"We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed."
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin the day
after giving birth to a Down syndrome child.
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The Straight Talk Express now has a co-pilot: Sarah Palin, conservative, pro-life, 44 year-old first-term governor of Alaska. Like John McCain, Palin has a reputation of being a maverick herself; running on an ethics platform, she defeated incumbent Governor Frank Murkowski in the 2006 GOP Republican primary than went on to top former Democratic Governor Tony Knowles in the general election.
She was nicknamed “Sarah Barracuda” during her high school years because of her intense play while she was captain of her high school basketball team. The team won the state championship when she hit a late free throw. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Idaho then worked as a sports reporter for an Alaskan television station and was runner-up in the 1984 Miss Alaska contest.
Her husband, Todd, is a commercial fisherman. She and Todd have five children, two sons and three daughters. Her eldest, Track, is an infantryman scheduled to be deployed to Iraq next month. She is serving her first term as governor and is the former mayor of her hometown, Wasilla.