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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soundoff (1,131 Responses)
  1. Miguel

    What a shame....if indeed this is true....what a shame!

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Eric in PA

    You get what you "pay" for. Obama/Biden '08 & '12!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Working Mom

    Why use a fancy foreign word like "diva" when the good old American term "drama queen" fits so well?

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Brockway McMillan

    Palin's self-promoting independent streak is the price that a one-time impulsive risk-taking fighter pilot has brought upon himself.

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Floridians againist idiots in government

    Palin is a self-serving political hack that will be exposed as a fraud.....She brings out the worst of America.....Ms. Palin says everything about how Senator Mccain would govern....

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Dwight in Canada

    I am living in Canada and I cannot believe what is going on with the McCain – Palin ticket. If you want to opinion of a outsider looking in. I can't believe McCain picked this lady to be VP. To all the supporters who think she is qualified to be President of the United States of America you are really un-informed. It really is a joke watching some of these rallys and speeches that are being made by the McCain-Palin ticket. If I could vote I would support Obama/Biden. How can you as Americans support 8 years of Bush and think that McCain and Palin will change America? I just don't get it!

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

    He created the monster that is biting his -ss back! Wow! Shame on him! Another example of bad judgement!!!!

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

    wow.. the McSame campaign is coming undone. It's surprising how MsSame can make the argument for experience when, he has far more experience in running campaigns and still failing, and failing miserably.
    Experience means nothing if you're not competent, and McSame is incompetent.

    If you think of this objectively, McCain is not qualified to run the small business Joe the plumber wants to buy.

    Vote Early, Vote Obama and Vote for a great future for all Americans.

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

    Does it surprise anyone that Palin is "going rouge"? Just look at her history. She has a trait of stabbing her political allies in their backs whenever it can be used it as a stepping stone in her own career. Did McCain's people actually think they could trust her to do anything else?

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Ken, Republican Voting for Obama

    This is what you get for not Vetting properly, McCain chose her for her looks the buggage has been overwhelming, we are annoyed, you have taken our party to a new low, it is time to regroup and let rebuild the republican party. I have voted for Obama, this country deserves a good competent president.

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. The Captain

    This is getting really, really interesting.

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

    Keep digging Sarah. Maybe Alaskans couldn't see the whole picture, but the "liberal media" is going to make sure everyone sees it. The tone of this article reminds me very much of the circulating email written by Anne Kilkenny, whom knows you well, back in August.

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. joan in south carolina

    maybe john magoo should read the internet to see how well his diva is doing.

    i'm john mccain and i have discovered the internet.

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. TH

    keep in mind, this is the woman who wants to go shake things up in congress once she is VP. She has no regard for the Constitution, her family, campaign advisors, no one. How could anyone sleep at night knowing she is one 72 year old's heartbeat away from being the leader of the Free World?

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. James

    so is things really falling apart in Mc Cain's camp ?

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Independent

    Just really POWER HUNGRY....and tsk, tsk, she had nothing to do with Troopergate.....GET REAL!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Karen Poore

    Palin seems to say "yeah" a lot.
    That says it all!

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. vin

    I think Mccain made a big mistake to take sara palin as vip,she only had make things worse for him and the party.You gotta think before you say something and that was king salomo's way

    .

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. RAY

    McCain his always saying he has bn tested, how? just to choose his VP was a failure..............................what else do we need??????????????

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. JohnLee

    And we expect a McCain/Palin presidency to get something done if they are elected? He doesn't have the support of his own party, nor his own President. How in gawds earth is he going to lead this country forward? This isn't a maverick! This is someone not fit to lead. I can hardly believe I'm saying this because it wasn't that long ago that McCain was very respectable in my eyes.

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. TAJC

    None of this really comes as a surprise. It is very clear that the McCain campaign rushed with their descision for Palin as the running mate and the honeymoon is clearly over. Palin may have had a shot on the national scene after she developed more experience, but she alone is responsible for her lack of knowledge, inappropriate comments and implications on Obama and her overall demeanor. I do not believe she has a chance nationally and should stick politics in Alaska. I will be voting for Obama but I lost a lot of respect for John McCain (8 years ago....I voted for him in my state's primary over Bush). He's is no longer thinking of his country but of winning and his decisions (Palin-VP etc) are indicitive of that. It's really too bad. An Obama win will give the country the best chance nationally and internationally. "Obama/Biden 2008!!!"

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Nestly

    McCain, having seen all these, Is Palin ready to be president? Please be your own judge and evaluate your judgement in vice president selection. Better vote Obama/Bidden ticket for the future of your children even if you believe you have no future left.

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Kimmy from NYC

    She played in the court of the big league when she was hardly ready for a kindergartden playground round. She could have taken care of herself better, but she sold her soul to the devil. As the great Maria Callas said when, at the beginning of her career, even though she needed a lot of exposure still, she was offered a major part at La Scala in Milan that she was not ready for, she turned it down and said: "I will only sing it when I am ready for it". 20 years later she confessed that one of the big secrets of her legendary success was "to know when to say no!".

    Palin could learn something here. It is more how she sold herself than the fact that she just did it. And how she sold herself? Cheap, low, arrogantly and unintelligently. As the saying says: "You can fool evryone sometimes, and you can fool some poeple all the time. But you cannot fool everyone all the time".

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Garak

    I don't believe that anyone in the McCain campaign is surprised by Palin's self-seeking tendencies – those have been on display for quite a while. In several instances (Troopergate, the bridge to nowhere and the personal misuse of Alaskan funds), Palin has displayed a selfishness that is cavalier at best, if not downright carnivorous.

    Palin was picked purely to appeal to the extreme right, in an effort to consolidate the swiftly crumbling Republican base – she was an emergency measure, a stopgap, if you will. Her character or her judgment weren't really concerns for McCain or his campaign, and as a result, they've forfeited their right to complain about her. (Not that I mind hearing those complaints!)

    The McCain campaign trembling in the wake of its self-created disaster is not unlike an appalled scientist screaming, "IT'S ALIVE!" when the Frankensteinian monster awakes. Really. If the only difference between a hockey Mom and a pit-bull is lipstick, then the only difference between a Frankenpalin and a Frankenstein is... an exquisitely expensive wardrobe. If only all cannibals were as well-dressed.

    Palin will feed on those who built her up; that is what her species does. I'm tempted to bring in all sorts of tired metaphors about black widows, but... Well, those would be in poor taste.

    Ahem. This is Garak, over and out.

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Wesley

    Admiral Ackbar is an Obama supporter

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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