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How John McCain decided to tap Sarah Palin as his running mate. Palin checked into hotel with another name.

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MINNEAPOLIS--From the McCain campaign, the "tic toc" of how John McCain decided to tap Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, including checking into a hotel with her family under another name.

FROM THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN

John McCain first met Governor Sarah Palin at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington in February of 2008 and came away extraordinarily impressed. John McCain followed her career and admired her tenacity and her many accomplishments.

She was scheduled for a high profile speaking role at our convention and included in the VP selection process because of his admiration for her strong reform credentials. Last Sunday, Governor Palin and John McCain had a conversation over the phone. Governor Palin was at the Alaska State Fair, and John McCain was at his home at Phoenix.

Previously, Rick Davis, John McCain's campaign manager, had also been in regular contact with the Governor as part of the on-going selection process. This past week, Governor Palin arrived with Kris Perry in Flagstaff, Arizona, on Wednesday evening. Upon arrival, Governor Palin and her longtime aide Kris Perry met with Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter of the McCain campaign at Mr. Bob Delgado's home in Flagstaff. Mr. Delgado is the CEO of the Hensley corporation, which is Mrs. Cindy McCain's family business. On Thursday morning, Governor Palin and staff were joined by Mrs. Cindy McCain and later joined by John McCain at the McCain family home in Sedona, Arizona. At approximately 11:00 a.m. Thursday August 28, 2008, John McCain formally invited Governor Sarah Palin to join the Republican ticket as the vice presidential nominee on the deck of the McCain family home.

Later that morning, John McCain departed for Phoenix and Governor Palin departed with staff to Flagstaff, Arizona. Governor Palin, Kris Perry, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter proceeded to the Manchester Inn and Conference Center in Middleton, Ohio. They were checked into the hotel as the Upton Family. While there, Governor Palin's children, who had been told they were going to Ohio to celebrate their parents' wedding anniversary, were told for the first time that their mother would be a nominee for Vice President of the United States of America.

Today, John McCain was proud to announce that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, a proven-reformer, will share a partnership with him to shake things up in Washington and to make government more effective for American families.


2 Comments

ARE YOU SURE IT WAS AT THIS HOUSE, OR WAS IT AT
ONE OF THE OTHER 6!
THIS LADY IS GETTING USED BIG TIME, IF HE LOSES
WHICH HE IS, HE IS GOING TO BLAME HER, AND HER
POLITICAL CAREER WILL END UP LIKE GERALDINE
FERRARO!
SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT PARTY SHE BELONGS TO, SHE
HANGS OUT ON FOX NEWS, I HOPE SHE ISN'T ILL, SHE
JUST RAMBLES ALL THE TIME!
GOVERNOR PALIN WATCH YOUR BACK!
MCCAIN IS A RUTHLESS DUDE!

Country first my ass!

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