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. Texas

    Which means that McCain is vetting her furher. Now they are afraid of what else may be there they don't know. But what else do you expect, McCain vetted her for 15 minutes and by phone.

    Boys and girls, learn the lesson, that's what happens when you don't do you homework.

    September 1, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  2. Paul

    This will make great video – twelve balding middle aged guys in gray Brooks Brothers suits with BlackBerries mushing dog sleds...

    September 1, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  3. Dennis

    I cant wait to see if Alaska end up going to Obama because she is on the ticket

    September 1, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  4. Pam

    This is fun watching McCain's campaign scrambling to do what they should have done before he picked Gidget to be his running mate.

    September 1, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  5. Todd M

    Well, that may not have been their original task, but they definitely are going to vet her now.

    September 1, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. Vetting NC

    Do we really want this type of decision making in the White House on whether or not we go to war? I forgot, we already have.

    September 1, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  7. MikeH

    Typical White Person, What heck's the matter with you, McCain DIDN'T vet the candidate for EXECUTIVE SECOND IN COMMAND for the United States President.

    Why are you so incapable of admitting how ABSOLUTELY IRRESPONSIBLE McCain's choice of Vice President is.

    Sara Palin is Governor of a population equivalent to Bakersfield, California. Alaska does not have a State Budget, it gets all its revenue from the Oil Industry. Sara Palin has a bachelor's Degree in Journalism. She has no legal education, NONE. And she is being investigated for abuse of power bordering on nepotism.

    How can you claim to be a loyal patriotic American and support THIS TRAVESTY?

    September 1, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. Jerry G.

    This is not about vetting; it's about covering up.

    The Neocon-Repub-militarists buried, and have gotten away with, lying America into WAR, for Chrissakes! They’ll smother family squabbles like Trooper-gate.

    How many cover-ups have they carried out in the face of Congressional inquiries (e.g., Rove), court cases (e.g., Libby), Pentagon investigations (e.g., Office of Special Plans)?
    For these guys, this one's a cakewalk.

    What can't be covered up is how incredibly political, shallow, and country-last McCain’s choice of Palin was.

    September 1, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  9. Johnny C.

    More desperate straw grabbing from the democrats.

    You people are really scared aren't you??


    September 1, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Proud American of African Descent

    I have many questions for this GOP ticket:

    I wonder why this is a private family matter when Bill and Hillary Clinton had a "family matter" it was anything but personal and private. Double standard politics.

    I wonder what is the age of the fathere? If he's over 18, isn't that statutory? I wonder if that will be swept under the rug.

    How do GOP reps claim she has better experience then Obama when he had to battle past the Hillary Clinton machine of campaigning, meeting with everyone in the world and weighing in on every issue for the past 18 months when she's been the gov of a state with less people than most large cities in the U.S.?

    What kind of command decisions did she make as head of the Alaskan National Guard?

    Is the rest of the country ok with her views on creationism? the world was created 6000 years ago?

    So, if my daughter was raped and was impregnated she should go through a ful term and wind up hating and mistreating the child because it's a reminder of a horrible situation visited upon her? i'd be forced to help her to a back alley abortionist who would probably kill her too?

    She was vetted for VP by having two meetings with McCain? are you serious? what kind of judgement is that?

    I feel insulted by her presence on the ticket. Out of all the people in the Republican party who are pro-life, pro-gun, anti-gay, females...this is what you bring us......Booooooooooooooooooo! get off the stage!

    September 1, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. Gregorio

    When a young teenager gets herself pregnant, it's not just a slip; it reflects a lack of parenting and some family dysfunction. You can only conclude that Sarah Palin is more about political opportunism than about core values as a 'family values' parent. The honorable thing, for her family, her party and the country, is to withdraw and go home to Alaska to deal with her family issues.

    September 1, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  12. Cathy

    A little late isn't it!!! Says a lot about judgment. Just the kind of leaders we need!

    September 1, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. Morningstar

    No one talked for McCain as he claimed. Just wait, when things will get hot, MCCain will say that those 12 don't talk for his compain...

    September 1, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. Colleen

    I've lived in Sarah Palin's home town of Wasilla, Alaska for 40 years.
    She comes from a great family, but NO WAY is she prepared to be Vice President of the United States. The fact that she thinks she can step in and do that, tells you how immature she is. Even her own Republican Senate President, Lyda Green told the Anchorage Daily News that Sarah Palin was not qualified to be Governor let alone Vice President. Everyone wants her elected because of her star quality...she's beautiful, has a beautiful smile, but that won't help in a crisis. The fact that McCain chose her as his running mate tells me that he could care less about her abilities...he was in the market for someone who could attract attention.

    September 1, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. Wilder

    REALLY MACCAIN....REALLY!!!!!??? Wowwww this just furthermore proves how stupid Maccaged is..Really??!!!???

    September 1, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  16. jane in CA

    McCain does not care for experience since Palin is not Obama. They are pro-life but it's OK to send young people to the wrong war with thousands died, and to put Iraqis families and their innocent children into unexpected war.

    September 1, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  17. David Goldman





    September 1, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  18. Sallyanna

    I feel very worried about Sarah Palin being nominated as the VP
    for the Republican party. As the distance between the rich and the
    poor becomes greater, we don't need someone who advocates
    keeping information about birth control out of the schools and
    making abortions illegal and whose own family shows how that
    just doesn't work. 17 yr old girls forfeit their futures when they become
    pregnant so young. They are unable to take responsibility for their
    actioins so their parents, family members, and the tax payers share
    their burdens.
    I hope voters think twice and three times about voting for the
    McCain, Palin ticket.

    September 1, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  19. Kristen

    McCain's Team is Lying

    From Atlantic Monthly:

    "The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not participate in the vetting of Gov. Sarah Palin and did not conduct a background check as part of the process, an FBI spokesman said today.

    The Washington Post reported Sunday, citing an interview with campaign manager Rick Davis, that the vetting process ‘included reviews of financial and other personal data, an FBI background check and considerable discussion among the handful of McCain advisers nvolved in the deliberations.

    ‘In general, we do not do vetting for political campaigns except as it might regard investigations needed for security clearances,’ said John Miller, the chief FBI spokesperson.

    The FBI did not participate in a vet, nor did it run a background check of Gov. Palin as part of the process.

    Palin might already have a clearance that relates to her duties as governor. But the FBI can’t speak to that, and in any event, those investigations wouldn’t be accessible to the McCain campaign anyway."

    September 1, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |

    The Republicans go to Alaska-–well, we know they will have
    only the people that love Palin a chance to talk.

    Let's hear it from the people that got fired. I want to hear their
    side of the story.

    She hired a lawyer to keep this story our of the headlines and
    court until after the election–that is what another lawyer said.on
    this ticker.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  21. Sue in MI

    What is your problem? When I compare her to Obama, I see a strong family man who has taken care of his family, made good decisions on issues, and who is not afraid to speak his mind. He also cares about people other than the wealthy, and wants a better country for all people.
    When I see Palin, I see a woman who was accused recently of covering up her daughter's pregnancy (this is the little boy born in April) and then hiding her in the bus this week. The little boy was born after her water broke in Texas. Palin finished her speech, got into a plane for Alaska, had a layover in Seattle, took a car from the airport several hours to her hometown to a specific hospital...17 hours in all after her water broke. Responsible mom? She also has an ethics charge pending in Alaska, SUPPORTED the bridge until it was convenient not to any more ( and lied about that in her first national speech), was part of an organization that wanted Alaska to become a country, and does not support women's issues. According to people in Alaska, she is not the rebel she purports to be either. In all of her elected offices, she has fired people who disagreed with her (shades of GWB) and her approval ratings are not as high as are being reported either. Oh, and I heard a Republican big shot call her "a rock star" tonight. Interesting, since they spent a month slamming Obama for that.
    So who should I respect?

    September 1, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  22. torun chakrabarty

    Hi, I live in Hong Kong and may not be that hip about the election, but 12 communications guys to Alaska when the lady is not even there? Can anybody tell me what are they communicating about? With whom?
    I am confused.

    September 1, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  23. Image is Everything

    McCain is not a THINKER in the least.

    September 1, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  24. Debbie

    He looked nervous when he introduced her. I believe he was "advised" to pick her...he wanted Romney. He doesn't even know her.....soon they will butt heads. Now, he is starting to feel buyer's remorse. The "12 person team" is damage control.....and, it seems all those Republican's keep trying to convince themselves they like her.

    Obama 08

    September 1, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  25. kim

    harriet miers, redux

    September 1, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19