Fox News and numerous media outlets are reporting that John McCain will name Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate this morning in Dayton. Palin is two years into her term as governor.
Palin is anti-choice and is a member of an “anti-abortion group called Feminists for Life.” In 2002, when she was running for lieutenant governor, “Palin sent an e-mail to the anti-abortion Alaska Right to Life Board saying she was as ‘pro-life as any candidate can be’ and has ‘adamantly supported our cause since I first understood, as a child, the atrocity of abortion.’”
Newsweek reports some more biographical details:
Among other things, she supports drilling in Alaska, with limits, she’s pro-life and she’s a fiscal conservative. … Plus, Palin’s an interesting character: a former beauty queen, she was a star high school basketball player (she was known as “Sarah Barracuda” for her intense play). Palin married her childhood sweetheart, a blue collar oil field worker (who is on leave, so as not to create a conflict of interest). She hunts, she fishes, and earlier this year, she posed for Vogue.
UPDATE: On CNN this morning, conservative Bill Bennett said Palin is “best known for her advocacy of drilling, drilling for oil in ANWR in the state of Alaska.” Watch it:
UPDATE II: This morning on Fox News, McCain spokeswoman Nancy Pfotenhauer was asked about the relationship between McCain and Palin. “How well do they know one another?” host Bill Hemmer asked. Pfotenhauer said:
You’re running flat into the wall of my ignorance here, Bill. I truly have no indication whatsoever the extent of a relationship that exists with the Governor of Alaska.
UPDATE III: Palin wonders “what is it exactly that the VP does every day?” Watch it:
UPDATE V: Igor Volsky takes a look at Palin’s health care record.
UPDATE VI: A press release put out today from the Miss America Organization: “The Miss America Organization is pleased to announce that former Miss Alaska contestant, Sarah Heath Palin, has just been named as John McCain’s vice-presidential candidate on the Republican ticket.”