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. Xavier

    More proof that McCain would be four more years of Bush.

    September 1, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. Randy J

    This just shows what a political, desperate choice McCain made. Gov. Palin, of abstinence is the only method I teach my kids ideals, is showing to be a less maverick than hypocrite.

    She hired a private attorney in her corruption investiagtion, I guess the State's council has other pressing duties – sounds like a true reformer to me.

    All women should be insulted that McCain made this unwise pick in a clear case of pandering to Hillary voters. Equality means the best person regardless of gender, nobody can tell me Palin was the best person for the VP choice.

    September 1, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. America for the Truth




    September 1, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. Herny the Independent from NYC

    Palin's selection is a joke. It is a ploy for McCain to attempt to attract women voters, mainly those that were Hillary supporters. The fact that Mrs. Palin's positions are on opposite sides of many things Hillary Clinton fought for and still fights for today should be a clear indication this won't work. Palin's position on abortion and abstinence are put into question as a result of her 17yo daughters pregnancy. How can a Vice President advocate for abstinence in our public schools as a better way to secure our kids futures when she can't teach this concept to her own child. As a result of her position on abstinence she would seek to have sex education only teach abstinence in public schools while this practice alone has failed in her own household. It is a valid question she needs to answer too. It relates to the question of unwanted pregnancy, parental training and poor family structures in which an unwanted pregnancy may result. Which all relate to her postionon abortion and whatever infulence she might have on any supreme court selections.

    September 1, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. LT for Obama

    Their vetting process was to do what amounts to a quick online search. These people did not talk to very many people including the Monagan who she fired and is under investigation for, the local newspapers in which they would have found out that not only are her approval ratings dropping like a rock but that she is not as popular in Alaska as they want us to believe. There is also another investigation that started up a week after the Troopergate investigation started.

    As the McCain supporters love to tell us all the time...WAKE UP AMERICA.

    September 1, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. McWho?

    whats there to cover up?...
    @typical white person...either way it is bad for McCain.if he knew and still picked her then he was willing to put all of her baggage out in the streets, distract us from the importance of the issues, let her family suffer under the scrutiny...
    if he did not know, then that's plain imcompetance..either way McCain has bad and dangerous judgment...he only met her would you ask a stranger to watch your kids with knowing little if nothing about them?

    September 1, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. aughhhh

    Too little, too late!

    September 1, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. christin

    wait you mean they didn't vet her the first time.......who would've thought!

    O'biden 08

    September 1, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. cameroncrazy1984

    "If anyone thinks Palin didn't tell McCain about the pregnant daughter and the husband's DUI, you are seriously delusional."

    So, she told McCain's campaign before she told her own advisors? Yeah, that's totally reasonable.

    September 1, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. Arkansas Undertaker

    You have got to be kidding me!!!!!! He is now going back to vett her. OMG!!!!

    September 1, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. capricorn1

    The lies will never end will they McCain?

    September 1, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  12. Johnny

    Another case of emergency damage control. Wonder how they will go around editing websites and printed media to make Palin look and sound better.

    Hair-trigger and reckless McCain at it again. Ready, SHOOT, AIM..

    as a member of the NRA and even Palin will tell you.

    ready, aim .. then Shoot!

    September 1, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    This is living proof that John McClown's judgment is NOT what this country needs as a Commander & Chief. This woman (McPalin) is CLEARLY not the best pick for Replub VP choice.
    1.She governs 9000 people in a state where there are more deer than people. Her so called CEO experince was managing 50 people.
    2. ZERO foreign policy experience.
    3.He met her one time 6 months ago and interviewed her 15 minutes.
    4.Under criminal investigation.
    5. Husband was arrested for DUI.
    6. Teenage daughter is pregnant.
    7. Has only been out of the country 1 time in her life. WOW
    8. etc etc …I am sure there is more..... as it has only been 4 days since the pick and we have plenty of reasons to see why she ia HORRIBLE choice for VP already.
    This will be the worst pick for VP in American history!!! I am sure she is a nice lady but this country needs clear & sound judgment. (Barack Obama)
    People put you prejudice's aside & vote using clear & sound judgement….it's IMPORTANT to OUR future.


    September 1, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. barbara

    What a waste of money sending 12 people to Alaska now to do what should have been done before Senator McCain made such a reckless decision. Maybe he should have spent more time with Governor Palin before declaring to all of America that she is "his soulmate."

    September 1, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. Perla

    Hey, Typical White Person, you're not.

    This white woman knows there are plenty of reasons to knock Palin, who calls herself a feminist but would put women's rights back ages. And then there is that pesky separation between church and state that she doesn't seem to get one little bit. I don't care if she wants to practice a conservative patriarchal theology–but keep it out of the schools and government, thank you very much.

    I'll throw my lot in with Obama, Biden, and the polar bears. If you like the great white huntress–be my guest.

    September 1, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. bdm

    Am I correct in stating that Ms. Palin has a whopping bachelor's degree and that qualifies her to be the vice-president of the United States? God help us.

    September 1, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |

    No, need now, the careful vetting process has already happened so we were all told by you, now would be kinda useless would it not.

    See McCrypt, this is exactly why you should not be president, obviously, you have no appreciation for the fact that this is the information age. Not to mention you think you could hide a "baby bump" with a blanket. How 1950's, not to mention the obvious insult to most American's intelligence level, but I forgot you graduated 894 out of 899, just goes to show not all of our IQ's equal our age..

    So,Maybe since you have now added liar to your resume,you should just bow out now why you still have a shred of human dignity left.

    September 1, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. kamuzangaza

    This after-the-fact vetting seems to be too late for the man who claims to have the BEST JUDGMENT! I had questions from the beginning about this man (Mccain); who on earth would hire somebody after just one meeting of 15 minutes? Maybe age is taking its toll!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  19. Strong woman in NYC

    I am watching Larry King right now and I've noticed two things:

    1. Republican supporters never answer a question directly- they always spin a different answer and change the subject.

    2. Everytime someone says that Palin is inexperienced and have the facts to prove it, the supporters always use the sexism card and say that they are offended. This is yet another distraction from the point.

    This tells me that they are working hard to make people think Palin is qualified when she's not.
    It is an insult to women everywhere that the gender-card is being used for such little things and so often. There is no honor in that.

    September 1, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    How many Republican Operativesw does it take to hush up or spin a scandal? 12. Good luck on that.

    And to think the Republican party is either stupid enough or has the balls big enough to stand behind McCain and this crackpot lady and insist this is the best their party has to offer??? That this is what America needs to lead the country to a better place???

    Come on...Americans are through being lied to and this is certainly no example of good judgement or morals on either candidate's part. Did McCain really know about this when he chose her or was he blindsided because his campaign failed to do the background research necessary?

    America...we can do better!

    September 1, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. R.I.F.

    Probably goign there to payoff whoever is behind Troopergate. Bush, Rove and McCain will make sure this this investigation disappears.

    September 1, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. gpm

    I think that BIG trouble is brewing from Alaska. She is both a political and intellectual joke. These words are what the people in her state say about Mrs. Palin:

    "a number of leading Republican officeholders in the state who mocked Palin's qualifications. "She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?" said Lyda Green, the president of the State Senate, a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"

    September 1, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. sick n tired

    It is pretty clear that McCain made a last minute choice out of haste rather than think it through just to get votes from all of the upset HRC supporters!! Which should say alot about this pandering old crone!! WAKE UP AMERICA !!!

    September 1, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. Keysha

    Nowwwww the want to "COMMUNICATE" ! ( WOW) but too little too late.

    September 1, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. Matt

    didn't think this one through too well, did you John?

    September 1, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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