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September 1, 2008
Volume 1 - No.15
Darwin Campbell, Executive Publisher
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Republican National Convention 2008
Republicans Hope Convention/V.P. Pick Separates Party From the “Obama Shadow”
By Darwin Campbell
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Minneapolis-St. Paul- As Republicans gather in the Twin Cities to officials crown John McCain as the party nominee for president, the party of the elephant no longer has to hold its nose.
The party now has a burst of new energy and is hoping that translates into a stampede of voters into the fold given the historic selection of new vice presidential pick and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
She is one who many leaders believe will provide the energy, stomp and kick needed to lead Republicans out of the “Obama Shadow”.
“She’s a new face and a rising star,” said Tarrant County Republican Party Chairman Stephanie Klick. “It a natural fit because both McCain and Palin are mavericks and reformers and fiscally responsible.”
Others see McCain-Palin ticket as wise and one that will energize the conservative wing of the party and will also drive some of the 18 million voters who supported former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton across party lines to vote Republican in November.
“McCain was not as conservative as most Republicans liked,” said Republican delegate and former Tarrant Republican head Pat Carlson. “She breaths new life into this party and is a feminist nightmare because of her strong pro-life stance and her ethics, beliefs and principles.”
The Palin selection should not only boost voter turnout in every state, but also generate discussions, debates and participation in every nook and corner across this nation.
“It a great time to be alive in politics,” said Collin County Republican Chairman Fred Moses. “This race is historic on both sides and change is indeed coming no matter what happens after the final tallies come in from the polls.”
The convention's overall theme for 2008 campaign is, "Country First." It reflects McCain's remarkable record of leadership and service to America.
Each day of proceedings will center on a touchstone theme that has defined John McCain's life and will be central to his vision for leading our nation forward as president.
The convention is expected to highlight McCain and introduce him to America as a man of service, reform, prosperity and peace.
By weeks end, Republicans hope that his image with the American people will be one that shows how his record of service and sacrifice and reflect his commitment to serving a cause greater than one’s own self-interest. During the Democratic National Convention, Democratic Presidential nominee Barak Obama challenged Republicans and sent a clear message that the election is not about personality, being a “rock star”, or focusing on the rich and special interests, but about the people – everyday Americans who get up, got to work, raise families and struggle to pay bills and make ends meet.
The “Obama Shadow” is that strong change message in his campaign that has resonated, hit home across the U.S. and struck deep tones with most middle-class Americans from the factory to the farm, whose jobs, wages and benefits are shrinking and in other places hard hit by layoffs, plant closures and foreign relocations.
Leaders want to leave no question about McCain’s vision of a government being transparent, principled and worthy of the American people it serves.
By the end of the convention, McCain hopes to step out of the “Obama Shadow” by promoting his own ideas for America, for getting the economy back on track and present a clear and concise message that reflects his total vision of an America in pursuit of peace and seen as a beacon of goodwill and hope throughout the world.
Looking at Gov. Palin’s resume, Republicans also believe she has the right stuff to slow Obama’s momentum, counter his popular message, win friends and influence voters on that same level because of her humble conservative values, identity as devoted wife and mother of five children, her blue-collar background, her outdoorsman spirit, public and business savvy and her government experience.
Palin is known for being active in her family’s pursuits – including running marathons, serving as a sports team mom and school volunteer, is a lifetime member of the NRA, and enjoys hunting, fishing, Alaska history, and all that Alaska's great outdoors has to offer.
“She is a great example for the next generation of women,” Klick said. “She has shown how women can handle prioritize, handle pressure and balance a family and a career”
Prior to taking office, Palin served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the state.
She was elected and served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla. During her tenure, she reduced property tax levels while increasing services and made Wasilla a business friendly environment, drawing in new industry.
Palin made history on Dec. 4, 2006, when she took office. As the 11th governor of Alaska, she is the first woman to hold the office.
Since taking office, her top priorities have been resource development, education and workforce development, public health and safety, and transportation and infrastructure development.
Under her leadership, Alaska invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program that provides support for low-income older Alaskans. She created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office to provide oversight and maintenance of oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure, and the Climate Change Sub-cabinet to prepare a climate change strategy for Alaska.
During her first legislative session, Governor Palin’s administration passed two major pieces of legislation – an overhaul of the state’s ethics laws and a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline.
Republicans contend her strong resume will make the difference in the election.
“She also has got more executive experience than (Barak) Obama because runs a state government,” Klick said. “Obama has never run a state.”
No matter what happens in November, Carlson said we must focus on being one America.
“This is the most historic and interesting campaigns of our lifetime,” she said. “No matter who wins, we are all Americans and must pull together to solve the issues and problems our nation faces.”