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. Lisa

    McCain did call her his soul mate. They are two of a kind, unfortunately neither plays well with others.

    October 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. republicans hate america

    Just a glimpse of the disaster that these 2 clowns would be like in the Whitehouse we can not let that happen

    October 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    1,2,3 go... this is just the start

    October 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. ivoirien for obama

    wow

    October 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Chris H.

    So what it boils down to is something many have been saying for a long time...Picking Palin was a mistake...

    October 25, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Skelly D. Skeleton

    Go Sarah, Go Sarah, sink the party, sink the party!!

    October 25, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Roy

    John McCain & Sarah Palin are not trustworthy just like President Bush & Vice President Cheney.

    Sarsh Palin used campaign contributions — part of it government campaign funding — to buy $150,000 of designer fashions and baby clothes at New York's fanciest department stores — Neiman Marcus ($75,062.63 in one shopping spree), Saks Fifth Avenue ($49,425.74), and Bloomingdales (a mere $5,102.71). That doesn't count the $4,716.49 she spent on hair and makeup in September alone. Baby Trig got a mere $295.00 at Pacifier and Steiniauf and Stroller, Inc.

    We DON'T want her as VP otherwise she would continue to have wild shopping spree with OUR taxpayers money. She is NUTS.

    October 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Billy

    What do you expect? If you look at her political history, she ALWAYS steps on her mentor's head to grab the next rung on the political ladder. It was only a matter of time before she threw McCain under the Straight talk Express.

    October 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Turnabout is fair play

    HAHAHAHA!! McLame's VP choice is trying to take over and be the President instead! LOL! This is what happens when you have a couple of liars and cutthroats, you can't turn your back on each other or you'll get shanked. No harmony in the McCain camp? How can that be? :-)

    October 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Bob Schiffer

    Leave her alone. She is being a Maverick!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. LK

    This just proves how there white house would be run... Like a circus...

    October 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. mayah

    Sarah palin is a taking parrot... repeats whatever is said..

    October 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Rob

    does anyone really care what this bimbo has to say . she still can't answer a question

    October 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Frank G

    " Looks does as looks says"

    October 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. mitch

    GOP implosion is truly a wonderful sight to behold. better than fireworks and tequila parties.

    October 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. S. Boatman

    Keep Doing What You Are Doing Sarah! Dont Listen To Anyone! You Look Out For Yourself! Dont Let Mccain Drag You Down! Teach Him A Lesson . . . Vote For Obama!

    October 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. xXx_sTrOkEr_xXx

    hMmMmm something fishy huh........ nO cOmMeNt!

    October 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Juan Grain

    She is a looser, and when the GOP rebuilds the intelectuals will boot her out.

    October 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Mac

    Ha that tells you what kind of administration they will have. This is also what happens when you give someone who abuses power MORE POWER.

    October 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    She's looking to be in the top spot and put the 'FIRST DUD' in charge of this country. Scarey

    October 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. jonathan rosenfeld

    I HOPE DEMOS WIN THE WHITE HOUSE THIS YEAR!
    FOR ALL PEOPLE IN U.S.A AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE TOO.

    October 25, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. 12 HOUSES to 0

    MCGREEDY ERRATIC MISJUDGMENTS,

    1) IRAQ WAR

    2) DEREGULATION OF FINANCIAL MARKETS

    3) AND OF COURSE DEVA PALIN FOR VP.LOL.

    * * AND PROBABLY EVERY TIME HE HAS A THOUGHT.

    October 25, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. keiren63

    "off the reservation" Oh, for god's sake, in a campaign rife with racism and subtext you have to use THAT expression???

    October 25, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. From the North

    "She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone" – Perfect! She's the ideal candidate to follow in the footsteps of Bush, Cheney and Rove in their ignore-the-public-do-what-the-hell-I-feel-like style. Is it any wonder that the GOB (Grand Old Borg) machine picked her to partner McCain?

    I still think this is Bush-Cheney-Rove's punishment for McCain for the days when he still had ethics and was a maverick. I think the next time he's forced to defend her as the Veep choice, we might just see McCain's head explode.

    Ain't it grand?

    October 25, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Independent in DC

    Thank you John McCain for picking Sarah Palin and sealing the deal for the 44th President of the United States Barack Hussein Obama! Take that, take that, take that...

    October 25, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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