Passengers pumped for Palin, convention

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Most activities don’t begin until Sunday, and the Republican National Convention doesn’t officially kick off until Monday, but excited party members from across the county are beginning to make their way to St. Paul.

On an AirTran flight Saturday afternoon from Atlanta to the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, Cyndi Mosteller proudly sported a “McCain 2008” sticker.

The former chairwoman of the Charleston County Republican Party and alternate delegate from South Carolina said she’s most looking forward to “just one thing” at this year’s convention, her third: “McCain-Palin,” said Mrs. Mosteller, 52, referring to Sen. John McCain’s surprise selection Friday of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

“The South Carolina delegation is just electrified by the choice of this woman.” Mrs. Mosteller cited Mrs. Palin’s efforts in government reform and firm pro-life stance — “walking the walk,” as she put it — as reasons for her enthusiastic support of Mr. McCain’s pick.

Dorothy Burger, of Summit, N.J., also could be heard discussing the first woman to be part of a GOP presidential ticket.

The 55-year-old said the first-term governor adds “more excitement to this election” and she could identify with the governor having a son serving in the military.

Mrs. Burger said she’s looking forward to getting “a feeling for our purpose, our goals and objectives” at this year’s convention, also her third.

And with an array of activities like volunteer events, receptions and a late-night boat cruise on her schedule, Mrs. Burger said she won’t be too disappointed if she can’t score an honorary delegate pass from her state party.

“It’s just enough to be there, definitely,” she said. “Even if I didn’t get to do any of that.”

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