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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soundoff (1,131 Responses)
  1. billy joe jeffries

    REALLY? Didn't see that coming.

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

    thats why people should be voting the obama ticket

    October 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. t m

    Yes folks, this woman is indeed the Anti-Christ...

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

    let her be she will be history in several weeks and the poor state of alska can deal with her craziness and lack of knowledge

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. sensi johnson

    While it is true that I have no respect for Ms. Palin's political argument,
    I must admit that she is doing the right thing for her future political or otherwise. I can see a future talk show host role for you Ms Palin, because for whatever term you have left in Alaska you can kiss politics bye bye after that. But before you go I just want to say thanks for the memories.

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Kimberly, Raleigh, NC

    Let's hope Alaska voters have the sense to vote her out of politics completely by 2012 rather than have to compete with a reincarnated "maverick." She, more than any one person on either side, has brought this presidential contest to new lows.

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Saron, OR

    Her story is all about Sarah. What is in it for Sarah.

    Sarah is ambitious. She didn't even blink when she was asked to be #2.

    God help us should she ever be commander in chief.

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Harry A. Haney

    "Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party."

    That's perfect!! If she is the best that Republicans have to offer then Democrats will rule for a long, long time.

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Doug, Pittsburgh, PA

    Watching Palin's stump speeches it is clear the campaign for 2012 has already started. Too bad for John McCain it's on his campaign's dime.

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Your Dog.

    Throw the Republican campaign to the Democrats Sarah. You are in an Republican base and you have to do as told as what you want to do girl. Silly Silly Silly. Get your status back for Alaska.

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. KP

    This is hilarious! McCain and his lack of judgment reins once again. This was just a catastrophe waiting to happen, just sad that the truth is coming out later rather than sooner. This woman has PROVEN that she only does things that benefits her – the so called tax cuts in Alaska, the lies that she has told, the firing of her brother in law, the pretense of being a hokey mom with 150k in clothes to burn (so much for the walmart moms). She is a blatant idiot, but i must give her credit for waking up and at least proving herself to be the real Sarah Palin, cold and calculating. And now that the writing is on the wall she is trying to jump ship to think of her (failed) 2012 bid.

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. bob

    hey cnn,, why dont u report about that how obama hasnt released his birth certificate, his medical records, his law school day stuff,, etc etc..

    quit posting this garbage

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    How many of you good republicans really want Todd Palin abusing his power behind the scenes in DC?

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. David H. Lydick

    "Sarah" has put women's political gains in our country back two decades! I'd like to know what Cindy McCain has been thinking lately . . . .

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Linda K.

    People want to put John McCain and Sarah Palin in charge of our country when they can't even agree on how to run a campaign? Are you joking?

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Nick

    She comes across very unintelligent and seems to be expressing her own personal beliefs, mainly pro life opinions, than what her and McCain are going to do if they win. She seems more like she should be giving lectures at churches rather than being a politician.

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Kyle C.

    It is a shame that the candidates cannot be on the same page, all it does it hurt the ticket, and with the division drawn so strongly along party lines, a ticket needs to be as strong as possible. Maybe it is just me, but I believe that an attempt in 2012 for her to run for President will be somewhat futile. As a moderate Republican, I will not vote for her in 2012 or any year, and she is why I am not voting for McCain. It is one thing to be strong about your stance on Christianity, but we, in my opinion should not make America the Christian version of Iran. The seperation clause of the Constitution clearly bars that from happening. If the conservate Christians want to be a dominate force in politics, they should do away with the Electorial College so that they can have their own party (Constitution Party) and not pollute the Repubican

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Bobby

    The truth is McCain is a drag on her.
    Without her he would lose fifthy states.

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    From the quote in the article:

    Remember: divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.”

    And THAT is NOT what we need in the White House!

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Jose

    The black widow prepareth to striketh...

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    This is not the type of group we need running our government. We need a team that can work together.

    Obama and Biden are a good team. What Biden has said is simply relaying the briefing information from the Pentagon. All new presidents face crises, often this occurs very soon after election. They are being prepped NOW on possible scenarios. Obama is ready to lead from Day 1. I'm not sure at all about McCain. He can say he's been tested all he wants, I don't see how he's tested as President.

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. I'm John McCain

    Boy, did I make a BIG mistake.....someone should have warned me!

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Miguel

    Those are some great "quotes" from anonymous sources.

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Not sleeping at the switch

    HA HA HA HA

    Palins head grew too fast!! That is what you get for making a completely unqualified person to belive that they are ready to be the President of the United States LOL

    She is just Dumb enough to BELIEVE you and NOW she wants HIS JOB!!!

    Oh GAWD this is GOOD!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Spastica Rex, Pendleton Oregon

    Run Run Run - 2012!!!!!

    America Uberalis!

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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