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. Sam

    What was it that everyone has been saying about the first big decision of these candidates is their VP choice?

    September 1, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. alvino

    John McCain made the most important decision of his political career and named Palin vp. He should have checked into the "abuse of power" charges before now. I find it hard to believe that anyone would believe he has shown himself to be presidential. How many times does a president get a second chance to correct his bad judgement?

    September 1, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Pat M

    In my view, I think the continuing reports about the New VP issues is getting a bit over whelming! The obviously Republican Lady just on Larry King stating that Palin has more "Executive" experience than Obama is a bit much! Questioned if she was insinuating that Palin had more experience than Obama she quickly replied, "oh no, I'm saying executive experiene." Could somebody please put an end to this BULL CRAP (a nicer description than embellishment or lies)!

    Excutive experience? C'Mon Presidents can hire Executive Experience. They need a running mate with Leadership Experience, Foreign Experience and Judgement which both McCain in his choice of VP and Palin in her lack of Presidential Experience can't claim! What insults me more are their blantant lies! Palin is done. I don't care about her family matters they're of no interest to me but her Judgement and Experience is! McCain's Credability is nil, he is done, Stick A Fork in him! If I was business owner and they were employees I'd sack both of them! And they think they are leadership material!

    September 1, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. abenj

    they are going to ask her to step down. expect her to step down in a few days "to spend time with her family during bristol's crisis". then their plan will be completed and they can pick another candidate for VP.

    September 1, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Greg FL.

    Too little too late Mr McCain.

    September 1, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. Hillary Supporter

    Why do you think the McCain camp- broke the news about Palin today, during a hurricane? To divert attention away from them. Talk about political pandering, they use a hurricane to muffle the press then people like you are critical for the media reporting it? Thats exactly what McCain wanted. Wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. Hussein Means Handsome

    A little late to close the barn door now.

    September 1, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. Larry

    Isn't it a little late to be vetting? Is this a preview of how McCain makes "well-informed" decisions?

    September 1, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Jen

    They're going to vet Palin....Does anyone really want four more years of endless scandals? I mean, this is the soap opera that keeps on giving...after only THREE DAYS!

    September 1, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Dianne

    The way i see it is that McCain and his staff is afraid something else is going to come out that they did not know. They did not vet her as well as they should have. McCain only met her once in Feb before he met with her last and offered her the VP.. You know I would be scraching my heard iF I was Mitt Romney and wondering why McCain thought Palin was qualified than he was...Strange! Everyone needs to think about McCain judgement over all this this..

    September 1, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Felecia

    I agree with the McSame campaign the 12 people sent to Alaska were not sent to further Vet Palin. It's to Vet her for the first time! This really questions his judgment and ability to lead.

    September 1, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. Hillary Supporter


    September 1, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. hmm

    Maybe McCain will finally vet Palin ... How is that judgment thing going Senator

    September 1, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Em

    So they're scared of more skeletons coming out of the closet, eh? Maybe McCain should have met with his VP more than twice before choosing her?

    September 1, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    They need to find out what else they don't know before the rest of us ask them to account for it.

    September 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. t williams

    "Jump team" – LOL!!

    Instead of what it really is – a "Ooops maybe we better vet this woman after all" team.

    You gotta love those republicans 🙂

    September 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. Kris

    The horse already left the barn . . .

    There IS a difference between a "maverick" and a "loose cannon."

    September 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. Patricia

    This is the results of a man that makes quick maverick decisions. Another George Bush

    September 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. John in DC

    Here's the simple question McCain supporters should ask themselves:

    Given all that has come out over the past 3.5 days, is this the most qualified Republican that could be found – in the ENTIRE party – to serve as vice-president of the United States of America?

    September 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. Independent

    CNN you are disgusting. You make the National Enquirer look credible.

    September 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. Happily Independent

    This shows McCain's lack of judgment. He quickly chose a VP candidate without fully vetting her. I would not be surprised to see her resign and McCain choose someone else. I am OK with keeping candidates' families off-limits, but the Republican praise of Palin's daughter shows that they are HYPOCRITES. It is great that Palin's daughter is going to keep her baby, but she is a teen mother. Has there not been a big campaign against TEEN PREGNANCY. The GOP has been talking aoout a decline in moral values. Did not Palin's daughter show a lack of values. That does not mean she is a horrible person. She make some BAD decisions. When someone is wrong then SAY SO and NOT MAKE EXCUSES for that person. By not saying her daughter did something wrong, then the GOP are HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Jeff

    This really makes McCain and his campaign look bad.

    September 1, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  23. Scot

    It sounds like McCain is trying to find evidence so he can dump her before she accepts the VP nomination.

    September 1, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  24. QLife

    How's that for judgement?.....

    September 1, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  25. Typical White Person

    If anyone thinks Palin didn't tell McCain about the pregnant daughter and the husband's DUI, you are seriously delusional. How on earth do you expect to keep a pregnant daughter a secret? And the DUI is public record.

    Pa-leeze. If you want to knock her on something, then pick something she stands for like her stand on abortion and a woman's right to choose.

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

    September 1, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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