McCain made an interesting VP choice in Sarah Heath Palin, governor of Alaska:
44 years old (born Feb 11, 1964) – the daughter of a science teacher and a school secretary
In 1984 – runner-up in Miss Alaska pageant
Grew up in Alaska hunting moose with her father at 3AM in the morning
Point Guard and captain for the Wasilla High School Warriors. She was nicknamed “Sara Baracuda” because of the intensity of her play.
She played the championship game with a broken ankle and won it on a critical freethrow.
Head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in HS, and lead the team in prayer.
She finished second in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant.
She married her high school sweetheart – a commercial fisherman.
She was elected to the Wasilla City Council and then became mayor. She reduced property taxes by 60% by reducing spending, including giving herself a paycut.
She has excellent anti-abortion credentials including being a member of feminists for life (Gretchen was involved with this group at one point too!)
She has been a major whistle-blower in the Republican party – which has gotten a lot of corrupt politicians pissed off at her at one time or another.
As governor of Alaska she pushed for an ethics bill, and has shelved pork-barrel projects insisting that Alaska be self-sufficient and not reliant on federal dollars.
She has approval ratings in Alaska in the 80s and 90s.
She supports the 26 billion dollar pipeline to send gas from the North Slope to the US, but apparently this is a very popular program in Alaska. (What about the moose?)
On social issues: creationism should be taught in schools, alongside evolution. Strongly opposes abortion. Supports capital punishment.
She inherited a jet from the previous Alaskan governor administration. She thought it was an extravagance, so she had Alaska sell it on ebay and got $2.1million dollars for it.
She has five children, the oldest one, Track is 18, and joined the army. He has been deployed and is now in Iraq. Her second son, Trig, has Downs Syndrome, and then she has three daughters – Bristol, Willow and Piper.
She is a lifetime member of the NRA.
Her eats Moose Hamburger and Ice fishes and her husband is part Yup’ik. She tried marijuana when it was legal in Alaska but didn’t like it.