Meet Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska. She is often rumored as being on John McCain’s “short list” of possible Vice Presidential running mates. Read her biography, see photos and a video of her below.

Sarah Palin is both the youngest and the first female governor in Alaska’s relatively brief history as a state. She’s also the most popular governor in America, with an approval rating that has bounced around 90 percent.

This is due partly to her personal qualities. When she was leading her underdog Wasilla high school basketball team to the state championship in 1982, her teammates called her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her fierce competitiveness. Two years later, when she won the “Miss Wasilla” beauty pageant, she was also voted “Miss Congeniality” by the other contestants.

Sarah Barracuda and Miss Congeniality — interesting nicknames for an interesting woman. Fire and nice. A happily married mother of five who is still drop dead gorgeous. And smart to boot.

But it’s mostly because she’s been a crackerjack governor, a strong fiscal conservative and a ferocious fighter of corruption, especially in her own party that she enjoys such high marks from her constituency.

And she is unashamedly pro-life stating that “every innocent life has wonderful potential.” This played out in a real-life drama for Palin and her husband when in April of this year she delivered her 5th child who has Down Syndrome. She said this of her newborn son, Trig:

“I’m looking at him right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?”

She would be a decided asset and most certainly excite the base: an independent Republican governor, a woman, a fiscal conservative, a defender of life against the creeping culture of death and a fresh face in national politics.

Step up Senator McCain and choose Governor Sarah Palin as your running mate!

8.29.2008 UPDATE: There is huge speculation that Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, is going to be McCain’s VP pick today. Romney and Pawlenty have been eliminated and word is that Palin left Alaska this morning under heavy guard.

There is more about Sarah Palin along with more photos here.

8.29.2008 UPDATE: CNBC is reporting that Palin is the McCain Vice Presidential pick for John McCain. Fox news is now reporting that she IS the pick!!!!!!!!!

8.29.2008 UPDATE: Right Pundits has the video of John McCain nominating Sarah Palin. We also have the Sarah Palin bio here and pictures of Palin including The Sarah Palin Vogue magazine photo. Its all below the fold. Check out Sarah Palin acceptance speech of the nomination for the vice presidency.

Stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated.

Sarah Palin Biography

Sarah Heath Palin was born February 11, 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho so her age is 44. She is the current Governor of Alaska. In addition to being Alaska’s first female governor, and its youngest, Palin is also the first who was born after Alaska achieved statehood.

Sarah Heath Palin arrived in Alaska with her family in 1964, when her parents came to teach school in Skagway. She graduated from Wasilla High School in 1982 and received a bachelor of science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987.

Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council from 1992 to 1996 and became a two-term mayor and manager of Wasilla, one of Alaska’s fastest-growing communities. She was in office from 1996 to 2002. Governor Frank Murkowski appointed Palin as Ethics Commissioner on the state’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission where she served from 2003 to 2004, later resigning in protest over what she perceived to be the “lack of ethics” of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders including the Republican Party Chairman.

In 2006, Palin won the Republican primary for Governor, defeating then-Gov. Frank Murkowski. She went on to win the general election in November 2006, defeating former Governor Tony Knowles. Palin said in 2006 that education, public safety, and transportation would be three focuses of her administration.

In a recent guest blog, Governor Palin spoke about comprehensive energy policy that includes increased domestic production of oil and gas, renewable and alternative energy, and conservation. You can read it here.

Palin is married to Todd Palin, who is a lifelong Alaskan, a production operator on the North Slope and a four-time champion of the Iron Dog, the world’s longest snow machine race.

Todd and Sarah fish in Bristol Bay with their children – Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and newborn son, Trig. Through Todd’s Yup’ik grandmother, Alaska’s Native heritage plays an important role in their family. Track enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 11, 2007.

Prior to taking office, Palin served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the state. She was active in her family’s pursuits – including serving as a sports team mom and school volunteer. She also runs marathons.

Palin is a lifetime member of the NRA and enjoys hunting, fishing, and time with her family.

Sarah Palin Nomination Speech – Video

“Sarah Palin on Glenn Beck” Video