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Republican Delegates Thoughts on Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention

What Do the Republican Delegates Think About Sarah Palin?

Even though the convention was pared down yesterday, the delegates were on the floor in full force and happy to talk about their thoughts on the choice of Gov. Sarah Palin to be John McCain's running mate.

This trio from the New York delegation couldn't be more pleased with the choice, despite the fact that the news of Palin's pregnant daughter had broken earlier in the day. Citing reasons like that she's a western governor, a Washington outsider, and that she brings energy to the ticket they're behind the choice full-force.

What do you think of their reasoning? Has the media been painting a different picture of the party's enthusiasm over the choice?

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Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
If a girl (like a 17 year-old for example) is not ready for a child why should she be burdened with one and then forced to have to get married, and play house and all that boring stuff. I truly feel sorry for Bristol. But anyways I still think in the long run this is a huge mistake for America if McCain where to win. Not McCain being pres. but Palin being the VP. Terrible, terrible pick.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
I'm sure Republicans are very happy. Personally, I would have been moved to look at the McCain ticket by a woman who was actually qualified - examples include Elizabeth Dole, Kay Bailey Hutchison and Olympia Snowe. If I were these women, I'd be deeply disturbed that McCain's advisors are out there telling everyone she's by far the most qualified VP candidate he could have picked. I'm sure she's a smart woman, a good mom and decent governor, but VP? no.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
I can't wait until the week is over -- how boring. Who the heck wants to hear Bush speak. If I was the one making the RNC schedule I would have told Bush to stay home. I'm sure he does nothing for their image.
JennaV JennaV 8 years
This was a strange choice, indeed. I'm not a Republican so my opinion doesn't count.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Op-ed from David Brooks on McCain's pick if anyone's interested:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I don't think, at this stage of the game, that many will go on record expressing dissatisfaction with the pick. I'm sure there must be quite a lot of grumbling behind the scenes and in private--I mean, look at the impressive list of people passed over, for whatever reason, for Sarah Palin--but the Republican Party has shown itself during elections to be very good at pulling together in a show of party unity (or at least creating a very good illusion of it).
whatwouldruthdo whatwouldruthdo 8 years
I think it's incredibly selfish of Sarah Palin to shove her family into the spotlight knowing the scrutiny her 17 year old daughter would suffer as a result of her pregnancy. It's certainly not fair for us to make a spectacle of that innocent girl, but they should have known this is what would happen.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
"Maybe all he wanted was someone to excite the base from a social issues perspective?" Reality is often stranger than fiction, but either way the little rumours I have read make for entertaining reading. So far, I have come across (true or false, who knows, I am merely listing people's musings) everything from: 1)Rove was behind it and told Lieberman to back off (McCain's first choice according to one source). 2)That its actually a ploy to discredit McCain after the party gets fired up and replace him with Romney or someone farther right. 3)That McCain chose her and the party was crapping itself until they realised she was actually bringing in the Evangelicals (who have been feeling somewhat sidelined and lukewarm by McCain as the initial choice). 4)That the viral "not her baby" story was actually leaked by the right to lure the Democrats into attacking her, then proving the child IS hers, thus giving them the chance to call the left "scumbags". Its not the first time Rove has deliberately baited the opposition which led some people to ponder this as a possibility. No two ways about it, she shook it up, but by whose choice, and ultimately why, remains unknown. Was the choice expected to involve all this chaos about Trig and then later, Bristol? We will never know. But what we do know is that the fundraising for the GOP soared in the days following the selection of Palin. No question, it gave the GOP a boost of rocket fuel when it needed it, like it or not, and it has the ENTIRE COUNTRY talking about her baby and her daughter instead of: The Economy Energy Iran Iraq Russia/EU/Georgia *sigh*
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
What a scenario Fit. We'll have to wait and see.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Admit it're psychic!!!
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I guess McCain has it covered and doesn't really need Palin to help w/the economy? Maybe all he wanted was someone to excite the base from a social issues perspective?
FitZucchero FitZucchero 8 years
I've actually done my own personal polling (please note, I'm not actually trying to say that I'm drawing conclusive data from said polling), and in nearly every case (all but 1) people who were firmly placed in McCain's camp have either been bumped out entirely and are not going to vote/vote for Obama OR are seriously wavering all over the pick of Palin. Thoughts on this....McCain does this only to stir up attention, grab the media spotlight, get additional notches in his maverick belt. 2 weeks from now a remorse yet dedicated mother and wife respectfully withdraws from the campaign to put her family first. Romney steps in. Palin goes home with all eyes on Alaska, more pronounced national attention and serious leverage to get her state the liberties it needs to pursue its interests (polar bears and oil). Okay, so this is crazy Fitz talking, but this is what happens when you've got nothin to work with.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
and let's be honest, unless your gay neighbors are having a wedding while practicing abortions and destroying guns in their marble fireplace, as well as trying to brew their own glacial mound in their hidden laboratory, social issues are taking a SERIOUS back-burner to America's eco-woes.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I really thought he would pick Romney.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I agree Tia - Lieberman would have been too polarizing. And I'm thinking Romney would have been good on economic issues.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
My parents are Independents who have voted Republican in the last four elections. I spoke to them this morning and they are baffled by the Palin pick. They wanted Romney. The addition of Palin to the ticket has cemented their support behind Obama. Maybe it will have the same effect on other Independents, maybe it won't.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
I think the choice of Liebermann would have been too polarizing, but Mitt Romney seemed the likely pick.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Fit, I am confused as well. I just can't understand what would make McCain think that she would have been a better choice than Romney or Liebermann. We have so many big issues to deal with, why did he chose the candidate that rallies the social issues crowd? Why not try to appeal to more Americans and get a economically savvy candidate?
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"but what does being a part of "a broader, comprehensive energy plan" mean? Both McCain and Obama have promised to invest money into alternative energy solutions while continuing to drill offshore." Obama is not "for" offshore drilling. The compromise that he was referring to as being part of a "comprehensive" energy plan was put forth by the Group of 10 Senators this summer (5 Republicans, 5 Democrats). It would allow offshore drilling, but it has many restrictions. The major components of the proposal include: Expanding drilling opportunities off the East coast and Gulf of Mexico, which pleases Republicans Keeping a ban on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, a concession to Democrats Repealing a tax break for oil companies that Democrats have long called for Putting billions toward producing more alternative-fuel vehicles, in part paid for by the oil and gas industry "Like all compromises, this one has its drawbacks," Obama said in Lansing, Michigan. "It includes a limited amount of new offshore drilling, and while I still don't believe that's a particularly meaningful short-term or long-term solution, I am willing to consider it if it's necessary to actually pass a comprehensive plan. "I am not interested in making the perfect the enemy of the good -- particularly since there's so much good in this compromise that would actually reduce our dependence on foreign oil..
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I don't think it's the case that the delegates are rallying behind this choice completely. George Stephanolopus (sp?) had Republican strategist Matt Dowd commenting on what the delegates are saying about the choice. Some are rallying behind Palin as a strong choice to represent social issues and Dowd also said that there are a number of delegates that don't want to go on record expressing disappointment and also their nervousness about McCain's choice. It's early - so things will change and reshape.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
The real question needs to be where is the eye candy in the delegates, from each side all I keep seeing is my parents and grandparents. Is there anyone else out there.
FitZucchero FitZucchero 8 years
ilanac-Campaigns should be exciting to watch because you are passionate about the issues and the support of the candidate you think best represents your interests. A campaign shouldn't be interesting in the way that a soap opera is interesting. Guess I'm STILL waiting for the WHY Palin explanation from someone that is supportive of this decision from anything other than a pure entertainment standpoint.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
and in case anyone's thinking it's impossible for car companies to increase mileage:
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
"McCain: --Current fuel economy standard adequate." and that, ladies & gentlemen, is enough to make me want to vote against mccain. i mean, luckily there's obama, so i can actually vote FOR him and not just against mccain... BUT, let's be real here. the current fuel economy standards are adequate? does this include keeping SUVs in the light truck category, therefore bringing their mileage standard lower? even when SUVs became the most popular type of car over the last few years? i can't believe this. this PROVES he's out of touch with america. just ask anyone who lives in a state where gas is still over $4.00 a gallon how they feel about the fuel economy of their SUV...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i am really pleased that the party seems to be getting behind the choice more and more. besides the fact that it's good to mix things up a bit - it's really nice to see that regardless of what's going on in her family life - they are up for supporting sarah and we'll see how this makes the campaign more exciting to watch.
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