Sen. John McCain announced actress Tina Fey as his vice presidential candidate Wednesday, calling her "the running mate who can best help me shake up Washington."
"She's exactly who this country needs to help me fight the same old Washington politics of me first and country second," the presumptive Republican nominee said at a Dayton, Ohio, rally of about 15,000 supporters, who welcomed the surprise pick with cheers and flags.
"She's got the grit, integrity, good sense and fierce devotion to the common good that is exactly what we need in Washington today," McCain said.
Fey, 38, described herself as a fighter against parking tickets in her first appearance as a candidate for vice president, an office she said she never expected to seek.
"I was just your average actress in New York City" before getting a parking ticket, she said. "When I found the ticket, I fought it hard and brought the issue to court."
Palin told the crowd, "To have been chosen brings a great challenge. I know that it will demand the best that I have to give, and I promise nothing less."
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