GOP Has Female VP Possibles, Too

Mulling Alaska Gov. Palin, ex-HP exec FIorina, Texas Sen. Hutchison
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2008 4:25 PM CDT
In this Jan. 12, 2008 file photo, former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina, right, campaigns with Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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(Newser) – In a post-Hillary age, a female candidate comes as less of a surprise on the national stage. Here are three women who could stand for John McCain’s vice-presidential slot, per Politico:

  • Carly Fiorina: The former Hewlett-Packard exec is already a trusted adviser and constant McCain surrogate, but she’s no social conservative and has no foreign-policy expertise. CEOs aren’t too popular during recessions, either.

  • Sarah Palin: The immensely popular Alaskan governor, 44, is a fiscal and social conservative’s dream, having stood up against pork and abortion. She’s a hunter, a fisher, a basketball star and a beauty pageant winner. The youth factor is good, but insiders don’t like her lack of national profile and foreign-policy experience.
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison: The Texas senator is a McCain friend and defender, but she’s no natural campaigner and is a Big Oil-boosting social moderate. Also, like the others, she has no foreign-policy background.