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Sarah Palin Born February 11, 1964 (1964-02-11) [3] Sandpoint, Idaho, U.S. Republican Todd Palin (since 1988) Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, Trig Wasilla, Alaska University of Idaho Former local news sportscasting Business Commercial fishing Politician Non-denominational Christian[4][5]

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Palin in Dover, New Hampshire, October 2008.

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11th Governor of Alaska Incumbent Assumed office December 4, 2006 Lieutenant Preceded by Sean Parnell Frank Murkowski Website Alaska Governor Sarah Palin SarahPAC

Chairperson of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission In office 2003 – 2004 Preceded by Succeeded by Camille Oechsli Taylor[1] John K. Norman[2]

This article is part of a series about Sarah Palin McCain–Palin campaign, 2008 Governorship of Alaska, 2006–present Early political career, 1992–2005 Political positions · Electoral history Public image

Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska In office 1996 – 2002 Preceded by Succeeded by John Stein Dianne M. Keller

Member of the Wasilla, Alaska City Council In office 1992 – 1996

Sarah Louise Palin (pronounced /ˈpeɪlɨn/; née Heath; born February 11, 1964) is the Governor of the American state of Alaska. Palin was a member of the Wasilla, Alaska, city council from 1992 to 1996 and the city’s mayor from 1996 to 2002. After an unsuccessful campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska in 2002, she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 to 2004. She was elected Governor of Alaska in November 2006. Palin is the first female governor of Alaska and the youngest person elected governor of that state. Palin was the Republican Party’s vicepresidential nominee for the 2008 United States presidential election, on the ticket with Senator John McCain. Palin was the second female candidate and the first

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Alaskan candidate of either major party on a national ticket, as well as the first female vice-presidential nominee of the Republican Party. Since McCain’s defeat in the 2008 election, there has been speculation that Palin will run for president in the 2012 presidential election.[6]

Sarah Palin

Early political career
Wasilla city council
Palin was elected twice to the city council of Wasilla, in 1992 and 1995. Wasilla city councilors serve three-year terms.[18] Palin says she entered politics because she was concerned that revenue from a new Wasilla sales tax would not be spent wisely.[19] Palin’s first foray into politics was in 1992, when the then 28-year-old ran for Wasilla city council against John Hartrick, a local telephone company worker.[20][21] She won 530 votes against John Hartrick’s 310.[20] On the council, she successfully opposed a measure to curtail the hours at Wasilla’s bars by two hours. This surprised Hartrick because she was then a member of a church that advocated abstinence from alcohol.[20] After serving on the city council for three years, she ran for reelection against R’nita Rogers in 1995, winning 413 votes to Rogers’ 185.[22] Palin did not complete her second term on the city council because she ran for mayor in 1996. Throughout her tenure on the city council and the rest of her career, Palin has been a registered Republican.[23]

Early life and education
Palin was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, the third of four children of Sarah Heath (née Sheeran), a school secretary, and Charles R. Heath, a science teacher and track coach. The family moved to Alaska when she was an infant. The family regularly ran 5 km and 10 km races.[7] Palin attended Wasilla High School in Wasilla, located 44 miles (71 km) north of Anchorage.[8] She was the head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at the school, a member of the girls’ cross country team, and the captain and point guard of the school’s girls’ basketball team that won the Alaska state championship in 1982.[7][9] After graduating from high school in 1982, she enrolled at Hawaii Pacific College in Honolulu. She left after one semester and transferred to North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d’Alene, where she spent two semesters as a general studies major in 1983. In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla Pageant,[10][11] then finished third in the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant,[12][13] at which she won a college scholarship and the "Miss Congeniality" award.[7] In August 1984, she transferred to the University of Idaho in Moscow, where her older brother, Charles W. Heath, was majoring in education.[14] After two semesters at UI, Palin returned to Alaska and attended Matanuska-Susitna College, a community college in Palmer, for one term in the fall of 1985. She returned to the University of Idaho in January 1986, where she spent three semesters completing her bachelor’s degree in communications-journalism, graduating in May 1987.[14] In 1988, she worked as a sports reporter for KTUU-TV and KTVA-TV in Anchorage,[15] and for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman as a sports reporter.[16] She also helped in her husband’s commercial fishing family business.[17]

Mayor of Wasilla
Palin served two three-year terms[24] (1996–2002) as the mayor of Wasilla. At the conclusion of Palin’s tenure as mayor in 2002, the city had about 6,300 residents.[25] In 1996, Palin defeated three-term incumbent mayor John Stein,[26] on a platform targeting wasteful spending and high taxes.[7] Stein says that she introduced abortion, gun rights, and term limits as campaign issues.[27] Although the election was a nonpartisan blanket primary, the state Republican Party ran advertisements on her behalf.[27]

First term
Shortly after taking office in October 1996, Palin consolidated the position of museum director and asked for updated resumes and resignation letters from some top officials, including the police chief, public works director, finance director, and librarian.[28] Palin stated this request was to find out their intentions and whether they supported her.[28] She temporarily required department heads to get her approval before

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Emmons agreed to support Palin’s plan to merge the town’s library and museum operations.[36] Stambaugh, who along with Emmons had supported Palin’s opponent in the election,[34] filed a lawsuit alleging wrongful termination, violation of his contract, and gender discrimination. In the trial, the defense alleged political reasons;[37] Stambaugh said that he had opposed a gun control bill, Alaska HB 270,[38] that Palin supported.[34][39] The federal judge said in the decision that the police chief serves at the discretion of the mayor, and can be terminated for nearly any reason, even a political one, and dismissed Stambaugh’s lawsuit[40] ordering Stambaugh to pay Palin’s legal fees.[39] Palin appointed Charles Fannon to replace Stambaugh as police chief.[24] During her first year in office, Palin kept a jar with the names of Wasilla residents on her desk, and once a week she pulled a name from it and picked up the phone; she would ask: "How’s the city doing?"[34] Using income generated by a 2% sales tax that was enacted before she was elected to the city council,[41] Palin cut property taxes by 75% and eliminated personal property and business inventory taxes.[26][42] Using municipal bonds, she made improvements to the roads and sewers, and increased funding to the Police Department.[27] She also oversaw new bike paths and procured funding for storm-water treatment to protect freshwater resources.[26] At the same time, the city reduced spending on the town museum and stopped construction of a new library and city hall.[26] Palin ran for re-election against Stein in 1999 and won, with 74% of the vote.[43] She was also elected president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors.[44]

Wasilla City Hall

Location of Wasilla, Alaska talking to reporters, saying that they first needed to become acquainted with her administration’s policies.[28] She created the position of city administrator,[27] and reduced her own $68,000 salary by 10%, although by mid-1998 this was reversed by the city council.[29] According to Wasilla librarian Mary Ellen Emmons, Palin inquired two or three times in October 1996 as to how Emmons would handle any request to remove books from the library.[30][31][32] John Stein, the former mayor of Wasilla and Palin’s 1996 political opponent, said in September 2008 that Palin’s "religious beliefs," and the concerns of some voters about language in the books, motivated her inquiries.[33] In December 1996, Palin said she had no books or other material in mind for removal.[32] No books were removed from the library,[30][34] and Palin stated in 2006 that she would not allow her personal religious beliefs to dictate her political positions.[35] Palin fired Emmons and Police Chief Irl Stambaugh in January 1997, stating that she did not feel they fully supported her efforts to govern the city.[36] The next day, following expressions of public support for Emmons and a personal meeting, Palin rescinded the firing of Emmons,[30] stating that her concerns had been alleviated, and adding that

Second term
During her second term as mayor, Palin introduced a ballot measure proposing the construction of a municipal sports center to be financed by a 0.5% sales tax increase.[45] The $14.7 million Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Complex was built on time and under budget, but the city spent an additional $1.3 million because of an eminent domain lawsuit caused by the failure to obtain clear title to the property before beginning construction.[45] The city’s long-term debt grew from about $1 million to $25 million through voter-approved indebtedness of $15 million for the sports complex, $5.5 million for street projects, and $3

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million for water improvement projects. A city council member defended the spending increases as being caused by the city’s growth during that time.[46] Palin also joined with nearby communities in jointly hiring the Anchorage-based lobbying firm of Robertson, Monagle & Eastaugh to lobby for federal funds. The firm secured nearly $8 million in earmarked funds for the Wasilla city government.[47] Earmarks included $500,000 for a youth shelter, $1.9 million for a transportation hub, and $900,000 for sewer repairs.[48] Term limits in the Wasilla Municipal Code proscribe candidates from running for more than two consecutive terms.[24]

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From 2003 to June 2005, Palin served as one of three directors of "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.," a 527 group designed to provide political training for Republican women in Alaska.[59]In 2004, Palin told the Anchorage Daily News that she had decided not to run for the U.S. Senate that year, against the Republican incumbent, Lisa Murkowski, because her teenage son opposed it. Palin said, "How could I be the team mom if I was a U.S. Senator?"[60]

Governor of Alaska

Post-mayoral years
In 2002, Palin ran for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, coming in second to Loren Leman in a five-way Republican primary.[49] The Republican ticket of U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski and Leman won the November 2002 election. When Murkowski resigned from his long-held U.S. Senate seat in December 2002 to become governor, he considered appointing Palin to replace him in the Senate, but chose his daughter, Lisa Murkowski, who was then an Alaskan state representative.[50] Governor Murkowski appointed Palin to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.[51] She chaired the Commission beginning in 2003, serving as Ethics Supervisor.[52] Palin resigned in January 2004, protesting what she called the "lack of ethics" of fellow Republican members.[7][53] After resigning, Palin filed a formal complaint against Oil and Gas Conservation Commissioner Randy Ruedrich, also the chair of the state Republican Party,[54] accusing him of doing work for the party on public time and of working closely with a company he was supposed to be regulating. She also joined with Democratic legislator Eric Croft[55] to file a complaint against Gregg Renkes, a former Alaskan Attorney General,[56] accusing him of having a financial conflict of interest in negotiating a coal exporting trade agreement,[57] while Renkes was the subject of investigation and after records suggesting a possible conflict of interest had been released to the public.[58] Ruedrich and Renkes both resigned and Ruedrich paid a record $12,000 fine.[7][52]

Palin visits soldiers of the Alaska National Guard, July 24, 2007. In 2006, running on a clean-government platform, Palin defeated incumbent Governor Frank Murkowski in the Republican [61] Her running mate gubernatorial primary. was State Senator Sean Parnell. Despite being outspent by her Democratic opponent, she won the gubernatorial election in November, defeating former governor Tony Knowles by a margin of 48.3% to 40.9%.[7] Palin became Alaska’s first female governor, and at the age of 42, the youngest governor in Alaskan history.[62] She is the state’s first governor to have been born after Alaska achieved U.S. statehood, and the first not to be inaugurated in Juneau; she chose to have the ceremony held in Fairbanks instead. She took office on December 4, 2006, and had been very popular with Alaska voters. Polls taken in 2007 early in her term showed her with a 93% and 89% popularity among all voters,[63] which led some media outlets to call her "the most popular governor in America."[55][63] A poll taken in late September

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2008 after Palin was named to the national Republican ticket showed her popularity in Alaska at 68%.[64] A poll taken in May 2009 showed Palin’s popularity among Alaskan’s was at 54% positive and 41.6% negative.[65] Palin declared that top priorities of her administration would be resource development, education and workforce development, public health and safety, and transportation and infrastructure development.[62] She had championed ethics reform throughout her election campaign. Her first legislative action after taking office was to push for a bipartisan ethics reform bill. She signed the resulting legislation in July 2007, calling it a "first step", and declaring that she remained determined to clean up Alaska politics.[66]

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visited the Khabari Alawazem Crossing at the Kuwait–Iraq border and met with members of the Alaska National Guard at several bases.[70] On her return trip to the U.S., she visited injured soldiers in Germany.[71]

Budget, spending, and federal funds

Palin tries out the Engagement Skills Trainer, July 24, 2007. Palin has sometimes broken with the state Republican establishment. For example, she endorsed Sean Parnell’s bid to unseat the state’s longtime at-large U.S. Representative, Don Young.[67] Palin has publicly challenged Senator Ted Stevens to come clean about the ongoing federal investigation into his financial dealings. Shortly before his July 2008 indictment, she held a joint news conference with Stevens, described by The Washington Post as needed "to make clear she had not abandoned him politically."[59] Palin promoted oil and natural gas resource development in Alaska, including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Proposals to drill for oil in ANWR have been the subject of a national debate.[68] In 2006, Palin obtained a passport[69] and in 2007 traveled for the first time outside of North America on a trip to Kuwait. There she Governor Palin in Germany, July 2007 In June 2007, Palin signed a record $6.6 billion operating budget into law.[72] At the same time, she used her veto power to make the second-largest cuts of the construction budget in state history. The $237 million in cuts represented over 300 local projects, and reduced the construction budget to $1.6 billion.[73] In 2008, Palin vetoed $286 million, cutting or reducing funding for 350 projects from the FY09 capital budget.[74] Palin followed through on a campaign promise to sell the Westwind II jet, a purchase made by the Murkowski administration for $2.7 million in 2005 against the wishes of the legislature.[75] In August 2007, the jet was listed on eBay, but the sale fell through, and the plane was later sold for $2.1 million through a private brokerage firm.[76]

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While there is no sales tax or income tax in Alaska, state revenues doubled to $10 billion in 2008. For the 2009 budget, Palin gave a list of 31 proposed federal earmarks or requests for funding, totaling $197 million, to Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.[86] Palin’s decreasing support for federal funding has been a leading source of friction between herself and the state’s congressional delegation; Palin has requested less in federal funding each year than her predecessor Frank Murkowski requested in his last year.[87]

Gubernatorial expenditures
Palin lives in Juneau during the legislative session and lives in Wasilla and works out of offices in Anchorage the rest of the year. Since the office in Anchorage is far from Juneau, while she works there, state officials say she is legally entitled to a $58 per diem travel allowance, which she has taken (a total of $16,951), and to reimbursement for hotels, which she has not, choosing instead to drive about 50 miles to her home in Wasilla.[77] She also chose not to use the former governor’s private chef.[78] Democrats criticized Palin for taking the per diem and $43,490 in travel expenses for the times her family accompanied her on state business.[79] In response, the governor’s staffers said that these practices were in line with state policy, that Palin’s gubernatorial expenses are 80% below those of her predecessor, Frank Murkowski,[79] and that "many of the hundreds of invitations Palin receives include requests for her to bring her family, placing the definition of ’state business’ with the party extending the invitation."[77] In February 2009, the State of Alaska, reversing a policy that had treated the payments as legitimate business expenses under the Internal Revenue Code, decided that per diems paid to state employees for stays in their own homes will be treated as taxable income and will be included in employees’ gross income on their W-2 forms.[80] Palin herself had ordered the review of the tax policy.[81] In December 2008, an Alaska state commission recommended increasing the Governor’s annual salary from $125,000 to $150,000. Palin stated that she would not accept the pay raise.[82] In response, the commission dropped the recommendation.[83]

"Bridge to Nowhere"
In 2005, Congress passed a $442-million earmark for constructing two Alaska bridges as part of an omnibus spending bill. The Gravina Island Bridge received nationwide attention as a symbol of pork-barrel spending, following news reports that the bridge would cost $233 million in Federal funds. Because Gravina Island, the site of the Ketchikan airport, has a population of 50, the bridge became known nationally as the "Bridge to Nowhere". Following an outcry by the public and some members of the US Senate, Congress eliminated the bridge earmark from the spending bill but gave the allotted funds to Alaska as part of its general transportation fund.[88]

Federal funding
In her State of the State Address on January 17, 2008, Palin declared that the people of Alaska "can and must continue to develop our economy, because we cannot and must not rely so heavily on federal government [funding]."[84] Alaska’s federal congressional representatives cut back on pork-barrel project requests during Palin’s time as governor; despite this, in 2008 Alaska was still the largest per-capita recipient of federal earmarks, requesting nearly $750 million in special federal spending over a period of two years.[85]

Sarah Palin holds up a t-shirt reading "Nowhere Alaska 99901" while visiting Ketchikan during her Gubernatorial campaign in 2006; the zip code for the area is 99901. In 2006, Palin ran for governor with a "build-the-bridge" plank in her platform,[89]

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saying she would "not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project [...] into something that’s so negative."[90] Palin criticized the use of the word "nowhere" as insulting to local residents[89][91] and urged speedy work on building the infrastructure "while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist."[91] As governor, Palin canceled the Gravina Island Bridge in September 2007, saying that Congress had "little interest in spending any more money" due to what she called "inaccurate portrayals of the projects."[92] Alaska chose not to return the $442 million in federal transportation funds.[93] In 2008, as a vice-presidential candidate, Palin characterized her position as having told Congress "thanks, but no thanks, on that bridge to nowhere." This angered some Alaskans in Ketchikan, who said that the claim was false and a betrayal of Palin’s previous support for their community.[93] Some critics complained that this statement was misleading, since she had expressed support for the spending project and kept the Federal money after the project was canceled.[94] Palin received criticism for allowing construction of a 3-mile access road, built with $25 million in Federal transportation funds set aside as part of the original bridge project, to continue. A spokesman for Alaska’s Department of Transportation made a statement that it was within Palin’s power to cancel the road project, but also noted that the state was still considering cheaper designs to complete the bridge project, and that in any case the road would open up the surrounding lands for development.[95][96]

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legal challenges from Canadian First Nations.[99]

Predator control
See also: Governorship of Sarah Palin#Environment In 2007, Palin supported a 2003 Alaska Department of Fish and Game policy allowing the hunting of wolves from the air as part of a predator control program intended to increase moose and caribou populations for subsistence-food gatherers and other hunters.[100][101] In March 2007, Palin’s office announced that a bounty of $150 per wolf would be paid to the 180 volunteer pilots and gunners, to offset fuel costs, in five areas of Alaska. Six-hundred-and-seven wolves had been killed in the prior four years. State biologists wanted 382 to 664 wolves killed by the end of the predator-control season in April 2007. Wildlife activists sued the state, and a state judge declared the bounty illegal on the basis that a bounty would have to be offered by the Board of Game and not by the Department of Fish and Game.[100][102]

Public Safety Commissioner dismissal
Palin dismissed Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan on July 11, 2008, citing performance-related issues, such as not being "a team player on budgeting issues."[103] Monegan said that he had resisted persistent pressure from the Governor, her husband, and her staff, including State Attorney General Talis Colberg, to fire Palin’s ex-brother-inlaw, state trooper Mike Wooten; Wooten was involved in a child custody battle with Palin’s sister that included an alleged death threat against Palin’s father.[104][105] Monegan stated that he learned an internal investigation had found all but two of the allegations to be unsubstantiated, and Wooten had been disciplined for the others—an illegal moose killing and the tasering of an 11-year-old.[105] He told the Palins that there was nothing he could do because the matter was closed.[106] When contacted by the press for comment, Monegan first acknowledged pressure to fire Wooten but said that he could not be certain that his own firing was connected to that issue;[105] he later asserted that the dispute over Wooten was a major reason for his firing.[107] Palin stated on July 17 that Monegan

Gas pipeline
See also: Alaska Gas Pipeline In August 2008, Palin signed a bill authorizing the State of Alaska to award TransCanada Pipelines — the sole bidder to meet the state’s requirements — a license to build and operate a pipeline to transport natural gas from the North Slope to the Continental United States through Canada.[97] The governor also pledged $500 million in seed money to support the project.[98] It is estimated that the project will cost $26 billion.[97] Newsweek described the project as "the principal achievement of Sarah Palin’s term as Alaska’s governor."[99] The pipeline faces

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was not pressured to fire Wooten, nor dismissed for not doing so.[103][106]

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Branchflower found that firing Monegan "was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority," but that Palin abused her power as governor and violated the state’s Executive Branch Ethics Act when her office pressured Monegan to fire Wooten .[121] The report stated that "Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: to get Trooper Michael Wooten fired."[122] The report also said that Palin "permitted Todd Palin to use the Governor’s office [...] to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired."[122][123] On October 11, Palin’s attorneys responded, condemning the Branchflower Report as "misleading and wrong on the law";[124] one, Thomas Van Flein, said that it was an attempt to "smear the governor by innuendo."[125]

Legislative investigation
On August 1, 2008 the Alaska Legislature hired an investigator, Stephen Branchflower, to review the Monegan dismissal. Legislators stated that Palin had the legal authority to fire Monegan, but they wanted to know whether her action had been motivated by anger at Monegan for not firing [108][109] The atmosphere was biparWooten. tisan and Palin pledged to cooperate.[108][109][110] After she ordered her own internal investigation, Palin stated on August 13 that "pressure could have been perceived to exist, although I have only now become aware of it."[111] Palin announced that officials had contacted Monegan or his staff about two dozen times regarding Wooten,[106] that she had only known about some of those contacts, that many of those contacts were appropriate, and that she had not fired Monegan because of Wooten,[112] who remained employed as a state trooper.[113] She placed an aide on paid leave due to one tape-recorded phone conversation that she deemed improper, in which the aide appeared to be acting on her behalf and complained to a trooper that Wooten had not been fired.[114] Several weeks after the start of what the media referred to as "troopergate", Palin was chosen as John McCain’s running mate.[109] On September 1, Palin asked the legislature to drop its investigation, saying that the state Personnel Board had jurisdiction over ethics issues.[115] The Personnel Board’s three members were first appointed by Palin’s predecessor, and Palin reappointed one member in 2008.[116] On September 19, the Governor’s husband and several state employees refused to honor subpoenas, the validity of which were disputed by Talis Colberg, Palin’s appointee as Alaska’s Attorney General.[117] On October 2, a court rejected Colberg’s challenge to the subpoenas,[118] and seven of the witnesses, not including Sarah and Todd Palin, eventually testified.[119]

State Personnel Board investigation
The State Personnel Board (SPB) reviewed the matter at Palin’s request.[126] On September 15, the Anchorage law firm of Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein, Tiemessen & Thorsness filed arguments of "no probable cause" with the SPB on behalf of Palin.[127][128] The SPB hired independent counsel Timothy Petumenos as an investigator. On October 24, Palin gave three hours of depositions with the Board in St. Louis, Missouri.[129] On November 3, Petumenos found that there was no probable cause to believe Palin or any other state official had violated state ethical standards.[130][131][132][133]

Approval Ratings
As governor of Alaska, Palin’s approval rating has ranged from a high of 93% in June 2007 to 54% in May 2009.

2008 vice-presidential campaign
See also: Republican Party (United States) vice presidential candidates, 2008 On August 29, 2008, in Dayton, Ohio, Republican presidential candidate John McCain announced that he had chosen Palin as his running mate.[143] According to Jill Hazelbaker, a spokeswoman for John McCain, he first met

Branchflower Report
On October 10, 2008, the Alaska Legislative Council unanimously voted to release, without endorsing,[120] the Branchflower Report, in which investigator Stephen

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Date May 30, 2007[134] June 21, 2007[135] November 4, 2007[136] April 10, 2008[137] May 17, 2008[138] August 29, 2008[139] October 7, 2008[140] March 24-25, 2009[141] May 5, 2009[142] Approval 89% 93% 83% 73% 69% 64% 63% 59.8% 54% Disapproval ? ? 11% 7% 9% 14% 37% 34.9% 41.6%

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Palin addresses the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis Palin at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington in February 2008 and came away "extraordinarily impressed."[144] He called Palin on August 24 to discuss the possibility of having her join him on the ticket.[145] On August 27, she visited McCain’s vacation home near Sedona, Arizona, where she was offered the position of vice-presidential candidate.[146] Palin was the only prospective running mate who had a face-to-face interview with McCain to discuss joining the ticket that week.[145] Nonetheless, Palin’s selection was a surprise to many as speculation had centered on other candidates, such as Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, United States Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, and former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.[143] Palin is the first Alaskan and the second woman to run on a major U.S. party ticket.

The first woman was Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 1984, who ran with former vice-president Walter Mondale.[143] On September 3, 2008, Palin delivered a 40-minute acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention that was well-received and watched by more than 40 million viewers.[147] Several conservative commentators met Palin in the summer of 2007.[148] Some of them, such as Bill Kristol, urged McCain to pick Palin, arguing that her presence on the ticket would provide a boost in enthusiasm among the religious right wing of the Republican party, while her status as an unknown on the national scene would also be a positive factor for McCain’s campaign.[149] Since Palin was largely unknown outside Alaska before her selection by McCain, her personal life, positions, and political record drew intense media attention and scrutiny.[150] On September 1, 2008, Palin announced that her daughter Bristol was pregnant and that she would marry the father, a young man named Levi.[151] During this period, some Republicans felt that Palin was being subjected to unreasonable media coverage, a sentiment Palin noted in her acceptance speech.[152] A poll taken immediately after the Republican convention found that slightly more than half of Americans believed that the media was "trying to hurt" Palin with negative coverage.[153] During the campaign, controversy erupted over alleged differences between Palin’s positions as a gubernatorial candidate and her position as a vice-presidential candidate. After McCain announced Palin as his running mate, Newsweek and Time put Palin on their magazine covers,[154] as some of the media alleged that McCain’s campaign was

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time when you have to take the gloves off and that time is right now." Palin appeared on the television show Saturday Night Live on October 18. Prior to her appearance on the show, she had been parodied several times by Tina Fey, who was noted for her physical resemblance to the candidate.[166] In the weeks leading up to the election, Palin had also been the subject of numerous other parodies.[167] The election took place on November 4, and Obama was projected as the winner at 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.[168] In his concession speech McCain thanked Palin, calling her "one of the best campaigners I’ve ever seen, and an impressive new voice in our party for reform and the principles that have always been our greatest strength."[168] Palin’s high profile in the 2008 presidential campaign has fueled speculation of that Palin may run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, and as of November 2008, there is an active "Draft Palin" movement.[169] However, Palin has so far not expressed interest in seeking the presidency in 2012, telling CNN, "Right now I cannot even imagine running for national office in 2012."[170]

The Palins and McCains in Fairfax, Virginia, September 2008. restricting press access to Palin by allowing only three one-on-one interviews and no press conferences with her.[155] Palin’s first major interview, with Charles Gibson of ABC News, met with mixed reviews.[156] Her interview five days later with Fox News’s Sean Hannity focused on many of the same questions from Gibson’s interview.[157] Palin’s performance in her third interview, with Katie Couric of CBS News, was widely criticized; her poll numbers declined, Republicans expressed concern that she was becoming a political liability, and some conservative commentators called for Palin to resign from the Presidential ticket.[158][159] Other conservatives remained ardent in their support for Palin, accusing the columnists of elitism.[160] Following this interview, some Republicans, including Mitt Romney and Bill Kristol, questioned the McCain campaign’s strategy of sheltering Palin from unscripted encounters with the press.[161] Palin was reported to have prepared intensively for the October 2 vice-presidential debate with Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden at Washington University in St. Louis. Some Republicans suggested that Palin’s performance in the interviews would improve public perceptions of her debate performance by lowering expectations.[158][162][163] Polling from CNN, Fox and CBS found that while Palin exceeded most voters’ expectations, they felt that Biden had won the debate.[164][165] Upon returning to the campaign trail after her debate preparation, Palin stepped up her attacks on the Democratic candidate for President, Senator Barack Obama. At a fundraising event, Palin explained her new aggressiveness, saying, "There does come a

Personal life

Palin family members at the announcement of her vice-presidential selection, August 29, 2008. From left to right: Todd, Piper, Willow, Bristol and Trig. In 1988, she eloped with her childhood sweetheart Todd Palin. According to her mother, she believed that her parents "couldn’t afford a big white wedding."[171] Todd Palin works for the British oil company BP as an oil-field production operator and owns a commercial fishing business.[19][62]

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Palin describes herself as a hockey mom. The Palins have five children: sons Track (b. 1989)[172] and Trig (b. 2008), and daughters Bristol (b. 1990), Willow (b. 1995), and Piper (b. 2001).[173] Track enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 11, 2007,[174] and was subsequently assigned to an infantry brigade. He and his unit deployed to Iraq in September 2008 for 12 months.[175] Palin’s youngest child, Trig, was prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome.[176] Palin has one grandchild, a boy named Tripp Johnston, who was born to her eldest daughter Bristol and Levi Johnston in 2008.[177] Palin was born into a Roman Catholic family.[178] Later, her family joined the Wasilla Assembly of God, a Pentecostal church,[179] which she attended until 2002. Palin then switched to the Wasilla Bible Church because, she said, she preferred the children’s ministries offered there.[180] When in Juneau, she attends the Juneau Christian Center.[181] Her current home church is the Wasilla Bible Church, an independent congregation.[182] Palin described herself in an interview as a "Bible-believing Christian."[178] After the Republican National Convention, a spokesperson for the McCain campaign told CNN that Palin "doesn’t consider herself Pentecostal" and has "deep religious convictions."[35]

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safety education for youth.[188] She supports capital punishment for adults who murder children.[189] In a 2006 gubernatorial debate, responding to a question asking the candidates whether they would support teaching creationism in public schools, Palin stated that she supported teaching both creationism and evolution. Shortly after that debate, Palin said in an interview that she meant she supports allowing the discussion of creationism in public schools, but says it does not have to be part of the curriculum.[190] She supports sex education in public schools that encourages abstinence but also discusses birth control.[184][191] Palin has promoted oil and natural gas resource exploration in Alaska, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.[68] On global warming, Palin has said that "a changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made."[192] She later said that "man’s activities certainly can be contributing to the issue" and that "John McCain and I agree that we gotta do something about it."[193] Regarding foreign policy, Palin supported the Bush Administration’s policies in Iraq, but is concerned that "dependence on foreign energy" may be obstructing efforts to "have an exit plan in place".[194][195] Palin supports preemptive military action in the face of an imminent threat, and supports U.S. military operations in Pakistan. She declined to give a yes or no answer regarding whether U.S. military forces should make cross-border attacks into Pakistan without the approval of the Pakistani government.[196] She supports NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia,[196] and affirms that if Russia invaded a NATO member, the United States should meet its treaty obligations.[197]

Political positions
Palin has been a registered Republican since 1982, and has described the Republican Party platform as "the right agenda for America".[4] Palin opposes same-sex marriage and supported a non-binding referendum for an Alaskan constitutional amendment to deny state health benefits to same-sex couples; however, early in her gubernatorial term she vetoed such a bill, citing its current unconstitutionality.[104][183] Palin has called herself "as pro-life as any candidate can be"[183] and has called abortion an "atrocity."[184] Palin has stated that abortion should be banned in nearly all cases, including rape and incest, except if the life of the mother is endangered.[185][186] Palin has stated that she does not support embryonic stem cell research.[187] A lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), she believes the right to bear arms includes handgun possession, and is against a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons.[187] She has supported gun

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Prior to the Republican National Convention, a Gallup poll found that most voters were unfamiliar with Sarah Palin. 39% said she is ready to serve as president if needed, 33% said she is not, and 29% had no opinion. This was "the lowest vote of confidence in a running mate since the elder George Bush chose then-Indiana senator Dan Quayle to join his ticket in 1988."[198] Following the Convention, her image came under close media

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scrutiny,[199][200] particularly with regard to her religious perspective on public life, her socially conservative views, and her perceived lack of experience. Palin’s experience in foreign and domestic politics came under criticism among conservatives as well as liberals following her nomination.[201][202][203][204] At the same time, Palin became more popular among Republicans than John McCain.[205] During the campaign, Palin evoked a more strongly divided response than Joe Biden among voters and was viewed both more favorably and unfavorably when compared to her opponent. A plurality of the television audience rated Biden’s performance higher at the 2008 vice-presidential debate.[206][207] Media outlets repeated Palin’s statement that she "stood up to Big Oil" when she resigned after 11 months as the head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, due to abuses she witnessed involving other Republican commissioners and their ties to energy companies and energy lobbyists, and again when she raised taxes on oil companies as governor.[208][209] In turn, others have said that she is a "friend of Big Oil" due to her advocacy of oil exploration and development, including her push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling and an effort to de-list the polar bear as an endangered species, since this could hinder oil searching.[208][209] The National Organization for Women, which endorsed Obama, made clear that it would not support Palin, and made its support for her opponent publicly known.[201][210] The National Rifle Association said nothing specific about Palin’s position on gun legislation, but concluded that she would be "one of the most pro-gun vicepresidents in American history."[211] Following the presidential election, 69% of Republicans felt Palin had helped John McCain’s bid, while 20% felt Palin hurt. In the same poll, 71% of Republicans stated Palin had been the right choice.[212] The conservative publication Human Events named Palin as their 2008 Conservative of the Year.[213]

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Rallying with Saxby Chambliss in Savannah, Georgia, December 2008 commentator Glenn Beck’s Fox News television show on January 19, 2009. She commented on President Barack Obama, saying that he was her president and that she would assist in any way to bring progress to the nation without abandoning her conservative views.[215] In December 2008, Palin campaigned for Sen. Saxby Chambliss[216] of Georgia in his bid to be re-elected to the Senate in the runoff election. Chambliss went on to win by a larger than expected margin, and he credited Palin with drumming up support from the conservative base of the Republican [217] This fueled mounting speculation Party. that Palin may run for president herself in the United States presidential election, 2012.[218] Palin has stated she has left the door open for a future presidential run; whether it be in 2012, or in the United States presidential election, 2016.[219] On January 27, 2009, Palin formed the political action committee SarahPAC.[220] The organization, which describes itself as an advocate of “energy independence,”[221] supports candidates for federal and state office.[222] At the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference, a straw poll was held to determine who conservatives would be most likely to support for president in 2012. Palin came in third, with 13%, tying Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney came in first with 20%, followed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal with 14%.[223] A legal defense fund has been set up to help Palin challenge ethics complaints.[224]

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Palin was selected as one of America’s "Top 10 Most Fascinating People" of 2008 for a Barbara Walters ABC special on December 4, 2008.[214] Palin was the first guest on

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On May 12, 2009, it was announced that Palin had signed a book deal with HarperCollins for an undisclosed sum due for publication in spring 2010.[225]

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projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now - while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist." NB: "Editor’s note: This story was originally published October 22, 2006. This is an except from a longer article that presented the views of the various candidates for governor." [92] Governor’s Office–State of Alaska (September 21, 2007). Gravina Access Project Redirected. Press release. http://gov.state.ak.us/ archive-28635.html. "Governor Sarah Palin today directed the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to look for the most fiscally responsible alternative for access to the Ketchikan airport and Gravina Island instead of proceeding any further with the proposed $398-million bridge." [93] ^ Rosen, Yereth (September 1, 2008). "Palin ’bridge to nowhere’ line angers many Alaskans". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/ vcCandidateFeed7/ idUSN3125537020080901. Retrieved on September 5, 2008. "In the city Ketchikan, the planned site of the socalled ’Bridge to Nowhere,’ political leaders of both parties said the claim was false and a betrayal of their community...." [94] "Fact Check: Did Palin say ’no thanks’ to the Bridge to Nowhere?". CNNPolitics.com. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/ 09/18/fact-check-did-palin-say-no-thanksto-the-bridge-to-nowhere/. "The Facts: Palin voiced support for the plan while running for governor... She rejected the bridge after she was elected and the project became a famous symbol of government waste. When she rejected the project as governor, Palin said objections to the project were "based on inaccurate portrayals," CNN has reported. Alaska kept the federal money intended for the project, using it on other transportation projects. Verdict: MISLEADING"" [95] Kizzia, Tom. "Palin touts stance on ’Bridge to Nowhere,’ doesn’t note flipflop", Anchorage Daily News (2008-08-31) [96] Quinn, Steve (September 20, 2008). "Alaska town opens ’road to nowhere’".

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?q=M2VhOWE0N2VkOWI3MDdlODRlZWE4ODljMDc2NjliZDk=. [212]69% of GOP Voters Say Palin Helped " Retrieved on 2008-08-31. McCain". Rasmussen Reports. [203] ill, George (2008-11-03). "Impulse, W 2008-11-07. Meet Experience". The Washington Post. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ public_content/politics/election_2012/ content/article/2008/09/02/ 69_of_gop_voters_say_palin_helped_mccain. AR2008090202441.html. Retrieved on Retrieved on 2008-12-25. 2008-12-12. [213]Exclusive interview with Sarah Palin". " [204] ollins, Britt (September 17, 2008). C Human Events. 22 December 2008. "Sarah Palin: The ice queen; Sarah Palin, http://www.humanevents.com/ the Republican party’s vice-president article.php?id=29994. Retrieved on 21 nominee, governs an oil-rich area that January 2009. has seen some of the most dramatic [214]Barbara Walters Gets Up Close with " effects of climate change. So what’s her 2008’s Most Fascinating People". TV record on environmental concerns?"". Guide. 1 Dec 2008. The Guardian. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Barbarahttp://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/ Walters-Special-1000398.aspx. Retrieved 2008/sep/17/poles.wildlife. on 3 Dec 2008. [205]Palin More Popular With GOP Voters " [215] ttp://www.boston.com/news/politics/ h Than McCain". Rasmussen Reports. politicalintelligence/2009/01/ November 4, 2008. palin_hopeful_a.html [206]Palin Still Viewed More Favorably – And " [216] ttp://www.13wmaz.com/article/ h Unfavorably – Than Biden". Rasmussen 20081125/NEWS01/81125008/1013/ Reports. 2008-11-24. NEWS04 http://www.rasmussenreports.com/ [217] ttp://www.politico.com/news/stories/ h public_content/politics/election_20082/ 1208/16162.html 2008_presidential_election/ [218] ttp://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/ h palin_still_viewed_more_favorably_and_unfavorably_than_biden. 2008/10/ Retrieved on 2008-12-25. sarah_palin_st_louis_and_2012.html [207]45% Say Biden Won Debate, 37% Say " [219] ttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/ h Palin". Rasmussen Reports. 2008-10-04. world/us_and_americas/us_elections/ http://www.rasmussenreports.com/ article5129155.ece public_content/politics/election_20082/ [220]Sarah Palin Launches Political Action " 2008_presidential_election/ Committee". Wall Street Journal. 27 Jan 45_say_biden_won_debate_37_say_palin. 2009. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/ Retrieved on 2008-12-25. 2009/01/27/sarah-palin-launches[208] "Palin sought more taxes and more ^ political-action-committee/. Retrieved on development from oil companies"; 27 Jan 2009. Politifact, Saint Petersburg Times, Aug. [221]Palin Forms Political Committee That " 29, 2008 Could Help a 2012 Campaign". [209] Stoddard, Ed; Yereth Rosen ^ Bloomberg News. 27 Jan 2009. (September 12, 2008). "Is Palin foe of big http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/ oil or a new Cheney?". Reuters. news?pid=20601087&sid=azCCxotgdG1E&refer=ho http://www.reuters.com/article/ Retrieved on 27 Jan 2009. reutersEdge/idUSN1150293420080912. [222]Sarah Palin Launches Political Action " [210] ichols, Jon (August 30, 2008). "Clinton N Committee". Associated Press. 27 Jan Praises Palin Pick". The Nation. 2009. http://www.startribune.com/ http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat/ politics/national/president/ 351275. 38488549.html?elr=KArks8c7PaP3E77K_3c::D3aDhU [211]Sarah Palin and Joe Biden: Worlds " Retrieved on 27 Jan 2009. Apart". National Rifle Association of [223] ttp://www.cpac.org/ h America, Institute for Legislative Action. [224] alin’s Legal Fund Faces Ethics P August 29, 2008. Challenge http://www.NRAILA.org/Issues/Articles/ [225] alin signs book deal with HarperCollins P Read.aspx?id=320&issue=047.

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Political offices Preceded by John Stein Preceded by Frank Murkowski Party political offices Preceded by Dick Cheney Business positions Preceded by Camille Oechsli Taylor Chairperson, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 – 2004 United States order of precedence
(while in Alaska)

Sarah Palin

Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska 1996 – 2002 Governor of Alaska 2006 – present Republican Party vice presidential candidate 2008

Succeeded by Dianne M. Keller Incumbent

Succeeded by N/A: Most Recent

Succeeded by John K. Norman

Order of precedence in the United States of America Preceded by Joe Biden
Vice President of the United States

Succeeded by All city mayors in Alaska (if present), followed by Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

Jill Biden
Second Lady of the United States

Preceded by Jan Brewer
Governor of Arizona

United States order of precedence
(while outside Alaska)

Succeeded by Linda Lingle
Governor of Hawaiʻi

External links
• Alaska Office of Governor Sarah Palin • Sarah PAC (Sarah Palin Political Action Committee) • Biography at the National Governors Association • Biography, interest group ratings, public statements, vetoes and campaign finances at Project Vote Smart • Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues • Collected news and commentary at The New York Times • Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post • Follow the Money - Sarah Palin • 2008 2006a 2006b 2002 campaign contributions • Ongoing news and commentary from The Anchorage Daily News • Sarah Palin rumor control from Snopes • Republican Convention Spin and Sliming Palin rumor control from FactCheck.org • Sarah Palin at the Open Directory Project • NOW: Meet Sarah Palin video from PBS

Interviews
• Full Excerpts: Charlie Gibson Interviews GOP Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin from ABC News, September 2008 • One-On-One with Sarah Palin transcripts and videos from CBS News with Katie Couric, September 2008

Profiles
• Profile from BBC News Persondata NAME Palin, Sarah Heath ALTERNATIVE Heath, Sarah Louise; PalNAMES in, Sarah Louise SHORT DESCRIPTION DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH Governor of Alaska February 11, 1964 Sandpoint, Idaho

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