Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who was chosen as Republican Senator John McCain's running mate in 2008, has some advice for Democrat Senator Kamala Harris. Harris was officially announced as Joe Biden's vice presidential candidate on Tuesday afternoon.
"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," Palin wrote on her Instagram page, welcoming Harris to the race.
Here is the advice she offered:
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!
“Ropeline”: thee MOST fun thing! 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! The ropeline is often the only way to literally touch those whom you wish to serve, so be sincere in looking in their eyes, understanding why they’re there, never forgetting they represent the innumerable Americans putting their trust in you to serve for the right reasons. It’s who and what they represent that is all that matters!
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 ended her note with a tease.
"More to come...including one of the funniest things in my life, right before my debate with Sen. Joe Biden...stay tuned!" she said.
The Biden campaign will hold an official event with Harris today in Delaware. Biden also announced a fundraiser with Harris shortly after her candidacy was revealed.