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Oddsmakers Likely to go Bonkers Over McCain Choice of Sarah Palin

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Aug/29/2008
Sarah Palin

With the selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate, it should be interesting how odds makers respond in issuing updated odds on both Republican candidate John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.

Barack Obama Campaign Spokesman Bill Burton responds to John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate:

"Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain's commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush's failed economic policies -- that's not the change we need, it's just more of the same."

Obama had been hovering right around -175 odds throughout the Democratic Convention. By Friday afternoon, he was back to -200 and that number could rise (see odds here)

The PTA mother of five kids, one of whom was born with Down Syndrome, is younger than Barack Obama. She also hunts and likes moose stew. She was known as "Sarah Barracuda" in High School as a member of the girl's basketball team.

One person commented on US News and World Report:

"McCain just lost me and may have many moderates / conservatives scratching their heads as well. This pick of a running mate that governs a state with a total population less than that of any major city in the United States with no national experience or security clearance background to (in worse case scenario) replace him in the event of a problem (he is not a young pup) is lunacy."

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