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Utah's governor took center stage at the Republican National Convention, if only for just a minute. Jon Huntsman nominated Sarah Palin for vice president this evening.
Gov. Huntsman sounded a little hoarse as he formally placed Palin's name in nomination for the vice-presidential spot on the ticket, but it didn't take away from his enthusiasm.
He said, "We are looking for a beacon of light to show us the way. ... We are looking for Sarah."
Huntsman called America's public policy challenges daunting. But he also said that Palin has the kind of confidence and independent spirit necessary for the job. He declared: "Hockey moms of the world: United," and said that Palin is not afraid to "kick a few fannies and raise a little hell."
He rallied delegates into a frenzy as they chanted, "Sarah, Sarah," and made Gov. Palin's nomination for vice president official.
"It is my distinct honor and privilege to nominate my fellow western governor, Sarah Palin, to be the next history-making vice president of the United States of America," he said.
Huntsman was supposed to speak earlier this week, but when the Republican National Convention rearranged the schedule because of Hurricane Gustav, Huntsman's speech was dropped.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)