Republicans make it official for Palin

Posted: Friday, September 05, 2008

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Sarah Palin's nomination for vice president was approved Thursday, with the motion being made by Juneau's Annette Kreitzer.

"It's a great day to be a Republican. It's a great day to be a woman. It's a great day to be a Republican woman," she said.

The delegates unanimously approved the motion placing her on the 2008 Republican ticket, with Alaska's delegation wearing hard hats saying "drill now" and safety vests sporting pictures of moose grazing peacefully in an oil field.

The action came on the final day of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., that concluded with Republican presidential candidate John McCain's address.

McCain again explained what drove him to select Alaska's first-term governor as his running mate.

"She stands up for what's right, and she doesn't let anyone tell her to sit down," he said.

McCain said Palin would help him shake up Washington, D.C.

"She has executive experience and a real record of accomplishment," he said.

"She's tackled tough problems like energy independence and corruption."

McCain said Palin has worked "across the aisle" and invited Republicans, Democrats and independents into her administration in Alaska, though that line got little applause from the partisan crowd.

McCain said the addition of Palin to his administration would help him reform Washington.

"And let me offer advance warning to the old, big spending, do nothing, me first, country second Washington crowd: Change is coming."

At the end of McCain's speech, he was joined on stage by his wife, Cindy, and Sarah and Todd Palin for the traditional balloon drop from the rafters of the Excel Energy Center.

Minutes later, McCain and Palin were on their way to Wisconsin for a campaign event. Palin is expected to return to Alaska for several days before returning to the campaign trail prior to the November election.

For Palin, the big event of the campaign is likely to be the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate with Democrat Joe Biden in St. Louis.

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