John McCain has selected Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate:
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.
I have been pleasantly surprised by how astute both the Democratic and Republican candidates have been in their choices of running mates. However it may seem to political junkies Sen. Obama is a relative unknown, just now being introduced to much of the American people who haven’t been paying attention until quite recently. He needed to convince voters that he wasn’t a wild-eyed frightening unknown and picking Joe Biden was a move in that direction.
I’ve long said that just as Sen. Obama needed to make a conservative choice Sen. McCain needed to shake things up. Picking Sarah Palin has done just that.
There’s plenty of other commentary on this in the blogosphere and I’ll be linking to the best of it as it appear. I’ll add a few observations of my own. First, during the Iditarod I was struck by the fondness that Alaskans showed for their governor. I commented on it at the time. Second, I expect the McCain campaign to double down on the executive experience issue. Leaders are trained as well as born and despite his years in the Senate Sen. McCain began his adult life with formal training to be a leader from folks with quite a bit of experience in it: the military.
One last thing: is she the first person on a national ticket to have been a commercial fisherman?