October 25th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
5 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. Bella

    The wild horse is out and the stable door is broken so there is nothing McCain aides can do now. It serves McCain right for being dazzled by Palin's smile and not seeing beyond her guile. It would be pathetic if it was not so hysterically funny.

    October 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Lake Champlain

    This marks the end of the GOP, how this will affect traditional two party politics is going to be very interesting to watch. It will cause the most turmoil in the deep south and religious west.

    October 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. a co

    I love it....they can't even get along on the campaign trail...how are they supposed to work together if they won the white house...i asked two people the other day who were voting for McCain if they were scared if he died that Palin would be the next president....the look on their face was priceless!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. howRD

    I have never seen a woman so fake as Pailin. She spent all her time campaigning negatively. Let me tell you if Mcan lose the election it is because of her. She should have stepped down earlier and Mcain would have been ok. She is not helping.
    Thanks

    October 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. deedee

    oh come on now, another attempt to palin smear by the left. Give the lady a break. There are far more important things in this election than this piece of unsolicited gossip.

    October 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    It's to bad these people who work for John McCain didn't insist on investigating her throughly before announcing she would become the VP choice.....

    BUT THEN AGAIN, maybe they had no choice. John seen another pretty face and knew he just had to have her.
    SO MUCH FOR GOOD JUDGEMENT ON HIS PART.

    So bottom line..... Its a good thing for the voters all this is showing up now before the election. We've all known all along she is in this solely for herself. Not the country, not her family, NOT John McCain, NOT the handicapped children, JUST SARAH PALIN...

    I guess this means she'll be going back to Alaska???? LOL....

    October 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. MB

    She's not a barracuda or a pit bull. She's a loose cannon. And a dim witted one at that. Her past record is proof that she doesn't have the executive skills or intelligence to be Vice President or, god forbid – shudder to think, President. Let alone a state Governor!

    I have but two messages for Sarah Palin and her fans, who are too blinded by bigoted fanaticism to see her for what she is:

    1. Thanks, but no thanks.
    2. I can see your lack of intelligence from here.

    You betcha!

    October 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    A diva? What happened to Maverick? How sexist is that? I am no Palin fan, but it is clear, like Hillary, that women get bashed just for being women in the media and that is sad.

    I would do the same as she because it is obvious to everyone except maybe McCain himself, that he has some really, really bad campaign "advisors" and they have pretty much lost him this race and now they are out backstabbing their VEEP choice.

    October 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Sally in Oregon

    You didn't see this coming GOP? (gosh darn it – wink wink)

    October 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Donna

    This was wholly predictable. Palin's pattern of rewarding friends with plum positions in Alaska and her vindictiveness against those who crossed her, her denial that she was found to have engaged in any ethical wrongdoing when she was found to have done precisely that, her willingness to use her children as political props...it all adds up to a complete narcissist and the last person who should be in a position to govern.

    October 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. James From Chicago

    I bet McCain is kicking himself in the rear for his pick of Palin.

    That is one lady that cannot be trusted, and she has ruined

    his chances of ever becoming President.

    October 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. pedeen

    Let the lady be herself, she is better that way than being roves puppet!

    October 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Nothing ever changes

    If these reports are true then we are seeing the begining of the end of the McCain Campaign. While I support Obama, it is sad to see McCain's campaign coming apart like this. You reap what you sow and McCain is doing just that and it is really sad. He used to be a man of honor, I question to this day what changed with him, why he lost his honor.

    October 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Geri overseas

    People outside of the world (of politics) are not stupid. Most who were not so caught up in the politics saw the Palin pick for what it was, and Palin for who she is – self-serving. America should feel lucky that it didn't get its just desserts in having Palin become VP. McCain would have been banished to the nursing home in his dribbler in no time. At the end of the day, Colin Powell has saved
    America (the main conservative who was willing to put into words what so many others knew!) and so many have since had the 'courage' to speak up.

    October 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Mark

    Talk about a maverick thing to do. Nice pick, McCain.

    October 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. adrian

    this woman is such an embarrsement to the office for wich she is running! im so sick of her! mcsame displayed some truely poor judgement in selecting her as vp. everyone with half a brain should be terrified by the thought of her being the 2nd in command! she makes dan quail look like a rhodes scholar! i wish she would go on some sunday morning news shows, like meet the press, so the country could really see what a dunce she really is. america please use your brain and really think about what is best for our country, when you vote! the time for real change is now! america and the world needs a leader like obama! vote for change! vote for hope!

    October 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. jaye

    So now they've created a monster and don't know how to contain it...OR, has their blame game started early?
    They changed and groomed Palin and wrote her vile speeches, then they turned her loose at their rallies with free reign to say anything she wants.
    In my humble opinion, McCain and Palin have smeared the republican party, their supporters, and our nation...they have spread hate, mistrust, dishonesty, race-baited, and has made America look weak and utterly horrible.
    I'm sure the real trrorist nations are shouting with glee whenever Palin makes one of her hate-filled speeches calling Senator Obama a socialist, a friend to terrorist, a traitor, and will demean the white house.
    Enough, Palin, enough!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. First time Voter!

    This story comes as no surprise. McInsane has been running a disfunctional campaign for over the last year now. He has struggled to focus on a central theme within his campaign, and by selecting Gov. Palin to win over Clinton voters displayed the wrong judgement he has made over and over again. The two candidates are both out of touch with average everyday Americans. McCain having numerous houses and cars, and Palin using tax payers money for a wardrobe bill of $150,000.

    Mr. McCain how are we to trust you to run the white house when indeed you cant run a functional campaign.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. X-Republican in Texas for Obama

    McCain is just getting a taste of he's own medicine. Doesn't taste very good does it?

    October 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Earl

    McCain is unable to run a campaign,
    How can he run a divided country?
    Just shows us that this maverick thing does not work.He wll not be able to work with his own party as he usually does not,why does he think that the democrats will work with him if they are the majority in both houses.
    Maybe the republicans can pick Palin in four years.

    October 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Richard A. Spomer

    YOU give them hell; just set the record straite. The Moter-city-mad-man Ted Nugent agrees with you Sarah Palin (you girl), know its time for everyone else to open there eyes and shut there mouth because we do not want to destroy the earth and nieghbors like the extrem liberal race at hand.

    Whoever everyone needs to stay focused on the ball, being straite talking represetitives of society as a whole.

    To the Obama supporters and all they may say and think Osama’s Presidency would be so Frikin Liberal that the laws of the land would become so loose that his choices and ideas would destroy society and the fabrics there with, and will make it a free for all or an out right sod-am and Gomorrah. All of which choosing Obama would be wrong for all and will be answerable to God in his second coming and those whom choose him are beholder to there choice in this election!!!

    THIS IS NOT BECAUSE HE IS A BLACK MAN OR WHITE!!!

    Not a sermon just something to think about.

    October 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Alex Reyes

    The Republican Party has gone from giving the American people one of the worst presidencies in United States history to one of the worst presidential campaigns ever. That's some trajectory. Here's hoping that the "Grand Old Party" will never recover–the democratic spirit in the U.S. and the world can't be expected to survive its uncivilized nature forever.

    October 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    A diva? What happened to Maverick? How sexist is that? I am no Palin fan, but it is clear, like Hillary, that women get bashed just for being women in the media and that is sad.

    I would do the same as she because it is obvious to everyone except maybe McCain himself, that he has some really, really bad campaign "advisors" and they have pretty much lost him this race and now they are out backstabbing their VEEP choice.

    October 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Michael

    Wow, they let the lipsticked pit bull out of her cage, and she's trashing the living room. Now she's merrily traipsing across a succession of battleground states, making it look less and less like McCain has any semblance of control over how this race is going. Didn't we see this coming?

    Come November 4, she'll be headed back to Alaska. Will she try another foray into federal politics? Maybe, but it's hard to imagine. She's become this generation's Dan Quayle. History will judge her less harshly than her contemporaries, but it's going to take years for her to get beyond her own well-documented follies.

    October 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. jenny

    The world will see that this PICK by John McCain was a TOTAL JOKE. Even if he had given her the oppertunity to speak to the press earlier she would have failed.This PITBULL had NO TEETH and NO COMMONSENSE,case and point -her husband was in her office making decisions.John McCain made this pick solely to attract disgusted Hillary's supporters which was a TOTAL FAILURE.

    October 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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