State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank) never predicted that Sarah Palin would be John McCain’s Vice-Presidential pick, but she was the only candidate she talked about.
I know this sounds crazy, but the only name I have mentioned to anybody is Gov. Palin. I actually talked about it at the women’s political caucus months ago. I brought up her name as a young woman that’s a Republican leader,” said Beck, who thinks that Palin provides a fresh face that will “make people take a second look at the Republican Party.”
Beck echoed the sentiments of other Republican leaders, saying that Palin would appeal to Hillary Clinton voters still mistrustful of Barack Obama.
“She’s a woman of substance. She has an exceptional record as a fiscal conservative. She’s enacted a lot of ethics reforms. I think she is exactly what John McCain needed on his ticket to bring some of the Hillary supporters to the Republican side of the isle,” said said. “I think there are going to be a lot of women who are not particularly partisan that are interested in seeing a fresh face like Gov. Palin on the ticket.”