Sarah Palin shares advice with Democratic VP pick Kamala Harris

In 1984, future Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin won the Miss Wasilla beauty pageant and finished third in the Miss Alaska pageant. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – Former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin offered advice and congratulations after Joe Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, CNN and TODAY reported.

The former Alaska governor took to Instagram to share some lessons she learned after her run for vice president alongside the late Sen. John McCain back in 2008, CNN reported. Palin and the late Geraldine Ferraro, who also ran for vice president in 1984, were the only two women in U.S. history to be picked as running mates before Harris.

“Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned,” she wrote on Instagram.

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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: 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! 🇺🇸 more to come... including one of the funniest things in my life, right before my debate with Sen. Joe Biden... stay tuned! - Sarah Palin

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Palin shared two pointers for Harris: “keeping your own team with you” and to “trust no one.”

“This IS the greatest country in the world and hopefully you’ll be blessed beyond belief,” she wrote on Instagram. “With meeting new people from all walks of life and see just how great it is.”

Biden’s announced Harris as his running mate Tuesday. She is the first Black woman in history to be selected on a major party ticket.


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