Meet Governor Sarah Palin, McCain's VP Choice...

@anniepa (27119)
United States
August 29, 2008 4:29pm CST
What do you think - good choice or not? Courageous or a foolish move? I know when it was starting to look like she was going to be the choice this morning the commentators on Morning Joe were stunned, to put it mildly, even conservative Joe Scarborough. After months of attacking Obama on his youth and lack of experience, McCain chooses a 44 year old woman who was Governor for less than two years and has NO foreign policy experience or INTEREST. That's right, she "hasn't given much thought" to the war in Iraq. McCain had only actually met Palin once before today so it's obvious this had nothing to do with personal chemistry unless, like Bush with Putin, he looked into her eyes and saw her soul...lol! Some have said the choice of a woman for VP may pull in some of Hillary's disgruntled supporters. Somehow I find that hard to imagine. Palin is not only anti-choice but she wants to outlaw abortion even in cases of rape or incest. It's been said to day that as she has five kids, including an infant with Downs Syndrome, she not only talks the talk but also walks the walk; sorry, although I give her all the credit in the world for raising five children while working as Governor and the decision to have and to raise a handicapped child herself is certainly admirable, why should that give her the right to judge others and to dictate what they should do with their own lives and their own bodies? McCain has said repeatedly that the most important quality of a VP is the ability to step into the role of President without notice; do you think a 44 year old with little experience and no INTEREST in foreign affairs fits that bill? I have my serious doubts. She'll no doubt impress those on the far-right but I don't see her helping with any other group. Any thoughts? Annie
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@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I was sure surprised. I'm also surprised that she is getting such a warm welcome from the Republican party. She is actually the reason for the scandle up there going on with Ted Stevens and the other guy. Sorry his name slips my mind right now. I was a little taken back to see a Hillary supporter say today that she is now voting for McCain, she only wanted a woman in the White House. I wanted a woman in the White House too but I have enough sense to pick someone that supports my ideas lol. My husband listens to talk radio all day while he is traveling and he probably mentioned the host's names but I only remember him saying O'Reilly because that is the only name I knew, and he said they were all talking about how shocked they were over this choice of McCain's. I didn't listen we don't have satellite radio in the house only the cars but one of them was concerned because they have spent all this time being stuck on Obama's experience and now McCain picked her. He also said they were talking about her debating Biden and how Biden will make her look stupid. I don't know I guess it really balances out the playing field now, and it will in fact come down to where they stand on the issues. I wouldn't vote for a woman that would want to do anyway with a woman's right to choose, nor would I vote for a woman who is a member of the nra. Can't wait for the debates, it will be interesting to watch.
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Aug 08
the scandal you speak of is peti nonsens, in the scope of political scandals (and this one is unsubstantiated) it's puny. there really so far isn't anything to bash in this candidate, McCain couldn't have made a less controvertial pick
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Aug 08
and all Roe v Wade did was make it ilegal for a state to make abortion ilegal. It took the staes rights to make that decision and made it a federal government issue.
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@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
29 Aug 08
X, You only say that because she is a Republican, she can do nothing wrong because she is a Republican. If it were Biden and he forgot to pay 35 cents to the IRS all you Conservatives would be all over thinking that he should be burried alive because he cheated the IRS. I guess we will wait for the debates.
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Aug 08
and why is her decision to raise a handicapped child admirable? it's her child, why would she not want to raise it?
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
29 Aug 08
There are many who choose to terminate a pregnancy when they discover that their child may/will be born with a disability. Many want to be able to get an abortion if the child they are carrying isn't "perfect".
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Gee, "X", I say something nice about her and you question me...lol! Annie
• United States
29 Aug 08
X, I totally agree with you on this one. It's her child. She decided to give birth to him, what the he11 else would she do but raise him. In this, there are many, many women doing the same thing with a lot less resources than she has. Big deal.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
29 Aug 08
If you want to know my honest opinion this is a real kick in the pants, yet you have to admit great strategy on McCain's part and an obvious bait for us women to choose him over Obama simply cause he did pick a female for his running mate...but gee, how many people have even heard about this woman??? I haven't. All I can think now is that I bet Obama is now sorry he didn't pick Hillary as his running mate....that would have really drawn in the votes his way. I just hope women aren't stupid enough to vote for McCain just because he has a female VP candidate.
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Aug 08
how many people even knew who the heck Obama was untill half way through the primaries?
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@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
30 Aug 08
"even among all this she has very little record of ever passing anything except when it benefits the interest of these things." Maybe you need to check her record again. She increased taxes on oil profits, gave $1200 to citizens of Alaska to offset high gas prices, gave herself a pay cut, and gave Alaska a budget surplus. That's just a short list of her accomplishments as governor. So tell me, is there anything even remotely close to these accomplishments in Obama's experience?
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Pye, I sure hope women aren't those stupid too but I'm trying to be optimistic and give my fellow females credit for more sense. I'm not trying to offend conservatives, you have a right to your opinion even though I disagree with you, but what I mean is those who supported Hillary couldn't possibly be able to support this woman or McCain. Pye, she's also no friend of the polar bears or timber wolves! Annie
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Hey annie, It's too bad that most of the people will not even pay attention to all the information that you just recited about Palin. They will know virtually nothing about her except that she is a woman duh! How stupid is that, but I'm very afraid that it's true. They will not check out her credentials, or lack of them, her policies, her beliefs, her values. We could be in big trouble if they go on the fact that she is a she!!! It is unfortunate but alot of voters are just looking at the fact that a woman could be VP and since they lost Hillary of great we have a woman in office anyway! I'm sorry, it makes me sick to hear some of the comments that I've already heard. I am a Democrat no matter whether I agree on the choice that is left to me, all I know is that I don't want 4 more years of the horror that has been in Government with that nightmare BUSH!!! I didn't put him there the first or second time now get him & him screwed up party GONE!!!!
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@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I think it's too bad that most people will not even pay attention to all the issues with Obama. Many will vote for him just because he's "making history" and saying the word change a lot. Most people won't even look at the fact that he's broken several campaign promises even prior to being elected. He voted for Bush's illegal wiretaps despite promising that he would oppose them.
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I'm going to try to give a fair response to all of you - Opal, Rose and Taskr - so bear with me and pardon me if I forget to mention any of the points any of you made. . Opal, I couldn't agree more that we could be in big trouble if people vote for McCain just because he chose a woman as his VP. I know there are conservative women and I intend no offense but Hillary is not one of them so I'd assume neither are her supporters likely to be. I'm so thankful the nightmare of the Bush Administration is finally almost over and the very thought of a continuation...well, I'd rather not think about it! Rose, I'm going to probably shock you by first saying I agree with you about something! I'm also glad to be alive to see history being made with the first African American Presidential candidate and to not only have come close to having the first woman candidate but to have An African American candidate and a female VP candidate in the same election. Maybe there will come a time when these will barely be worthy of mention, it will just be AMERICANS on the tickets. The Democrats have every right to question Palin's experience as well as where she stands on the issues. She's been Governor for under two years and prior to that had held local offices only. You say, "John McCain would not had choose a person if he questioned their ability to lead, he is a person that most people know the security of his county is always on his mind." I wouldn't say "most people" know that at all and he only met her once, I understand only by talking on the telephone, before today. I honestly think he chose her just to choose a woman and it's ironic that both his first and second wives and his running mate were all models or beauty queens. As far her Palin's or Nancy Pelosi's ties to oil companies, Nancy Pelosi isn't on the ticket so what does she have to do with this? The investigation of Palin is ongoing and is bipartisan in nature so I don't know what will come of it. It does appear that her former brother-in-law was a real a$$hole, and I heard that on "liberal" MSNBC. Nobody that I know of accused McCain or his staff of bringing up her handicapped baby. I do feel for what she must go through raising a Downs Syndrome child and I give her credit but she has it much easier than many other women in the same position. No doubt conservatives, including conservative women are quite pleased. No disrespect intended but I hope they're not so pleased come November...lol. Finally, it's your turn, Taskr, I wouldn't forget you! I can assure you I'm voting for Obama based purely on the issues. It's great that he's "making history" but that wouldn't cause me to vote for him if I didn't agree with him on the issues that matter to me the most and he not only says the word "change" a lot but if you heard his speech last night he laid out much of what he means by change. I've said before I was disappointed that he voted for the wire-tapping bill but that certainly isn't enough to make me even consider voting for McCain when I don't agree with any of his policies. I like Obama but I've said before Biden was my first choice so I'm really glad he's the VP candidate and I have no doubt he's ready to lead at any time. Annie
@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
30 Aug 08
"Finally, it's your turn, Taskr, I wouldn't forget you! I can assure you I'm voting for Obama based purely on the issues." I have no doubt that you are voting based purely on the issues. Many voters however, don't bother learning the issues or just check single issues. "I like Obama but I've said before Biden was my first choice so I'm really glad he's the VP candidate and I have no doubt he's ready to lead at any time." Well there's definitely no question about Biden. I just wish the democrat's ticket was reversed.
@fluffysue (1408)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I am very concerned about this. I think a lot of people are going to forget that she is an extremely conservative Republican, and see that she is a woman, and vote for McCain. McCain, I think was very clever with this choice. I think he is betting on a lot of Americans being too dumb to look beyond the appeal of having a soccer mom as vice president. I am sure they will stress how much she understands families, as opposed to how she is anti-gay, anti-abortion, and I am willing to bet she will also help eliminate access to birth control, if Bush doesn't do that on his way out. It makes me sick to think about, but I think McCain pretty much guaranteed himself a win.
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@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
30 Aug 08
"I think he is betting on a lot of Americans being too dumb to look beyond the appeal of having a soccer mom as vice president." Every politician bets on taking advantage of dumb Americans. Don't you think Obama is betting on a lot of Americans being too dumb to look beyond the appeal of having a black man as president? Dan Akroyd said in Tommy Boy "What the American public doesn't know is what makes them the American public". I think it's both an excellent and true line. I doubt she's against birth control. She's Protestant, not Catholic. As far as I know the Catholic church is the only one that is against contraception. Even so, few Catholics, myself included, subscribe to that.
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@fluffysue (1408)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Yes, that is a good point you make about Obama, and I am sure you are right, there are a lot of people who will vote for him for that reason, as well. And I didn't see that movie, but that is a good line. I made the leap from being anti-abortion to being anti-birth control, I admit. I do not know what position she holds on that. But it seems to me that the line between the two is being increasingly blurred by a lot of conservatives. I am concerned that we are going to see a lot of progress reversed if this crew wins this election. I was raised Catholic, as well. I can understand being against abortion, but the birth control thing, I never really got. Never understood why it is better to have 10 children you can't afford to raise, than use birth control. But that is a different discussion altogether.
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@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I think it got blurred as a result of the abortion pill or morning after pill. That really complicated many people's stance on birth control. I also think the issue has become a bit clouded as there are still conservatives against teaching birth control as opposed to just abstinence in schools. They are against teaching it, but not necessarily using it. I know, it's an odd position for one to have but it's out there.
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• United States
30 Aug 08
Oh, I think she is a perfect choice for McCain. He is owned by big oil and she is deep into it. You know how the love of money unites so many! I think he must have been having a senior moment, actually. The woman has a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. She won a beauty contest. She gave birth to her own child and OMG, she's raising it. She worked as a sports reporter. She has served two terms on the city council, elected Mayor and has served about 2 years as Governor of Alaska. She is against women having a choice or control of their own bodies, she has consistently supported big oil over the environment and endangered species. And not to forget, her nickname was "Sarah Barracuda." I am sure we will know much more about her in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we can all ponder how McCain thought her inexperience would help him. lol And as far as Hillary supporters going for McCain because he picked a "woman," that just doesn't jive. I supported Hillary. I now support Barack Obama. She is no Hillary Clinton. I think all of her supporters would agree.
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Personally, I'm offended that anyone would assume Hillary's supporters would vote for McCain because he picked this woman as his VP, that women will vote for a woman regardless of her radical right views, which is how I see everything I've heard of her so far. She sure is no Hillary Clinton nor will she ever be. Annie
@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
30 Aug 08
"Oh, I think she is a perfect choice for McCain. He is owned by big oil and she is deep into it. You know how the love of money unites so many! " So deep into it that she raised taxes on oil profits and gave checks for $1200 to the citizens of Alaska to help deal with high gas prices. "The woman has a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. She won a beauty contest." So being a lawyer makes someone more qualified? Are attractive women not allowed to be intelligent politicians? That second place finish in the beauty pageant gave her the scholarship that paid for her education. I'd say she made the most of it. "She is against women having a choice or control of their own bodies" She's against women having the right to kill unborn children. That body is the child's. "And not to forget, her nickname was "Sarah Barracuda."" That was her nickname as a basketball player. Jesse Venture was known as "The Body" but that didn't change the fact that he too was a capable governor. "In the meantime, we can all ponder how McCain thought her inexperience would help him." Do some research. She has accomplished much more during her experience as governor of Alaska than Obama has as a US Senator. At least we can both agree that she is a perfect choice for McCain. I'm anxious to see her as the new VP and possibly a future president.
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@ElaanR2 (277)
• United States
31 Aug 08
With all the things you've said about women here on this same discussion, it's refreshing to know that someone like you supports a woman's ability to be a Vice President. I hope you are not waiting to respect women only after one of them is elected a Vice President.
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@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
29 Aug 08
For now it seems like a gambit, but still somewhat fascinating. There is the experience as governor which is somewhat similar to executive and usually its a preferred experience for the Presidency. I think its funny she's the only one on the ticket with that type of experience compared to Moe Larry and Curly. Palin is quite an unknown but that could be good or bad depending on perspective. For people wanting change from the nothings of the Federal Branch, a seldom-known candidate would be welcome change... (last I checked wasn't that the main message for Obama side -_-). On the other hand the unknown factor can be used against Palin too, particularly less foreign affairs experience. Since it the final piece of the candidate puzzle, there have already been people, bloggers, commentators reacting to this choice compared with Biden. Some have already launched into the experience issue as mentioned. There were a few taking note of the speech being weak, empty or fluff. Others were completely different, merely voting for McCain because of this choice and/or refusing to vote for Obama due to his VP choice. The scrutiny for Palin has already begun and the stances, topics are being mentioned like you have here (incidently I don't see much on Biden, minus the net of course...). Another thought that could be worth considering, the initial reactions could be hype but just like the other items I mentioned, time will tell. And finally, I don't know if you'll be getting any more "your thoughts" from me Annie. The hype will probably pass and then I'll remember it all still looks like one-card monte to me.
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Please tell me this much - who's Moe, who's Larry and who's Curly? I going to try and guess and I'll let you know if I'm right...lol! Annie
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
30 Aug 08
K... its a bit disappointing it wasn't completely obvious, but here it is. Between the two parties and tickets there are four people. The discussion at hand is about one, the VP for the Repubs. There are now 3 people left... and I mentioned the three stand out names... Contestants you have 30 seconds for this final jeopardy question... ROFL!
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
31 Aug 08
I know they're the three remaining candidates from the two parties' tickets. I just trying to figure out which one you've given which name. Of course I remember the Three Stooges and I know who each of them were but I'm still unsure which one reminds you of which of our esteemed candidates. Annie
@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Aug 08
annie, he could have picked mother theresa and you would have had issues with her. She's a republican, he's a republican, there is nothing he is going to do, no republican he is going to pick, in fact, anyone who was on the ticket with him from any party would have met with critisism. This pretty much neutralizes the experience issue on both sides, except that, at least she has EXECUTIVE experience and Obama has zero exec experience. Face it annie, this one is nearly unasailable. the only issue you can point to is her pro life stance. Big deal. got anything else? I mean anything with some real meat to it?
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
29 Aug 08
It's not pro-life, it's anti-choice and it's not just anti-choice with her but a radical stance, in my opinion. She wants to outlaw abortion even in cases of rape and incest, that's really out there. It is a big deal if she were to get her way and we went back to the days of women and girls dying due to back alley abortions. Yes, I "got something else"; she has no opinion in the Iraq war and has not had any interest in it. I'm not a Republican because I disagree with Republicans on most of the issues so chances are I would have had issues with whoever McCain had chosen, I'm not going to disagree. However, he didn't choose anyone else, he chose this woman and I thought it would be worth discussing. for the record, I don't hold executives in the highest esteem. Didn't Bush also have "executive experience"? Where did that get us? Just thought I'd throw that in there...lol! Annie
@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Aug 08
Well, being as she was a GOVERNOR and had no business in the decision to go to war in Iraq, she would have had no position on it in a professional capacity, personal perhaps, but it wasn't her place anymore than it was Obama's when he was a state senator. I'm going to now wait and see what her position is now that she is a candidate, she should have one and i'm interested in hearing it. there's a lot to be heard yet and it will all come out eventualy, like I said, it's early, we'll see. Now tell me, If I wanted to be able to kill someone, anyone, even a living child because they were a burden or an inconvenience to me, or even if their presence in my life was unwanted or forced upon me though they were no threat to my life, should I have that right? Should I have the right to be able to CHOOSE to kill that person?
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I'm not a Governor but I have an opinion on the war and I certainly have an interest in it! She apparently knew she was on McCain's "short list" so you'd have thought she'd have studied up on his positions on the war, wouldn't you? "Now tell me, If I wanted to be able to kill someone, anyone, even a living child because they were a burden or an inconvenience to me, or even if their presence in my life was unwanted or forced upon me though they were no threat to my life, should I have that right? Should I have the right to be able to CHOOSE to kill that person?" OK, so your view, like Governor Palin, isn't what the law of the land is. Nobody is allowed to choose to kill a living child and you know it. Neither you nor Palin have the right to tell a woman who has been raped or has been the victim of incest and became pregnant as a result that she must carry that pregnancy to term. Annie
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Could someone answer a question for me? Did she go to college? Where did she go? What was her major? How were her grades? She is wrong on the issues and seems to be a lightweight to me. I don't think we should shoot wolves from the air; I don't believe we should drill in ANWAR; I don't believe we should do away with Choice. So she can do anything she wants except be Veep in my opinion.
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@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Did she go to college? Yes Where did she go? University of Idaho What was her major? Communications - Journalism with a minor in Political Science How were her grades? That one I don't have the answer to. "She is wrong on the issues and seems to be a lightweight to me." The issues are a matter of opinion so if you disagree with her that's fine. Vote for the person you think is best. She's been called a lightweight before and still came out on top to defeat the incumbent republican governor and the democrat former governor that ran against her. If she were a man, or was representing your party, I seriously doubt you'd be calling her a lightweight. In fact, Obama has no more experience than she does and I haven't seen people using that term to describe him.
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@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Thanks you. I really did want to know.
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@skinnychick (6937)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I do see her helping McCain getting more votes from women. Her experience aside (which isn't why he picked her) women will look at her as a mother who is strong and has both a career and kids. I think he helped his case especially with his party. As for changing any Dem's minds into voting Rep.- he shot himself in the foot. Her pro life views are way too overboard and her experience isn't there. But he did help his party by choosing her.
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I think you're right. As I write this she has just completed her convention speech and it seems she has excited those in the hall. Also, there had been so much talk about how Joe Biden would have to be careful not to be too hard on her, I think that's been put to rest since she showed she's no shrinking violet. Annie
@bonbon664 (3480)
• Canada
30 Aug 08
I think it will make for a very interesting race. I think it's a way to get the Hillary supporters. I think he picked her because she's beautiful, and the voters will take to her. I think it was smart to pick a woman, because when people are critical of his choice, they may not say anything for fear of being pegged woman haters. Should be a fun one. I really think McCain will win, I don't think some of the US voters are ready for "the change".
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
3 Sep 08
"I think it's a way to get the Hillary supporters. I think he picked her because she's beautiful, and the voters will take to her." Wow! I don't know which of these sentences are more scary! Is it you who thinks Hillary supporters will vote for this ticket or do you think McCain thought that? I sure can't speak for all Hillary supporters but I sure can't imagine anything more "out there" than for them to switch to McCain because of an ultra- conservative woman being on the ticket. As for your second sentence, DOUBLE wow! I mean, the thought that a Presidential nominee would pick a woman as his running mate "because she's beautiful" is outrageous and I'm personally offended at the idea the "voters will take to her" because of it! We're at war in two different places and this woman doesn't know or care a thing about foreign policy and the Presidential candidate is 72 and has had cancer four times. Our economy is in the toilet, people are losing their homes and those who are managing to hold onto theirs are finding the values dipping below what they owe on them, people are losing their jobs to foreign countries and can't afford to put gas in their cars to go look for another one. Yet, we the voters are going to take to a VP candidate because she's "beautiful". WOW... Annie
@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
30 Aug 08
It's a pretty obvious ploy, and I'm not impressed with Palin herself. Though, it seems to me that McCain is more adept at politics than I had previously thought.
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
1 Sep 08
As I understand it, McCain wanted to choose either Tom Ridge or Joe Lieberman but the conservatives wouldn't have it. So far I don't know if this choice will help or hurt him. It will no doubt help in getting those on the far right who weren't so high on McCain but I think it will hurt in getting the moderates and will certainly alienate the pro-choice Republicans, not that there are that many of them but I'm sure there are some. Annie
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Actually, I think it's a smart move. One it may actually pull in some of the female voters. Since she's only been Governor for less than two years she may be considered a breath of fresh air. As for her stand on abortion...I would rather vote with someone who is more consertive on that then vote for someone who is in favor of it especially late term abortions. I am including the links to two articles about it. http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/08/19/18527863.php http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=ed7af67a-2fdf-4bf9-b09f-70c43db4246a **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Twoey68, thank you for weighing in but in my opinion the country isn't nearly as far right as she is. They may not all be as liberal as I am but there is a happy medium. "It seems some people are complaining about Sarah Palin because she opposes throwing infants alive in hospital dirty towel cart left to suffer and die with no human or medical help. Nurse Jill Stanek's live interview about an aborted live little boy she found in the hospital dirty towel cart where she was employed as a nurse http://www.jillstanek.com" Rose, I know I told you to STOP putting that link in my discussions!! It's a clear violation of myLot guidelines because this post has nothing to do with that issue!! People are NOT complaining about Sarah Palin "because she opposes throwing infants alive in hospital dirty towel cart left to suffer and die with no human or medical help"; she wants to outlaw abortion at any time during the pregnancy even in cases of rape and incest. WHAT about that can't you understand? I know you're doing it intentionally hoping I'll report you so you can post more about how mean and miserable I am, but I'm not taking the bait. "Dr James Dobson was interviewed tonight on Fox News he said they was have a meeting with 300 people attending when they got word that John McCain choose pro-life Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate,he said all 300 people stood and gave John McCain a standing ovation." Wow, I'm freaking impressed! A right-wing religious zealot has a meeting with his "flock" and they give McCain a standing "O". Whod' have thunk it? Gee, if you got a check from the state of Alaska twenty years ago, I guess Palin didn't have anything to do with that, did she? "Sarah Palin just presently fought to have $1,200 per person returned to the people of Alaska,she won that as well." I know, I know, it was from taxes on the oil companies profits, the same thing Obama wants to do for all Americans. Oops, you didn't like THAT idea, did you? "They report governor Palin has more executive-level experience then Barack Obama and Joseph Biden combined." And your point is? So did George W. Bush and we all know how that worked out. "...she has been in Iraq a number of times and I don't know what her missions in Iraq pertained to." She was there once to visit the Alaska National Guard. She still said she has no opinion on the Iraq War, hasn't been interested in it and had not idea what McCain's views on it were. "She has faith and believes in her country and proud that her son has joined the military, he is to leave for Iraq Sept 11,2008." I know, Obama's a Muslim, Biden's not a good Catholic, neither of them believe in their country and Biden couldn't care less that his son is also leaving for Iraq in September. "She has refused pork barrel project spending sending Washington D.C. a message that said thank you but no thank you,she is not interested in the bridge that goes no where she stated in her speech this morning on Fox news." Too bad that's not true! I know, she said it on Fox News but I guess somehow MSNBC managed to doctor a video tape from some time ago that shows her saying that she not only wanted that "Bridge to Nowhere" to be build but she wanted it built right away while the earmarked funds were available. OOPS... "I have not read or heard except at this site that Sarah Palin is anti-birth control her own five children all seem to have some years in between each other,if any one has the reference to this will you please insert it in a post at this discussion." Who said she's anti-birth control? "I'm not a Hillary Clinton supporter just the same had Barack Obama placed her as his running mate I would have been happy for her,now Sarah Palin very well may become our first woman vise president." Please, NOOOOOOOOOOO!! I'm sure you heard Palin praising Hillary the other day but did you hear that a few months ago she called her a whiner? "I'm very pleased with John McCain's choice he has done a very good job,inspire of the untruth that is being told about him he is man that has shook Washington D. C. so many times and so many time they gave him the nickname the maverick,and so it deed he is." You have every right to be pleased but please be honest with me if you can and tell me, if Obama had chosen as his running mate someone he'd only met one time, what would you have said? As for McCain being a "Maverick", I agree more with my Senator, Bob Casey, who said having voted with Bush almost all of the time recently he's not a "maverick" he's a "sidekick"! Annie
@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Well Annie, we've talked enough that you know I've been hoping for months that he'd choose her. I even told you how I felt he was holding out because choosing her might force Obama's hand into choosing Hillary. That would likely be an unbeatable team. He used precisely the strategy I stated and now I think his choice was brilliant. "McCain chooses a 44 year old woman who was Governor for less than two years" To address her experience, she's accomplished more in those two years than Obama has in his years as a senator. She raised taxes on oil profits, cut spending, created a budget surplus in Alaska, and gave citizens $1200 to offset the high gas prices. She even cut her own salary. That's a LOT of success in only 2 years. She's also done a great job of sniffing out and whistleblowing on the corruption in Alaska prior to being governor. She's fearless and doesn't hold back when challenging members of her own party. The republicans in Alaska didn't even want her to run for governor since the incumbent was republican, but she did and she won, also defeating a former governor who was a democrat. "and has NO foreign policy experience or INTEREST." I don't think her foreign policy is much different than Obama's. She visited soldiers in Kuwait and Germany a few months ago and she didn't need any prodding to do it. Obama only made the trip after being heavily criticized and he made it a media circus. As Vice President she'll be working under a man with a lifetime of knowledge and foreign policy experience. That's much different than electing a man with almost no experience and having his subordinate be the man with the lifetime of experience. If Obama wins my best case scenario is the Joe Biden plays him like a puppet to keep disasters from happening. Your extended abortion argument is pointless since you well know that pro-life people are concerned about the rights of an unborn child whose body is inside of, not part of, the woman's body. The pro-abortion folk will never change their minds about it and neither will the pro-lifers. From what people are saying she just stepped into the nominee role with no notice and seems to have handled herself well with that. I think she's a strong woman who really could step in at a moments notice as president. I think her qualifications are better suited to the presidency than Obama's. I think she'll impress a lot of people. For one thing I expect the next polls to show more people being excited about McCain's ticket. I was supporting him but frankly, I don't get excited about politicians. He and Lieberman are more interesting to me than most because they can work across the aisle, but I still don't get excited. I think Palin has the potential to really excite people. Not just because she's a woman, but because she's a strong woman who isn't afraid of a challenge. If she can hold her own in a debate against Biden (no small feat) than people will truly be impressed. I say hold her own, because even veteran politicians are unlikely to "win" a debate with him.
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@anniepa (27119)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Well, I don't see how you can say her foreign policy isn't much different from Obama's since she admitted to not even having an interest in the Iraq war or knowing what McCain's views on it are. "Your extended abortion argument is pointless since you well know that pro-life people are concerned about the rights of an unborn child whose body is inside of, not part of, the woman's body. The pro-abortion folk will never change their minds about it and neither will the pro-lifers." I agree that nobody is likely to change their minds about this issue. I must say, in my opinion, the anti-choice people are in some cases ONLY concerned about the right of an UNBORN child but once that child is born and the argument over whether his or her life has begun is over they no longer have any concern for that baby or his or her parents. I'm not saying that's the case with everyone who is against the right to choose but it is with quite a large percentage I'm sorry to say. The argument is far from pointless because we're going to have a person a heartbeat from the Presidency who would no doubt appoint the farthest right Supreme Court Justices possible. I think people have the right to know this and it should be pointed out and drilled into them because I really don't believe average Americans as nearly as far right as Sarah Palin. Annie
@alindahaw (1219)
• Philippines
30 Aug 08
Let's just say that nobody really know who Obama was until he appeared in the news and the media started harping about his change campaign. Most of us haven't heard about Ms. Palin until today either but that is going to change. The media love this woman as much as they love Obama and they are going to put her on TV and on the front page of the papers for the next several days that by election time, we would almost everything about her including the kind of food that she eats!
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@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
30 Aug 08
We already do. It was mentioned in one article that she likes Mooseburgers. I swear I'm not kidding. lol
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I have to disagree - any woman who has a 19 year old son to be deployed to Iraq in less than two weeks most certainly has an interest in foreign affairs! As far as choosing a woman to either offset or take the place of Hillary Clinton as the first women to be in the White House - these are two very different women. Although some of their views may be the same, I do not see drawing a great many of Hillary's supporters unless they are focused only on voting for a woman. Sarah Palin has more executive experience that all other candidates combined - that is by far, not a lack of experience.
@anniepa (27119)
• United States
29 Aug 08
She said herself she's had little interest in the Iraq War, those aren't my words. She also said she found it hard to discuss because of her son's coming deployment. I certainly agree that Palin and Hillary are two very different women; I'm not sure if any of their views are the same, to be honest, and I couldn't agree more that I can't see her drawing many of Hillary's supporters. As for executive experience, I don't consider that all that important especially considering Bush had it and look where that got us! Annie
31 Aug 08
I think the choice of Governor Palin was outstanding. We would certainly like to have as many Hillery voters as is possible, but we're gonna win regardless. The hype around Obama is just that "hype". He is nearly a media "phenom". It's all show, all bluster. Without MSNBC (should be BSNBC) and the likes of similarly hard left polarized media outlets he'd be an also ran like Dennis Kesinich. It takes more than orator skills to being a good President. Gov. Palin has only been in office for less than half her term and yet that is longer than Obama ever has. Her responsibilities as a Governor are far greater than that of a Senator. We'll take her, and win. Obama can keep his Change.
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I think that Palin is an excellent choice for McCain, and trumps Obama's pick of a Washington insider who has been in office since 1972. For all of his talk of change and broken government and Obama picks Biden? That alone shows that Obama is nothing but empty rhetoric. As to your assertion that she is not experienced enough, and overlooking the fact that the liberal camp has been saying for a while that Obama's lack of experience is somehow a good thing, it occurs to me that Palin is eminently more qualified to hold the office of president then Obama is... so the question of whether or not she is qualified to be VP is rather meaningless. Obama has NO leadership experience at all, while Palin has a long history of leadership, and is aggressive as well. As far as her position on abortion, I agree fully with it. There is never an excuse to murder an unborn child, yet Obama supports killing children that have been born as a result of a botched abortion. What gives her the right to judge others? A strong moral character for one thing, which is sadly lacking these days. McCain made a good choice, and the democrats are worried. I love it!
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• India
30 Aug 08
i feel Mc Cain must win & he ought to win to keep t pride of the americans...i can never accpt a kenyan to head the US...its really ridiculos..Sarah might be a perfect choice...obama too dosnt have any credentials to his name