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Martinez: Palin makes 'stellar first impression'

Interviewed on MSNBC, Florida Sen. Mel Martinez gave Republican John McCain's newly announced running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a rave review:

"She does a lot for the ticket,'' Martinez said. "She can strengthen McCain with some of the party faithful and bring some excitement...while appealing to disaffected Clinton voters and small-town America...This is a hockey mom who speaks to middle America in very profound way."

When he was reminded that Floridians don't play hockey, Martinez noted that voters concerned with the energy crisis will appreciate Palin's views on oil drilling.

Palin advocates opening the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge to more drilling. Martinex called her an "energy expert from an energy state."