ABC’s Sara Just reports: The first interview with the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin went to People Magazine, which today published its interview just hours after the surprise announcement was made. People also snagged the first interview earlier this week wtih the Democratic ticketmates, Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
People asked Palin whether she is ready to be only a heartbeat from the presidency, given her limited experience in politics. The 44 year-old Alaskan governor replied, "Absolutely. Yup, yup. Especially with a good team around us.”
Palin talked about her role as only the second woman ever named to a major party ticket, and the potential appeal to voters who supported Democrat Hillary Clinton during the primary race.
"Certainly in this election cycle, women are not finished yet. And women can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all," Palin tells people.
The Republican presumptive nominee, nearly 30 years older than his running mate, added: “I think that Sarah appeals to a lot of voters — I think because of her independence, because of her reform agenda and her record of balancing both family and service, is motivation to not just Clinton voters but to lots of voters.”
The mother of five told People magazine she is still nursing her baby son, Trig, born in April. But she did not think she’d have any trouble balancing her family obligations with the challenges of the campaign or the vice presidency if the Republican ticket prevails in November.
“What I’ve had to do, though, is in the middle of the night, put down the Blackberries and pick up the breast pump. Do a couple of things different and still get it all done,” Palin said of balancing work and family.
Cindy McCain told People magazine she can relate to the multi tasking her husband’s running mate will have to do.
“Any woman who’s been in a situation where they’re working and have children know that you give 300 percent; no one will be slighted in any of this, least of all her baby. She has a lot of energy, she’s a woman with great drive and great vision and I think no one’s going to suffer in this process. We will all get it done."
And Mrs. McCain wasn’t the only female member of the family that gushed about the veep pick. Daughter Meghan, 23, who learned of Palin’s selection today only a few hours before it became public, tells People: "It’s Girl Power! … It’s my dream choice."