Palin is known for her support of drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.
Her past occupations include commercial fishing company owner, outdoor recreational equipment company owner and sports reporter.
She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association
She fishes and hunts.
She was born in Idaho and is a longtime Alaskan.
Her husband is an oil production operator. They have five children.
She was born Feb. 11, 1964, just making the baby boomer generation.
Here are a few statements from articles:
Michael Seitzman wrote this in McCain Would Rather Win an Election Than Pick a Qualified Running Mate:
Does John McCain think about actually governing? Or is he merely focused on winning? Because a man of 72 years old with a history of health problems has to consider the possibility that his Vice President might actually have to govern. No, he's not thinking about that. He's not thinking about you or me. John McCain is thinking about John McCain. And his running mate is thinking about next year's salmon run. And your uterus.Linda Bergthold wrote in her article The VP Choice that Lost the Presidency for McCain:
It's a slap in the face of other Republican women like Kay Bailey Hutchison, bless her heart, who was forced to stumble through an interview on TV trying to make the case for Palin whom she has never met. There are certainly women in the Republican party who were "in line" for this before Palin. Did the Rovian type advisors to McCain just cynically think that throwing a young attractive inexperienced woman into the mix would satisfy women who long to see a woman president? Women, and Republican women, are not so stupid as to fall for that! It is reminiscent of the Republicans putting up Alan Keyes to run against Barack Obama for the Illinois Senate just because he was black. Voters saw through that pretty quickly.Fred Barbash & David Mark wrote in Scholars question Palin credentials:
John McCain was aiming to make history with his pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and historians say he succeeded.
Presidential scholars say she appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era.
So unconventional was McCain’s choice that it left students of the presidency literally “stunned,” in the words of Joel Goldstein, a St. Louis University law professor and scholar of the vice presidency. “Being governor of a small state for less than two years is not consistent with the normal criteria for determining who’s of presidential caliber,” said Goldstein.
Palin has no experience in national office. Before becoming governor in December 2006, she served as a council member and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, which had a population of slightly more than 5,000 during her time in office.
“The first thing that hits me,” said Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution," is that it suggests that John McCain is a gambler. This is a high roller decision.”
“The next thing you have to ask yourself: Is it worrisome to have a gambler in the Oval Office? That’s an important question," he said, “perhaps more important than anything else today.”
This is really scary. What if, heaven forbid, McSame is elected and dies? She doesn't have the background or experience for sure!