McCain Makes Surprise Pick for VP

Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska and Republican Vice Presidential Candidate
Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska and Republican Vice Presidential Candidate

In a surprise announcement Friday, John McCain picked a virtual unknown as his Republican running mate: 44-year-old Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Palin is 44, governor of Alaska for less than two years, and before that a small town mayor.

Still, McCain said Palin is "exactly" who he needs.

Palin says she's a maverick like McCain.

"As governor, I've stood up to the old politics as usual, to the special interests, to the lobbyists, the big oil companies, and the good-old-boy network," she told the crowd after her introduction.

Palin is an athlete, loves the outdoors and has five children.

The oldest is a soldier heading to Iraq,  the youngest was born in April.

Outside Alaska voters don't know her, but Palin will reach out now to Hillary Clinton Democrats.

"It turns out the women of America aren't finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all," she told the roaring crowd.

Republicans hope Palin can get McCain some Democratic women.

"They are disappointed and they are going to find that Governor Sarah Palin is someone that they can trust as Vice President of the US," said Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn after the announcement.

Still, Palin's politics are miles to the right of Clinton's.

Palin is pro-gun, anti-abortion and a rock-solid Republican.

Obama and Biden were cautious, congratulating Palin in a statement and noting that old barriers are falling.