Well, holy crap! I never expected to see this. I was in the bookstore coming back from class and this broke in, so I got what I needed and rushed back to my room. I mean – holy crap, I never expected this.
I was expecting Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty, but NEVER Sarah Palin. Her Intrade stock has now skyrocketed to 98.3.
I truly am shocked. I’ve done some quick Googling to find out more about her – she looks like a pretty cool governor, and all the news stations have been talking about her being a reformer and ending corruption in the party and the state.
This was a very last minute thing. Her Intrade stock opened at 6.1 this morning, and quickly skyrocketed to 80. Then by 9:30 it was down near 30. Then it skyrocketed back up in is nearly at 100.
I’ll try to get McCain’s speech formally announcing this, but the McCain campaign has confirmed that she is the pick.
Here’s a copy of the press release the McCain campaign sent out:
John McCain Selects Alaska Governor Sarah Palin As Vice Presidential 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.
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