ABC News’ Karen Travers and Arnab Datta report: We have heard a lot about Sarah Palin in the last few days, but apparently, her name still is not familiar to everyone in the Republican Party.
RNC co-chair Jo Ann Davidson, speaking about the role of women in the Republican Party, said "[W]e are holding a convention that will nominate a Republican woman governor -– Sarah Pawlenty, our next vice president!
Oops — that should be Palin, not Pawlenty … as in Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was also on McCain’s short list to be his running mate. (Perhaps Davidson just has Minnesota on her mind — the convention is in St. Paul).
Davidson referred to the last GOP convention held in Minnesota, "1892 was the last year a Republican National Convention was held in Minneapolis. That was the first Republican convention to seat two women alternates from Wyoming, which you will remember, was one of the first states that allowed women the right to vote."
She continued, "But the 1892 convention here was another first for Republicans. Judith Ellen Foster, the first president of the National Women’s Republican Association, and a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, became the first woman to speak at a Republican convention with these words, ‘we are here to help you and we are here to stay.’"
Davidson then referenced the progress made by women in the party, adding, "her words were prophetic. Ever since that convention, women have been an integral part of the party. And today, 116 years later, we are holding a convention that will nominate a Republican woman governor -– Sarah Pawlenty, our next vice president!"