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. AJS

    Now, does this "news" really surprise anyone?

    There's no doubt that Palin is nowhere near ready to hold high office, and it's equally obvious that McCain exercised extremely poor judgment in selecting her as his running mate.

    I'm AJS, and I approve this message!

    October 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. surprised????????????????????????????

    testing because it is never posted

    October 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Deborah

    It's taken the McCain camp this long to figure out Palin's "not ready", when everyone but the most rabid right-wingers figured that out the first time she opened her mouth!

    Just another reason to keep these oblivious republicans away from the White House.

    October 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. New York

    The inside fighting is pretty entertaining. Never a dull moment with the McCain campaign. While we are loving the entertainmentthey bring, we can't wait for this election to be over so that we don't have deal with the McCain campaign and their tactics. Go Obama!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Canadians for Obama/Biden!!!!

    This is not surprising...we predicted this. We always saw Sarah Palin as in it for her own "celebrity" gain, and the fact that she was arrogant enough to think she had the substance and depth of national and international knowledge and critcal thinking not to blink when asked was scary!! McCain's choice of Palin shows his distasterous judgement and also putting politics ahead of what would be best for the American people...this is the worst political ticket the world has seen from America in my lfietime and thanks to the Republican base for making a joke out of politics espectially in these very delicate times...Canadians for a better world pray for an Obama/Biden victory!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Swampy

    Can you say "Tom Eagleton"?

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. terry

    Wow the wheels are falling off lol. Poke a fork in them ,their DONE!!

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. raymond

    you guys hav not seeing any thing yet

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Y

    Obama was very wise to pick Joe Biden who is very submitted to his leadership and who we all know has exhausted all his political ambitions, so Obama does not have to worry about Joe Biden having selfish ambitions for his political future.

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. A

    Mad dog on the loose... I guess she back fired ehh McCain?

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. justin

    sounds like the GOP trying to spin some of her unfortunate moments as 'maverick'

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Doug - Dallas

    If she had been vetted PROPERLY they would have found out about this streak in her. It's been evident for some time she's setting herself up 2012.

    There's still no question she was mishandled but what does it say about her when she puts her own self interests above her running mate and the party. As the lies and misrepresentations continue to come out about how she has been "running" the state she'll fade away. If she thinks she's being scrutinized now then wait until she tries a run for the nomination.

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. YES WE WILL - TEXAS

    Palin will continue to throw John McCain under the "Straight Talk Express" every chance she gets. It's all about Sarah the same as when she ran in Alaska.

    Palin is a dangerous person. She will expend nothing to get her way. Look at her ex-brother in law. The people in Alaska are not for her anymore. This country cannot grow with McCain/Palin.

    The Republican Party left me. I didn't leave the Republican Party.

    Obama/Joe " the Senator".

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. chris S.

    this article is interesting, but predictable

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Tochi

    It is unforunate that rogues in our country get rewarded. The media in its quest for sensation has provided over the top coverage of Palin. She is basking in this notorious glory and she will be cashing her chips as soon as this election is over.

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Penny

    If McCain had fully vetted Palin, he would have learned that Sarah is all about Sarah. The sports center that left the town 2 million dollars in debt, the attempt to fire Wooten, the bridge to nowhere.....all the work of a woman who gets her way with a wink and a smile, rather than brains and hard work.
    John McCain should not be surprised that Sarah is now selling him out.

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Joe

    I love it.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. mariebuch

    No need to scream and holler at the pigs(or bulldogs) after the barn door has been thrown wide open.
    Dear Sarah has been exposed to the glory of the national spotlight, I don't think there is any looking back. Even if it means shaking off that old gray-haired dude.
    Similarly Joe the plumber wants to represent us as a Congressman. No selfish motive here – this is all for you Ohio/America.

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. D. Jones

    wow this is not surprising. she's all for herself. If I was todd i would demand a DNA test of all those kids..

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. john

    I can't stand her. She is annoying and every word she says is just pure stupidity.

    The only reason why McBush does not want to tax the rich is because he does not want to tax himself.

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Obama/Biden 08!

    Like this comes as a "BIG" surprise!!!!! Welcome to realty Mccain Camp!!

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. Billy

    She always steps on the head of the person with her to reach the next rung of the ladder so this doesn't surprise me at all.

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. D hub

    HA! this woman is such a joke.

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. KenForObama

    The choice of Gov palin did what it was suppose to do, excite the base. She now should just stay on script so as not to damage her own political life.

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Jeff

    Maybe it wasn't a slip when Palin stated at one time, to paraphrase: and a Palin/McCain administration!

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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