September 11th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain campaign out to protect Palin's image

Gov. Palin waved at supporters who greeted her when she returned to Alaska Wednesday.

Gov. Palin waved at supporters who greeted her when she returned to Alaska Wednesday.

(CNN) - In the nearly two weeks since Sen. John McCain announced his vice presidential nominee to the world, the Internet rumors about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have been flying.

The McCain campaign is taking these seriously, and it's fighting back as well as rebutting charges in the mainstream media.

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  1. David Orbach, New York, NY

    If this puff of smoke was taken off the leash, the rumors would stop, because the public would have the opportunity to judge for themselves.

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

    You headline omitted the word "fake" between "Palin's" and "image".

    She did try to get books banned in Wasilla. Had the librarian acquiesced to her attempt OR if she had been able to successfully oust the librarian and replace her with someone more compliant, books would have been banned. We just don't know how many or which ones. However, if the Pentecostals have a list of "bad" books and we can get the 1996 version, then the mystery would likely be solved.

    In a town of 5,000 with only 50 employees, if you force out four higher level people (which she tried), you probably gained the intimidation factor over the rest. Good jobs are hard to find in such a small town and the consequences of getting fired are very great for the victims and their families.

    Palin seems to leave a trail of bodies wherever she goes.

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

    mccain and palin are the biggest joke in the history of american elections, I have never seen such liars and distortions of truth since thelast rovian election by dubya and lord chenader. The GOP are scared because they know the real change is coming and soon they know they are going to be out of power. Yes we the people have made up our minds we are sitting back and waiting until 11/4, then you will see like the primaries the largest number of democrats in history come out and rip power away from the GOP and give it to Obama and Biden, where the power belongs with us. Where we can help the people. Get out your check books GOP ers its payback time. The middle clas is rising up and demanding that we the people are heard. Obama/ Biden, and Clinton will be there and alot of other brilliant democrats this is our time lets take back our country...

    September 11, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Darren in Galveston

    The Howard Dean "Eeyaaahhh" has nothing on Palin's pentecostal rants. This lady is wacky! Sarah Barracuda? The should have called her Sarah Barracrazy. Have you seen her videos on-line? What a nut. I understand why the Republicans picked her. But, they did not do their homework and their base has deteriorated steadily since the convention.

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

    Their Palin truth squad smacks of the White House truth squads that put up the walls for Bush in the last eight years so he and his cronies could lie, lie, lie. No need to wrack your brains over the family resemblance — many of the people on the PTS are old Bushies!
    Change, Mr. McCain?!? A break from the past, Mr. McCain?! Yeah, right. Your contempt for our intelligence is appalling.

    September 11, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. We won't get fooled again!

    Sarah Palin = Different but the same

    Obama 08'

    September 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. jennibella

    Rebutting the rumors about Sarah Palin is a wise and essential considering the facts that most U.S still do not truly know what Sarah Palin stands for. As an Obama supporter or dare I say "loyal follower" I was very happy to see Obama put to rest lies that were told about him.
    More importantly though, the McCain campaign needs to allow Sarah conduct more interviews with reporters and she needs to give up that tired campaign speech of hers and focus on the issues.
    Then and only then can we know the real Sarah Palin. For me however, its a bit to late, I am an Obama supporter but there is a chance that the McCain campaign might win and it is important to know where Sarah stands on the issues.

    September 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Jerry in Boston

    Sarah Palin is not so much a Pig as Pygmalion.

    There's an army of Henry Higgins swarming around her, trying to turn her into something she's not – an informed leader.

    I really hope that America can see through this charade.

    September 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Tony

    Of course they are. They have to!

    What else has she got going for herself other than her phony image?

    September 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Concerned

    What image? It's unfair to think she can't even do her own interview without reading from one of Bush's scripts......

    Kind of makes me think about what will happen if she's elected.... No mind of her own.....

    The Puppet VP...

    September 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Terry from GA

    Why are the republicans trying to portray palin as the victim? She needs to be vetted just like everyone else. What's wrong with the american public getting some answers to some general questions? Are they afraid she'll make a gaffe?

    September 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Republican for Obama

    Well if you keep her locked away from questions and keep feeding her note cards then the uneducated will never figure out she has no substance.

    Distraction and lies. The Republican party has turned it's back on me and many other fiscally conservative voters. We have mortgaged our country to China to feed the rich.

    September 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. diana


    September 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Enough


    September 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    It's like Palin can attack Obama all day all night, and HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, NOT VICE PRESIDENT, so maybe she should take her shots at Biden right? Or is it okay for her to do it but not Obama?

    Anyway, I disgress, it's okay for her to talk about Obama but NOBODY not even HIM can say anything about her?

    Please, she isn't special. She can dish it, she should be able to take it. Stop shielding her like she's defenseless. Weren't you Republicans just screaming about how STRONG she is? How much of a pitbull she is?

    September 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    I look forward to hearing what these two are going to do for the country if America is stupid enough to elect 'em. I'm tired of hearing them all defend her. Hopefully, that's not all they have; because if it is, there's a possibility that the country will be screwed.

    September 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Rebecca

    Truth about Sarah Palin –

    Palin's office approved a state job for a friend and campaign aide with whom she shared a land investment, financial records and interviews over the past two weeks show. She hired a former lobbyist for a pipeline company to help oversee a multibillion-dollar deal with that same company.

    And she sent campaign e-mails on her city hall account while serving as mayor of Wasilla — conduct for which she later turned in an oil commissioner on ethics charges.

    September 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Dennis Lee Hoffman, citizen of the world

    Can't wait until the Biden/ Palin debates...

    September 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Tony


    They have failed to tell the facts on most things regarding Palin, but that has always been the republican way.

    September 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. I don't get it

    I saw a clip from March 2008 with from her own mouth Sarah Palin said if you are going to run for a public office that you need to toughen up and let things people say roll off your back. She was speaking of Hillary Clinton and her campaign.
    Now she has not even been vetted by the press. She will not take questions because she said from what seemed to be day one that the press was rude and sexist towards her. I do not think she is allowed to talk on her own for fear it will show how unqualified she is!!
    This women is going for VP of the USA she needs to take her own advice and "toughen up" and don't "whine".
    I hope when Charlie Gibson does interview her all this "fluff" will be done with and he hits her hard with questions about her qualifications to run the USA .

    September 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Common Sense

    I'm willing to give Gov Palin the benefit of the doubt but she really needs to give more interviews so we can understand her views and policies more. As far as digging dirt on politician, it's all fair. They did it for all the other ones, why should she be exempt?

    I am really not understanding why she has not started to campaign by herself for McCain, though. Why are they still joined at the hip? We only have less than 60 days to get to know more about her stance on issues. So, come on. Let her loose, and show us what she's worth. Something smells rotten in the state of Denmark.

    September 11, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Done with Dems

    Spencer from VA:

    There are 12 step programs for addiction and denial. Might be worth looking into.

    September 11, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Marion S. McIntosh

    "Sarah Sideshow" will lose her luster just as soon as the media gets a hold of her. Further, once Obama-Biden force this election back to the issues, Americans will see just how clueless "Sarah Sideshow" ireallyh is. Republicans cannot win on the economy, gas prices, war, education, the home mortgage crisis, etc. Thus, they want to run on "Sarah Sideshow." We cannot and will not let it happen.

    The "Sarah Sideshow" phenomenon will soon subside. The false claims of sexism and distractions will end and Americans, even Republicans, will look to the candidates on the issues. And it is the issues that will help Obama take The White House. -Mc

    September 11, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Silence Dogood

    Once the Obama smear machine is in gear against a powerful woman, watch your back. And friends and families are not off limits.

    Look how they slandered Geraldine, Hillary, Chelsea... There is a theme here.

    September 11, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. L.A.

    Ok. Well, do the best thing for her if you want to protect her. Get rid of her! She's not sacred. She's not going to be safe! The media and the rest of us smart enough to know she's nuts aren't going to let up! She is NOT and WILL NOT be our Vice President!

    So, if you really want to protect her show her the door back to Alaska.

    September 11, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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