Palin Selection Draws Reaction
The selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as Sen. John McCain's running mate is a savvy pick that should worry the Obama campaign, according to a couple of well-known local Republicans.
"My first reaction is that she's an attractive candidate that will give heartburn to the Obama camp," said former state Rep. Richard Morgan. "They'll be worried from now until the end of the election that women who feel slighted because (Sen.) Hillary (Clinton) was not picked will come over to our ticket."
McCain announced the pick Friday morning, just in time to snatch headlines away from Sen. Barack Obama's acceptance speech Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention.
Both Morgan and George Little, a longtime Republican activist and former candidate for governor, said they had no idea Palin -- who has only been governor of Alaska for two years -- would be the pick.
"I don't know anything about her," Little said. "Alaska is a long way from here."
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