Former vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro told National Public Radio's Jacki Lyden that she was happy to see Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- who mentioned Ferraro in her remarks Friday -- on the GOP ticket.
"For 24 years I've been saying, 'It's great to be the first, but y'know, I don't want to be the only,'" Ferraro said. "And so now it is wonderful to see a woman on a national ticket."
Ferraro said "this election to me is important" because "one way or another we're going to see a historic first."
She said she spoke to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to wish him a happy birthday -- Ferraro's birthday was earlier this week, she turned 73 -- and she told McCain to give Palin her congratulations.
"He said, 'Why don't you speak to her?'" Ferraro recounted. So she did. "She was very, very nice and I do congratulate her."
Ferraro defended Palin from charges that the Alaska governor -- who got her first passport last year -- doesn't have enough foreign policy experience.
"What she doesn't know she will learn very quickly, she seems smart enough," Ferraro said.
As for whom Ferraro will vote, the former congresswoman from Queens, N.Y., said, "I'm like one of you people, I'm sitting here working on my, on my decision. Y'know I'm a Democrat and I am a person who feels very strongly about issues that are facing this country so when I go into the booth I will make my decision."