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September 11, 2008 speech in Ft. Wainwright, Alaska

On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Palin gave a speech at Ft. Wainwright in Alaska to the The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry, who were scheduled for a 12 month deployment in Iraq. Among those serving in the brigade was her son, Track.

Republican National Convention

In her first speech on national TV, Palin ignited the delegates at the RNC. Her speech was viewed by 37.2 million. It far exceeded the number that watched either Bush or Kerry speak in 2004 at their respective conventions. Only Barack Obama’s speech a week earlier at the Democratic National Convention had higher ratings.

View the transcript here.

Dayton, Ohio, after McCain announced his choice August 29, 2008

Very little was known about Palin when McCain made his announcement on August 29, 2008. Here is her first speech after being picked:

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