I’m watching the live speech in Dayton, Ohio, waiting for McCain and Palin to come out.
Until then, I’ll give some thoughts about the pick of Palin:
- It definitely puts some of the angry Clinton supporters back into play.
- I think it hurts McCain’s chances of winning Michigan now. I think Romney would’ve been a much better pick to help McCain win Michigan.
- This really takes experience off the table, since she’s in her first term as Governor (although Governor is a better position to have when running for President than a legislator).
- She’ll secure the religious right voters.
- She’s going to have some pull with women, and that’ll really help McCain.
Alright, here the speech goes. John and Cindy are coming out. And the crowd loves him. He’s getting birthday wishes. They’re singing happy birthday to him, for the third time now.
“I’m very happy today, to spend my birthday with you, and make a historic announcement in Dayton.”
“I found someone with an outstanding reputation” for ending corruption, executive experience, using tax dollars well and cutting taxes, reaching across the aisle, “someone with strong principles, a fighting spirit, and deep compassion.” Well, that was a very good description to sell a VP candidate who’s somewhat of a rookie to politics.
Talking about her and her husband being union members in the past, and knowing what people are going though today. Talking about her winning “on a message of reform and public integrity.” Now talking about celebrating the anniversary of women’s suffrage – and that got a great response from the crowd.
“She’s not from these parts, and she’s not from Washington, but when you get to know her, you’re gonna be as impressed as I am.”
“She knows where she comes from and she knows who she works for. She knows what’s right and she doesn’t let anyone tell her to sit down.”
“She’s exactly who I need. She’s exactly who this country needs. To help me fight the same old Washington politics of ‘Me first and country second.'”
“My friends, I am very pleased to introduce to you, the next Vice President of the United States, Governor Sarah Palin of the great state fo Alaska.”
And Sarah is walking out now. Getting a great reception from the crowd.
“Thank you so much!” And the crowd continues to love her.
“Senator, I am honored to be chosen as your running mate.”
And I have to go to class – sorry, I’ll post more stuff about this late hopefully.
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