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. Bendo

    Whats wrong with you Mich people? you really gonna vote for the whaco ticket of Mclaim/Lipstick? where are all the union guys/teachers? hope your not gonna let this one slip by!

    September 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Sanyare Toronto, Canada

    He was being kind! This whole Palin charade seems like a SNL sketch. I just wanna fiercely shake every McCain/Palin supporter and say “SNAP OUT OF IT”

    September 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. rain in san diego

    wish more republicans are willing to say the truth....thanks, Mr. Chafee...I am going to send my donation for O-B NOW, will start saving for Hillary...yes 2012!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Tony Radell

    Yeah, but she can shoot wolves from a helicopter, thats what I want in a VP!!

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

    No republican would support a tax and spend liberal.

    September 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. troy of Mississippi

    How can you call her a cocky wacko? I want you to know that I don't like people reading my mind and then saying what they read.

    September 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Chi4Obama

    So when will McCain unleash their so-called "Pitbull", and let her give an interview with the media (without teleprompters or a script).

    Palin is purely pathetic.

    September 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Mike from St, Louis

    He's right and anyone that is honestly ready to put her into the 2nd most powerful position in the world has to be wacko too! Despite all the dislike that people have concerning Obama there is no way anyone can condone placing this woman into office simply because she's a woman. A journalism degree and 2 years governer has no way shape or form given this woman any credibility to take this position. No one even knows her for heavens sake...Why won't she campaign solo or speak with the media? Hell...at least give her a different speech to say!! She sounds like a broken record.

    September 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Jason, Providence, RI

    As a Democrat from Rhode Island I can honestly say we have ALWAYS respected Mr Chafee even though he was a Republican. For him to say this it must carry some weight.

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

    This guy is just trying to get attention for himself. He didn't say anything of substance. When Lieberman risks his entire career to support McCain/Palin that means nothing but this guy comes out from under a rock and it's news.

    September 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Chi4Obama

    ...Yep, still a pig...:-)

    September 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Looks like this guys got the right idea :)

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

    That's JUST what we need, more invective spewing about people and less discussion of the issues. People, this is NOT Jerry Springer. This is our chance to pick a leader. Whether you're Dem or Repub, cut out the name calling and get back to discussing the best ways to solve our problems. Then VOTE for the person who's ideas sound best to you.

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

    I dont vote for guys who want staus quo in washinton like Obama, Thats why he got Biden and how many times has biden voted to raise taxes, Obama has voted 94 times to raise your taxes and not done anything else..........

    September 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. WaitinForNov

    Wow..........Blatently sexist. Thats how they will spin this. Can a person open his mouth.

    September 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Schwartz

    How mature of him to resort to name calling. So mature. Discuss on some real issues.

    September 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Founders rolling in their graves

    Lincoln Chafee = Rockefeller Republican

    The fact Chafee doesn't like her means McCain is doing something right.

    Conservatism wins every time it's tried. How about we start trying it for a change?

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

    She is a wacko radical right winger and the sooner people find that out the better. She'll end up having us all pray for the conversion of homosexuals, her State of Alaska, which has more earmarks than any other US State per capita, will be the golden state, women will lose thier right to choose and we will be in go only knows how many wars and we will have no allies in the world. She is only VP but the likelyhood of her being President is high if McCain is elected.

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

    Unfortunately, the misinformed people may make the difference in this election. Who would have thought that Bush would have gotten re-elected in 2004? Who is to say it won't happen a third time? Yes, McCain is 90% Bush.

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

    Palin is NO COOKY WACO.

    ANYONE WHO SAYS THAT IS THE CRAZY ONE.

    SHE IS ALL AMERICAN AND VERY NORMAL..

    September 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. bob in L.A.

    Our politicians are so articulate!

    September 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. YUP

    He meant to say, "a cocky wacko with lipstick."

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

    Obama supporter: Palin is a "cocky wacko"

    Obama supporter: Palin's only qualification to be VP is "she hs never had an abortion"

    Obama supporter: Palin is a governor and so was Pontius Pilate.

    Do these people actually think these statements are helping Obama?

    September 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Jack

    Just look at the comments from the obama gang here – NOW that is a person that must be a "cocky wacko" – just look at all his
    "friends"!!!

    McCain/Palin – best choice for our country

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

    Finally, a Republican (former) with some sense.

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