It’s official, Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain has announced that his pick for Vice Presidential candidate will be Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.In a move that may surprise many, John McCain passed up the expected picks of Mitt Romney and Jim Pawlenty for someone that can actually contribute something of value to the Republican ticket. I was concerned that a Romney pick would just be more of what Obama did, picking someone who was his political rival just six months ago. A move like that seems more politically expedient to me than anything else.
Sarah Palin has elected executive experience as both Mayor and Governor. In fact, she brings the only elected executive experience to the Presidential contest. She has a history of not standing in favor of the big oil companies. She is staunchly pro-life and opposed to same-sex marriage (though she does favor protecting gays from discrimination). She is in favor of offshore drilling in ANWR, and has taken many steps in her tenure as Governor of Alaska to lower energy costs for the citizens of her state.
With very high approval ratings as Governor of Alaska, a strong Conservative track record, and sound fiscal policies, Palin is the most inline with the stance of John McCain on the issues. As a woman, Palin might possibly bring to the Republican fold those Hillary supporters who supported her because she was a woman.
Most interestingly, how exactly does the Democratic VP pick Joseph Biden plan to debate someone like Palin in the agreed upon upcoming VP debate? I don’t see it happening. I think what we’ll likely see is Sarah Palin having Joseph Biden for lunch.
Consider this Average Joe a supporter of the McCain / Palin ticket for President. After the Obamafest this past week, it’s nice to see some real news for a change. This is a whole new ballgame.
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