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        Sarah Palin | The Contenders - 16 for '16

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

        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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