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        Sarah Palin | 16 for '16 - The Contenders

        One of the most electrifying and polarizing vice presidential picks in modern history, Sarah Palin brought an whirlwind of vibrant, youthful energy that John McCain’s campaign needed. Palin also inspired blistering parodies, questions about her intellect and preparedness, and questions about McCain’s VP selection process.

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        Sarah Palin: Interactive Timeline

        Click the image to use the interactive timeline and learn about Sarah Palin. She raised the interest level in the vice presidential slot beyond anything that had come before.

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        Sarah Palin: Palin on the Main Stage

        Learn more about Sarah Palin's debut on the main stage in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Sarah Palin: Palin and Her Inexperience

        Learn more about how quickly Sarah Palin's knowledge of the issues became the key issue in the 2008 election, in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Sarah Palin: Palin and Sexism

        Learn more about how women in politics are closely scrutinized, specifically Sarah Palin during the 2008 election, in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Sarah Palin: Episode

        After being chosen as McCain’s running mate in 2008, Palin quickly became one of the most popular leaders in the Republican Party, electrifying the party faithful with her folksy, but blatant jabs at Obama at her speech at the party’s convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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