August 29, 2008
"It was just a wonderful move by the McCain campaign and it's really something that restores his maverick credentials which are being threatened by his age and the fact that he's been associated with Bush," said UVa politics professor Lynn Sanders.
Credentials Sanders says that have been attacked all week at the Democratic National Convention. Democrats working hard to link John McCain to President Bush and his policies, and accusing McCain of being a Washington insider. Sanders says Palin will help McCain in that respect.
"In her own party she challenged corruption, so she's a very, very convincing outsider," said Palin
And conservatives have been critical of McCain for many of his political stances but Palin is considered to be a true conservative, a pro lifer, a member of the National Rifle Assocition, and someone that strongly supports drilling in her home state of Alaska.
A fact Sanders says will appeal to conservatives but might not necessarily turn away moderates because of her gender.
"She really softens all of those kinds of Republican characteristics that might turn off some voters," said Sanders.
But Democrats are already on the offensive. An Obama spokesperson says that John McCain has put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.
"That's what makes this a risky move, or a daring move, it's kind of a, some people have been calling it a gamble," said Sanders.
Palin is the first Republican vice presidential candidate.