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McCain chooses a Woman Governor as His VP
Is Gov. Sarah Palin the Answer to Obama's Message of Change?


Governor Palin. Photo courtesy: Reuters. Gov. Palin with her husband Todd Palin. Photo courtesy: AP

New York, August 29, 2008- Political pundits haven't figured that out yet because American people are free to choose their leader, change party affiliation not according to ideology but according to a candidate's reputation and credentials. That's why independent voters or swing voter States are known to be crucial tie breakers.

Today, Republican Presidential candidate John McCain chose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, as his running mate. Governor Palin is the first woman Republican candidate for VP.

She is something of a media darling too. She doesn't have long political career by which to scrutinize her failures or successes like Hillary Clinton or John McCain.

Associated Press writers Liz Sidoti and Beth Fouhy call her "a maverick conservative", "A self-styled hockey mom and political reformer"(
read). The nytimes.com wrote,"Ms. Palin, a former mayor of the small town of Wasilla, an Anchorage suburb, and one-time beauty pageant queen."
 
Some called her "Superstar mum". Yes, she is. With 5 children, the youngest one being only 5 months old, and now at 43, the Governor is ready to lead her country where people are excited about Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama's message of ‘change’.

McCain might have other plans for her but for the November 4th election, she can be an arrow that may kill two birds at the same time: one, to attract Hillary Clinton's 18 million voters, the ones who vowed not to vote for Obama, and two, to distract eager young voters away from Obama's youthful charisma. Gov. Palin is 4 years younger than Obama.

As quoted by the latimes.com McCain said, "I have found the right partner to help me stand up to those who value their privileges over their responsibilities...someone of strong principles of fighting spirit and deep compassion."

Governor Palin said, "Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America... But it turns out the women of America aren't finished yet and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all."

On the other hand, Hillary Clinton, in her statement said, "We should all be proud of Gov. Sarah Palin's historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Sen. McCain...While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Gov. Palin will add an important new voice to the debate."

This is America. Here, anything is possible. We have the technology that made us the first to reach the moon. We have wealth and resources that inspire our American dream further and further no matter the challenges we face during the pursuit. We have an established democracy where every American can dream big dreams. That’s why a son of a Kenyan father and an American mother can run and possibly win the Presidential election. We also have a Hillary Clinton and her legacy that inspires American women so they can say with pride that a woman can lead the country. Congratulations Gov. Sarah Palin.

-Pradeep Thapa Magar in New York. Comments? 551-358-7726


Governor Palin's Official Portrait. Courtesy: http://gov.state.ak.us/bio.php

Governor Sarah Palin's Official Profile

Governor Sarah Palin made history on Dec. 4, 2006, when she took office. As the 11th governor of Alaska, she is the first woman to hold the office.

Since taking office, her top priorities have been resource development, education and workforce development, public health and safety, and transportation and infrastructure development.

Under her leadership, Alaska invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program that provides support for low-income older Alaskans. She created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office to provide oversight and maintenance of oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure, and the Climate Change Subcabinet to prepare a climate change strategy for Alaska.

During her first legislative session, Governor Palin’s administration passed two major pieces of legislation – an overhaul of the state’s ethics laws and a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline.

Governor Palin is chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment. She was recently named chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee, which is charged with pursuing legislation to ensure state needs are considered as federal policy is formulated in the areas of agriculture, energy, environmental protection and natural resource management. Prior to being named to this position, she served as co-chair of this committee.

Prior to her election as governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla. During her tenure, she reduced property tax levels while increasing services and made Wasilla a business friendly environment, drawing in new industry.

She has served as chair of the Alaska Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska's most valuable non-renewable resources: oil and gas. She was elected by her peers to serve as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. In this role, she worked with local, state and federal officials to promote solutions to the needs of Alaska's communities.

Sarah Heath Palin arrived in Alaska with her family in 1964, when her parents came to teach school in Skagway. She received a bachelor of science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987. Palin, who graduated from Wasilla High School in 1982, has lived in Skagway, Eagle River and Wasilla.


Governor Palin's family. Photo courtesy: http://gov.state.ak.us/bio.php

She is married to Todd Palin, who is a lifelong Alaskan, a production operator on the North Slope and a four-time champion of the Iron Dog, the world's longest snowmachine race.


Todd and Sarah fish in Bristol Bay with their children – Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig. Through Todd’s Yup'ik grandmother, Alaska’s Native heritage plays an important role in their family. Track enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 11, 2007.

Prior to taking office, Palin served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the state. She was active in her family’s pursuits – including serving as a sports team mom and school volunteer. She also runs marathons.

Palin is a lifetime member of the NRA and enjoys hunting, fishing, Alaska history, and all that Alaska's great outdoors has to offer.

Courtesy: http://gov.state.ak.us/bio.php

Time.Com Profile of Gov. Sarah Palin

10 Facts About Sarah Palin
The first woman to run on a Republican Presidential ticket (and the second woman, after 1984 Democratic candidate Geraldine Ferraro, to run for Vice President for a major party), John McCain's running mate Sarah Palin was also the first-ever female governor of Alaska — and its youngest when she was sworn in at age 42 in 2006. Born in Idaho, Palin's family moved her to Alaska as an infant, where she grew up in Wasilla, a small town of fewer than 9,000, located 45 miles north of Anchorage. She first entered politics in 1992, winning a seat on the Wasilla City Council, before going on to become the town's mayor four years later at age 32. After two terms in office, she earned statewide recognition by pursuing the nomination for lieutenant governor — which she lost by only 2,000 votes. Palin has no national experience and less than two years experience as governor, but she is unabashed about that. "That's a healthy thing," she told TIME. "That means my perspective is fresher."
Sourch: Time.Com

 
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Speeches delivered at the Republican National Convention, Minneapolis (September 1-4, 2008)
» Speech Delivered by Senator John McCain
» Speech Delivered by Mrs Cindy McCain
» Speech delivered by Governor Sarah Palin
» Speech Delivered by former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani
» Speech Delivered by former Chair HP Carly Fiorina

Speeches delivered at the Democratic Convention Center, Denver, CO (August 25-28, 2008)
» Speech Delivered by Former President Bill Clinton
» Speech Delivered by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
» Speech Delivered by Al Gore
» Speech Delivered by Martin Luther King Jr.
» Speech Delivered by Senator Barack Obama
(Democratic nominee for the President)
» Speech Delivered by Michelle Obama
(Wife of Senator Barack Obama)
» Speech Delivered by Senator Joe Biden
(Democratic nominee for the Vice-President)
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