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It is any surprise that Barack Obama and John McCain had more search hits before Sarah Palin was nominated for the VP?
Certainly not, but it is surprising that she is now getting so much more attention than they are. In the midst of a presidential election, you would assume that the overall consistent lead would lie with the presidential candidates, rather than their running mates. Case in point--Joe Biden. Why search for him? Just look up Obama since he's the interesting one, and it's his policies that would matter.This just shows how shrewd of a political move choosing Palin was for McCain. Regardless of your opinion of her policies, she has wrested the spotlight away from the "chosen one" and made McCain relevant for people who don't care about politics but will vote anyway.
I don't think it's surprising at all. She's new on the national scene. We've been hearing about Obama for over 4 years now (since the 04 convention speech), and McCain's been in the news since he got shot down over Hanoi. Biden, while not as well known as Obama and McCain, has been in the public spotlight before, for, among other things, running for President, plagiarizing, and having this insatiable desire to stick his foot in his mouth. People know about him, or enough about him, as the case may be.But Palin, she's new and so she's getting a lot of press and searches.
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Dr. Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.
Perry holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University near Washington, D.C. In addition, he holds an MBA degree in finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In addition to a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan-Flint, Perry is also a visiting scholar at The American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
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