McCain chooses Alaska governor Sarah Palin as running mate

Gov. Sarah Palin
Gov. Sarah Palin
Senator John McCain
Senator John McCain

By Brian Mooar

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) - John McCain makes a surprise choice for his running mate.

His campaign hopes Alaska governor Sarah Palin will lure Hillary Clinton supporters away from Barack Obama.

Alaska governor Sarah Palin is John McCain's surprise choice as a running mate.

"She's not from these parts and she's not from Washington. But when you get to know her, you're gonna be as impressed as I am," said McCain.

"To have been chosen brings a great challenge. I know it will demand the best I have to give and I promise nothing less," said Palin.

The 44-year-old calls herself an anti-abortion feminist.  She's pro-drilling against gay marriage, All of which should play well with the conservative base.

"My agenda was to cut wasteful spending, property taxes, and put people first," said Palin.

It boosts McCain's effort to attract Hillary Clinton supporters.

"It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out women of America aren't finished yet and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all," Palin said.

But going into the Republican convention, Mccain has a tough act to follow.

Barack Obama's historic nomination was a blockbuster event with a serious message.

"America, we are better than these last eight years," said Obama.

He promised to lower taxes, fix health care and kick foreign oil.

And he slugged hard at McCain.

"I've got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first," said Obama.