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State leaders react to McCains VP choice

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

August 29, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin jumped on the Republican ticket today. Republican presidential candidate John McCain has picked Palin as his vice presidential running mate.

Here's what Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston has to say.  "John McCain has hit a home run.  He's chosen a running mate who will excite the base, bring in swing voters and who offers a fresh perspective on America's future.

"Unlike Betlway Joe Biden, whose pajamas have cufflinks, here's a woman who has run a business, is an avid hunter, and an outside-the-beltway government reformer.   Governor Palin has bucked old school politics and remained true to her upbringing throughout her career - seeking to root out corruption, defending the sanctity of life, and raising a down to earth family with American values.

"Palin's faith, values, leadership experience, and fresh look will bode well for Georgia and for our Nation.  I wholeheartedly endorse and support John McCain's pick for the next Vice President of the United States."

Georgia Insurance Commissioner praises McCain's pick as well.

"Senator John McCain has made an outstanding choice in Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska.  Governor Palin is strong for America and will be strong in Georgia and the South.  Her strong pro-life principles will be well received across Georgia. More then that, her common sense approach to the energy crisis and her support for drilling for oil is what America needs. Governor Palin is a lifetime member of the NRA and strong supporter of free market capitalism,  stated John Oxendine."

"By picking a strong conservative, Senator McCain has ensured that Georgia will deliver its electoral votes for the Republican ticket. Georgia conservatives are very excited to welcome Governor Palin to our state; we are fired up to win Georgia for the McCain-Palin ticket, declared John Oxendine."