Long before Sarah Palin emerged as John McCain’s running mate, political junkies contemplated a different 2008 ticket: Paul-Palin.
Fans of libertarian Texas congressman Ron Paul emailed Palin to suggest she join his presidential campaign.
“I thought you might be interested to know that your name surfaced in a discussion of possible vice presidential picks for Ron Paul should he prevail in the primaries,” wrote Jim McClarin of Nashua, New Hampshire, on Dec. 20, 2007.
That same day, an Alaska-based Paul supporter, David Doyle, chimed in, suggesting Palin endorse Paul in hopes of being his VP.
“I think Sarah would be a perfect match for Dr. Paul!” he wrote.
No sign of much interest from the governor, however. In both cases, the response was a standard form letter.
A search through the “Daily Paul,” a website for Ron Paul supporters, reveals that Palin was floated as a potential VP pick as early as September 2007.
Palin email: Questions over per diem
Palin email: Prayer request and form letter
Palin email: Palin aides dismayed by media requests
Palin email: Palin anticipated environment questions
Palin email: State redacts emails concerning oil leases
Palin email: Palin fielded death threats as campaign heated up