McCain And Palin Excite Social Conservatives

Arizona Sen. John McCain's campaign bus rolled through western Pennsylvania on Saturday, coming to a stop at the Consul Energy Baseball Park. Former Gov. Tom Ridge was waiting there to welcome McCain and his new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

McCain has promised to invest $2 billion a year in cleaner burning coal, and Ridge told supporters gathered that energy would be on Palin's agenda as well.

Palin's husband works for an oil company on Alaska's north slope, and just a few days ago, the governor signed a contract for a major new energy pipeline.

But it's not just Palin's stance on energy that has excited the Republican base.

She is also an outspoken abortion foe and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Party leaders hope that she will energize social conservatives, rural voters and women disaffected by New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's failed presidential bid.

The McCain campaign says that since it announced Palin as McCain's running mate, they have already received $4.7 million in Internet donations.

In her brief time on the campaign trail, Palin has been reaching out to women by saluting Democratic female leaders, such as former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro and Clinton for helping to pave the way for women in politics.

Overnight polls suggest that Palin is actually faring better with men than women, and that women are more skeptical that she is ready to be president should anything happen to McCain.

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