ABC News’ Kate McCarthy Reports: As vice presidential speculation swirls, Gov. Sarah Palin is watching the fireworks from her home in Wasilla, Alaska.
MIDDLETOWN — A Gulfstream IV jet owned by a firm in Kirkland, Wash., landed at Hook Field Municipal Airport late Thursday night is believed to have had Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on board as a passenger.
National media outlets have identified the first-term Alaska governor, the first woman elected to the position, as a possible vice presidential candidate for Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
In 1984, Sara Palin was first runner-up in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant after winning the Miss Wasilla contest earlier that year. She won a scholarship to help pay her way through college.
As would-be running mates declare themselves out ofthe running to join John McCain on the 2008 presidential ticket, Palin has emerged as an unlikely favorite for the VP spot.
With John McCain to name his vice president on Friday, the smoke signals from the Republican Party are spelling out the name of Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Once a long shot, she is apparently getting a boost from conservatives who see an opening to hoover up the women’s vote after Barack Obama left Hillary Clinton and Kathleen Sebelius on the shelf.
Yes, this would be a magnificent strategy for Republicans. Kay Bailey a heart beat away from the top … PUMAs will be exstatic. Hillary will see for herself, its not her, they just want a woman at the top. Radical Hillary supporters are really Republicans.
Among Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton for president, about one in four, 24 percent, prefer McCain over Obama, and 13 percent pick someone else or say they wouldn’t vote. Those are essentially unchanged from an ABC/Post poll last month, before Clinton suspended her campaign and offered Obama a fulsome endorsement.
Hmmm. 25% of 18 million comes to over 4 million voters. If Obama doesn’t see the writing on the wall, we’ll be very happy to tell him what it says: Come January 20th, 2009, President McCain would take residence in the White House…
PUMA activists will be a factor in this monumental battle. Their minds were made up long ago. They have only ONE issue. They are the THIRD Party. Democrats must not underestimate Party Unity My Ass (PUMA)s. “We are protesting the 2008 Presidential Election because we refuse to support a nominee who was selected by the leadership rather than elected by the voters,” the PUMAs say. Kay Bailey will be the deal maker for McCain.
On the basis that a politician should always do what his opponent least wants him to, Hutchison has a shot, as does Sarah Palin, the photogenic young mother who is Governor of Alaska.
Some Republicans like her because they think she will help reinforce Mr McCain’s support for renewed oil drilling, one of his few policies to capture the public imagination this year, at a time of rising fuel prices.