Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Alaska Governor Gets Attention in New Mexico

Tonight in St. Paul, Minnesota Republicans will make history. The party's first female V.P nominee will give her acceptance speech.

This afternoon, Republican Sen. Domenici and Representative Heather Wilson told reporters they are each confident in Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Wilson says she'll make a great VP. It is still unclear whether or not Palin will join McCain at Saturday's rally in Albuquerque.

Wilson also told me access to the Convention's facility was no problem for her and protestors had not disrupted her travels or access.

Earlier today, Lt. Governor Diane Denish announced a new Women for Obama group she's forming in New Mexico ahead of Michelle Obama's visit to the Land of Enchantment on Thursday.

This morning, Denish was joined on a tele-press conference by Teresa Brito Asenap, PhD (who spoke at Invesco Field about women's issues) last Thursday.

In New Mexico women make up the majority of voters in the state, and Denish and Brito Asenap want their new grassroots group to help mobilized ladies to vote by mail in the fall.

"Women are more involved day-to-day with raising their families and working than following politics," said Denish. The Lieutenant Governor wants to make sure volunteers working telephone banks and canvassing door-to-door can get more women to complete absentee applications.

Denish also went on the record and critized McCain's record on women's issues in the Senate. She said he voted against funding for healthcare, including breast cancer funds, and cast a nay vote for an equal pay bill. Denish was also critical of Alaska Govenror Sarah Palin's experience, and says she's not prepared to step into the Presidency at a moment's notice.

Meanwhile the Republicans are planning state-wide viewing parties during Palin's national address.

McCain's presidential campaign today announced that members of New Mexico Women for McCain and other McCain supporters will hold a Convention Watching Party starting at 5:30pm at the McCain/Victory 2008 Headquarters, at 5643 Jefferson NE Suite B in Albuquerque.

U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released this ad, entitled "Alaska Maverick." It highlights Governor Sarah Palin's record of taking on the special interests in Alaska and bringing reform and change. While Barack Obama talks about change, Governor Sarah Palin has actually done it. The ad is scheduled to air in key battleground states, but it is unclear if it will air in New Mexico.

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