Sen. John McCain has taken in $7 million in contributions since announcing Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, a top campaign aide said today.
The money bounce may owe to Palin's appeal with conservative donors, many of whom said privately they had planned on sitting out the campaign this year. The money comes in just under the wire -- after McCain accepts the GOP nomination Thursday, he will accept public funds and no longer be permitted to raise private money for the campaign.
That will not, however, stop McCain and Palin from raising money for the Republican National Committee. In coming weeks, McCain will host four megafundraising events in major cities aimed at bolstering the accounts of the party. Palin, meanwhile, will be sent out to headline more than a dozen fundraising events for the RNC.
Again, could Tim Pawlenty have pulled this off? I highly doubt it.
Pawlenty was still the safe choice for VP though (as Evan Bayh was for Obama). He would have been boring, but at least we wouldn't have a media frenzy over his experience like that with Palin (whether it is deserved or undeserved). Yet again, safe choices don't always bring out the voters and with Obama drawing in 85,000 people to hear him speak, maybe Palin was the right choice.
What is next for the McCain campaign? What will the independents think? I'm voting for the ticket, will America?
Update: Reuters segment...