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August 29, 2008 12:20 PM

A thumbs up for McCain's VP pick

Posted by Richard Wagoner

This post is by Brendan Woodward of Woodinville, who is an alternate delegate from Washington state to the Republican National Convention. He's been interested in politics since high school and worked on former Congressman George Nethercutt's U.S. Senate campaign in 2004.

By Brendan Woodward

A fellow conservative activist e-mailed me this morning and says that "To know Sarah Palin (John McCain's choice for vice president) is to love her as a candidate, a public servant, and an American - this is change that works!" Also she hunts, rides a snowmobile and is easy on the eyes. What more could a Republican delegate want on his way to the Republican Convention?

They say that all roads lead to Rome, but in Alaska few roads lead anywhere. Certainly, none lead out of Juneau (it's true, check it out on Google maps). Yet perhaps a new trail is being blazed by a woman who has proved herself to be a competent executive and maverick American mother.

As America gets to know Sarah Palin over the next week, I expect the refrain of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh to echo throughout Republican Convention parties: Babies, guns and Jesus, hot damn!

Sarah Palin is change that I believe in. She is a reformer who stands against earmarks and corruption. She is a conservative who believes in life and traditional marriage. She is an executive with experience managing the interests of an entire state. And she is not just another D.C. good old boy. She is the change that we need, and I have hope that the Republican Convention will make history of Denver.

Brendan Woodward became politically active during high school as a volunteer with the John Carlson Campaign for governor and later was a staffer on George Nethercutt's run for the U.S. Senate. Woodward attended Wheaton College and started a home business selling carbon offset credits and consulting for organizations interested in fighting climate change. He said he's excited about John McCain's free thinking brand of politics that promises to protect American families, economy and national security.

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