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Sarah Palin makes history at 2008 GOP convention

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By Carol A. Clark

History was made Wednesday evening at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., as Sarah Palin became the first Republican woman ever nominated vice president. It was the first time in 24 years, since Democrat Geraldine Ferraro was nominated in 1984, that any woman has even been on a national ticket.

Millions of people in front of televisions around the world joined some 45,000 delegates, alternates, volunteers, media and guests in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center to witness the historic moment.

“I accept the call to help our nominee for president to serve and defend America,” Palin said in her acceptance speech.

The excited crowd heard Palin, the governor of Alaska, speak of feeling privileged to have lived most of her life in a small town.

“I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better,” she said. “When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too. Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.”


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