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In 1992, Sarah started her political ambitions by being elected to city council of Wasilla, Alaska. She was reelected in 1995. During Sarah's terms on the city council, she saw how tax money was being wasted. She decided to run for mayor on a platform of big taxes and spending. in 1996, Sarah Palin beat the incumbent, John Stein, and was elected mayor. She was appointed to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and made waves by exposing state corruption in these industries. She ran for Governor in 2006 and became the first woman governor of Alaska. John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, named Sarah Palin as his running mate while campaining in Dayton, Ohio, August 29, 2008.
John McCain added to the historic nature of the 2008 presidential race Friday by picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate only the second woman ever to appear on a major-party presidential ticket. Palin, 44, beat out a host of better-known candidates for the nod, including Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, Homeland Security secratary Tom Ridge (also the former governor of Pennsylvania), and Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. Running on a ticket promising heavy reform, Palin won election to the governor's mansion in Alaska in 2006 after she unexpectedly beat then-Gov. Frank Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary. The only other woman to feature on a major-party presidential ticket was Geraldine Ferraro, who was Democrat Walter Mondale's running mate in 1984. Sara is known for endorsing neo conservatives for office.Sarah Palin Quotes
"The White House and many liberals in Congress are so addicted to that OPM, other people's money, that it's much easier to spend other people's money than their own.
...The President is not capable of giving the right message to deal with the problem we are facing with the bankruptcy that's facing America if we don't start living within our means. The right message is that growing more debt won't get us out of debt, and raising taxes in a time of economic woes in a bad economy is a bad idea.
A lot of this has to do with his background, him having not been a part of the private sector and running a business or having to rely on making profit. That seems to be foreign to our President. His background and those he's appointing don't understand what America was built upon. His ideas are the antithesis of those things that created the prosperity in America. "
"There are a lot of economic steps that can be taken, military would be last step of course, but sanctions that are not being taken ... we would not stand for harm they would desire to invoke on innocent people being bold enough to tell them that what is still on the table is military options. I am a believer of, like Ronald Reagan was, of peace through strength."
John Sidney McCain III was born on August 29, 1936, at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone to naval officer John S. McCain Jr. and his wife, Roberta. At the time of his birth, the McCain family was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone, under American control. He spent his childhood and adolescent years moving between naval bases in America and abroad. He attended Episcopal high School, a private preparatory boarding school in Alexandria, Virginia, graduating in 1954.
McCain graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1958 and from flight school in 1960. McCain volunteered for combat duty and began flying carrier-based attack planes on low-altitude bombing runs against the North Vietnamese. On October 26, 1967, during his 23rd air mission, McCain's plane was shot down during a bombing run over the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. He broke both arms and one leg during the ensuing crash. McCain was moved to Hoa Loa prison, nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton," on December 9, 1969. He spent 5 1/2 years in various prison camps, three and a half of those in solitary confinement, and was repeatedly beaten and tortured before he was finally released on March 14, 1973. McCain earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. His injuries had permanently impaired his ability to advance in the Navy.
His political career began in 1976, when he was assigned as the Navy's liaison to the U.S. Senate. McCain was first elected to political office on November 2, 1982, easily winning a seat in the House of Representatives and was re-elected in 1984. In 1986 McCain won election to the U.S. Senate and earned a reputation as a conservative politician who was not afraid to question the ruling Republican orthodoxy. McCain officially entered the 2008 presidential race on April 25, 2007, during an announcement in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
McCain married Carol Shepp, a model originally from Philadelphia, on July 3, 1965. He adopted her two young children from a previous marriage (Doug and Andy Shepp) and they had a daughter (Sydney, b. 1966). The couple divorced in April 1980.
McCain met Cindy Lou Hensley, a teacher from Phoenix and daughter of a prosperous Arizona beer distributor, while she was on vacation in 1979 with her parents in Hawaii. He was still married at the time, but separated from his first wife. John and Cindy McCain were married May 17, 1980 in Phoenix. They have four children: Meghan (b. 1984), John IV (known as Jack, b. 1986), James (known as Jimmy, b. 1988), and Bridget (b. 1991 in Bangladesh, adopted by the McCains in 1993).