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. No Palin, FL

    SELF 1ST

    Mrs. Palin is a selfish woman.

    [[ what kind of woman leaves a newborn, with DownSyndrome and go back to work in 3 days? ]]

    ______And her neglect causes her 17 years to get pregnant.

    where is the VALUE?
    where the hell is all value you republican speak so highly of?

    September 1, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  2. BL

    The communications team is actually a damage control team which is going to divert attention from and cover up Palin's screw ups. Well, this further proves McCain's decision is nothing but wreckless. Perhaps Stephanie Miller was dead on: she could be the first VP candidate is US history to crop out.
    Now THAT'S history in the making.

    September 1, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  3. Pippa

    The Christian Right and teen abstinance what a joke.

    September 1, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. Colleen Patrick

    Gov. Sarah Palin's own Republican Senate President told the Anchorage Daily News lately, that Sarah was not qualified to be a Governor let alone a Vice President. They have had a LONG standing feud, and a lot of people in Wasilla would like to know what that is about.

    September 1, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Kayla

    This is what happens when you select someone just because she is a woman. Pawlenty or Romney would have been an easier sell and they have both been in the media eye much longer . This is a disaster if these stories continue to be "news" every day .

    September 1, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. Jim

    I am very worried about McCain's decision process as shown by his hasty VP selection! He does not seem to operate in a rational universe like the rest of us, but relies on his "gut" and "instinct." I cannot imagine a more dangerous trait for a president!

    Republicans talk non-stop about "experience" as if that were the sole criterion for leadership. Intelligence, rational thinking, wisdom and judgment count for so much more. McCain loses and Obama clearly wins in those categories.

    September 1, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Mr C

    That's like taking medicine after death!!

    September 1, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Mary

    Typical White Person:
    Better yet, compare and contrast her to Obama, who has never made a single decision where the buck stopped with him.

    Uh, who is being delusional here? A very good friend of mine who is a Repulician talked about how disappointed she was that Palin was selected–she feels that Palin was selected for all the wrong reasons and Palin's life story does not make her the person that could be next in line if something happens to McCain. My friend said that she cannot support the McCain-Palin ticket.

    September 1, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. no joke, boston

    mcshameless, in a panic mode, thought palin was a cute idea.

    now he realizes what a blessing palin is to DNC!

    September 1, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. Art

    Too late to do a background check now. Another case of your poor judgement ability. I guess one child with D/S and, another child will be raised by nannies, while mommy saves the world!

    September 1, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. lala

    Honestly, I think even many Republicans realize that this was not a smart pick...of course they have to put a positive spin on it, what else can they do? But, this was really not a wise decision. And, I truly think that it is insulting to women (because it is obvious that is why he picked her as she has no qualifications), that he would think we would vote for just ANY woman. She even admitted in her speech that her basic role in this thing is to "woo" Clinton's 18 million votes...are you kidding me?

    If you voted for Hillary based on the ISSUES there is NO WAY you can vote McCain...IT DOES NOT MAKE LOGICAL SENSE!

    September 1, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. AOA Seattle

    "The media are already trying to spin this as evidence Gov. Palin is a 'hypocrite,' but all it really means is that she and her family are human," Dobson said anyone else feeling as sick as I am? That Palin will now be more appealing to evangelical christians because her daughter getting pregnant at 17 proves that [Palin] is human?

    That's how low our moral values as evangelical christians has!!!

    September 1, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  13. tedious898

    If the republican brand were dog food, it would need to be removed for the shelves.

    How can any honorable american call themselves supporters of John McCain? During Katrina and his subsequent votes in the Senate indicated his utter disdain for the lives of americans floating around (dead) in New Orleans. He and his twin (DUMBYA) were eating cake.

    Now they want us to believe that their absence from the convention is to help victims in the very same place. Best choice to lead this country – my foot.

    Obama honestly cares because he's trying to be president for all americans. Not just the ones the republicans like.

    September 1, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. Jack in Springfield, IL

    With Obama only having a 1% lead in the polls a few days after his nomination acceptance speech, I would say that McCain's pick was a good one. I also suspect that the Obama camp will continue to attack Palin on non-issues.

    September 1, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. Sue

    I don't know what's worse, not knowing about her past before you choose her – or knowing and choosing her anyway! Is that the kind of judgment we want to lead our country? I also find it disturbing that they would encourage a CHILD to marry. What does a 17 yr old know about marriage. 3 years ago she was in middle school. Sick.

    September 1, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  16. Foreign Observer

    McCain's on record saying he often makes hasty decisions and then suffers the consequences later. If he were president, guess who'd suffer the consequences? This is a very dangerous man. I'm still waiting for the CNN poll on "who is more likely to plunge the country into another war, McC or O?"

    September 1, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  17. tedious898

    Republicans = we need to thrown the bums out

    September 1, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  18. Jason

    @ Typical White Person

    With that argument – neither has McCain.

    And Obama's executive experience over his own campaign is more extensive than her mayoral "experience." Her 1/2 term as governor has produced no "buck stops here" decisions either.

    September 1, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  19. ree

    You people are very hateful. Glad I am not one of you!!! You are the reason I am not voting for Obama and I am not alone.

    September 1, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  20. Marilyn, Powell, OH

    How will Karl Rove and Fox News spin this story??????????

    September 1, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  21. Hot Rod

    Your comments are so-well typical of someone who is against Obama. I was a coach for my son's baseball team and I made decisions where the buck stopped with me, does that qualify me to be a V.P. candidate? You guys better get some better talking points because this is about to get real ugly real quick.
    There are also comments she made about the war in Iraq being about oil. I betcha the old man didn't know that either.

    September 1, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  22. Barb

    She throws her pregnant teenager under the bus for her political ambitions. I feel sorry for this young girl. Because of her Mother, the whole world knows she is pregnant.

    September 1, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  23. bk

    It's just CNN trying to destroy her so Obama "our guy' as Campbell Brown calls him wins the election.

    September 1, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  24. Mr. X

    Of course this is routine... kinda like when a team of lawyers and damage control types descended on Delaware after Biden was picked.

    Oh... right. That didn't happen.

    Well, better late than never, I guess.

    September 1, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. FemaleDemInsultedbyMcPalin

    This is backwards! You're supposed to vet the candidates BEFORE you select them. John McCain had five months to do this!

    No how. No way. No McCain!

    September 1, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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