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On Friday, August 29, 2008, Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, was chosen by 2008 Republican Presidential candidate John McCain to serve as his Vice President.
Palin was the Governor of Alaska. She was elected governor in 2006 after defeating incumbent governor Frank Murkowski in the Republican primary and former Democratic governor Tony Knowles in the general election. She resigned her office in 2009. Since then she has appeared as a paid speaker at Republican and Tea Party political rallies, and as a television personality/commenator for Fox News, and has written a book.
Sarah Palin grew up in the small town of Wasilla, about 40 miles north of Anchorage. In 1982, she played on Wasilla High School's state champion girls' basketball team, picking up the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" for her intense playing style. After graduating from Wasilla High in 1982, Sarah Palin wore the crown of Miss Wasilla in 1984 and was the runner-up in the Miss Alaska contest. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987. She also became a television sports reporter in Anchorage.
An outdoors enthusiast, Palin is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. She is an avid hunter, eats moose hamburger and rides snowmobiles.
Palin eloped with her high school sweetheart, Todd Palin, on August 29, 1988, and helped run his family's commercial fishing business.
Palin and her husband have five children: Bristol (who is 17-years-old and expecting a baby), Willow, Piper, Track (who is in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Iraq on September 11, 2008) and Trig (who was born in April 2008 with Down syndrome).
Palin entered politics in 1992, winning a seat on the Wasilla City Council by opposing tax hikes. Four years later, she was elected mayor of Wasilla by knocking off a three-term incumbent.
As mayor, Palin cut property taxes and reduced spending. She also raised the city sales tax by a half a percent to build a sports complex and put more money into public safety.
Mayor Palin also effectively used the system of congressional earmarks. She collected $26.9 million in such funding, according the independent watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense, including $15 million for a commuter rail project.
Palin ran her first statewide campaign in 2002 in a bid for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. She lost by fewer than 2,000 votes.
Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski appointed Sarah Palin to chair the state's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2003. She resigned a year later in protest over the "lack of ethics" of fellow Alaskan political leaders, including Republican Party Chair Randy Ruedrich.
Palin made history on December 4, 2006, when she was sworn-in as the first woman and youngest governor of Alaska. She was also the state's first governor who was born after Alaska achieved statehood in 1959.
Palin's vice-presidential campaign was marred by a number of gaffes. During her introductory speech she claimed to have sent back money to Washington for the infamous Bridge to Nowhere pork barrel project, but it was later learned that she had really spent the money on one of her own pet projects instead. In an interview with CBS' Katie Couric when asked how she got her information and what newspapers she read Palin sounded foolish when she claimed to have read "All of them." Palin responded by blaming the media for being too hard on her.
During the 2008 presidential campaign NBC/Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey unleashed a wickedly funny imitation of Palin, in which she claimed that being Governor of Alaska gave her the necessary foreign policy experience to be vice-president because she could "See Russia from my house." Palin was a good sport about it and appeared with Fey in another SNL show after that.
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Sarah Palin Endorses Deb Fischer in Nebraska Senate Race | At the ... Sarah Palin Endorses Deb Fischer in Nebraska Senate Race. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo). Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, have endorsed Deb Fischer, providing the state Senator's struggling bid to succeed retiring Sen.
Sarah Palin endorses Fischer for Senate Former Alaska Gov. and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has endorsed Sen. Deb Fischer for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska. “I'm incredibly honored to receive the endorsement of Governor Sarah Palin and Todd Palin,” ...