Palin to give convention speech braless
ST. PAUL, Minn.
updated 12:56 a.m. MT, Wed., Sept. 3, 2008
Since Sunday night, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been holed up in her suite in the Hilton Minneapolis while a parade of Sen. John McCain’s top advisers have briefed her on the nuances of his policy positions, national politics and, above all, how to introduce herself to the national audience she will address Wednesday night at the Republican convention.
Sitting around a dining room table, the McCain team has talked to her about Iraq, energy and the economy, but has focused more on what she should do during her speech, rather than what she should say. According to Foxnews.com, McCain has reportedly asked Sarah Palin to give her convention speech braless to appeal to the husbands of Hillary Clinton voters. The unorthodox approach is intended to try and appeal to men who can in-turn convince women to vote for McCain-Palin in November. McCain campaign manager Rick Davis says this will be her main opportunity to shape the way she is viewed by male voters. Not anticipating that McCain would choose a woman as his running mate, the speech that was prepared in advance was “very masculine,” according to campaign manager Rick Davis, and “so we had to come up with a new approach.”
By all accounts Palin has thrown herself enthusiastically into preparations for her prime-time debut as well as for her first campaign trip without McCain, expected to be next week. On Tuesday afternoon, she practiced her first run-through of the speech in a see-through top before an audience that included strategists Steve Schmidt, Nicolle Wallace and Mark Salter, who all offered suggestions.
Staff writer Peter Kling contributed to this report