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. Will

    McCain knew that this quick pick was going to come with risk and this communication team he is sending is going to thoroughly vet her now. Just have to wait to see how it pans out

    September 1, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  2. Walters Takoma park

    I feel for this poor woman, used by impulsive Mcsame for his own personal reason,
    Americans should be careful about voting for the next president.
    – Nominated a vp just after a fifteen minute conversation, poorly vetted , no experience on the national selling after the market. bad judgement.
    -mcsame, was asked president Bush said troops will be in Iraq for about 50 yrs mcain impulsiveness again , even 100 yrs. still bad judgement.
    -Mcsame immediately after the the Russian-georgian crisis immediately asked Russia to unconditionally withdraw while both countries were still engage in fighting, threatening Russia, first and foremost the Usa should never fight a nuclear war with Russia and damage the entire universe, Russia has 5000 warheads compare to 3500 for the Usa and we need to work with Russia against Iran,N korea and even for the security of Isreal because a few Russian scientist in Iran they will go nuclear.

    September 1, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |

    A "maverick" is someone that listens to NO ONE. Very opinionated.
    and "shoots first and asks questions later!!!! You think McCain is
    "ever going to listen to Padin about anything". He is being sooooo
    nice to her now, but her having a say in anything, would be a miracle.
    The man considers himself "alone" can run this country. Sound like
    someone you all know?????????

    September 1, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  4. Samuel

    Gov. Palin's VP pick is a mistake. She most probably will not be McCain's VP. Mark my words. The bad stories are very many. At least three breaking news ones. I just got one from a friend from Alaska. It is that bad and I hope it is so not true. This must be a rumour.

    The democrats are waiting for her to be the republican VP 08 officially and then the damage will start. I am so much afraid for our party.

    September 1, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. Jim CO

    Hey John, Pick me, pick me,pick me, pick me. I was a trusty in a small town on the western slope of CO a few years back. Population 265, salute, HEE HAW!!!! How much better does all this get? Wow hope I can stop laughing long enough to vote Obama in November.

    September 1, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  6. Go Sarah!

    Honestly...if these are the worst skeletons in her closet, then we have ourselves a winner! Mr. Obama has his fair share of skeletons as well, as we have all seen. Let's focus on the issues and make this a race about what's important in this country.

    September 1, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  7. Jim

    Odds are, that before the week is out Palin will become the Eagleton of the 2008 Election. She will be pressured to bow out for the good of the party. Somewhere George McGovern is chuckling.

    September 1, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  8. Brielle

    The republicans are totally panicking right now, and it's hysterical to watch. Obviously, they did not vet her enough to begin with. Keep crashing and burning, GOP, because it will just ensure the Dems get into the White House.

    Obama/Biden '08/'12!

    September 1, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  9. Steve

    Republican makes a rash, ill-informed decision and has no idea what to do when the consequences arise, except to spin it endlessly.

    Remind anyone of anything?

    September 1, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  10. Tanya

    It would be very, very funny if not for the incredibly scary thought that, considering McCain's age and health, Palin could be our President some day... soon.

    September 1, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  11. MARK

    Can anyone remember Harriette Meyers the one that his buddy George Bush nominate for the supreme court look at how that turned out and this will be no different.

    Can someone say BACKFIRE!

    September 1, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. SCW

    Maybe they should have thought about vetting before naming her! By the way, the Republican pundits out there sound awfully wimpy by responding to any criticism of Pallin as "insulting to women". Can the GOP whiners think of a better argument?

    September 1, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  13. Jeff an Independent

    Why is Gov Palin so popular in Alaska? Because she added a 2 1/2 % state tax to oil – which fully funds her state government and Alaskans pay NO income or sales tax. But who pays for that? You and I do – in a dime per gallon more for gas at the pump. Put 15 gallons of Alaskan gas in your car – figure $1.50 goes to a "Palin popularity fund." No wonder she wants to drill in ANWR! No wonder she vetoed wind and alternative energy bills! A public policy of personal greed (in this case for her state) at the expense of everyone else and the rest of the world.

    September 1, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  14. Texas

    This is serious business people. The pregnant daughter is not the issue. The real issue is McCain's ability to run things, do things right, do things professionally and his judgement.

    It is clear that McCain did not do his homework when vetting Sarah Palin. McCain has met her only once months ago and had 15 minutes phone conversation with her. The next thing she was at one of McCain's houses in Arizona to be offered the job.

    Is this the way McSame plan to run the nation. Shoot first and ask questions later. McCain's incompetence together with his temper and belicose behavior only spells trouble for the nation.

    The next time a president McCain faces a Georgia crisis, he may explode again, as he did against Russia, and without all the facts push the red button and boom! we are at World War 3.

    September 1, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. karl in california

    Its a sorry day for the republican.. Way to go John.. yeah right

    September 1, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  16. Wrangler - Kansas

    We are about to witness political damage control attempts of our times. I smell Rove behind the whole thing.

    September 1, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  17. McMillan

    Jump first and then scale how and where you will land. That will be great for America.

    Declare war and then plan how you will win it as you are fighting it

    September 1, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. Jaison Biagini

    did anyone see obama put the smackdown on palin's years as mayor being executive experience?

    he said in wasilly she oversaw 50 employees and an 8million yearly budget.
    he said his campaign has over 2500 employees and over 3 times that budget each month.

    September 1, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  19. Chris

    Typical White Person,

    You have her hold her baby brother with a blanket in front during the press conference. Then you wait for the huricane to hit New Orleans before you tell everyone about her being pregnant. That is how you keep your pregnant 17 year old a secret.

    September 1, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  20. Jay

    Pathetic!!!!! I blame McCain and his judgement/leadership for this continued fiasco!!! In just 3 days, loads of information have come out on this Governor. I feel kind of bad for her and her family.
    Can you say......... McCain/Eagleton 08'

    September 1, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  21. cecil

    McCain / Paulin: Reckless

    September 1, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. Ken from Michigan

    Limited to little National experience, under current investigation for corruption, a husband who was arrested for DUI, an unmarried 17 y/o daughter who pregnant, you mean there could be more!? Way to go Mr. McCain! you know how to pick 'em!

    September 1, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. Brian In Chicago

    You can't write fiction this good. Pretty bad decision making on McCain's part.

    September 1, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. skip

    Forget the talk about Sarah Palin and her daughter. I'm more concerned about:

    * Her lying during the announcement rally last Friday in Ohio when she claimed she had long been a opponent of the Alaskan "Bridge to Nowhere."

    * The fact that she is being investigated for allegedly ordering a state commissioner to fire an Alaska state trooper, who just happened to be Palin's ex-brother-in-law.

    * Palin's response to a question by Larry Kudlow on whether she was being considered as McCain's vice presidential running mate: "As for that VP talk all the time, I'll tell you, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day."

    * Cindy McCain defending Palin's lack of foreign policy experience to George Stephanopoulos: "You know, the experience that she comes from is, what she has done in government - and remember that Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. So it's not as if she doesn't understand what's at stake here."

    * Bob Weinstein, the long-time mayor of Ketchikan, Alaska, telling Rachel Maddow that he knows of no one in Alaska who was interviewed by the McCain campaign during any vetting process of Palin.

    * John McCain choosing the person who will be a mere heartbeat away from the presidency - and putting less thought into that decision than I put into deciding which socks I wear in the morning.

    I can't predict a time line, but let me go on record right here and right now:

    By the time Election Day rolls around on November 4, Sarah Palin will NOT be John McCain's running mate.

    September 1, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  25. Clevelander

    It's about time that the McPander to vet his veep thoroughly.

    With this irrational VP pick (why not Senator Hutchison or Gorvernor Romney), John McPander's judgment should be carefully scrutinized.

    September 1, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
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