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. APB Denton, TX

    Wait, shouldn't McCain have vetted Palin before he picked her as his VP?

    Republicans for Obama/Biden 08

    September 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  2. Amy from MI

    I had doubts about McCain before, but this irrational and irresponsible choice for VP has cemented my voteā€¦..for Obama! McCain's 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 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  3. Dave

    Well they were supposed to go before the selection, but communications had a mixup in communications. And John thought that they had gone but they hadn't. By then it was too late, Mitt and Huck had already said no. No one else wanted the job so what choice did he have?

    A well oiled political machine!

    September 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. cheryk

    With the Bush record Karl Rove has lot of nerve calling anyone but himself or his boss a blowhard doofus, just shows that they have no conscience about the shape they will leave this country in for future President Obama and Veep Biden to clean up.

    September 1, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. James In Oregon

    McCain is like watching a train wreck.

    September 1, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  6. Obama 08

    The joke's on McCain. That's what happens when you pander and insult people's intelligence.

    September 1, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. mjpick

    mccain's people like to talk about palin's adminstrative experience. i though she was being picked as vp which iis the president of the senate. can she spell senate or does she know what they do, or who they are.. at least biden has connections with the members of the senate.

    September 1, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. Ralph

    McCain wants to be president and he does not even have the skills to properly pick a VP. Didn't McCain win the republican nomination in late winter? How long has he had to select a VP? Is Palin really the best choice he could find in the republican party? Has the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt come to the place where all you have to be is pro-life to be nominate for VP? I think Barack Obama is correct McCain does not have the judgement to be president!
    McCain definitely did not put "Country First" in making this selection! He put his election first! Reminds me of Bush!!!

    September 1, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  9. Eileen from Maine

    It's the cover up team. They have been hard at work, so far scrubbing Wickipedia and ordering all of palin's inner circle to NOT talk to any press. Any information about Palin will now go through the McCain campaign spin cycle before being hung out to dry.

    I hope Gov. Palin is a tough lady, her families lives will be put through the wringer. It isn't really fair to them. John McCain has no shame and believes that women are to be used in any way that can benefit him.

    September 1, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  10. David

    Wow... you folks are really anti GOP... this is not about Palin... it's about you guys reaching for whatever straws you can find... how about Obama spending 20 years under the wings of an anti american pastor that said the US government caused AIDS to kill black folks off... get off your high horses... I thought the Domocrats were going to change the negativity in politics.... hmmm .... business as usual over here... in the left...

    September 1, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    I believe that Sen Obama doesn't need to send a jump team to Scranton, Pa or to Delaware. This just goes to show you that McCain is "too quick", no pun intended for Cindy or anything like that you dirty minded embiciles out there.
    Look, if you go back to the Saddlebrook program, how many times did McCain "jump" the question? At least twice that I can remember, once on the Supreme Court justices, a question that hadn't even come up yet. And two, on the teachers question where he answered yes, yes and get another line of work, before the question was even half way completed.
    It seems to me that McCain is quick ti anger and even quicker to a decision. The bible says be slow to anger.
    I think he's demonstrating a quick temper and in these trying times, exemplified by when he quickly said "we're all Georgians" before getting all the facts.

    Enough of having the quick answer like President Bush on a) going to war in Iraq unnecessarily and then b) saying major combat operations are over and we've won in May of 2003 aboard the Navy cruise ship. And lest anyone forget, it was Senator McCain as well who said that we'd be greeted as liberators and that we'd won (all in 2003).

    September 1, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. teddy stevens

    hope he doesnt run the country thinking that its a quikie.

    just another show of proof that he cant even get his judgement right
    on the best qualified republican to become president if something happens to him.

    can you honestly say to the american people that was the best you could do?

    Obama /Biden

    September 1, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. Willa PA

    Just watch...this investigation is going to be SWEPT SWITFTLY under THE BIG BLACK BEAR RUG she shot, or was it MOOSE?. Consevatives are such hypocrites, same with this baby story. Granted, the girl should NEVER have been on this international stage, the mother is unfit because of that and should have taught her daughter about abstinance, which SHE advocates, or give her birth control or let her have sex education. Kids do these kinds of things, get pregnant and will not do what their parents say all the time, so help the children not get children by giving them birth control to prevent this and making her get married will most likely end in divorce and make life miserable for the future mom, dad and child, divorce is a terrible thing to go through.....

    September 1, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. Mike

    Sad thing is...this is a hot head who will try to disarm the warheads after launching the missles. This guy is a threat to the entire planet!!!

    September 1, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  15. Spud

    I can't see what all the fuss is about since all Sara did was use her position as governor to get a bit of revenge. That isn't any different than our current administration has been doing for the past 8 years and no one seems to care.

    It might have been a little better for John had he not made a rash decision in making the choice to compensate for the Democratic Convention but the religious right is eating it up in his favour.

    September 1, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  16. A. C.

    What a circus.

    September 1, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  17. joe

    obama/biden will surprise the mccain and republican some state they going going to be shock to republican.

    September 1, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  18. rinny

    bottom line he never vetted her!!

    September 1, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. Carolyn

    Typical White Person – Having a bad day are we?

    September 1, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. Former PUMA 100% Obama


    September 1, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. Listen Up...

    They're going to make sure that whatever dirt is up there in Alasks STAYS in least until after the Nov. election!

    September 1, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  22. Rickymo

    Just checking to see if there is anything else they don't know...LOL

    September 1, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |

    We at wish to thank Senator John McCain for choosing a woman for VP in his run for the White House.

    Barack Obama made a critical decision not picking Hillary. The Republicans are staying Republican...the Democratic Party had a chance at unity and chose old Washington politics. They chose someone who was in Washington much longer than McCain.

    Let's not forget that Hillary Clinton has changed history and that a female MUST be in the White House in 2008 and Americans made this point loud and clear.


    September 1, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. observer

    And people still think that MCacin has any judgement left? I bet Palin was pushed down his throat by Karl Rove. Its quite embarrasing when you are the one that's been talking about experince and you just made a huge mistake!

    September 1, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  25. jm from sc

    Typical White Person, you should start comparing Palin to Obama and start with education. Obama will run circles around this lady. Experience does not start when you get to Washington. Obama's leadership ability started in law school and continues on. He has the wisdom and the judgment to lead this country. He has shown much better judgment than John McCain. However, republicans and people who fear the change in the status quo, will say anything to get that old man in the whitehouse. He was not an attractive candidate when he was younger, so what makes him so desirable after he became senile?

    September 1, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
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