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. Obama 08: White, 60 yr old female

    Why do they have to "protect" her. Why doesn't she speak for herself and meet the press?? If she can't stand up for herself and explain he record, how is she going to fair as VP.

    Palin has only read from prepared speeches written by Bush people, hasn't answered a single question of the press and McCain hasn't has a press conference for four weeks. Neither has he made one single policy statement and all things Republican have disappeared from their signs, speeches and entourage. Yet, their campaign is being run by the Bush people, Bush is raising money for them and lobbyists are the backbone of his campaign.

    September 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Lori

    The only way the GOP has left to protect or increase Palin's image would be for her to drop out of the race and go back to Alaska.

    The lower states don't want her here.

    September 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Toni

    She already damaged it by making her daughter marry that redneck in order to not have a child out of wedlock

    September 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Spencer from VA


    That is the most hilarious blog i've read yet. And that's because it's true.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    September 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. former hillary supporter now for Obma

    Good luck on that!!! lol

    September 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Independent Female Voter in Missouri

    WASILLA, Alaska: In 2000, Alaska lawmakers learned that rural police agencies had been billing rape victims or their insurance companies $500 to $1,200 for the costs of the forensic medical examinations used to gather evidence.

    The truth is leaking out of Alaska.

    September 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Kevin S.

    If you can't take the heat, stay in the kitchen "and hide behind your apron"

    To paraphrase another obnoxious republican featured on the Daily Show: "What is she going to do when the big boys like China and Russia come to play and get tough."

    You can't hide $100 million worth of corruption under ANY amount of base, rouge, and lipstick.

    September 11, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Sure, McCain's forces are trying to shield Palin and attack anyone who dares do the vetting that McCain never felt a need to do.

    But the clock is ticking on Sarah Palin's fifteen minutes of fame. 15...14... 13... 12....

    The gloss will be gone on Palin even before it's gone from her fabled lipstick.

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. The guy that is smarter than you

    If she's so smart and so good, please let her talk and tell us what she thinks and what she stands for. So far, she just keeps using her stump speech and has not said one real thing. McAncient must be really scared of what will come out of her mouth. Otherwise, he'd let her loose.

    I hope and pray that in 6 months, Sarah Palin is the answer to a trivia question and nothing more.

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. now now

    FACT: She stopped federal money from going to the "bridge to nowhere" project.

    FACT: Biden and Obama voted FOR the bridge to nowhere money.

    FACT: When given the chance, Obama and Biden voted AGAINST moving the " bridge to nowhere" money to hurricane Katrina victims. look it up.

    Where's the media on that?

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Lorna, NY

    They are not lies. They are the truth. If McCain would have vetted Sarah, the media would not have to. Bad mistake for McCain and the republican spin masters.

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Florencia

    So when is the John McCain camp going to focus on the issues that Americans really care about, and stop spending so much time on trying to make us believe that V.P Pick Sarah Palin is not another lying, underhanded politican? She said it herself she is a like a pitbull only with lipstick on. Why do they want us to believe she is Ms. sweet and innocent, and that the media is ganging up on her? All these sources cant make up the same lie. John McCain, stop insulting the intelligence of the Amercian people by making up stories, and controveries, and instead, talk about real issues that we care about.

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Amy from MI

    Why would I believe anything the McCain camp tells me about Palin, when every speech they give, every ad they run, is full of lies and half-truths? The plane didn't sell of ebay-they left that out. She fought for the bridge and took the money-left that part out. McCain and Palin are lying to us about their records, so why should I believe them when they say they're going to be the agents of change? McCain voted 95% with Bush in 2007, that's what I believe.

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Joel

    Has Palin stopped lying about the Bridge to Nowhere yet?

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. FreeNLovIt

    She's a great working mother, but WRONG for the country.

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Elizabeth in Texas

    Of course, like the GOP run ABC network that is going to run a campaign ad for the McCain campaign like some Barbara Walter's pre-Oscar special.

    Why can't the media do their job?

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Chris B.

    Still haven't heard a single Palin supporter list where she stands on the major issues: Economy, foreign policy, social issues, etc. I refuse to believe that independents were swayed by someone as vacuous on the issues as Palin. I hope for the Republicans sake that crash course in American politics that she is clearly getting is going well. But, like when I crammed for an exam on the last night, you're bound to slip up and it is going to be a mighty, mighty fall from grace, not a two point deduction in your test score.

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Independent Female Voter in Missouri

    Thank you Rebecca. I tried to post those points also.

    He is old and she is not right for the job. I have no problem with John McCain.

    But Obama is a breath of fresh air.

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Will in Richmond, VA

    If you had bothered to vet her and then reject her then you wouldn't have to protect her.

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Festus, Montana

    She is not qualified for President. McCain touts "country first" , then
    picks Sara Palin, who can't defend this country because she has no
    foreign policy experience and said herself that she is not interested in
    the war in iraq. God forbid that John gets captured again. This is the
    most dangerous couple since Borris and Natasha of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show.

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Belle2

    She certainly has ideas and beliefs outside the norm-so what. Obama's church (the only claim he has to being Christian) and its doctrine are outside the norm; maybe he is also a cocky whacko! They both have about the same amount of experience. Both are cocky to believe that is all the experience they need to be either President or VP. Of course, she was just up in Alaska doing her job until she was chosen by McCain. Look at all those earmarks she brought in for Alaska; she was doing her job well. If she did as good a job as VP, maybe she would be able to fix the deficient. Obama, on the other hand, has only a few speeches and a few unproductive years in the State Senate and 18 months in the US Senate. If this election is about electing the cockiest whacko out there, chances are Obama will win.

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. FreeNLovIt

    If she keeps hiding, we'll need to call her the MOLE

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. LYNDA

    If Palin becomes President should something unfortunate happen to McCain, then is she able to perform as President?

    If she cannot answer tough questions from any media source then can she run this country?

    Will she be able to speak to foreign governments in a time of crisis?

    Maybe she will let Charlie Gibson escort her around and let him be her spokesperson if she has to address a foreign leader?

    I wonder who else McCain has in mind to run his cabinet.

    Oh I know, it will be a bulldog, pig, or Karl Rove in lipstick.

    September 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Rich in Seattle

    Why is the media obsessed with Palin? Isn't McCain running president? Guess he wasn't good enough to hold his own and had to bring in some crazy right-wring nutt to get his campaign going.

    But seriously, what the heck is wrong with the media! Get over yourselves and report real stories on the real issues. All of these news media people need to stop putting lipstick on a pig.

    September 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. themanwhosawtomorrow

    What image are they protecting? She has no image to protect. Continue watching and see more of the house of sands the GOP built around her continue to crumble!

    September 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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