Republican John McCain shook up the presidential race with his surprise choice of little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
McCain, who turned 72 on Friday, worked to grab the spotlight with his selection of Palin, 44, the first woman to be a Republican vice presidential nominee. His choice was first reported by CNBC.
McCain stunned some party officials by choosing the self-styled hockey mom and political reformer, who has been governor of her state for less than two years, over several more prominent prospects including Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.
The choice of Palin was partly aimed at appealing to women voters who might have been disillusioned by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's decision to pick Biden as his No. 2 instead of Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.
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