Gov. Sarah Palin, former Miss Alaska runner-up, wins a more significant second place
In 2006, Sarah Palin won the Alaska governor’s race, first beating the incumbent governor in the primary and then taking out former Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat, with 48.33 % to his 40.97, (four others were on the ballot).
Of significant and timely importance is her stated support of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Her letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and key congressional members is accessible here. WorldNetDaily has more here.
She is pro-life, choosing to give birth to a Down’s Syndrome son after tests revealed his condition during her pregnancy.
And although opposed to same-sex marriage, Palin complied with a state Supreme Court order, signing same-sex benefits into law. After a public vote on the issue, Alaska was one of the first U.S. states to pass a constitutional ban on same-sex “marriage,” in 1998.
Yet, Palin’s first veto was used to block legislation that would have barred the state from granting benefits to gay state employees and their partners, granting State of Alaska benefits to same-sex couples.
Athletic and a lifelong hunter, Palin worked for a time as a sports reporter. Her husband, Todd, a native Alaskan, works in an oilfield for BP, and is a four-time champion Iron Dog 2000 mile racer. They are the parents of five children, one of whom is serving in the U.S. Army and is about to be deployed to Iraq.
The fact that she was named Miss Congeniality in that beauty contest could be a real plus in dealing with the rigidly stubborn John McCain.
Finally, the Republican ticket has some glam and slam.