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. Jim, Burlington NC

    Beyond funny stuff, if it wasn't so serious I'd laugh.

    How about this the "Country First" ticket of super-patriots are flying around in a campaign jet built in Brazil, not the US.

    Seems anti-American worker, anti-American Business (you know like Boeing who built Obamas aircraft) just plain Anti-American.

    Talk about being out of touch with us Joe 6-Packs in America, I'd vote for anybody other than another out of touch Bush term which is what McCain/Palin are.

    September 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Jason, Oh

    Haha, here's to finally ending the "Palin Media Boycott".

    Great Day!!! It only took 14 days!!! Whoooppiiee!!

    Now we can get an up close, real-life look at how 6-colleges in 6-years Journalism graduates live.

    I'm so excited!!!

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

    Are there any McCain/Palin supporters that are NOT OK with Palin not answering any questions from the press? Are you wondering why all that she says is directly taken from the speak at the RNC?

    Curious minds want to know......

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

    What image? The one she dictated for herself? That is:

    A pitbull coated in lipstick that kills moose and "dresses them"?

    The beauty queen who lost to another beautiful woman?

    A gun-toting governor that lobbied for federal funds but then said no, but spent them in her hometown anyway?

    A woman with five kids, two who really need her attention that is running about the lower US with an old white dude?

    A woman who prays for pipelines and exhorts others to do the same?

    A woman who thinks she could be VP, but has been waging war on her sister's Ex that is downright shameful and vindictive...

    Yup, that about covers it.

    September 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. A voter

    The Republicans have learned that if you repeat a lie often enough ,people will start to believe it.
    It worked in Germany and it has worked here in 2000 and 2004.
    Hopefuylly not in 2008!

    September 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Mo, NC

    Well if her background wasn't so questionable to begin with, there would have never been any alleged rumors spreading about the Internet. Further evidence that she was a shoddy choice as a running mate. I hope this all blows up in McCain's face!

    September 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. ProudDemocrat

    Is it true Palin was having sex with the moose before she kills them?

    September 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Bill Charlotte,NC

    If she is so "all that" than why do they have to protect her? She is not a "super woman" she is a "Bubblewrap" woman. She has to be wrapped in a bubble to keep away the evil outside world. This is CRAZY and we are allowing it to happen and falling for this gimmick. Are we really this gullible.

    Folks.... there is nothing here or they would let it out. Who has ever ever heard of protecting.... hiding.... shielding a Vice Pres candidate? Vice Pres is the person that John McInsane said would "need to be able to take over." She can't even get out of the closet.

    September 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Steve

    This election is like no other before it. In this election the internet allows those that want to, to check facts on their own. State records are publicly available. There are numerous sites which have checked the facts of the statements of Palin and McCain, and found them to be false or at best, grossly distorted.

    Old ways of reaching out to people are not as effective, now. You cannot (as McCain has tried to do) say one thing in one city, and then say something else in another, pandering to the locals. You can't get away with that any more. You can't select Barbie for your running mate, and expect no one to check her somewhat dark past. You cannot protect her from people finding out the truth about her.

    Palin's time in the spotlight will soon come to an end. Watch McCain dump her like a dirty sock in about 2 weeks, once all the facts come to light, and no amount of slimeball spinning by Rove can fix it.

    September 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. scared

    So if she gets elected we have to pay for her, her husband and 5 kids to travel and accomodation and food. Thats too expensive for us taxpayers....its ridiculous. She stayed with her family at a $700 a night, they must have taken more than one room a night.......... what a waste.
    Obama 08

    September 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. lou

    They don't want us to get close to Palin because they created this image of her that we are finding out now is based on lies. McCain just keeps spitting on the America he claims to love.

    September 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Stephanie Tapelt

    I would never expect anything but deception from the Republicans. I found it interesting to read an article stating Republicans were specifically not talking about drilling in Alaska during the convention because Mccain was not totally on the band wagon. They felt that he would be easier to sway when he is in the White House. Two days later he appoints Palin the Alaskan Governor and former Oil Commissioner to be his running mate. Maybe they do have a plan, maybe it would be good for the country, but to me there is always a hidden agenda with them and they cannot be trusted. Hiding, protecting, strategically coordinating their bash campaign, sounds like the same Washington to me. Enough, is enough.

    September 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. EBC

    WOW... what is the McCain camp so AFRAID OF???

    That's the million dollar question. If John McCain is so CONFIDENT about his pick in Gov. Sarah Palin, then WHY is the leash so tight on his pitt bull with lipstick? WHAT are they so afraid will come out of her bark?

    Hummmm....... you know what? God gives us warning signs when pieces of the puzzle do NOT fit people!!! Something smells very fishy here...

    Voters need to DO THEIR HOMEWORK. Would you just go to any doctor without doing your research? Would you take your car to just any repair shop? Would you just trust you children to just anyone?

    So WHY are Republicans so quick to put all their children's future in one basket without doing a through research?

    September 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Praetorian

    Well...let's see.

    A mother with a child who has disabilities–what kind of "accommodations" should the employer make.

    You idiots better look at existing law regarding disabilities and fair labor standards management before you begin chopping trees for law suits.

    The Comptroller and the Senior HRM for the State of Alaska-I am sure–have read the laws pertaining to appropriate accommodations for dealing with FML Act and the ADL.

    Get a grip...this is a hard working mother and a great leader–why try to black list her when she has the potential to rejuvinate Washington and the "business as usual crowd"?

    September 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Slade Roberson

    For every day that I have to listen to a re-run of Palin's one and only speech, I quietly hit the Obama donation button.

    September 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. White-African American Military BRAT

    Good luck on that one!!


    September 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |

    This chick needs alot of protection....another day, another skeleton comes out of her closet. I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

    September 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Mike Vick

    Wow, looks like the Obama Whaaaaambulance siren is screeching at full volume today, huh?

    This campaign has gone to the dogs.

    September 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. USAF RET

    Why is it that she can say anything she wants, but if anyone challenges her half truths, it called attacking or sexist. If`she wants to be the VP then she needs to talk to the media and answer the tough questions just like any one else who runs for office–males and females. How else will the American voters know what she really stands for–we are owed that. Before I purchase a major product, I do my research. Likewise, before we make someone our VP we need to do our research. If that's too much for her to handle, I suggest she step aside, put on some lipstick, and attend a hockey game.

    September 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. DWoods

    A per diem is given for out of town expenses–food, hotel, and transportation. And it is not against policy to include family members. I do think it is against policy to pay these expenses when you are at home. Even if you are working from home. You will be paid your regular salary even when you use sick days or personal days. So why receive a per diem for these days?
    She can't be shielded from the media forever.

    September 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Spencer from VA

    Done with Dems..........

    I'm still in my 12 step program. I'm trying to withdrawal off this foreign oil that your Republican president has got America addicted to. You need a reality check my friend. What country do you live in...Alaska????

    September 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Unshrub

    If you think Palin would make a bad president, don't just complain about it, send money to Obama or you might end up with another train wreak like we have with Bush.

    September 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Winkzilla, Tucson

    Out-of-Control Republicans. Extremists and immoral liars.

    Enough is enough!

    September 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Republican voting Democratic

    I am a Republican now voting for Obama because of Palin's lack of experience, and SAME OLD BUSH tactics and tought talk building another "bridge to know where" with America's future!

    Palin should be playing with her children and not playing politics!

    Wake up America. This was a political move that suits John McCain's interest and campaign. This move IS NOT what is BEST for our country!!!

    Go Obama!

    September 11, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Jon

    She started it with that lovely speech at the GOP convention. The whole thing was attacks towards the democrats. Now they are crying foul.............She is no different than Bush. When McCain had to break his Bush ties, he had to find someone else to hide behind. She is fare game. How dare him pull a political stunt like this, trying to win Hillary voters.

    September 11, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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