People still have questions about Palin

September 4, 2008 12:17:55 AM PDT
Sarah Palin needed to deliver Wednesday night and people all across the country tuned in to see for themselves, if she had the strength to bolster the Republican Party.

"I will be honored to accept your nomination for vice president of the United States," said Governor Sarah Palin (R) of Alaska.

It was a speech the country was waiting for, from the nation's first female Republican vice presidential nominee.

"She looks comfortable," said Liz Nyberg, a Republican.

Members of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition also watched as Sarah Palin introduced each member of her family.

"I wonder how or when she's going to get into the stuff they keep digging up," said Paul Nyberg, a Republican.

Republicans and Democrats alike have questions for the mother of five. While Palin talked about energy and drilling, there was no mention of Palin's pregnant teenage daughter.

"Maybe it's the elephant in the room and a good thing for her to address tonight," said Nyberg.

Still, part of Palin's job, was to excite the party, on the second to last day of the convention.

The purpose of a convention is to boost the polling numbers for a candidate. Barack Obama's numbers went up six points after the Democratic Convention. Analysts think he Republicans will have a hard time catching up to that number for several reasons.

"They got less time, the first day messed them up, their big names, some of their stars aren't attending," said Political Science Professor David Brady Ph.D., from Stanford University.

Brady thinks another convention hurdle is the controversy surrounding Governor Palin's family.

"It's private matter," said Bill Whalen, a Republican strategist and fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Whalen is sure America's curiosity about Palin's children will be quelled by November. As for Wednesday night, he says, she came through for the party.

"She gave a good speech. She showed she had substance and I thought she was pretty good in delivering it," says Whalen.


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