Veepstakes: Speculation Focuses on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
August 29, 2008 - 8:48 AMWe'll know for sure at noon.
McCain will announce his choice for vice president at noon today in Dayton.
A few top prospects have basically ruled themselves out:
“I'm not going to be there. I plan to be at the state fair. You can draw your conclusion from that," one top prospect, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said early Friday on his weekly call-in radio show on WCCO-AM in Minneapolis.
Press reports say that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will not be in Ohio either.
That leaves Palin -- a mother of five who’s been considered a longshot until now; former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge; Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut -- or one of several other “wild card” candidates.
Palin, 44, is two years into her first term as Alaska governor. She is pro-life and recently gave birth to a mentally retarded child. She is reputed to be a reformer and ran on an anti-corruption ticket.
However, the Alaska Legislature last month voted to hire an independent investigator to look into allegations that Palin abused her office by trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from his job as an Alaska state trooper.
Palin has said she welcomes the investigation: "Hold me accountable," she said. She denies the allegations that she pulled strings in an attempt to get her sister's ex-husband fired.
Last year, the former beauty queen posed for a photo shoot in Vogue, the Associated Press reported.
McCain's campaign has been "leak-proof" as far as his running mate goes, and even as rumors about Palin swirled on the air waves Friday morning, there were questions about whether this was a giant fake-out to keep the public wondering.