Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, offered congratulations and words of advice Tuesday to Sen. Kamala Harris after Joe Biden selected Harris to be his running mate.
“Congrats to the democrat VP pick! Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned,” Palin wrote. She and Ferraro – chosen in 1984 as former Vice President Walter Mondale’s running mate – were the only other female running mates on major party tickets in U.S. history.
Palin had been Alaska’s governor for less than two years and was little-known nationally when former Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, chose her as his running mate. Her selection gave McCain an immediate bump in the polls, but a series of gaffes and heavily criticized interview performances undercut her, and top McCain advisers later said they regretted the pick.
She was often was at odds with McCain’s advisers during the race as they tried to persuade the conservative firebrand to moderate her message in interviews on the campaign trail.