Alaska Governor Sarah Palin -- a relative political unknown -- is
preparing to address the Republican National Convention to introduce
herself to the nation as Senator John McCain's vice presidential
Palin -- the first female Republican vice presidential candidate --
will deliver her highly-anticipated speech late today (Wednesday) at
the convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Senator McCain, who will accept the Republican presidential nomination
on Thursday, made the surprise announcement of Palin as his running
mate last week.
Palin has excited many inside the party because of her her conservative
social views, including her adamant opposition to abortion.
But critics say that as a first-term governor, Palin is too
inexperienced to serve in high office -- a criticism that Republicans
also have used against Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Barack
After Palin's speech, the convention will formally nominate Senator
McCain and Palin as the Republican presidential ticket.
Palin's candidacy has also been characterized by media revelations
about her pregnant, unmarried teenage daughter, and an ethics
investigation in Alaska. Republican officials accuse the media of bias
for focusing on the revelations.
Also speaking at the convention tonight will be former New York Mayor
Rudy Giuliani, who ran against McCain for the nomination.
McCain and Palin got rousing endorsements from prominent supporters at
the convention Tuesday, including President George Bush.
Senator Obama, speaking at a campaign stop Wednesday in Ohio,
criticized the speakers at the Republican convention for not discussing
the economy. He said McCain's campaign has tried to make the election
about personality and not issues.