Miss Alaska Runner-Up Could Make History; INTERNATIONAL
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain yesterday named the youngest and first female governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, as his running mate.
In an election which will be about change, socalled "hockey mum" Ms Palin is virtually unknown outside Alaska, where she has a reputation for government reform and an approval rating higher than 80 per cent.
The 44-year-old former runner-up of the 1984 Miss Alaska beauty pageant will be the second female vice-presidential nominee of a major party, following Geraldine Ferraro as Democratic nominee in 1984.
Democratic nominee Barack Obama is making an aggressive play for the traditional Republican stronghold of Alaska and its three electoral votes, and polls show the race is close.
Whoever wins, America will either have its first black president or its first female vice president.
At a raucous rally in the swing state of Ohio, Mr McCain said he made his pick after looking for a political partner "who can best help me shake up Washington and make it start working again for the people who are counting on us". …