Is Palin a Woman's Woman?

Women divided over conservative female veep pick's stand on women's issues
By Jess Kilby,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2008 8:30 AM CDT
Is Palin a Woman's Woman?
Sarah Palin at her Wasilla, Alaska city council desk desk. Critics note that only 6 years ago Palin was mayor of the Anchorage suburb, population 6.000.   (AP Photo/Heath Family)

John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate is drawing a mixed reaction from the female swing voters his campaign is desperate to woo, reports the New York Times. Some conservative women who have been lukewarm about a McCain presidency are energized by the pick, whereas many independents and Clinton fans take issue with the Alaska governor’s anti-abortion stance and other issues vital to women.

Palin has won over at least one Clintonite, who likes her working-mom ethics. But some women believe McCain is trying to pander to female voters, and they’re both insulted and worried by the choice of such an inexperienced candidate. “You don’t picture McCain surviving his whole term,” said a right-leaning woman who worries about an "unknown that close to taking over." (More Sarah Palin stories.)

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