Within hours of Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) being announced as presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, Sarah Palin took to social media to offer her some advice.
The only other two women in American history to ever achieve this distinction are Palin, who ran alongside Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008 and Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro, who ran alongside former Vice President Walter Mondale in 1984.
Tuesday, the former Republican 2008 vice-presidential hopeful shared some tips with the California senator, only the third woman ever selected to run as vice president on a presidential ticket for a major party.
“Congrats to the democrat VP pick 🇺🇸 Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned,” began the Instagram post.
The one-time governor of Alaska went on to list six key pieces of advice:
1. Out of the chute, trust no one new
2. Fight mightily to keep your own team with you – they know you, know your voice, and most importantly, are trustworthy
3. Don’t get muzzled – connect with media and voters in your own unique way. Some yahoos running campaigns will suffocate you with their own self-centered agenda so remember YOU were chosen for who YOU are. So stay connected with America as you smile and ignore deceptive “handlers” trying to change you
4. Some fun terms you may learn: “OTR” – an orchestrated campaign stop that’s meant to look un-orchestrated where you “normalize” in front of voters. (I’d remembered not packing my running shoes, they turned it into a whole campaign stop with media detailing my every move trying on shoes.) OTR’s get bizarre (try eating in front of vultures looking for the “gotcha” shot!) but my team made OTR’s the second most fun thing!
5. Don’t forget the women who came before you
6. Have fun! This IS the greatest country in the world and hopefully, you’ll be blessed beyond belief, like I was, with meeting new people from all walks of life and see just how great it is!
Palin also noted, “Every single handshake and holler and hug and smile melted my heart, energized my soul, and gave me the utmost hope in the greatest country on earth!”
Palin promised ‘more to come’ and referenced her past debate with then vice-presidential nominee Biden, who Harris now shares the ticket with.
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