September 11th, 2008
09:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Former GOP senator calls Palin a 'cocky wacko'

 Former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee has words for Sarah Palin.
Former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee has words for Sarah Palin.

(CNN) – Former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee was known for keeping a low-key profile on Capitol Hill, but the Republican -turned -Independent is making waves with his exceedingly blunt comments on newly-minted Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin:

She's a "cocky wacko," he told a Washington think tank earlier this week.

WATCH: Chafee make the remarks

Chafee, the lone Senate Republican to vote against the Iraq war who endorsed Obama's White House bid earlier this year, told an audience at the New America Foundation in Washington Tuesday that Palin's selection has energized Obama backers.

"People were coming into my office, phone calls were flooding in, e-mails were coming in, 'I just sent money to Obama, I couldn't sleep last night' - from the left. To see this cocky wacko up there," he said.

He also described McCain's candidacy as "lackluster” and described the selection of Palin as a throwing "this firestorm, this tornado, into the whole presidential election."


Chafee, whose father served as senator from Rhode Island from 1976 until his death in 1999, narrowly lost his re-election bid two years ago to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse amid that election cycle’s wave of anti-Republican sentiment.

Chafee made a stir earlier this year when he directly called out Democrats who supported the Iraq war and were now expressing regret for their vote.

“I find it surprising now, in 2008, how many Democrats are running for president after shirking their constitutional duty to check and balance this president,” he wrote in his January 2008 book, “Against the Tide.” “Being wrong about sending Americans to kill and be killed, maim and be maimed, is not like making a punctuation mistake in a highway bill."


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soundoff (373 Responses)
  1. John

    Someone has brains. All those who vote for McWAR and Ms. Barbie and loose their jobs in the next 4 years, then I hope you suffer.

    September 11, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Sacto Joe

    It's obvious that Senator Obama was talking about Senator McCain he used the lipstick simile, but I'll be darned if the simile doesn't work! She backed the Bridge to Nowhere, and even when she flip-flopped and changed her tack she still kept the two hundred plus million in pork.
    So I guess you could say that she definitely a pork lover….

    September 11, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Shari, NY

    I am a Democrat honoring the truce today but am sending an URGENT appeal to some so-called Democratic leaders who need to exercise their vocal chords for Sen. Obama. Awake from your slumber! Don't let the Repubs outwit you this time!

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. karen raleigh

    I dont know a woman alive who would want to run with mccain who has referred ot women with the c- word. nor vote for him –where are these women????

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. J from DC

    Did he call her that, or was he telling what other supporters were saying???

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. SD

    I think McCain's selection of Sarah Palin for VP is an insult to American intellect. MR. McCain thinks that Americans are dumb and they'll vote for Palin because she's woman without weighing her credentials to be a VP. If America elects him and Sarah Palin as VP then we'll prove him right.

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. PA voter

    No, Senator Chafee, what do you really think? Hey, at least he's honest!

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. landi

    i am energised too and i am gonna make a donation as i type. well said senator at least a few americans are not gullible

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Debby

    Hey Chafee didn't RI go to Clinton so do you call her the same thing?

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. James

    To those who dont' t get this...

    She's a liar, flash in the pan, who is willing to say anything to hide her real beliefs long enough to fool those who aren't paying attention so she can get into office. (E.G. Why no Pro-life, Pentacostal rhetoric in stumpt speech)

    And based on her past experience, John, you better watch your back John.

    Forthe rest of us. Think about the Bush promises and what has happened since. Don't vote again the Rove – Schmidt ticket.

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. j

    I think Obama is NOT emotional mature to be president.
    This was repeatedly mentioned by Hillary Clinton on her fight with Obama.

    It was proved true. Hillary, your comment were right on Obama.

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Jay

    Chafee should look in the mirror sometime if he wants to see what a REAL "cocky wacko" looks like.

    McCain/Palin 08/12!

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. deb

    Finally...someone is speaking out against this loony nutcase! Obama MUST win if this country is going to come back from everything Bush has done to us the past 8 years! Please, people! OBAMA/BIDEN...the only ticket in town.

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Fred

    Cocky wacko?????

    Wow what 3 year old came up with that one? HAHAHAHA

    McCain/Palin 2008

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Matt, Las Vegas

    Let me tell you something. I'm a political junkie, have been most my life, even as a teenager. I never donated a dime to a politician in my life, until Palin got choosen. About 12 hours after McCain choose her, I donated money to Obama. Matter of fact, I'm going to go donate some more money to Obama right now. Thanks for reminding me.

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Deb n Texas

    I agree with you 100% former senator. That is exactly was she and the Republican dumbies are excited about the bad mother.

    September 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. sb

    Call a spade a spade. She is nuts. Bible in one hand and a gun in the other. This kind of Christian extremist is going to scare the world. all wrapped up as a fiesty "Hockey Mom".

    September 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Alaska=Lala Land?

    Hahaha! She is crazy! I was thinking America is crazy for not recognizing this! LOL

    GO Obama-Biden

    September 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. dennisec

    That's right! She would pull that AK47 out in a heartbeat and line us all up if we didn't vote for her.

    September 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Shari, NY

    Just wait, soon someone will be tapping Obama's shoulders demanding that he apologize for this person's comment. 1, 2, 3!

    September 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. sandy

    She is folks...and dangerous for this country!

    September 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Mccain=Bush=the draft

    I bet there are many more repubs who feel that way, but unfortunately most of them are sticking to the script they have been handed by the mccain camp

    September 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Anna

    Yes, a wacko who took on Big Oil and won, who took on the old boys' club and won. I would love to be like her. Go Sarah, go.

    September 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. KJ, GA

    Stop with the name-caling, this will not help Obama. The less atention given to Palin the better...make her a non-issue!

    September 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. Brian - Trinidad

    How do these old guys get away with these disgusting remarks about decent hardworking women?Oh,I know why,the women in media for the most part got there because of their image,and coming back hard against the men is like biting the hand that feeds them!

    September 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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