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. Sarah the Soap Opera

    I guess they want to see all the skeletons for themselves before we do. Shouldn't they have done this a long, long time ago. I think this speaks volumes about McCain's decision making capabilities

    September 1, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. Karrie

    I bet it's the damage control team. They're going up there to see how they can help untwist Troopergate.

    September 1, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  3. O. Sandy Springs Ga.

    Mccain calls his official Vetting Team going up to Alaska his...

    "Jump Team"

    Jump Team ???

    He should call his Team ...

    The Jump The Media, Before, The Media Jumps Me Team"


    September 1, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  4. Teresa, Georgia

    Act now...explain later...??? – – No Way, No how, No McCain!!!

    September 1, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  5. Rick

    If he truly vetted Palin they might see an error in judgement in the shape of a 11 hour plane ride and a 1 hour car ride from Dallas to Seattle to Anchorage to Wasilla all with a premature high risk pregnancy. The ability to think in a rational manner when posed with an emergency situation seems to be fundamental in "executive" experience. Why did Todd not try to reason on the side of safey but instead makes a snide remark about Texas. Their honesty and integrity seems to be right at home with McCain and his fine judgements over the last few decades. Its time to stop trying to keep Americans from looking behind the curtains and seeing the truth. All the McCain/Palin platform needs is a good scare tactic to complete the play from the GW/Rove playbook. Vote from your hearts and not your fears. OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    September 1, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  6. John

    Can u say cover up? Im hearing theres going to be an accidental fire in the state records soon

    September 1, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. philixcruise

    GO PALIN!!!

    September 1, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  8. Patrick, Fairfield, CA

    Yeah right!

    September 2, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  9. Eugene

    Does the name Thomas Eagleton ring a bell?

    September 2, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  10. Carole

    Shouldn't they have done this in the beginning? lol. I wish I were a Democrat right about now. 😦

    September 2, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  11. Daniel

    Maybe McCain should resign. They could make her Prez. because it is so obvious that a BS in Journalism trumps a degree in law at Harvard anyday in right wingnut world.

    September 2, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  12. Terry

    Can We All Say COVER UP...

    PLEASE... Republican Power at its finest... Threaten the people of Alaska. So, go ahead try to cover up the truth.... It will only hurt you in the end... So, please go ahead..

    September 2, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  13. Rob

    while he's vetting Palin , someone should be vetting McCain . Birds of a feather .

    September 2, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  14. Bellamy

    Hey Dana,

    shouldn't the title of the article be "communications" team sent to Alaska?... 😉

    September 2, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  15. Teresa, Georgia

    The American people will all show they have better judgement than McCain...In November, we will elect Obama / Biden to represent the United States of America!

    September 2, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  16. Alex

    Sniff? Anyone else smell panic?

    September 2, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  17. Vicky

    wow– Every company in America runs background checks before hiring someone. What was McCain thinking not vetting her before offering the second most important job in the US? Or is he so arrogant that he thinks we have not noticed?

    Go Obama!.... at least you showed us what a vetting process should look like...

    September 2, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  18. Kirk in upstate New York

    The thing that gets me is that the McCain campaign listed "Mother of Five" as part of her qualifications. Having a 17 year old daughter who is unmarried and pregnant – is this someone who qualifies as great mother? If she were a man – she'd be crucified.

    September 2, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  19. JANET

    So, you mean to tell me that having sex outside of marriage and as a teen is ok, everyone's family is doing it? What kind of message is that? The Republicans are sending all kinds of ugly, awful, permissive messages to our young children. If McCain and Palin get into the white house it's like saying that not listening to your parents is OK, Having sex before marriage is OK, having a mom that isn't home to advise you and care for you is OK, and no one is to think about it or say anything about it because your children (Girls & Boys) can have sex when ever they want! I say BULL


    September 2, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  20. Dori in AZ

    People talk about Chicago politics in a negative way, but Arizona can be just as nasty.

    They aren't going to "vet" anybody, folks. They're going to cover up!

    September 2, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  21. Bill

    Obama supporters are sickening. This country is in terrible shape if they truly represent the majority of Americans.

    September 2, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  22. Jim

    All in favor of giving McCain a mulligan, ignore what happened, and let him name another VP raise your hands.....anyone? Anyone? Oh never mind.

    September 2, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. DailyBugle

    The McCain camp claims that Troopergate is a politically motivated attack on Palin. CNN, please do some reporting, starting with the following facts:

    The bi-partisan Legislative Council Committee comprised of six Republicans and six Democrats voted unanimously 12-0 to hire the Special Investigator to look into allegations that Governor Palin or her staff exerted pressure to get her ex brother in law fired.

    Palin held a press conference two weeks later and released a recorded phone call that revealed her close aide exerting pressure to get her ex brother in law fired, this after Palin denied any calls were made.

    At that same press conference Palin revealed that her staff had made 24 different phone calls to the Department of Public Safety regarding her ex brother in law.

    September 2, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  24. Jim

    Typical White person:

    it's not the regnancy bit and the DUI. It's whether or not there's more, considering how much people other than McCain's team had dug up already in four days. They searched online and never went to the paper archives. A little too late, I agree!

    September 2, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  25. Tex Ann

    Boy, a little late on this one, aren't they?
    If Palin has half a brain, she'll step down tomorrow (claim family responsibilities or something) and give McCain a chance to name a new VP choice.

    September 2, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
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