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. Eric, NC

    Palin is nothing more than Karl Rove's stooge and lacks the credibility to run an animal shelter much less being the VP. I still cannot believe the ignorance of the American people in supporting the Republicans here. You've either got to be a religous zealot or a rich/greedy nutcase to vote for this pair. Seriously, is this the best the Republicans can come up with? I'd vote Republican if they can get some candidates who focus on the real issues of the economy, jobs, and bringing DOWN the deficit instead of worrying about what homosexuals are doing or what a woman wants to do with her own body.... Kinda lost touch with "normal" people, the Republicans have...

    September 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Tim

    SO, when McCain leaves office and Palin is left to take on the big boys from Russia, the Middle East and Asia, who is going to protect American interests?

    I just don't see Palin as an answer to that question. She only ever was a desperate attempt to sway disgruntled HIllary backers ... who are now realizing they are being manipulated and used by the republicans (like Carl Rove).

    Glad to see lipstick is still in hiding.

    September 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. former hillary supporter now for Obma

    do pit bulls need protection?

    September 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Obomination Patrol

    I love it. The hate coming from all sides of the Obomination Robot crowd is amazing. You are full of folly, and providing us "small town" Americans much needed amusement.

    This American stands up proud and loud: McCain/Palin '08 – '12

    September 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. how

    First it was the media is unfair...........NOW this new (getting OLD) whining about what is SAID or ABOUT Palin. Since this election I DON"T remember McCain whining about his WIFE like this.....

    WE ARE THE AMERICAN VOTERS, WE HAVE A RIGHT TO WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT HER AND WHAT IS INTENDED IN OURRRRRRRRRR WHITE HOUSE.................

    September 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. James L

    You should not need protection from the truth. ... maybe she has some truths in her closet they don't want revealed. ... Troopergate should reveal her true character. ..

    September 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. TESAP:SAVANNAH, GA

    UMMMMMMMM...........TOO LATE..........

    BEAUTY QUEEN..... TV ANCHOR.... SOON TO BE GRANDMA, WHO HAS ABUSED HER POWER TO GET HER BROTHER-IN-LAW FIRED...... AND LIED ABOUT STOPPING THE BRIDGE TO NO WHERE.........

    September 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Spencer from VA

    VIRGINIA WILL BE DEOMCRATIC 11/4/08.

    VIRGINIA IS BLUE!!!!

    September 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Reasonable Observer

    From the "reasonable" Bob in IN:

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

    I would take the conservative "base" anytime over the liberal base that includes the likes of Code Pink and MoveOn.org, etc. Now, who really is more like "the base" you reference, Mr. Bob. Your comment is disgusting.

    September 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Helen, MA

    What a terrible waste of time and money this selection of a running mate has been. Millions of $$ are being spent to 'protect' a person who NEVER, EVER should have been selected to fill a national office of any kind.

    If McCain had selected almost anyone else, the campaign could have continued to focus on policies and issues. But in his desire to take the heat off of himself, McCain has created a situation to distract those foolish enough to be distracted by non-issues and a non-candidate like Sarah Palin.

    Once again, he's made the Republican party look like the party of losers!

    September 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. o-the one time commenter

    Look, What image does this women have. People we now know more about obama then we will ever know about Palin duh. this is a no brainer
    MCCain pick her just for this reason so must of the sheep will herd his way. WOW! If most of all americans say that they are worse off then they were 8 years ago then whats the big fuss over her. I don't understand
    she is not running for the top spot.

    Don't be mislead into 4 more years of the last 8 years. Jeez! If I was a female I would be upset that MCcain thinks that this joke is going to fool anyone. No one know her before this so, really what image does she have look they are fooling you all with this crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    What is McCain going to do to create jobs?

    What is McCain going to do to move us closer to ending the two wars we're in?

    What is McCain going to do to get more people health insurance?

    What is McCain going to do to address the poverty issues in this country?

    September 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Republican for Obama

    Eh-em Ralph...I believe you meant to say that she is a gun-holdin, animal murdering, bible-thumping, pro-life, anti-stem cell research, inexperienced, bridge-pedaling, 233 million keeping, failed beauty queen. ALL TRUE...MCSAME CAN ONLY SPIN FOR SO LONG!

    September 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. MOST IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE AGENTS FROM HELL

    It's fine if they chose to rebuttal with truth, but the biggest problem people are having is that they are shourded in lies! I spent the night on factcheck.com and my Lord if just about everything that comes out of McCain's and Palin's mouths are LIES! They have even gone as far as to LIE on factcheck.com in one of their lastest ads by misquoting them! What I would strongly suggest to everyone even wanting to make a sound choice this Nov. is to just go to FACTCHECK.COM

    Almost their entire speeches at the Convention were packed with LIES! Now I do know that it sounds like I am just sold out for Obama, why YES I am, but that is because I have fully researched and double checked all that he as well as the others have been saying. Obama is not without fault, but he by far is the BEST we have hoped for in a long time. I can not stress it enough do not be fooled by McCain or Palin, they ARE NOT WHAT THEY PROFESS!

    MCCAIN AND CREW WITH CARL ROVE IN TOW ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO CONVINCE PEOPLE TO DOUBT THE MEDIA ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE BEING FOUND OUT ABOUT PALIN, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF MEDIA SOURCES THAT HAVE HONESTLY FOUND HER TO BE A SHAM ALL PRETTIED UP WITH LIES!!!!!!!

    ASK YOURSELVES JUST WHAT ARE THEY HIDING KEEPING HER PROTECTED IF NOT WANT THEY DON'T WANT KNOWN.

    GO TO FACTCHECK.COM FOR YOURSELVES!

    September 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Dal CA

    Today is the day for no politicking BUT SARAH PALIN will give an interview today. WHY?

    September 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. darrell

    All this talk of Palin being someone" we can relate to, the Mom next door"..Geez, didn't we hear that about GW Bush the first time around? He was the guy you sit on the porch and have a beer with..and look what that got us. Americans who vote for a candidate because they are 'neighbor like' are total idiots. Anyone with intelligence knows that we need a president/VP who is SMARTER than us. It is just ridiculous all the talk of being a candidate that shuttles her kids to the soccer game, and shops at Wal-mart, that's the LAST person I want to intrust my national security and economic well being to.

    September 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Lia

    Why does Palin always needs to be protected?? Do we need such a president?

    September 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. scared

    its all about good character and personality....Well I think Obama/Biden have both and McSame/Palin have lipstick.

    September 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. K

    Liberal Dem haters must really be tired by now. Does the hatred you have in your heart ever exhaust you? It's been months and months (or years) of attacks against McCain, Bush and Republicans in general, then you turned on one of your own, Hillary Clinton, and roundly criticized her into oblivion, and finally, you just became rabid beasts when fresh meat in the form of Gov Palin arrived on the scene. You've got to be worn out! Do you go to bed feeling good about yourself having spent your days on a computer annonymously attacking a woman you don't even know? Vile and vicious attacks on a woman that chances are, if you met under other terms, you would like!
    I'm sorry for this once great country, a country filled with some of the most gracious people in the world I'm afraid is being overrun by horribly rude, obnoxious, nasty festering sores who call themselves citizens. Citizens who would celebrate someone such a Kanye West all the while spewing hateful words such a traitor and coward about John McCain.

    September 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. janine

    Wow. How about letting her speak for herself and do some interviews without McCain or his cronies holding her hand? Oh and please try not to lie.

    September 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Richard

    Lincoln is a useless has been.

    September 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Lacy R.

    The only thing McCain can do to protect his "Yapp'in "Pitbull Pup' is to put a muzzle on her and chain her to the doghouse. This campaign is over.....OBAMA IN 2008.

    September 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. George Taylor

    CNN – congrats!

    You have managed to sell us another bag of damaged goods.

    I don't know how you can sleep at night knowing that you took BO through the ringer on every gaffe, interview, town hall, yet you can't even beat ABC at getting a staged interview.

    I am going to still succeed I don't care who is in the WH, but there are many people that are counting on us getting it right and all you can talk about is lipstick and focus on surrogates that go off script.

    September 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Joshua College Station Texas

    Yawwwwwn. Next!

    Let's get back to Obama-McCain.

    September 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Republicans hate america

    you can put lipstick on a pig...its still a pig

    September 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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