October 25th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain aide: Palin 'going rogue'

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Tensions within the McCain-Palin campaign are spilling into the public. A McCain aide told CNN that Gov. Palin is a 'diva.'
Tensions within the McCain-Palin campaign are spilling into the public. A McCain aide told CNN that Gov. Palin is a 'diva.'

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) – With 10 days to go until election day, long brewing tension between Sarah Palin and key aides to John McCain has become so intense, it is spilling out into the public.

Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin “going rogue” recently, while a Palin associate says she is simply trying to “bust free” of what she believes was a mishandled roll-out that damaged her.

McCain sources point to several incidents where Palin has gone off message, and privately wonder if they were deliberate. For example: labeling robo calls “irritating,” even as the campaign was defending the use of them and telling reporters she disagreed with the campaigns controversial decision to pull out of Michigan.

A second McCain source tells CNN she appears to now be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

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  1. Eli

    It is so hard to understand the reasons she was chosen for vp nominee. And the choices she makes are apparently just as odd as the choice McCain made in picking her. What about family feuds in public office and projects out to bid for favored contractors? What about her kids going everywhere at public expense? (Do they go to school?) Sad for her and them that this harsh light is shining. Sad for all of us that we have to learn this way about the mistakes of an early political career. A proper vetting would have spared the Palin family and the American public. There are reasons for practical, methodical and prudent ways that were cast aside in this selection process.

    October 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Vivian

    THIS ARTICLE SAYS IT ALL. NO MCCAIN NO PALIN NOT NOW NOT EVER.

    October 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Emmsantel

    May be Sarah Palin thought this election is just like a beauty contest whereby she can spend $150.000 for dresses amd make-ups . Imagine what will happen if she is elected as a vice Prsident of the United States of America?

    October 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. lucy

    Awesome! Going rogue! Diva! How about this for a clever idea: going for the presidency in 2008 instead, picking Dan Quayle or Joe-what-his-name for VP. It's possible to do that isn't it Palin? LOL!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Jonathan

    GOING rogue? She's been a rogue her entire (self-admitted) redneck life!

    October 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Palin for Playboy

    Hopefully she goes off the deep end and does a spread for Playboy after she loses. Seriously her being a MILF is about all she has going for her. Way to pick a winner Mr. McCain

    October 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Charla in TX

    Hmmm.......looks like by far the biggest gaffe of the campaign was made by John McCain. But we knew this already, didn't we!!!

    How self-centered must Gov. Diva be to think that she will have any political future in the GOP after this campaign? Is she so naive that she doesn't know what happens to people who draw the scorn and ire of the party?

    My guess is, after a few months of more media fluff......this lady will never be heard from again.

    October 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Canuck

    Let er go!! Lets really see what she has to offer the country. Can she work well with others towards the most serious issues facing not only America, but internationally!!

    October 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Shawn_T

    Who's surprised by this? Palin's 15 minutes of fame has gone to her head. The beauty queen sociopath in her is coming back out. She'll do anything for attention.

    She knows this campaign is a joke. She's just trying to solidify her own political future.

    Still think picking Palin was a 'good choice'? Stil proud of her, McCain?

    October 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Democrat Against Pelosi

    That's a strong woman...they tried to stifle her, they tried to keep her behind closed doors. She's stronger than that. I may not support her...but at least give her the dignity of campaigning with the boys!

    This time...I'm on Palin's side (but never again)

    October 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. WHERE IS THE GOP??

    If the most important decision/responsibility a president has is to select a qualified successor as vice president….then John McCain’s selection of Sarah Pavin was so flawed, so absolutely irresponsible that – as a matter of national security – he should have been summarily “excused” from his campaign by the GOP.

    October 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Republican turned Democrat (California)

    What do you expect??? This caribou barbie CANNOT be trusted at all. She is a hypocrite and so self-centered that she will do anything to attain her own personal political ambition. I can believe that she won't trust even her own family...do you expect her to personally do her role as a mother when elected vice president? She says, "forget about family, i want to be the vice president of America!!!" She will spend all her times parading and pretending to be a qualified government official. One thing...was she the only best candidate for Alaska??? Looks like Alaska, when they filled their ballots, they were thinking the race was a "beauty contest."

    October 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. That One

    “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser, “she does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else"

    Just what we need running this country....NOT

    October 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Greg Hodges

    Sarah Palin`s selection was a desperate attempt at cashing in on millions of women being disappointet at Hilary Clinton losing the DEMOCRATIC nomination to Barack Obama. The difference was/is that millions of people had a say in that historic contest. Nobody voted for Pallin. She was simply force fed to the American public by John McCain and his strategists, grasping at straws while the Republicans are about as popular as a skunk at a picnic. Now she has decided to stab McCain in the back; as a reward for making her a national (joke) figure. I almost pity McCain. He could have picked so many qualified running mates. Intead he gets the airhead from Alaska.

    October 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. JQP

    So, McCain is a maverick and Palin is going rouge. That's all our great nation needs–a rogue leader who won't listen to anyone except themselves.

    It appears that all the criticism by her own Alaskan constituents–that she is an authoritarian, closed-minded leader–turns out to be true. It is telling that in the final days of this election she is more concerned about herself than her party, than her country.

    Country first? No, wait. For Palin it is me first, country second. This is one diva we don’t need in politics period.

    I think our nation would best be served if the social conservative wing of the Republican party splits off and forms their own, new party. That way, the Republican party can regain its strength, focusing on the issues that matter most.

    October 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Vic

    The Republican party needs an adjustment of attitude and character towards our nation. It's a guilt of intolerance and indifference when partisan politics take precedence before the needs of our citizens. This election is a referendum to every political party that the needs of the American people is the hierarcy of our politics. It's a reminder of who we are and what we are all about; a godly nation that honors freedom, liberty, and the pursue of happiness.

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    October 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin is a dangerous RIGHT-WINGER

    October 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. drew

    Maybe she'll go ultra rogue after elected and defect to Russia.... since she can see it from her window.

    October 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Ryan

    Sounds like a campaign coming off at the seams...I would love to see bimbo barbie run for president, SNL and the rest of the comedians will have material for years.

    October 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. BJ

    CNN I'AM VERY SAD TO ME AND MAYBE IT'S JUST ME. IT
    SEEMS LIKE I'AM WATCHING FOX-NEWS WHEN I WATCH.
    IT'S LIKE YOU ARE ON THE TRAIL FOR PALIN AND MCAIN
    I THOUGHT NEWS WAS SUPPOSE TOBE A SOURCE OF GOOD
    REPORTING NOT FOR ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER.
    WELL, IT SEEMS YOU PEOPLE THINK PALIN IS READY TO
    BE PRESIDENT YOU WOULD RATHER HAVE HER INSTEAD
    OF BARACK OBAMA. MY GRAND-PARENTS ARE NATIVE-AMERICAN
    I'AM AFRICAN-AMERICAN BECAUSE MY FATHERS GRAND-PARENTS
    NOT BY THEIR CHOICE KINGS,QUEENS ON A BOAT. BUT, MY
    BROTHERS JOKE I'AM A BLACK SARAH PALIN. THE ONLY
    THING THAT MAKES US DIFFERENT IS I'AM TRUTHFUL,HONEST
    AND WILL NOT LIE JUST TO GET MY POINT ACROSS. I SAID MY
    GRAND-PARENTS ARE NATIVE-AMERICAN I KIND OF THINK THEY
    WERE HERE FIRST. COOPER ANDERSON YOU KNOW I WOULD
    STAY UP AT NIGHT NO MATTER WHAT TO WATCH YOU WHEN
    YOU WORKED FOR THAT OTHER STATION AND PRAYED AND
    HOPE YOU WOULD GET A BETTER TIME SLOT SO ALL PEOPLE
    COULD WATCH YOU. COULD I HAVE BEEN WRONG? OH,
    I FORGOT TO SAY I WOULD NOT USE MY CHILDREN FOR
    ANY REASON SARAH PALIN. YOU NEED TO BOUND WITH YOUR
    NEW BABY. CNN SHAME DON'T PICK SIDES JUST DO WHAT
    YOU CAN DO REPORT THE NEWS. YOUR WEEKEND REPORTERS
    LET THE WORLD KNOW WE WOULD RATHER HAVE SARAH
    PALIN THAN TO HAVE AN BARACK OBAMA. I WILL NOT GO
    IN THAT PLACE WHERE RACE SHOULD NOT BE A FACTOR
    BUT THE ISSUES. IN MY CASE IT'S THE ISSUES AND NOT
    WHO IS RUNNING. I WOULD NOT WANT A PALIN TO RUN
    THE COUNTRY I LOVE. WHY MENTION HER HUSBAND AND
    FRIENDS WANTED TO MAKE ALASKA A COUNTRY ALL BY
    IT'S LONELY SELF OR SHE JUST SPENT THREE(3) HOURS
    DEFENDING WHY SHE FIRED A PERSON.

    October 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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