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Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin is the former governor of Alaska (2006-2009) and was John McCain's unexpected choice for vice presidential running mate in the 2008 presidential election. Since leaving office, Palin founded conservative political action committee SarahPAC and extensively utilizes Facebook and Twitter to communicate with supporters; she also provides commentary and analysis for Fox News. After speculation she declared her decision not to run in the 2012 presidential election in October 2011; she has been noncommittal about running in 2016. Palin became the first female vice presidential candidate in Republican Party history and the second in US history. Palin’s Pentecostalism and strong social conservatism stoked controversy throughout the 2008 campaign. Palin is a vocal abortion opponent and has strong relationships with many Religious Right leaders who did not support McCain's primary campaign. During the 2008 campaign she discussed the role her faith played in helping her deal with criticism and her confidence that God would guide the election.
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