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. Daryl in Seattle

    My Father was in politics locally. He held a positions that required traveling to different cities on occasion. Not ONCE did he invite myself or any other sibling to go along and then charge it to the city of Seattle stating fatherhood as a reason. A $707 dollar a night room???? So the previous Governor of Alaska spent more. Big deal! An abuse is an abuse no matter how small or large. Stop trying to put lipstick on a pig Hockey Mom!

    September 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Tom in Delaware

    I would like to personally thank the Liberal Left for making Sarah Palin so popular and lovable...we just couldn't have done it without your persistent and dedicated efforts.

    By keeping her the focus of attention (with the exceptions of your very own gaffe-prone canidates) you have elevated her to the point of sainthood.

    Your continious slander has compelled both the media, and your own campaign, to do nothing but speak of her.

    It's like a dream come true, and with a little luck, and some more hard work from you tremendously stupid individuals, she will be the first Vice-Presidential canidate in history to propel a ticket into the White House.

    Hang in there, and keep up the great work.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 11, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Mike in Columbus

    First step... don't let her speak for herself!

    September 11, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Mike in Calgary

    Has she taken questions yet fom Reporters or is she still within McCain's Cone of Disinformation, .... I mean the Cone of Silence. The Republican Campaign also kind of reminds me of the old movie, with Peter Sellers as Chauncy Gardener running for President.

    September 11, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. LS

    The heck with America's image, our problems, our issues, our struggles. Put PALIN first, right? Throw all the American people out the door, along with the people's issues and concerns, and place Palin on top.

    Protecting her from what? From people finding out the truth about her? Palin makes me sick. McCain and Palin are crazy if they think they are going to control this country with their nonsense.

    Sick Republicans . . just sick. Can't wait for McCain and Palin to be out of the public eye. McCain and Palin don't deserve to present America.

    September 11, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Bilderberg

    This is politricks yall. They have to do what is in their best interest. In this case, one cant deny the repulicans gained some points once the pitbull err...i mean...governor joined the ticket. Thats fact.

    The part that intrigues me is that they actually believe these lies, these jedi mind tricks will actually work on every american. it wont. some of us do pay attention. Some of us dont. These kind of reverse phycology rovian tactics will work on some, there is not mistake about that.

    My analogy? You can pull a mule to the river, but you cant force it to drink water. Well...some mules i guess you can. i aint the one!

    This is comedy. First they attacked Obama on his experience and stating his not an agent of change. Then they realized obama was onto something with this whole change thing and chose palin, THEN SWITCHED THEIR CAMPAIGN THEM TO OBAMA'S??!?!


    September 11, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Phoenix

    So..Affirmative Action is okay as long as it applies to unqualified white female applicants? I guess white men and black women who actually have qualifications get no love.

    September 11, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    They do not have to protect her image. They need to manufacture one.

    September 11, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Independent Female Voter in Missouri

    Yes, she did pay herself as governor a per diem to stay at home. She is a piece of work!

    September 11, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. A concerned voter

    Has anyone seen the video that is floating on the web of the young man that claims to be the real father of Bristol Palin's child?

    September 11, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Greg FL.

    McCain campaign out to protect Palin's image

    That will be a full time job for a large staff.

    September 11, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Country First

    The republicans were in the white house when the terrorists attacked
    this country. How are they going to protect us.? John McCain chose
    a country first mantra, then he selects a woman with no foreign policy
    experience whatsoever, and who proclaims to have no interest in the Iraq war. How is SHE going to protect us? John McCain's claim to fame is
    being a POW. I respect that. But if John McCain is captured again
    while he is asleep in the white house, How are they going to protect
    us? Americans had better think long and hard before they allow the
    republicans to fool this country again.

    September 11, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Jim in Orlando

    Can it be any more obvious that McCain chose Palin without her being fully vetted? I

    It's gradually coming out that she's a shallow, but flashy, inexperienced but big talking, conservative at heart who like John McCain has a chameleon like ability to change from a conservative, toe the party line member to a "maverick" when that suits the political landscape better.

    My hope is that undecided voters will see McCain and Palin for all the warts they have although they pretend they don't have them.

    September 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    If she is going to be vp she should be able to protect herself ,Mcsame needs to turn her lose,...whoever heard of one canidate protecting another canidate while running for the highest two offices in the world. If she can't take it she can't stay, McCain protecting Palin and saying country first ,etc. This stinks,the whole RNC stinks.

    September 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. indiePA

    What's to protect if everything in her past were honest and above board? Sometimes the truth hurts, as well it should if she's placed herself in a position of scrutiny and her past can't support her. As far as the piddly things are concerned (re: pigs and lipstick), her own party was the first to link her to the comment and make a stink about it. As mother used to say, "If the shoe (lipstick) fits, wear it!"

    September 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Cynthia

    Why can't Palin protect her own image. If their plans are for her to be VP should should be able to stand alone out on the stump, go before reporters and answer questions, and be able to talk without reading the scripted speech that she gave at the RNC convention. I guess that is your job to protect her but put out half truths and downright lies about your opponents. A large number of people have begin to view Senator McCain as a dishonorable and untrustworthy man because of some of the things that he has put out there that are just not true. Remember back in the primaries he said that he would run and honorable campaign and said during Saddleback & their convention we could trust him to get Bin Laden. If he knows how to get Bin Laden – tell President Bush so that he can start on it right away.

    September 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. McSameMcCain on myspace

    Hey, here's a thought McCain. Instead of worrying about Palin's image, how about letting us know where you stand on the issues? Oops, forgot, we already know your were Bush's lap dog ever since he spanked you 8 years ago.

    September 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Clif , Atlanta,Ga.

    "America" ! Just picture a puppeteer holding on to the strings of his puppet. Controlling every movement. That looks like the McPail comedy show.

    September 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. tim sumrall

    A Republican "truth squad"? Is this a joke or an oxymoron or Karl Rove in disguise?

    September 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Open Your 3rd Eye





    September 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Frank

    There are enough simple facts about her to make her unacceptable. She is dangerous and dishonest – and a wacko on top of that. She polishes up ol' McCain but that's about it. Sad for McCain that he can't do it by himself anymore.

    September 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Dylan Fraley

    McCain should release Michael Vick so he can have a promoter for the dogfight in DC win he brings his pitbull(Palin). If he wins the election.

    September 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Bimal Ghose

    Protect Sarah from everyone...she would be in a cage. Otherwise she will not be able to respond per diem, troopergate, bridge to nowhere.......yes your campaign has done a good job as Cheney was hiding after 9/11.

    September 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Mike

    If your main goal is protecting someone's image instead of letting their record stand for itself, you're in trouble.

    September 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Unshrub

    The right as been attacking Obama with false claims for the last two years but when something negative comes out about Palin, even if it is true, the right screams and hollers foul play. What comes around, goes around.

    September 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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