11/23/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Alaskans: We Don't Recognize Palin Anymore

Since Gov. Sarah Palin became the Republican vice presidential candidate, she's been shaped to fit a new image.

From debate boot camp at Sen. John McCain's Arizona ranch to a high-end makeover costing $150,000, the Palin on the national campaign trail is not the woman politician that voters here remember. The governor of Alaska seems transformed after a team of seasoned advisers helped craft a new political persona for her.

In Alaska, Palin supporters and critics alike have said the woman they see stumping in swing states and being interviewed on national TV is not the hockey mom-turned politician they once knew.

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