Politics & Government

July 5, 2009 2:59 PM

Palin's career has been one surprise after another

She burst onto the political scene in Alaska in 2002 almost as stunningly as she stepped onto the national stage as Sen. John McCain's out-of-nowhere choice as his vice presidential running mate in 2008. Years before she and McCain ran for the nation's highest offices as a pair of "mavericks," Palin built a skyrocketing political career in Alaska on just that quality.

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