McCain picks Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as VP (Update)

The word is now out that John McCain has chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential choice. This will be rather momentous as clearly the McCain campaign is attempting to siphon off Hillary Clinton supporters from Obama.

Report from Fox News:

DAYTON, Ohio — John McCain will introduce Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate at an event here at noon Friday, senior campaign sources confirmed to FOX News.

Palin emerged earlier in the day as the hot name in the vice presidential sweepstakes after reports circulated that two short-listers — Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty — were out of the running.

Adding fuel to the Palin candidacy was a report that a charter aircraft from Anchorage owned by a McCain supporter had arrived at a small airport outside Dayton, Ohio, where McCain has scheduled a noon ET rally to announce his choice.

FOX News reported the jet flew to Flagstaff, Ariz., on Thursday before heading landing in Middletown, Ohio.

Palin is considered a rising star in the Republican Party. She is the state’s first female governor, the mother of five — and at 44 is its youngest chief executive.

The choice of Palin was kept under such tight wraps that even Palin’s mother said Friday morning that she had not yet heard from her daughter that she had been selected for the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket.

The McCain camp issued a statement calling Palin a reformer who can work across the party aisle.

“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,” the statement said. “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.”

Informed of the selection, a senior official with Barack Obama campaign questioned Palin’s executive experience,

“After making experience a central issue of the race, McCain picks, on his 72nd birthday, a peron who 3 years ago was the part-time mayor of a city in Alaska with a population of about 8,000 – that’s 1/20th the size of Obama’s state Senate district. That virtually takes the experience argument off the table. She’s also complimented Obama’s energy plan and is under investigation in her own state for pressuring the firing of a relative from the state safety department,” the official said.

Sarah Palin bio if you don’t know too much about here.

Their campaign event in Ohio is underway, I’ll update with video of their first appearance at noon eastern.


Report on the announcement from NBC News and Fox News:

Waiting on video of their appearance and her “acceptance” speech of sorts…


Video of their first campaign appearance including Palin’s opening campaign speech:

In my opinion, this was a major step forward for McCain. In one move he seems to have recaptured some of his conservative losses. Palin represents a historic pick for the GOP as Obama represents a historic pick for the Democrats.

This race just got a whole more interesting, especially the Vice Presidential debates which I’m now eagerly awaiting.