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McCain announces U of I grad Palin as his running mate

DAYTON, Ohio - John McCain was greeted at the podium to the tune of happy 72nd birthday.  There he formally announced that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is his running mate on the presidential ticket.

Earlier in the day, the McCain campaign said Palin "has the record of reform and bipartisanship that others can only speak of."

The statement went on to say, "Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington today."Palin is expected to appear shortly with McCain at a rally in Dayton.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is a self-styled "hockey mom," also known as a Republican iconoclast who's battled against the state GOP establishment.

It started in 2004, when Palin was chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Palin exposed Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich for ethical violations when he was a commissioner.

Then in 2005, Palin teamed up with Eric Croft, a Democratic legislator and gubernatorial candidate, to file an ethics complaint against Governor Frank Murkowski's longtime aide and then attorney general, Gregg Renkes, who ended up resigning.

During her gubernatorial campaign in 2006, Palin cast herself as a Republican maverick.

Palin was born in 1964 in Sandpoint. She graduated from the University of Idaho in 1987 with a degree in journalism. She's worked as a sports reporter for two Anchorage TV stations and has been a businesswoman. Palin served as chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas

Conservation Commission, two terms as mayor of Wasilla and two terms on the city council. Palin is married, with five children.

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