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Schwarzenegger likes the man-woman ticket

August 29, 2008 |  4:40 pm

It didn't take Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger long to figure out why John McCain and Sarah Palin would make for a good Republican ticket. He likes the gender balance.

When asked about McCain’s vice president choice at an appearance in San Diego on Friday morning, Schwarzenegger said it would be “terrific” to have “a man and a woman running things together” for the first time in the White House.

"I’m a big believer that women can do just as great a job if not a better job than guys can do, and I’ve seen this is in my own house,” Schwarzenegger went on to say. For more of the interview, visit LA Now, our sister blog.

To learn more about what kind of woman Palin is, check out Jacket Copy, The Times' books blog, which has a post about Palin's biography. The book is called "Sarah: How a Small Town Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment on Its Ear." It was penned by Alaskan writer Kaylene Johnson, who interviewed Palin's childhood basketball coach, her aerobics instructor and her pastor, among others.

Jacket Copy's Carolyn Kellogg reports that sales of the tome have taken off since McCain announced Palin as his vice president.

The book started the day with an Amazon sales rank of about 300,000. By noon it, it had risen to No. 775. Shortly after 6 p.m., it was No. 24. Epicenter, the book's publisher, is figuring out how to fill the new demand -- Barnes & Noble alone wants 15,000 copies.

-- Kate Linthicum

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