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. Kathy

    He spoke to her for the first time 6 months ago for about 15 minutes and I think that's it and all of a sudden their "soul mates", pretty funny.

    September 1, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. JB

    Oh, NOW you decide to vet her.

    After seeing McCain select his vp candidate, I don't want a "maverick" in the white house. No rash, irresponsible decisions – I want reasoned, well deliberated decision making – like Obama.

    Is McCain taking this seriously?

    Hey, let me give you a tip...NEVER insult a womans intelligence – like you did with this trophy vp pick – it will come back and bite you hard. The polling is already showing signs. Obama's lead with women continues to grow.

    September 1, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. GA goes Blue

    McCain is NUTS!

    September 1, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. Dave

    You know some people do forget things and remember later? Thats McCain.

    September 1, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. R. Squibbs

    The Republicans have come up with a new concept: faith-based vetting!

    McCain's running this campaign about as effectively as FEMA responded to Katrina. Would you trust this man with the welfare of the nation?

    Obama/Biden '08

    Judgment. Competence.

    September 1, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Sue

    she really leaped before she looked. was there no consideration for the daughter and her well being. knowing that the media would pounce on her child. she seems to be sensitive to no one but herself and her desire. they're carrying the downsyndrome baby around like a trophy to show how much of a strong struggling mom she is. so what's the spin on the pregnant daughter going to be. perhaps she's the next trophy to show that she's so pro-life that she would not even consider abortion for her own child. I guess the more trophies you have the stronger you are. Oh Yeah, she sounds like a considerate loving mom to me!

    September 1, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  7. Carl from MI

    Yeah, right!! That's why you vet your VP choices!!!

    Did you hear James Dobson embracing the whole Palin's daughter pregnancy thing!! What hypocrites!! They talk and talk about family values.... they talk about the effectiveness of abstinence programs.

    Her daughter was home schooled by Palin herself!!! She did such a good job instilling 'family values' and 'abstinence' in her daughter that her daughter went out and had pre-marital sex anyway AND WILL NOW HAVE A BABY OUT OF WEDLOCK!!!

    This woman is going to lead-by-example? She's going to inspire 'family values' in our nation... when she's a failure at inspiring it in her own daughter? Abstinence programs HAVE BEEN PROVEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN TO NOT WORK!!!

    They just don't work... and Palin's daughter is living proof!! Looks like there really aren't a whole lot of 'family values' in the Palin family!! And she's supposed to be the Republican Party's VP poster child and shining example??

    I can't WAIT until November... can you say ‘LANDSLIDE’???


    September 1, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  8. Florida Gold

    Feel sorry for the old man,between Gustav.D.U.I and pregnancies the old man must be looking to get some help from his old pal Karl Rove

    September 1, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. Hector Gonzalez

    I watch cnn 24/7 and im disappointed that its now turning into fox news . wont watch it anymore.

    September 1, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. curtis in WI

    There is no way this is going to end well for McCain. Either she will leave in disgrace, err, "better devote her time to the care of her family" (You meanies!) or McCain will be forced to dump her and there is no positive spin on that. Or he will have to keep her and have all the discussion be about all her multitudes of scandals and how could he pick her knowing that?

    Whichever way it shakes out, people's view of McCain's judgment is shot to hell.

    I wonder how many of his former rivals, if any, are planning a nomination coup?

    September 1, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. Blogthis

    too little to late

    September 1, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  12. blaising

    Or this:

    Seems that Palin honed this skill back as Mayor of Wasilla, where she was nearly recalled, for firing the Police Chief and Library Director for not supporting her in her 1996 race for Mayor.
    Yes, that's right. Hack n' Sack Sarah didn't even try to hide it. She didn't say the Police Chief and Library Director were doing a bad job. No, she fired them for "not fully supporting her efforts to govern" (i.e., not endorsing her for Mayor).

    September 1, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. godfrey

    Fact finding after making a choice for the worst is just another evidence of the McCain 'FLIP-FLOPPING and LOST-OF-SENSE-OF-DIRECTION' machine.
    It is clear that McCain and his campaign crew are lost in making a simple VP choice, and they are running around like chicken with the head cut off, just like the Bush administration have been doing for the past eight years. McCain and his lost crew CONNOT be trusted to lead this country in the right direction...... Please no more four years for this man and his Bush policies. Americans have learned their lessons.

    September 1, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. missouri bob

    I support McCain but this is a disaster and this is the end of his presidential ambition. The best the GOP can hope for at this point is that they keep the social conservatives together for 2012 when they will be able to blame everything on the Dems. By then the Bush years will be a disatant memory.

    September 1, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  15. Bulldog

    Running his National campaign has been just as much of a challenge as Palin in small Alaska. Obama has done an awesome job running his campaign while both McCain and Clinton have had major shakeups. Obama beat arguably the most powerful political power in the Clintons which proves to me he has excellent executive leadership skills. He will prove it even more when he beats McCON and Palin who nobody even knows yet and has her own corruption investigation to worry about.

    September 1, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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    September 1, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. The Lady

    I agree that family should be off limited but it is a different story if the politician is hiding or even lying about their family issues. That is an ethics issue.

    September 1, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. Mikey

    Oh, so now they VET her. This tracks with Bob Barr's comments on CNN that McCain took over the VP selection process and rushed Palin through. Of course, the important issues are that she is a phenomenally unqualified right-wing extremist.

    September 1, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. RapidRay

    Come to think of it...their probably gonna spend a few weeks capping caribou from an Alaskan national Guard helicopter, dousing for oil in the national wildlife refuge and then be sitting in the jury box when she faces charges for misuse of office polishing their rifles.

    September 1, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  20. The Iraq war IS legal

    Doesn't seem worse than Obama's background!!

    September 1, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. Sue

    This is better than ANY soap opera!

    September 1, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. katiec

    Would not be surprised if Mccain and the republicans try
    to stop the investigation. It has happened before, but we
    will not accept anything like this one more time.
    Mccain made an irresponsible, dangerous decision in
    his pick for vp.
    He gave no thought whatsoever to the future of our
    country or us.
    To put our country in jeprody, gosh, aren't we in enough
    trouble as it is, just to pander and try to get more votes
    proves the man has no integrity,

    September 1, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  23. Adriana - Ontario, Canada

    As a woman, I am upset that McCain is using this strategy. I have always believed that he has no respect for women and this confirms it. McCain thinks the American women are idiots and the sad thing is that many are falling for it.

    September 1, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  24. Shirley-Ohio

    I thought they were suppose to do this before they select a running mate. Whose judgement is being questioned now.

    September 1, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  25. Peter of Oregon

    She needs to be properly vetted, and lets get all of these skeletons out of the closet now well before November please.

    September 1, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
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