Lingle supports Palin as McCain's running mate

Governor Linda Lingle
Governor Linda Lingle

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hawaii governor Linda Lingle says she enthusiastically supports Palin as McCain's running mate.

In a statement, she says, "Governor Palin represents the true American spirit, as a wife, 'hockey mom' of five, a skilled hunter and an accomplished snowmobile racer. While she may be a fresh face on the national political scene, she is known by fellow governors as a powerful leader in her home state."

Lingle will be one of the featured speakers at the Republican National Convention next week.

Party officials expect at least 45,000 delegates there.