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. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    Right. And all the dumb WHITE AMERICAN WOMEN are falling for. Well not all but the majority. Just because SHE LOOKS like you doesn't mean SHE'S GOOD for you.

    September 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. EBC

    LOL. Whoopie,.... WELCOME ABOARD Sen Chafee!!

    FINALLY, someone in the Republican Party with some decent common sense!

    Wow.... call it a miracle and God's true blessings. That is what you call TRUE CHANGE when someone in your own party does NOT just "go along" with the "Old Washington Politics" status quo.

    GOD BLESS YOU Sen. Chafee!

    September 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. sandee in Portland

    Wow! A Republican that actually voted against the war! Boy, did he call this one right. She's about as wacko as they come. And the stagecraft interview Gibson is doing with her is so inappropriate. I'm sure she'll be fed the questions by Gibson before the interview so she can come across as being knowledgeable on the topics. I also understand that this is the only interview she'll be doing and from that point on will only be campaigning with McCain, not separately like Biden. Is this because her convention speech is the only thing she's memorized? Is she incapable of taking questions from an audience and coming up with answers on the spot....think so!

    This is one white, middle aged woman that will not vote for McCain just to get a woman in the White House. Now...if he'd picked one that was more qualified, I probably would have voted for him.

    September 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Kiah G.

    Uh oh...I'm pretty sure that was a "sexist" remark from Mr. Chafee and he needs to apologize. Better yet maybe Obama should apologize for him.

    September 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Rose

    The voice of sanity on the war- Finally!!

    September 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Rep for Obama

    Mission Accomplished: Rove threw out the bait:CNN took it

    September 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. proud army and navy mom

    Palin doesn't even know what it is she doesn't know!

    The problem is that ignorance doesn't even stop the pitbull from attacking. she repeats the same old lies like she is brainwashed.

    Here's another example of her stupidity and stubbornness

    In the letter, written before Sen. John McCain picked the Alaska governor as his running mate, former U.S. Attorney Wevley Shea warned Gov. Palin that "the situation is now grave" and recommended that she and her husband, Todd Palin, apologize for "overreaching or perceived overreaching" for using her position to try to get Trooper Mike Wooten fired from the force.

    September 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Unbelievable!

    And I love it! Way to tell em', Senator:)...

    No way, no how, no "cocky wacko"!

    September 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Gilbert

    I couldn't describe Palin better than that. GO OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. PlJones

    HAAAAAA! LOL!!!! HAAAAA! Cocky Wacko That is Too Funny...That was my Laugh for the day!!!..I get one everyday when I read these blogs...

    September 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. GOP No Beef - House of Cards

    She is so thin on substance – thick on finge ideology. Yet, her polling makes it look like a popularity contest. And, why she is popular, I have no idea: all I've heard from her is vindictive attacks and half-truths. Sad, if we Americans are so shallow.

    September 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Independent from GA

    Please America, let's focus on issues that are meaningful to the rest of us. Rove is a master of diversions. Please let's not get diverted.

    September 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Mary - Independent

    Palin is only a "cocky wacko" because she is a female. Get over yourself!!!!!! What's next – Pigs and Lipstick???

    September 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Ol' Foot in his Mouth Biden

    Another sexist pig?
    Great, let's put some lipstick on him, too.

    September 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Female Voter

    And he's an ex-Repub...LOL

    September 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Lynn, Missouri

    Let me know when he's up for re-election. I'll donate to him and anyone else who voted against the war in Iraq.

    September 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Anna PA

    See what Karl Rove started....the beginning of the end for McCain/Palin.

    September 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Tony

    HALLELUJAH!

    A recorvering Republican who has seen the light! WELCOME!

    September 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. HRC

    Better than a crocked cock..

    September 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. BJGT

    Palin is a hypocrite and a liar and basically amounts to "igloo trash" – Northern Exposure meets Peyton Place.

    September 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Lisa

    He looks funny, but he sure is right on!!!Thanks for calling them like you see them Sen Chafee!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Scott L

    He'll soon be calling her Mrs. Vice President!

    September 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Al

    I find it gratifying to see some of my thoughts about Mrs. Palin, reflected in the comments of an experienced politician. I too find her "cocky, irreverant, superficial, and lacking in tact".

    The country cannot afford to have this particular candidate anywhere near the whitehouse.

    Al,
    Redmond, WA

    September 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Spencer from VA

    There you go GOP. Your own turning on you. Mr. Chafee obviously see's what all Democrats see. Palin's a joke. And whoa!! A republican who voted against the war just as Sen. Obama did. That's what I call reaching across the aisle.

    September 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Joe Regis

    Sarah who?

    cocky wacko!

    September 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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