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15 Minutes of Fame Are Over

Right after Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech in Denver, Republican nominee Senator John McCain publicly announced that Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin was his choice for vice president. The news came as a shock to everyone, and it was also a mixed reaction as well. Some thought that is was tactic of McCain to chose her as his running mate in hopes that it would send waves to the disappointed women Hillary Clinton supporters.

During Governor Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech in St. Paul, the base McCain was struggling with the most, finally decided to come in full fledge in supporting him for president, which is the right-leaning conservatives. Senator McCain even started to lead in most of the polls for the first time. However, a few weeks after that, it seems as if though the campaign went down hill from there. From Sarah Palin’s obvious robotic responses to Charles Gibson’s interview and the whining of Katie Couric’s piece-of-cake questions, to the economic turmoil, it’s become apparent that the McCain camp are losing it.

Today’s news just got even worse for Sarah Palin. Other various media outlets have reported that the Alaska governor had overstepped on her authorative power by firing a cop for not firing a cop.

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Youth Radio Crushes On MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’

Joe Scarborough & Kelly Chau

Former Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough, host of 'Morning Joe,' daily newscast on MSNBC, and reporter Kelly Chau meet at the RNC.

by Kelly Chau

Minneapolis-St. Paul — That’s right, folks: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough sent Youth Radio’s Kelly Chau to Cloud 9.

During my third day at the 2008 Republican National Convention, I visited a lot of various media outlets and interviewed a few goers at the Xcel Energy Center, but my last interview was special. After stumbling across the convention floor, I finally spotted my hero, Joe Scarborough of MSNBC. Best believe, my eyes literally popped out of my head. There was no time for me to waste, so I walked up to him, introduced myself, told him about Youth Radio, and asked him if he could spare a minute. And you guessed it, he cheerfully said “sure.” So I interviewed him, asked him a few questions pertaining to current politics. After that, we snapped a photo together, as you can see. Then out of nowhere, Nate Hadden (Cameraman) busted me out by telling him I had a crush on him! But Joe didn’t seem to mind, thankfully.  He simply laughed. He ultimately made my day – I could hardly breathe afterwards.

Snapshots of the first day

by Kelly Chau

Minneapolis-Saint Paul__My first day at Minneapolis and St. Paul was quite exciting. I even got a glimpse of the Xcel Energy Center where the 2008 Republican National Convention is going to be held. I took a tour around town after I went to go retrieve press credentials. As I looked around the town, there were numerous “Obama 08” signs planted on residents’ front yards. I saw only one “McCain For President” sign, and it was a bumper sticker on someone’s car. In addition, I spotted an “Al Franken for U.S. Senate” sign.

Obama Sign

Obama Sign

What does that say about the state of Minnesota? Well according to a recent from Pollster, Senator Obama is leading by seven points over Senator McCain here. But anything can change from now until November, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

From Potential Miss Alaska to Potential Vice President

On the morning of August 29 at a campaign stop in Dayton, Ohio, presidential hopeful John McCain pulled a Walter Mondale by selecting Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, doing it GOP style. By choosing Governor Palin, the McCain camp hopes this decision would sway the bitter Hillary Clinton supporters into voting for Senator McCain.

Sarah Palin is not the typical Republican. In a 1984, Palin came in second in the Miss Alaska beauty pagent, which is also the same year Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman ever to be selected as a running mate for VP choice. Her family moved to Alaska to pursue teaching shortly after her birth in Sandpoint, Idaho. She married her high school sweetheart Todd Palin in August 29, 1988 and is the mother of five.

Palin is well-liked among conservatives, something Senator McCain is struggling with. Whether she would be a great asset or not is yet to be determined. Although I will predict that she will get pounded by Joe Biden in the vice presidential debate.