Posted tagged ‘Running Mate’

Is Sarah Palin the Future of the Republican Party?

October 29, 2008

If so, they may be in trouble for quite some time! Or won’t they? You be the judge.

From the New York Times:

Whether the Republican presidential ticket wins or loses on Tuesday, a group of prominent conservatives are planning to meet the next day to discuss the way forward, and whatever the outcome, Gov. Sarah Palin will be high on the agenda.

Ms. Palin, of Alaska, has had a rocky time since being named as Senator John McCain’s running mate, but to many conservatives her future remains bright. If Mr. McCain wins, she will give the social conservative movement a seat inside the White House. If he loses, she could emerge as a standard bearer for the movement and a potential presidential candidate in 2012, albeit one who will need to address her considerable political damage.

Her prospects, in or out of government, are the subject of intensive conversations among conservative leaders, including the group that will meet next Wednesday in rural Virginia to weigh social, foreign policy and economic issues, as well as the political landscape and the next presidential election.

Ms. Palin’s aides insist that winning this time around is her sole objective. But there are signs that she, too, is making sure that she is well positioned for the future if she and Mr. McCain lose.

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Barack Obama Turns Up the Heat on Sarah Palin

September 9, 2008

If you’ve happened to listen Barack Obama recently, it would appear that Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is his opponent in the general election rather than of John McCain.

From the Associated Press:

Obama is putting as much heat on Palin as he is on the man at the top of the GOP ticket, objecting to the Republican Party‘s portrayal of her as a reformer who can bring change to Washington.

That is supposed to be Obama’s distinction, and he’s not taking kindly to Palin trying to claim it. Especially when it appears the new star on the GOP ticket is helping boost its standing: McCain has jumped to a dead heat or narrow lead over Obama in the latest national polls since choosing Palin as his running mate.

Obama said last week’s Republican National Convention did a good job of highlighting Palin’s biography — “Mother, governor, moose shooter. That’s cool,” he said. But he said Palin really is just another Republican politician, one who is stretching the truth about her record.

“When John McCain gets up there with Sarah Palin and says, `We’re for change,’ … what are they talking about?” Obama said Monday, arguing that they aren’t offering different ideas from President Bush and they are just trying to steal his campaign theme because it seemed to be working.

“It was just like a month ago they were all saying, `Oh, it’s experience, experience, experience.’ Then they chose Palin and they started talking about change, change, change,” he said.

Obama’s supporters appear to be just as fired up against Palin. In Farmington Hills, they booed when Obama first mentioned her name and laughed dismissively when he said she had a compelling biography. “Whatever,” an audience member shouted.

In Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday, the crowd waiting for Obama to take the stage chanted “No pit bulls! No pit bulls!” — a reference to Palin’s joke that lipstick is the only thing that sets hockey moms like her apart from the dogs.

Is The Media Out to Get Sarah Palin?

September 4, 2008

The McCain camp seems to think so. Republicans launched a counter attack at the media’s scrutiny of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today and accused the media of wanting to destroy John McCain’s vice presidential pick.

From CNN:

The accusation comes as Palin is set to take center stage at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night in the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. She will address the delegates in prime time with what many analysts call the most important speech of her political career so far.

The McCain campaign has been engaged in an increasingly fierce offensive against media coverage of McCain’s choice of running mate. The media is examining whether the first-term governor and former small-town mayor’s experience has prepared her for the vice presidency and whether the McCain camp spent enough time vetting her background.

In a memo released Wednesday, McCain’s campaign called the scrutiny of Palin a “faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican” vice presidential nominee.

“Gov. Sarah Palin is an exceptional governor with a record of accomplishment that exceeds, by far, the governing accomplishments of Sen. [Barack] Obama,” Steve Schmidt, a senior McCain adviser, wrote in a memo, referring to the Democratic presidential candidate. “Her selection came after a six-month-long, rigorous vetting process where her extraordinary credentials and exceptionalism became clear.

Here’s a few excerpts from her speech tonight, courtesy of the Associated Press:

In excerpts of the most anticipated speech of the Republican National Convention, the 44-year-old first-term governor also took a swipe at Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and what she called the “Washington elite.”

“Here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country,” she said in her prepared remarks.

“I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better,” she said, speaking of her home town of Wasilla, Alaska, with a population of about 6,500.

“When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.”

Before becoming governor, Palin served as mayor of Wasilla, she recounted, adding: “And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

That was a clear jab at Obama, who as a young man worked as a community organizer in Chicago, an experience he speaks about frequently on the campaign trail.

In another indirect barb directed at the Illinois Democrat, Palin said: “Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

I believe that Sarah Palin is a nice person with a track record of doing what she says she is going to do. There have been many issues raised recently that may give people a certain impression of her. For me, I let my own thoughts and determinations decide who I will vote for. I try to stay neutral through everything and in November, I’ll cast my vote. I hope that she is given a fair shot as we should treat others the way that we would want to be treated ourselves. Thoughts?

Sarah Palin to Address Republican National Convention

September 3, 2008

Tonight may be the biggest speech in the political career of Alaska Governor and Republican running mate, Sarah Palin. Tonight, Palin will be formally introduced (again) to the nation in a speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also scheduled to speak on Wednesday is former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

CNN

Credit: CNN

From Reuters:

Sarah Palin has dominated the Republican convention for days without making a public appearance but on Wednesday she takes the spotlight with a prime-time speech that will introduce her to American voters.

Since John McCain made the nearly unknown Palin his No. 2, the Alaska governor has been at the center of a media storm fueled by disclosures about her unmarried teenage daughter’s pregnancy, a probe into her role in an Alaskan official’s firing and questions about the her political record.

McCain, 72, an Arizona senator, and Palin will be nominated by the convention on Wednesday to face Democrat Barack Obama and his vice presidential running mate, Joe Biden, in the November 4 presidential election.

Palin’s anti-abortion and pro-gun record have excited conservatives and party activists but the appearance on Wednesday will be her first chance to directly tell American voters her life story and philosophy.

It comes just five days after McCain shocked the U.S. political world by introducing the 44-year-old first-term governor as his running mate at an Ohio rally.

From CNN:

GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took a Wednesday morning tour of the podium at the Republican National Convention, hours before she’ll return to give what will be the most scrutinized speech of her career.

The Alaska governor walked through the nearly empty Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul and spent about 10 minutes checking out the podium where she’ll give her prime-time acceptance speech as Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential nominee.

Palin told reporters that she feels “great.”

“I’m excited to speak to Americans. This will be good. It’s about reform,” she said.

Top McCain staff, including campaign manager Rick Davis and senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, accompanied Palin on her tour.

The governor’s address is sure to generate a lot of attention since McCain surprised many political observers last week with his selection of Palin over better-known contenders such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

This should be a very interesting speech with a very large audience of Republican, Democrat and undecided voters. You don’t normally associate one speech in determining an election, but the importance of this speech could be felt all the way to November. With the controversy of her daughter, Bristol Palin and her “soon to be husband” Levi Johnston, as well as other situations involving her husband and other political questions, it should bring the country together to watch. Thoughts?

The Republicans Strike Back…

September 3, 2008

No, Darth Vader did not appear, lightsaber in hand. But Fred Thompson did take Vader-like control of the evening with a rousing speech criticizing the inexperience of Barack Obama.

Republicans, led by Thompson, assailed Barack Obama as the most liberal, least experienced White House nominee in history this evening and President Bush led the praise for GOP candidate John McCain. Republican delegates rallied behind vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin in the face of fresh controversy.

Jim Young, Reuters

Credit: Jim Young, Reuters

From USA Today:

Eight years after he accepted the vice presidential nomination at the Democratic convention, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the featured speaker Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention, made the case for Republican candidate John McCain.

AP Photo/Ron Edmonds

Credit: AP Photo/Ron Edmonds

“I’m here to support John McCain because country matters more than party,” Lieberman said. “I am here tonight for a simple reason, because John McCain’s whole life testifies to a great truth: being a Democrat or a Republican is important. But it is nowhere near as important as being an American.”

From the New York Times:

If John McCain wants voters to conclude, as he argues, that he has more independence and experience and better judgment than Barack Obama, he made a bad start by choosing Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

Mr. McCain’s supporters are valiantly trying to argue that the selection was a bold stroke that shows their candidate is a risk-taking maverick who — we can believe — will change Washington. (Mr. Obama’s call for change — now “the change we need” — has become all the rage in St. Paul.)

To us, it says the opposite. Mr. McCain’s snap choice of Ms. Palin reflects his impulsive streak: a wild play that he made after conservative activists warned him that he would face an all-out revolt in the party if he chose who he really wanted — Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson defended John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a victim of left-wing media attacks who fear what she represents. The crowd went wild.

“What a breath of fresh air Gov. Sarah Palin is,” Thompson told the cheering delegates tonight. “She’s from a small town with small town values. Well, apparently that’s not good enough for folks that are out there attacking her and her family.”

Thompson by Emmanuel Dunand, AFP/Getty Images; Lieberman by Susan Walsh, AP

Credit: Thompson by Emmanuel Dunand, AFP/Getty Images; Lieberman by Susan Walsh, AP

Palin disclosed Monday that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant and will marry the father. She’s been under intense media scrutiny in recent days for a variety of reasons, including an investigation over whether she abused her office to try and fire her former brother-in-law and her history of securing earmarks for her state. McCain regularly touts his opposition to earmarks on the campaign trail.

Thompson blamed “media big shots” who attack her because she doesn’t “talk a good game” on Sunday talk shows and “hit the Washington cocktail party circuit.”

Palin has “got the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic,” Thompson said, touting the one credential she brings to the Republican ticket that no one else can claim. Well, besides being a woman. “She’s the only candidate who knows how to field-dress a moose,” he quipped.

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Credit: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

From the Associated Press:

“God only made one John McCain, and he is his own man,” declared Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee, awarded a prime-time turn at the Republicans’ convention podium.

Obama drew criticism when Lieberman said the Democratic presidential candidate voted to cut off funding “for our troops on the ground” in Iraq last year.

And again when former Sen. Fred Thompson scoffed at the 47-year-old Illinois senator, who is seeking to become the first black president.

“Democrats present a history-making nominee for president. History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee ever to run for president,” Thompson said as delegates roared their agreement.

John McCain Opposed Money For Teen Pregnancy Programs

September 2, 2008

Senator John McCain, whose running mate, Sarah Palin, disclosed this weekend that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, has opposed proposals to spend federal money on teen-pregnancy prevention programs. He has also voted to require poor teen mothers to stay in school or lose their benefits.

From the Associated Press:

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s announcement Monday about her daughter Bristol was aimed at rebutting Internet rumors that Palin’s youngest son, born in April, was actually her daughter’s. Palin said her daughter intends to raise her child and marry the baby’s father, identified in news reports as Levi Johnston, 18, of Wasilla, a high school hockey player whom Bristol has dated for about one year. The baby is due in late December.

McCain’s record on issues surrounding teen pregnancy and contraceptives during his more than two decades in the Senate indicates that he and Palin have similar views. Until Monday, when the subject surfaced in a deeply personal manner, teen pregnancy and sex education were not issues in the national political campaign.

Palin herself said she opposes funding sexual-education programs in Alaska.

“The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support,” she wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates.

McCain’s position on contraceptives and teen pregnancy issues has been difficult to judge on the campaign trail, as he appears uncomfortable discussing such topics. Reporters asked the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in November 2007 whether he supported grants for sex education in the United States, whether such programs should include directions for using contraceptives and whether he supports President Bush’s policy of promoting abstinence.

“Ahhh, I think I support the president’s policy,” McCain said.

John McCain Chooses His VP

August 28, 2008

A senior official for the McCain campaign has stated that John McCain has chosen his running mate for the 2008 election and the person chosen will be notified on Thursday.

Associated Press/Matt York

Credit: Associated Press/Matt York

From Politico:

A friend said McCain had pretty much settled on his selection early this week, and it crystallized in the past few days. Campaign manager Rick Davis flew to McCain’s cabin in Sedona, Ariz., a few days ago to confer, and another meeting about the choice was held with top aides Wednesday.

The news leaked on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, detracting attention from speeches by former President Bill Clinton and the Democratic ticket mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.

McCain’s selection process has been conducted mostly in secret, but officials said he was considering one or more candidates who support abortion rights. The disclosure set off a fracas on the right wing, with talk-show host Rush Limbaugh saying such a selection would destroy the party.

McCain is planning to roll out his vice presidential nominee in three battleground states this weekend, with large-scale rallies planned for Ohio, Pennsylvania and Missouri, according to aides and advisers.

McCain’s choice will be very important in this campaign. Once his choice is announced, we will have our “final four” and the race will officially be in the home stretch. This will be the most important election of our time and it is, and should continue to be, a very tight race. Thoughts?