Joe Six-Packs Drink to Palin

VP candidate's rallies are dude-dominated
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 19, 2008 7:04 AM CDT
Sarah Palin addresses supporters at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio., in August.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin may have been picked in part to appeal to women, but her rallies are dominated by enthusiastic dudes, the New York Times reports. The vocal guys in the Joe Six-Pack crowd—bikers, high schoolers, bearded veterans—admire her for being “real” and “like us,” they say. And some, like the self-identified “John Deere,” come “just to look at her.”

“They bear us children, they risk their lives to give us birth, so maybe it’s time we let a woman lead us,” said a former truck driver, who noted he’d rather vote for Palin than for “McCain and Obama combined.”