September 11th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
6 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. Kiah G.

    Next...

    September 11, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Republican for change

    "Protect" or hide the fact that she's not a commander in chief material?

    September 11, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Jeronimo!

    Sarah Palin paid off every citizen in her state... they better love her!

    Sarah Palin surrounds herself with people who owe their jobs to her.

    If she were not such a risk, she would not need a script to say " Hello Alaska... it's good to be home."

    If she were not such a wacko the GOP would not be shielding her from legitimate probes.

    If she were at all qualified, she would tell us HOW she and McCain intend to solve a problem. Any problem.

    If she were vice presidential material, she would stop repeating:

    1) My friend, John McCain, the only POW in this election does not use change to make his career but uses his career to bring change.
    OR
    2)My friend, John McCain, the only POW in this election actually served his country and knows what it takes to lead in these tough times because as you know he's been thru some tough times in hotel Hanoi.
    OR
    3)My friend John McCain, the only POW in this election is the maverick of the Senate and should go to the White House so we can "shake things up!"

    Hey Sarah, you're an insulent idiot. Fortunately for you "the mob is fickle".

    September 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. nobody protect Hillary when she was running

    If Ms. Palin is going clean house in the republican party, then she needs to start by selling John McCain's many houses on ebay and the jet.

    September 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Kiah G.

    If she wasn't a walking SCANDAL I suppose they wouldn't have to "protect" her now would they. Could we move on to issues about our country and not this annoying woman!

    September 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Michael

    The media is afraid of her, CNN included.

    For them, only Obama can stand as the shiney, new, novel candidate this election season so the tear down of Palin has begun as they tore down Hillary. I hope and I think it will backfire.

    September 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Jean 2

    WHAT ARE THEY HIDDING??????

    THIS IS AMERICA WE ARE ENTITLED TO BE ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS OF THOSE WHO REPRESENTS US.

    THIS IS ONE REASON WE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM.

    September 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Mickey Dean

    What's the difference between a pitbull/barracuda and a diplomat?

    lipstick.

    September 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Debbie in Missouri

    Palin don't try to hide from the media

    they will find you!

    I can't wait to see what they find next............

    September 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Chickpea

    Is it just me, or is silly Palin woman a cross between Peggy Hill and Suze Orman?

    September 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. darrell

    Palins stock will drop as soon as she starts to talk. She is a one hit wonder whose voice reeks of sarcasm, which people use as a defense for having nothing constructive to add to the conversation.
    fade away, fade away dear sarah

    September 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. lewc

    They have a lot of "lieGATES" to control:

    1. The 5 month old –
    reporters are saying that she was on the stage during a speaking engagement when her "water broke". They go farther to say that she STAYED to finish her speech before flying back to Alaska for the birth.

    Is she suprerwoman or is this her daughter's first child?

    2. The Airplane of her predicessor-
    she brags about putting it on EBAY. That's true, but the rest of the story is that it didn't sell and she had to hire a broaker to sell it. The sell left the state in the RED and there are still pending litigations about repairs that were undisclosed in the sell.

    3. The Bridge to Nowhere-
    she supported it, made millions by doing so, then decided that she didn't want to support it. Keep in mind ,the money will be recieved for her state until 2009. (Millions of dollars)

    4. Pork Barrel Spending-
    She has recieved more money than any other state. She has requested more money than any other state per capita.

    YOU DECIDE WHICH GATE YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THE GOP SPIN FIRST!!!!!

    Obama/Biden '08
    Nashville, TN

    September 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Marie Ontario

    From this time on McCain will be known as the pimp and Palin will be known as McCain's Alaskan pig. The GOP did it to please the religious wackos like Perkins and Dobson so they will have to live with it forever and ever amen.

    September 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Tom Lange, VA

    This just shows that McCain has no interest in protecting this country.
    Why did he pick a possible successor who has no business commanding the troops when she has no forieign policy experience?
    Why wasn't she at the 9/11 sight. Is protecting a phony "image more
    important than what's best for the country. Americans have had enough
    of the republicans fake images for 8 years. Its time we stop voting
    for their phony image and think about real americans. I will be voting
    democrat .

    Not this time
    Not this year

    Democrats 08.

    September 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Danielle MN

    Sarah Palin got paid for staying home.
    Sarah Palin is currently under investigation for abuse of power.
    Sarah Palin engaged in cronyism and fired good people she did not like.
    Sarah Palin's greatest accomplishment as mayor of Wasilla was building a sports complex.
    Sarah Palin ran a state with the 48th largest population in America.
    Sarah Palin inherited a budget surplus, based entirely on oil money.
    Sarah Palin cut funding to programs for teenage mothers like her own daughter.
    Sarah Palin forced rape victims to pay for their own rape kit examinations.
    Sarah Palin has spent the last 11 days repeating the same speech she gave in St. Paul.
    Sarah Palin has spent the last 11 days lying about her record on the Bridge to NOwhere and earmarks.
    Sarah Palin is unqualified. Sarah Palin lies. Sarah Palin does not belong in national politics.

    September 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. smokesignals

    She could have gotten a lot more support if she had just been honest about her dealings in the Alaskan state.
    But geez.....
    The rest of the stuff is plenty enough to know that I would never consider voting for someone who even broached the subject of removing books from a library, shot animals from a helicopter, thinks its a good idea to discuss creationism in the schools and supports McCain's platform. That should be enough for anyone.

    September 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. J.W.

    Palin's finished. She's getting exposed from all directions.
    VOTE OBAMA

    September 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Former Hillary Clinton Supporter

    Oh protected that staight talking pitbull with lipstick hockey mom?
    What I thought she as tough as Hillary???? What happened GOP? What?
    Whos going to protected her from Putin in Russia or Iran, China, Afganistan,Iraq or other countries that hate us????? I am confused, so they need to protected her but if there elected and John mccain died whos going to protected us in the usa??? What that doesn't make any sense. Maybe she just not QUALIFIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Get a clue people.........

    September 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    She was hired to appeal to "the base." Al-Qaeda is an arabic word meaning "the base." Coincidence?

    September 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. no fear

    palin is not qualified to be vp. she is certainly not qualified to be president.

    there were many other qualified republican woman McCain could have chosen.

    many, many women know that and are not impressed nor swayed by her.

    palin, like many others (not all) in the Republican party are attempting to appeal to people's ignorance, not their intelligence.

    we've already had 8 years of this mentality. are we not ready to move on?

    September 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Dawn

    Funny how the Bush/McCain team keeps protecting Palin. If she is such a strong candidate/person then why can't she speak for herself? I've had enough of this charade. Time to put the puppet back in her box.

    September 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Bruce

    wow...big surprise here,...she is not going to be allowed to go on her own, because she cannto funtion answering questions, and besides that McCain needs her to draw the crowds.
    Mr. Obama...let her go..and address the issues, and why mcCain has no plan or ideas other than what has been done for the last 8 years. Concentrate on him, she will self destruct.She is not worth your time.
    For all of those who think she is so great, where does she stand on the issues effecting this country? Why is she being hidden from the press,,,and this interview with Gibson will be a joke,...make one wonder what would happen to her with Russert .

    September 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. AMERICANS ARE OUTRAGED BY THIS FRAUD - PALIN PUPPET

    BREAKING NEWS: PALIN TO STOP TROOPERGATE INVESTIGATION!!!!

    NOW WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE AND THE QUESTIONS THE MEDIA NEEDS TO BE ASKING TO VET QUEEN SARAH?!!!!

    September 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. redneck for obama

    mcbush! where's osama bin laden? nevermind. we'll let obama get him!

    September 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Carmen Colorado

    Why do they need to protect? Hillary did not get protection. Republicans need protection because they are always up to NO GOOD. Just like this administration.

    September 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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