Jubilant Crowd Welcomes Palin Home

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Fairbanks is where it all began for Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Now, nearly two years after being sworn in as the state's first female governor, Palin returned Wednesday to Fairbanks - this time as John McCain's running mate.

She arrived to find supporters jammed in an aircraft hangar, there to see Palin's first appearance in Alaska since McCain named her to the national ticket Aug. 29.

A crowd, estimated by the organizers, the Alaska Republican Party, at 3,000 went wild when Palin entered the room, shouting: "Sarah! Palin!"

Palin told the crowd: "John McCain and I are ready, and with your help, we are going to win."