September 2nd, 2008
12:45 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain camp battles charges Palin belonged to AIP

The McCain camp released a document Tuesday battling charges Palin had belonged to the AIP.

The McCain camp released a document Tuesday battling charges Palin had belonged to the AIP.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - John McCain’s campaign accused Barack Obama’s camp of spreading allegations that GOP running mate Sarah Palin had been a member of a political party that advocates a referendum that could allow Alaska to secede from the United States.

The McCain campaign sent reporters a document which they said showed Palin had been a Republican since registering to vote in 1982, and had not been a member of the Alaska Independence Party.

They also responded to reports that Palin had attended a convention of the AIP in her hometown of Wasilla in 2000. “This would seem to be the only decent thing to do, given her responsibilities as Mayor of Wasilla,” said spokesman Tucker Bounds.

The campaign has been increasingly aggressive in responding to rumors, often issuing denials before any information is reported in mainstream media outlets. On Tuesday, the Palins released a statement revealing that daughter Bristol Palin was currently pregnant, in response to rumors that the teenager had given birth earlier this year. They also confirmed that Todd Palin, the presumptive VP nominee’s husband, had been arrested for drunken driving two decades ago.


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  1. 17 year old future politician

    I didnt believe it at first....THEN I SAW VIDEO OF IT...SHE REALLY IS A MEMBER....wow......

    September 2, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Personally, I think it would be a fabulous idea if every state seceded, leaving the idiot politicians in Washington nothing to screw up other than the last remnant of the United States: the District of Columbia.

    Government is comprised chiefly of arrogant, megalomaniacal, idiots, of whom we would all be better off wthout.

    September 2, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. McCainisNOTsmart

    Hey I am just happy McCain didn't say she was not a member of this political party because at the time ,she was a prisoner of war in a Hanoi prison camp with me LOL.

    September 2, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Allen

    Anyone else think the Palin family is a trainwreck?

    September 2, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. james

    This afternoon, the director of Division of Elections in Alaska, Gail Fenumiai, told TPMmuckraker that Todd Palin registered in October 1995 to the Alaska Independence Party, a radical group that advocates for Alaskan secession from the United States.

    Besides a short period of a few months in 2000 when he changed his registration to undeclared, Todd Palin remained a registered member of AIP until July 2002 when he registered again as an undeclared voter.

    September 2, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. mike

    CINC of the alaskan national guard? wow. that's some heavy-duty military might. how is she commanding them? are they busy repelling coordinated polar bear attacks? are they contemplating an invasion of the Yukon?

    September 2, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Bruce WExler

    I have been supporting Obama for 20 months, and am not too upset with Sarah Palin as VP. I mean as a potential President, she beats the hell out of what we have now!

    Arguments?

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 2, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. t.baker

    It's all over the place - can't blame Obama camp for starting this one. Even the people of the AIP state that she and her husband were BOTH members of this separatist party.

    That she was a member of this party and attended their convention is not the big issue here .... we are America, it is fine for people to gather in whatever party they want no matter how insane their policies are.
    The issue is that she was / is a member of a party that puts Alaska above Country, and she's been selected to be the VP of the United States!!!

    Unbelievable incompetence on the part of the GOP and McCain!

    September 2, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Doug

    She also lacks education.

    September 2, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Tara

    What next? Oh I know.....how about speaking in front of her church and claiming "Iraq is a task from God"....and telling the people to pray for a pipeline! This video needs to be shown on the news outlets now!Unbelievable. Huffingtonpost has it.

    September 2, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Jen

    My prediction: Palin's going to withdraw, and McCain will be 'forced' to pick Ridge as VP. If that ever happens, I'll vote for McCain, otherwise this independent will have to settle with Obama.

    September 2, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Lune

    Let just imagine Obama's participation on a AIP reunion, God Macliar, Mcnojudment will have posters in all corners of the United States with Joe saying Obama is not a true American.

    September 2, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Arturo T

    It's a credit to then Mayor Palin to attend a meeting of the Alaska Independent Party, to learn what the group is all about, especially that it may be influence by the Russian if not a front for a Russian desire to get back alaska.

    September 2, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. judy, Wisconsin

    This pick of a woman who has no credentials to be VP goes right to McCain's quick and reckless judgement. (Dementia?) One meeting the day before naming her and now a troup of lawyers dispatched to "vet" her-unbelievable. What kind of people will be in charge of our government if (God forbid) McWar is elected.

    September 2, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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