Strong feelings on Palin
Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank, a Democrat and strong Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter, was on the fence about whether or not to vote for Barack Obama. That is, until John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate.
"It's so obvious that she is not qualified to be vice president. I'm shocked at John McCain's lack of judgment," said Frank, who now intends to vote for Obama.
On the other hand, Greg Truax, co-chairman of the McCain campaign in Hillsborough, said 20 volunteers signed up after Palin joined the ticket and two former Clinton supporters told them they now expect to vote for McCain.
"First of all, I was shocked," said Republican Pinellas county commissioner Susan Latvala. "It took me a few hours, but I'm excited. She's a real woman, and might have real appeal. I'm cautiously optimistic."
-- Adam C. Smith, Times political editor