What Utahns are saying about Sen. John McCain's decision to ask Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to join him on the GOP ticket for president:

Hillary supporters, I don't believe, are going to vote for someone just because she's a woman. ... This race was never about gender. It's about issues. — Donald Dunn, Sen. Hillary Clinton's Utah campaign chairman


With the way the Republican Party treated Mitt Romney, who is very well liked in Utah, we have an opportunity. — Wayne Holland, Utah Democratic Party chairman


She's not from Utah, so you can never compare somebody with a home boy or girl, but when they learn about Sarah and the kind of person she is, I have no doubt (Utahns) will be very, very excited. — Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.


The announcement ... marks an exciting era in Republican politics and shines a light on the aggressive manner in which Sen. John McCain will attack 'business as usual' in Washington, D.C. — Utah Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert


We all wish there was more experience on the part of everybody, but let me tell you, she's got guts. She's got ability. She's not afraid to stand up for what's right. — Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah


While her appointment comes as a surprise, I am sure Gov. Palin will make a positive contribution to the McCain campaign. — Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah


She understands Western issues, energy issues and issues important to sportsmen. This choice bodes well for Utah. — Jason Chaffetz, GOP 3rd District congressional candidate