The gloves are off in the American election campaign and John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin has turned out to be the Republican party’s big hitter.
Palin power brought the house down at the Minnesota convention where Republican presidential nominee John McCain looked like a man who knew he had made the right choice.
The delighted party faithful felt able to put all their doubts behind them as Palin appeared on stage with a heartfelt plea.
“Our family has the same ups and downs than many other, the same challenges and the same joys. Sometimes even the greatest joys brings challenge,” she said, referring to her unmarried 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy.
But then the fighting talk began as Palin laid in to Barack Obama: “Listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform, not even in the (Illinois) state senate.”
Having cast doubt on Obama’s readiness for office Palin set about putting the record straight on her own fitness to lead, speaking as the Governor of Alaska.
“Americans, we need to produce more of our own oil and gas. And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we’ve got lots of both.”
Experts are now saying Palin is a plus for the Republican ticket especially in attracting the conservative base that has sometimes been at odds with John McCain.