWAR?

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Oops there's more.

Palin Pleased with Obama's Energy Plan
Includes Alaska's Natural Gas Reserves

August 4, 2008, Fairbanks, Alaska - Governor Sarah Palin today responded to the energy plan put forward by the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

“I am pleased to see Senator Obama acknowledge the huge potential Alaska’s natural gas reserves represent in terms of clean energy and sound jobs,” Governor Palin said. “The steps taken by the Alaska State Legislature this past week demonstrate that we are ready, willing and able to supply the energy our nation needs.”

In a speech given in Lansing, Michigan, Senator Obama called for the completion of the Alaska natural gas pipeline, stating, “Over the next five years, we should also lease more of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska for oil and gas production. And we should also tap more of our substantial natural gas reserves and work with the Canadian government to finally build the Alaska natural gas pipeline, delivering clean natural gas and creating good jobs in the process.”

Governor Palin also acknowledged the Senator’s proposal to offer $1,000 rebates to those struggling with the high cost of energy.

“We in Alaska feel that crunch and are taking steps to address it right here at home,” Governor Palin said. “This is a tool that must be on the table to buy us time until our long-term energy plans can be put into place. We have already enjoyed the support of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, and it is gratifying to see Senator Obama get on board.”

The Governor did question the means to pay for Obama’s proposed rebate — a windfall profits tax on oil companies. In Alaska, the state’s resource valuation system, ACES, provides strong incentives for companies to re-invest their profits in new production.

“Windfall profits taxes alone prevent additional investment in domestic production. Without new supplies from American reserves, our dependency and addiction to foreign sources of oil will continue,” Governor Palin said.

http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:wbCGTUeD1r0J:www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php%3Fid%3D1384+%22question+the+means+to+pay+for+Obama’s+proposed+rebate%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4&gl=us&client=safari

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Seems like a smart choice. From what I've read about her, she sounds like a great lady. I hope that her and McCain can win it.

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I reviewed a list of VP candidates a few weeks ago and Palin was mentioned in passing. Of the choices available, she seemed to offer the most opportunity and I'm glad McCain has put her on the ticket. I will watch the Palin/Biden debate(s) for sure.

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Civetcat, I may be wrong, but I assume your posts regarding Palin were intended to cast her in a negative light.

I think they have the opposite effect. They show her as an independent thinker and not just a yes-man clone of McCain.

I realize that some people don't take her seriously because she is a woman, but I hope most have matured beyond gender-bias and see who for who she is. A VP pick that has executive branch experience,is intelligent, has a high approval rating (suggesting she is doing a good job) and has had a diverse life; one that helps her identify with the average citizen.

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Civetcat, I may be wrong, but I assume your posts regarding Palin were intended to cast her in a negative light.

I think they have the opposite effect. They show her as an independent thinker and not just a yes-man clone of McCain.

I realize that some people don't take her seriously because she is a woman, but I hope most have matured beyond gender-bias and see who for who she is. A VP pick that has executive branch experience,is intelligent, has a high approval rating (suggesting she is doing a good job) and has had a diverse life; one that helps her identify with the average citizen.

She does, infact, she has an 80% approval rating. And, she hunts and fishes. That is a huge deal, she is a nra lifetime member , she and her husband are union members(which takes away the republican hating unions argument). Not to mention, she is personalble. I get sick of seeing life time poloticians its a breath of fresh air, she should be able to pull in some large numbers for mccain as well.

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I wasn’t trying to paint Ms. Palin in a negative or positive light, but rather the last minute nature of the decision. It seems as if her online image was brushed up very late in the process, (Wikipedia makeover Thursday). Since posting I see the decision was made last Wednesday when senator McCain met her for the second time in his life, briefly. To put it in a timeline, that was just before Obama’s speech.

Ms Palin’s qualifications or lack thereof are not a secret, I’m just going to go ahead and assume all can read. What flabbergasted me was why. By the polls McCain was almost at parity. Since taking over McCain’s campaign a couple months ago the Rove team has been very professional. I just didn’t get it. The whole thing smacks of a desperation I just didn’t see.

I think I am beginning to understand a little more. The major media sources have given McCain quite a free ride, they are still enamored of the straight talking 24/7 access of New Hampshire of the year 2000. McCain’s folks are smarter than the media. They see what happened to Hillary who the media crowned nominee before the primaries. McCain’s handlers correctly predicted the absolute and total success of the Democratic Convention. More viewers to a 45 minute speech than the Olympics or American Idol. Tightly controlled message, gradually building to a climactic end, party discipline throughout. Scary.

The Intrade market still gives Obama a 20% advantage. I think those pros working for McCain see the same thing. They correctly anticipated the uptick in polls and the uncounted advantages of enthusiasm and unpolled new young voters. The Repubs used to be masters of the ground game, which is now dominated by over a year of carefull planning by Obama. Ten days ago marked the two millionth financial contribution to his campaign. Maybe it was time for a hail mary pass. I sense a rout.

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If the speech was so great and the the convention such a sucess then why no big bounce in the polls? It is still a virtual tie?

I am anxiously awaiting the debates.

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Gallup by 8 points, Rasmusen 5, but be aware these are tracking polls, the last days numbers are before Obama's speach, and the first of the 3 days should be the first day of the convention. They reflect Clintons speach or general convention excitement.

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