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. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Perhaps to stop the polar meltdown that appears to be McCain/Palin?

    I'm afraid "baked Alaska" isn't ever going to mean the same thing again.

    September 1, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. KM

    Damage Control
    Damage Control
    Damage Control........

    McCain's camp is trying to find out all the dirt and let the world know before the rest of us hear it on the local news.

    September 1, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. anonymouys

    whens the election over wake me up when the election is over the republicans are so annoying cant wait to get rid of them

    September 1, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. No Way, No How, No George McCain!

    Jonh McShame:

    VP pick is exactly why he cant be President. Now he decides to look into her background????

    September 1, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. C.K., MN

    McCain, you have so much experience but you just show another lack of sound judgment in picking Palin as your VP nominee. Palin is being investigated for abuse of power up in Alaska—this is a very serious charge. Can you imagine what she’ll do if/when she’s VP? Also, she is a staunch proponent of abstinence education, but do you know the story about her teenage pregnant daughter?

    McCain = Experience???
    McCain = Bad judgment

    September 1, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  6. Sharon

    I find this is very unusual!! I have found she quickly fired the head of the library and a police chief at small town she was mayor at. She was close to being recalled as a group had formed demanding action or recall. Palin reinstated the library chief, but police chief filed a law suit as he had a signed agreement when he was hired that he could not be fire without good reason. Only given reason why he lost was because city council had not voted upon the agreement. Document still existed according to newpaper reports.

    Sounds like McCain is going there to put all the legislators in line. Clean it all up. I just wonder if FBI is there already?? Possibly the big wigs are stepping in???

    September 1, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    He shows the same level of scrutiny in his choice for VP that Dubya did in choosing *his* support staff (Rumsfeld, Heckuva Job Brownie, Ashcroft, ad nauseum).

    September 1, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. ERIC, MN


    September 1, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. Jeannie Jertson

    Sounds to me that McCain did the same thing with his VP selection that he did with the decision to go to Iraq. Didn't do his homework – AGAIN.

    September 1, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. david , atlanta

    You know, reading all you Obama supporters on these blogs, and all the sarcasm, and hostility, and uninformed nonsense, is very reminicsent of a George W. Bush supporter in '04. It is absolutely irresponsible to not be informed about your elected leaders. However it is easy with Barack, he has nothing to be informed about. Biden does have a long history of sweetheart deals to the banking industry, just look up his bankruptcy bill he authored a few years back, and look into his son Hunter, the banking Lobbyist. If then you stil feel like Biden really gives a crap about you, then go ahead and cast your dispersions on Sarah Palin. All you self rightious idiots

    September 1, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. John

    When is Obama stepping down as the nominee? After all he has done far, far worse in Chicago than Palin and the looney left is calling for her to step aside. I think all the yelling from the left about Palin just really shows how scared they are at loosing in November.

    September 1, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  12. Redbug-OHIO FOR OBAMA

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOO this really shows mcbush judgement to lead. OOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK. Just shows being a senator and war hero doesn't mean he is ready to lead a country. PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

    OBAMA/BIDEN ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  13. Kent

    I'm sorry. I've been a loyal Republican my whole like, but I love my country too much to see this travesty. Reagan is rolling over in his grave with this VP pick. McCain has screwed his party and his country, just like we always knew he would! That's it!

    September 1, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. The Clear Thinking Independent

    Senator McCain has been niave and reckless in selecting Sarah Palin as a reaction to Senator Obama selecting Joe Biden and having a blockbuster convention.

    I don't want a president that is a tactical reactionary.

    I want a president that is a strategic pro-actionary ... John McCain can't do that nor can he fake it over the next 9 weeks.

    If he needed a social conservative, why not pick Governor Huckabee

    He needed an economic powerhouse, his best pick was Govenor Romney but his "I-don't-know-my-HOUSES gaffe spoiled that one.

    If he needed to try to prove he was a Maverick ... he should have picked Lieberman

    If he wanted a the most capable VP from day one, he could have pick Governor & Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

    If he wanted a woman he could have pick Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

    If he wanted a woman and a minority, he could have pick Secretary of State Rice.

    If he wanted to install a next generation link, he could have picked Pawlenty.

    He picked NONE of these though. Instead he hastily picks someone that he's only spoken to a couple of times and someone he hardly knows. I don't want that kind of Chief Executive in the White House, my friend.

    September 1, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  15. CM

    yeah right....that com team is to stifle any more potential 'gotchas' from Alaska.

    And you GOPers call us kool aid drinkers? McCain could put a frog to run next to him and you'll find a way to spin or just attack with your 'talking points' which carry no merit.

    September 1, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  16. DemoDevil

    It's a SURGE! Like the one in Iraq, it's too little, too late.

    September 1, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. Politically Speaking

    Ok. So you pick a candidate based solely on her gender and as a political move to steal votes. When it's too late you find out about all these skeletons and NOW you wanna check her?

    And this guy wants to lead the free world? Shoot first ask questions later?

    September 1, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  18. Pat

    First, this selection for VP seems to be an act of despiration on McCains part. How could you not have known the political intracacies of your candidate. McCain put the cart before the horse. Secondly, There is no comparison between Senator Hillary Clinton and Gov. Palin. Hillary Clinton has 8years of hands on governance experience under the tutelage of President Clinton. As for Governor Palin's 17 year old daughters pregnancy, I think the governor needs to remain close to her daughter at this time. If Palins husband is gone to work on weeks end who's maintaining the home. I just think this situation is leading to more confusion and chaos.

    September 1, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  19. Reckless

    McCain can't even be responsible enough to select a soild VP choice, how the hell are we to expect him to do what's best for the country on other issues. This isn't rocket science, come on. Reckless.


    September 1, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. Fred

    "Oops, shouldn't you have don't that BEFORE you put a hypocritical un-Ethical possibly criminal ex beauty queen with ZERO experience on the ticket?

    September 1, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. Maggie

    I really, really hope that Palin is for real. I'm still supporting her.

    September 1, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  22. Kathy

    I'll bet anyone on this blog a million bucks that Palin drops out within two weeks. My guess is even sooner.

    What the hell were they thinking?

    September 1, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  23. Amy from MI

    I had doubts about McCain before, but this irrational and irresponsible choice for VP has cemented my vote.....for Obama! His decision to choose Palin-someone he met once before-proves that he shoots first, asks questions later. Either that or he's senile.

    September 1, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  24. Observer

    Oh, man....this doesn't look good. Even if this is on the up-and-up, as the McCain campaign says, it still appears bad to be sending a team to Alaska. What could they possibly be doing, besides further vetting?
    John, rethink your choice for VP now. Mrs. Palin has some good personal reasons she can use to quietly fade away back to Alaska, so let her go. I knew this choice was wrong from the beginning.

    September 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  25. Phillippa Greathouse

    Interesting how the "Christian Right" gives conflicting information to teens on sexual abstinance. What hypocrits!!!

    September 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
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