If true, this potential to be a game changer given the unique and contentious nature of the Hillary/Obama primary contest.

CNBC reports

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a self-styled “hockey mom” who has only been governor for a little over a year, is GOP Presidential candidate John McCain’s choice for Vice President, CNBC has learned.

According to a Republican strategist, Palin is the nominee, though McCain’s campaign has not comfirmed this.

With an announcement scheduled in Dayton, Ohio, an associate of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said the governor had been informed he is not McCain’s pick.

Again, if true, this was a masterful job of subterfuge by the McCain camp.

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