It was a sea of American flags in Ohio when John McCain and his family took center stage to announce his running mate for Vice President.
"I had many good people to choose from," he said while expressing his gratefulness at their willingness to serve with him. "But I can only choose one."
"I found someone with an outstanding reputation ... who has fought against corruption ... fierce devotion. She knows where she comes from and stands up for what she believes is right. ... She is exactly who I need, who this country needs, to help me fight the same old Washington politics.
"My friends ... and fellow Americans, I am very pleased to introduce to you the next Vice President of the United States ...
"... Governor SARAH PALIN of the great state of Alaska!"
She entered and the crowd went ballistic as she approached the podium ... and she said, "Senator, I am honored to be chosen as your running mate!" and the place went ballistic again.
She then introduced husband Todd, an Alaskan fisherman and a Union man in the oil fields. Today is their 20th anniversary and she joked she had promised him a little surprise for their anniversary. She hoped to have delivered!
Four of her children were with them ... the oldest joined the Army on September 11, 2007, and will leave next month for Iraq. The crowd burst out into a chant of "USA! USA! USA!"
The excitement buzz in the Virginia Republicans is amazing ... this campaign just took off!
Eighty-eight years ago women won the right to vote in this country. Today, the women of America showed they aren't finished yet, in the words of Sarah Palin -- we are going to shatter that glass ceiling of leadership!
She finished her speech, "God bless America!"
McCain-Palin for 2008!