McCain officially announces VP pick

DAYTON, Ohio (WVLT) -- Republican Presidential candidate John McCain has officially announced that he has tapped 44-year-old Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

McCain says Palin is the right partner, who has a history of fighting corruption.

He says Palin has been known to reach across the partisan aisle.

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UNDATED (AP) -- Two senior campaign officials confirm that John McCain has chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate.

Palin, who's 44, is a self-styled "hockey mom" and political reformer.

The announcement is scheduled at midday in Daton, Ohio.

Palin is a first-term governor credited with reforms of her out-of-the-way state.

Earlier, an associate of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said Pawlenty had been informed he's not McCain's pick. Associates close to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney were saying the same thing.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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