That was unexpected.

McCain has announced a female running mate.
His team are looking to split the votes as much as possible.

His choice not only does that but partners him with someone who has imho a lot more credibility.

McCain ‘picks woman running mate’
Sarah Palin (image from December 2006)
Sarah Palin has been serving her first term as governor of Alaska

US Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has picked Sarah Palin, the female governor of Alaska, as his surprise running mate.

At 44, she is younger than Barack Obama and is credited with reforms during her first term, but she is relatively unknown in US politics.

Mr McCain is due to present her on stage at a rally in Dayton, Ohio, to celebrate his 72nd birthday.

Analysts say the Republican is keen to wrest back headlines from Mr Obama.

Ms Palin is perhaps the most daring vice-presidential choice for Mr McCain,
the BBC’s Kim Ghattas reports from Dayton.

The two most likely choices were, until recently, former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney and Governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty.

A staunch opponent of abortion, Ms Palin is married with five children.

Analysts say she may have been chosen by the McCain campaign as a tactic to win over Democratic women voters, disappointed by the defeat of Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama.

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