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
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  1. fralene

    Methinks McCain got distracted by those black go-go boots. In his own words, this is how seriously McCain takes the VP position.

    "Well, basically, it's a Google." –on how he's conducting his VP search, Richmond, Virginia, June 9, 2008

    "The role of the vice president is to break ties in the Senate and inquire daily into the health of the president."

    September 1, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. kenedy

    its never too late for her to resign.
    Where are the conservative now

    September 1, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. Tricia

    Things happen in all families but Sarah Palin does seem to have put career before family. Flying from Alaska to Texas to give a speech which was simply to advance her career and flying back while in labor to give birth to a premature baby who was known to have special needs. Mothers-to-be in their mid-forties usually need to take extra care. Then we find her daughter became pregnant at around the same time while in 11th grade. Was she looking for attention? Was mom neglecting her eldest daughter?

    Now they are talking of marriage. When? How old is the father? I would say that these parents should consider staying in Alaska and working to give their children the support they obviously need. Bristol needs to complete at least her high-school education and I find it hard to believe that a wedding is seriously planned. Seems the father as well as Bristol needs help and advice.

    September 1, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. Brandon

    I would be so upset if I was Huck, Pawlanty, or Romney. After all this has come out you mean to tell me this lady was so valuable that she trumped all their experience.

    She has not ever been out of the country but 1 time.

    This all seems like a joke or something, It has to be

    September 1, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. Herman In LA

    Once again poor judgment, get us in a war then try to figure out what to do next, same thing pick a VP then figure out what to do next.

    What has this country come too?

    September 1, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Wayne

    The Republican Talking Heads: every time a male questions anything about Sarah Palin's credentials you'll hear "I find that demeaning to women" ..get used of that phrase ..."I find that demeaning to women" ..there's the strategy behind this VP choice ..Oh and "she's got more experience then Obama" ..Obama got 18 million votes from the American people to capture the Democratic nomination ..Palin got 150,000 votes to become Governor of Alaska ...."she got more experience then Obama and when you question her credentials I'm offended, I find that demeaning to women" it doesn't get much more cynical then this ...

    September 1, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. Bob


    I love it Mila "!"

    Perfect, thats great.


    September 1, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. Muckinello

    Tomorrrow's news:
    Gov. Palin decided to resgn from her position of presumptive VP nominee because she wants to spend more time with her ... family.. her GROWING family

    September 1, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. WoW

    Looking for scrubs under rocks, huh? Well, Johnny, we see that Iran doesn't stand a chance. Shoot now and take names later...

    Good Luck with That!


    John Mcain, Country Fried Chicken First!

    September 1, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Perusing-through

    "We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances".
    – – – – – –
    James Dobson is the modern day, New Testament version of JESUS arch enemies – – the Pharisees!! He and his cohorts walk and talk with the same spirit of those hypocritical snakes!

    September 1, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Talking about judgement and experience "Sidekick"'ve failed. I hope you have a plan B or C.

    September 1, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    It's too late now. The damage is done!

    September 1, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. Perusing-through



    But forcing 17-year Bristol Palin to marry the father for the sake of her mother's beliefs is an issue. Marriage is a lifelong commitment. Has anyone asked whether Bristol and the father are ready for that LIFE LONG COMMITMENT?

    Another issue is Sarah Palin’s far-right “abstinence-only” views. I don’t want any VP pushing her Evangelical views on me or my country. One “Monica Goodling” is more than enough.

    September 1, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. Robert Crowley

    And we can expect MCSAME to make major decisions for the Country?

    September 1, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. stephen .E

    wow change we can believe in lol

    September 1, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. SDunn

    Typical White Person September 1st, 2008 9:35 pm ET

    Better yet, compare and contrast her to Obama, who has never made a single decision where the buck stopped with him.
    Since you're all knowing can you please inform me of when McCain has made a decision where the buck stops with him since he has no executive experience? At least Obama is running a juganot of a political machine. The right wing neocons are running McCain's.

    September 1, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. Shannon

    Funny and they thought Hillary Clinton had baggage!! Man o' Man....

    September 1, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  18. Kim, Dallas, TX

    I find this all quite amusing, if it weren't so scary. Something could happen to McCain due to his age or health and we would have this lady as president. Someone we know very little about and what is coming out about her is not all that wonderful. What on earth was John McCain thinking? I was excited about the possibility of Mitt Romney. Them together would have been a force that would have been difficult to beat. Putting Palin on the ticket just makes them look like they are pandering.

    September 1, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. Michael F. Dugan

    In the middle of a critically important election it is shameful to have a bitter controversy develop over the whether a political unknown is fit to serve in the second highest office in the nation.

    While the other candidates were working night and day, month after grueling month to demonstrate their qualifications, Ms. Palin was nowhere to be seen or heard. She wasn't even interviewed by the national media to comment on the debates, much less participate in them. She would have been torn to shreds in the Republican debates. And, of course, Sen Biden will be vilified if he goes after her in the debates. Can we expect Russia, Iran, N. Korea, China and the terrorists to also go easy on her?

    We know nothing about this woman, except the homespun syrupy gush and spin from a the usual cast of desperate, chirpy supporters.

    Her very candidacy is an insult to the American voter. As one critic pointed out, she is a mile wide and an inch deep. John McCain should be ashamed to have inflicted this tabloid nonsense on us.

    September 1, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. Carolyn from New Jersey

    Shooting craps is a good past time for sailor in the Navy. Shooting craps to pick a potential Pres of the USA I don't think so! Do we really want another Cowboy shooting up the place in the White House?

    September 1, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. Lovely in VA

    What's so funny is that all this 'stuff' coming out on her is on the internet and has been on the internet. What kind of 'search vp team' or McCain himself does not do a quick 10 minute google on that person to see what's out there. Jiminy, are they THAT out of touch!

    Glad that Gustov didn't turn out quite so bad and everything seems to be going smoothly. Who's that gov? Jimbal? Saw him detailing the plans yesterday and I think that guy seemed a million times more suited to VP than Ms. Harper Valley PTA.

    Barack & Joe 08

    September 1, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  22. tigerakabj

    Too late for that McCain. The media is already getting a hold of her scandals. What a train wreck McCain and company is.

    Wipe them up Obama and Biden. No mercy in those debates.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    September 1, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. RR

    how is this more serious than Biden's plagiarism of his ties to the credit card and banking industry?

    I hope the people in the small town smack the press around for trying to hound a 17 year old girl and pry into her life!

    September 1, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  24. Jen

    Too little, too late.
    Time to send in the C.S.I. team!!!

    September 1, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. Randy

    John McCain has really messed up big time on this one. I know he is a smart man but sure is not showing it in his big decisions, I admaire his military carrer and his love for his country, This however does not mean he can make sound decisions on matters of major inportant for the country especially if he can't totally check out who he picked for his VP running mate. It is to late for me to suport him in anyway now but for his sake I how he recants his choise for VP and picks someone that could really be President if God forbid he is ever selected.

    September 1, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
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