September 1st, 2008
08:30 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain communications team sent to Alaska

(CNN) - A senior adviser to John McCain's campaign confirms that they have dispatched a team of 12 people to presumptive VP nominee Sarah Palin's home state of Alaska.

The adviser insists the group is a communications "jump" team that would have gone to any nominee's hometown, and denies reports that the team is now going to further vet Palin.

Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. Bonnie

    "Further vet her..." McCain, I supported you in 2000, now all I can say is you are not the McCain I knew. You're a fool, sir, and this vapid selection of Palin has confirmed it. If naming this woman without vetting her, as is obvious with the information now forthcoming, is an example of your good judgment, you have some of the poorest judgment I have been witness to. Your hand over the "button" would be frightening.

    September 1, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Linda J

    His Hail Mary nomination of Palin makes me fearful to have him as President. Is this impulsiveness how he will make other important on Iran?

    September 1, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. mathteacher

    If we are going to talk about Gov Palin then let's talk about her, not her daughter. Her daughter is 17 and anything can happen at 17. What I do question is the fact that her mother and father said she is an adult, what 17 year old high school-er is an adult. I do not see why the situation is being compounded by marriage. The chances of this marriage making it are slim to none. What does this say about the judgment Gov Palin has when it comes to her most prized possession her daughter?
    If the press wants to look into things look into the firing of her ex brother-in-law. Maybe there were reason for him to be fired but if she used her office in any way to accomplish this, that would be wrong.

    September 1, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. Independent

    It's hard to believe that we could have a single teenage mom living in the white house next year.

    September 1, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. Kim

    Oh so now they go and VET the VP candidate. Judgement McBush. You have no sense of Judgement. We now know what Maverick means. It means make rash decisions based on pandering politics regardless of what is right for your party or the Nation.

    September 1, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Mel in GA

    What executive experience does McSame have???? Was he ever in charge of a Navy Command; for example was he ever an executive(XO) or Commanding Officer (CO) of any naval branch.…. no where in McSames Bio does it mention executive service where he and he alone made decisions that affected his suboordinates lives or financial issues….. Sarah Palan's nomination did not make the experience question go off the table that question between the 2 presidential nominees should have never been an issue because neither have it; Baracks campaign, temperment, family values, and judgement (wins hands down) are the best example that we have and he is the best choice for the job…. Obama/ Biden

    September 1, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  7. Dewtrell

    Typical White Person – Let's just say Palin did tell McCain so he choose her anyway knowing that a 17 year old girl's life will be turned upside down. Ya... that's the man I want for my president. (sarcasm)

    September 1, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. Deb, Allentown PA

    Most of the other ticker items on the pregnancy are closed, so I'll post here in response to some of the comments I've seen.

    No one should be denigrating Bristol for her pregnancy. It happens, whether we want it to or not. She made a mistake and hopefully it was HER choice to keep her child.

    And yes, it is a family situation and should remain within the a degree. When McCain and Palin tell us they want to overturn Roe v Wade, taking away that choice for future young pregnant women who have made a mistake, that's when this becomes open for public debate.

    I simply do not understand how conservative family-value voters can, in all good conscience, support Sarah Palin in a role as VP. With a 4-month-old child with Downs, and a 17-year-old daughter in a very difficult circumstance, if she is any type of decent mother, her commitment has to be to them. She can not serve her children and her country as VP; either her children or the country will suffer, most likely both.

    September 1, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. Generation X

    WHAT A FOOL!!! lol

    September 1, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. Hey Typical White Person

    The point is not that her daughter is having a baby out of wedlock..who cares?

    Nor is the point that her husband had a DUI over 20 years ago...

    The point is that this man...John McCain..who not only says he has the judgment to be President of the United States...but ridicules his opponent for NOT having that judgment...In his first major decision as a canbdidate for the office..just simply and cynically reaches out to a neo-Dan Quayle without really looking into her background or fully sitting down and making a sound determination fn her fitness to serve as President,,,,
    That is the issue! What will John McCain do with the other...far more important issues that demand his attention?

    September 1, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  11. Ron from Bel Air

    Hey, it's not Palin's fault if the McCain side don't act responsibly toward the fate our country. As some have said, this may well be like the Harriet Myers' case, where we now believe she was innocently led to believe she was ready for a job that her "judge" (GW Bush, in her case, for the Supreme Court) apparently had no good fell for or understanding of. Ms Myers thought she was indeed ready for that sort of position, that surely the President of the United States had ways of determining/vetting the appropriateness and worth of her nomination.

    So far, it looks like the same happened here, doesn't? We have nothing against Palin; indeed, there is little record to even react to. That McCain now send a dozen investigators/spinners to Alaska says much more about his "judgment" than about hers.

    Doesn't it?

    September 1, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. Gene

    McCain where is your judgment to lead this great nation?

    September 1, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. Dori in AZ

    Are you aware that when Palin was elected as Wasilla’s mayor in 1996, the population was about 4,600, and she fired the police chief and library director because she didn't feel they were supporting her? She refused to give any specifics to Alaskan media as to how these people weren't supporting her. Instead, she told the newspaper some nonsense about how she knew it in her heart....

    The poor librarian got her job back, but the police chief didn't.

    McCain's campaign should have been in Alaska to vet this woman long before he became smitten with her. What did he tell us after meeting her once, talking to her once, then offering her the job? Oh, yeah. That when we got to know her like he did, we'd love her.

    Off the wall hilarious, McCain!

    September 1, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. Daniel

    Truth be told, the "Jump Team" is going to scout the local PTA at her daughters school for members of his cabinet.

    Thats the visionary we need in office.

    September 1, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  15. NGANGA,Austin TX

    SHE WILL BE ISSUING A STATEMENT TO WITHDRAW FROM THE TICKET BEFORE WEDNESDAY. And thanks Maccain for the opportunity to meet with the Amariacan know,the American story that ALWAYS has a better ending.

    September 1, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. One more thing

    And one more thing....if McCain reconsiders this VP choice, or if she steps down, and he chooses someone more suitable, we cannot forget his poor judgment in making this original knee-jerk choice. If this is indicative of the sort of governing and judgment we'll see from him as POTUS, we should all be very very afraid.

    September 1, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  17. Ed Pete

    It's now more than obvious that McCain is not too big on clear or effective communications. The ongoing snafu with the Palin selection is making the Republican candidate look rather foolish from a number of angles. But the biggest joke is McCain's " campaign communication spokesman"- Tucker me out something....
    In a interview with CNN's Campbell Brown this evening, good ole boy Tucker couldn't even answer one question directly having to do with the Palin selection without trying to spin the facts and attacking Obama.
    Senator McCain and my dear Tucker- you are both pathethic. George Bush is a great communicator compared to you two!

    September 1, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Wayne

    Mila @ 9:40 pm

    Typical McCain

    Ready ... fire ... aim!

    That's Precious !!!!!!!! LOL !!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  19. John Q Public

    Dear McCain Vetting Team:

    In future ventures, you may want to look into a resource called "The Internet". Once you find a copy, you may want to look at the index. This resource calls their index "". There are other indexes as well. Choose whichever you are comfortable with.

    You might also want to look into the relevent section that gives you the major newspaper for a selected state or city.

    This is a very informative resource. You will be amazed at the volume of information they give you for free in just a few minutes time.


    John Q Public

    September 1, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. Terry

    Oh my god !!!! Is this for real????????? In my opinion McCain made a big mistake in selecting her for VP. She reminds me of my sister who I love dearly but my sister would be the first to tell you she is not ready to be vice president of the united states of America.

    September 1, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  21. Shannon

    McCain needs a miracle with the media in the tank for Obama. It's the Republican convention, and Anderson Cooper is giving Obama more airtime than the Republicans have gotten all weekend. It's just disgusting.

    September 1, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  22. LFugi

    If I were a Republican, I'd be really worried right now... This does make me seriously doubt McCain's judgement. Shoot first, ask questions later? Is that how he handles all his important decisions?

    September 1, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  23. From a Mother

    As a mother, I would not have subjected my teenage daughter to the scrutiny that she would endure due to her mother's nomination for VP. Especially when she has to know deep in her heart that she is not qualified to run a country and as VP, especially one under a 72 year old President, has to be ready to do so. Palin ran a one horse town and was governor of a small state. Everything did not run as smoothly for her as the Republicans would have us believe. She had problems with it and she would have tremendous problems running a country! Why put her daughter through this unnecessarily? Bad Judgement!!!

    September 1, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. Mike the next pres

    This is pure politics... mccain is a goon,,, he doesnt even know what time of day it is let alone where he stands on the issues.Too many years as a pow. Mccain actually considering flipping to the demcratic party back 2004 and running with John Kerry because him an Bush had a disagreement...

    If he wanted to appeal to Hillarys voters he has at least ten republican women in office to choose from that are more well known and have twice as much experience.. He chose her for one reason and one reason alone ALASKA'S OIL....

    September 1, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  25. Randy

    John McCain has really messed up big time on this one. I know he is a smart man but sure is not showing it in his big decisions, I admire his military carrer and his love for his country, This however does not mean he can make sound decisions on matters of major inportant for the country especially if he can't totally check out who he picked for his VP running mate. It is to late for me to suport him in anyway now but for his sake I hope he recants his choise for VP and picks someone that could really be President if God forbid he is ever selected. God Blee America!!

    September 1, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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