August 29th, 2008
09:01 PM ET
6 years ago

How McCain chose Palin

McCain only talked with Palin once before choosing her.
McCain only talked with Palin once before choosing her.

(CNN) - John McCain first met Sarah Palin only six months ago and had just one conversation with the Alaska governor before offering her the vice presidential slot on the Republican ticket, the Arizona senator's campaign said Friday.

The move appears to be a marked departure for McCain - a man known for his tendency to surround himself with a close circle of advisers and politicians he has long felt comfortable with.

But according to the McCain campaign, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee first met Palin in Washington at a February 2008 National Governors Association meeting. He was immediately impressed with the 44-year-old rising GOP star, and decided to consider her for the vice presidential slot.

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis had several conversations with Palin throughout the vetting process, but McCain himself didn't speak with the Alaska governor until last Sunday - one day after Barack Obama named Joe Biden to his ticket. It was then McCain reached Palin by phone while she was at the Alaska State Fair to discuss the possibility of joining the ticket.

Palin then traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona Wednesday evening, where she met with top McCain advisers Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter. On Thursday Palin traveled to McCain's Sedona, Arizona home where the Arizona senator had another conversation with her, and formally asked her to be his running mate.


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soundoff (1,482 Responses)
  1. independent for obama

    this was tucker bound's idea. what a maroon.

    August 29, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. Fred

    I seriously doubt that CNN would ever post this....
    but the ranting and raving about the inexperience of Palin as McCain's pick for VP pales in comparison to the idea of Obama actually occupying the oval office. Talk about inexperience and unqualified!!

    Obama has NO executive experience. All he can do is spew political rhetoric! If this country has to listen to him talk ch-ch-ch-change for two more months I think a good percentage of us will throw up! With all this talk of change ....what major change has he ever accomplished??? If I seriously thought he could accomplish half of the things he has promised America....I might even consider voting for him. But then I don't really think that it is a good idea to have someone who supports murder in the White House

    August 29, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. thomas shanks

    Well, they look like Karen Walker and her effiminate nymisis from the TV sitcome – "Will and Grace"... i

    August 29, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Joanna

    What a stupid decision!!! I understand the role of strategy, but do something that will ultimately be to the benefit of America and not to just win votes. Men in general, please be careful about the things you say because it's the gender card that Republicans will use to try to win voters.

    August 29, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. Buck

    McCain's VP choice is pathetic and will probably cost him the election, if he ever had a chance to begin with.

    That said, I FULLY SUPPORT IT! NICE JOB, McCAIN!

    August 29, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. jenny

    I'm torn. I've always enjoyed watching a woman juggle five kids (one off to war and the other a babe in arms) with an aging grandpa.

    August 29, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. Jennifer

    This is a great pick! Sorry Obama peeps. You do not have a prayer now. For anyone that questions this womans experience. She is running for VP and she has More expereince then the ONE that is running for the President. Good job! Well done!

    August 29, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. mn

    Who is pulling the strings, it is not mcaain
    republican part y is a puppet show

    Time to bring in multiparty democracy and break this stronghold of the delegate based election

    August 29, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  9. arlene, CA

    McSame just does not take his job seriously. This choice is a joke. Palin, Commander in Chief, ready to lead on day one, If anything happens to McSame (If he should win) this is who we would get to lead America. There's something wrong with McSame, I knew there was, but he has a serious judgment problem. McSame has lost his bearings completely, it is hard to believe that a man running for President would have this LAME judgment.

    August 29, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Sharon F., NY

    McCain's pick for VP clearly displays a politcal scam that appeals to his selfishness in this election. He obviously chose a woman to save his behind and steal the headlines from the historic night of Obama. McCain is in this election for his own interests and NOT for the best interests of Americans. He is a dictator in the making. Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe we have our first African-American President.

    August 29, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  11. AD

    LoL @ maryfromtexas

    What secrets?

    You're just the type McCrypt was aiming for when he made his VP choice. 'Gratz, YOU'VE set our movement back, all by yourself.

    August 29, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. Mac

    Mccain killed democracy!.. Barack Obama is here because of people.. people chose him whether or not he has experience. That is democracy.. but Palin, one person's choice.. just to get thru the elections..

    August 29, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. corporategiftsandgiftbaskets

    Why do some of you think a woman needs to explain who will take care of the child? This country is bigger than that. Israel was smart..women help create peace...look at Maya Angelou and Golda from Israel. We need to catch up with the rest of the world.

    Lin
    attentiontodetailgifts.com

    August 29, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. Tom in CA

    I just submitted the Prarie Dog poisoning article from the Defenders of Wildlife website - CNN censored it!

    CNN get out of the GOP's bed! Be independent! That's right – you've forgotten what FREEDOM OF SPEECH means – it's an amendment in the Consitution of the USA! GET OUT OF BUSH"S BED!

    WHAT A BUNCH OF MORONS THAT RESIDE AT CNN!

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  15. Robert

    By the frequently offered up definition of insanity — doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results — the people planning to vote for the very Republicans who've failed this country so wretchedly the last eight years while expecting different results for so voting are insane.

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. mrkusn

    McCain should have picked Charlie Crist of FL. Crist would be ready to take over.

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  17. Rush2112

    What I find so funny is 99% of the population in America had no idea who Palin was before today. How can anyone claim this choice to be good or bad at this point? Could this be one of the reason's why America is in a mess right now? Please be informened on who you vote for as your future could depend on it.

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  18. SomeDumbFellow

    She is almost as unqualified as Obama!

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. Vince

    Steve – southern Illinois August 29th, 2008 8:34 pm ET

    I doubt this lady has been completely vetted. Palin should be toast by about Wednesday after Keith Olbermann and crew get done with her.

    Yeah we all know that if Olbermann spews it , it's like gospel baby. Wow people are really stupid.

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  20. Marylou

    My heart goes out to Palin's down syndrome baby. That child needs their mother and more love than a typical child does. Pro-life/pro child who will be voting for Obama and praying every night for Palin's youngest child.

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. spenser

    It hasn't even been talked about that she's under investigation in her own state currently for ethic violations, in abusing her power as governess......having her EX-brother-in-law (who was a respected state trooper for the the state) FIRED.......sounds like something right out of the redneck, white-trash, jerry springer soap opera.......thus a perfect pick for leatherface McCain

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. RONNIE

    OMG! McCain only met her briefly 1 time? It is a reckless desision which will comeback and haunt him in November.How can he expect us to vote for him when he chooses a women with little experience and a Barbie doll family?

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. DAN

    To think that a year ago McCain was broke and down in the polls. He was doing townhall meetings in small towns, while Obama was being helped by billionaire Oprah in big stadiums. But McCain's story is uplifting, the guy who never gives up even when the odds are against him. With this VP pick and the timming of it shows us why he is the nominee of his party. Palin makes the dems look elitist and has more experience than Obama actually running a state. This is checkmate on the Obama campaign, He shoud of chose Hillary, too late!

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. ron

    Ivy

    how can you insult the intelligence of someone that's voting for Obama

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. Robert

    Citing the frequently offered up definition of insanity — doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results — the people planning to vote for the very Republicans who've failed this country so wretchedly the last eight years while expecting different results for so voting are insane.

    August 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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