WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stood out as "high-risk, high reward" from among those vetted last year as Sen. John McCain's GOP running mate, a key adviser says.
Palin was one of 26 possible vice presidential running mates vetted by A.B. Culvahouse, a Washington lawyer and key McCain supporter, The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
For McCain, R-Ariz., selecting a vice president came down to these questions, Politico reported Saturday. Why do you want to be vice president? Are you prepared to use nuclear weapons? And the CIA has pinpointed Osama bin Laden, but if you fire you will kill multiple civilians. Do you take the shot?
Palin knocked those questions "out of the park," Culvahouse Friday told a group of Republican lawyers in Washington.
When McCain asked him for the "bottom line" on Palin, Culvahouse said he replied, "High risk, high reward."
To which McCain replied, "You shouldn't have told me that. I've been a risk-taker all my life," Culvahouse said, noting McCain knew everything about Palin going in, including the pregnancy of her unmarried teenage daughter, Bristol.