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. Mike in PA

    I'd never say that I don't think Sarah Palin is a good person. I will however say that from day one, most rational people were aware of the dire consequences for McCain. This was an ill-fated and ill-conceived plan on McCain's behalf. While some years from now Palin may have a chance in the National political forum, she clearly isn't right now. Any sane voter or follower of this election realizes this. MY problem is that McCain has made ONE political decision thus far...and it doesn't speak well for his "decisions to be made under fire."

    October 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Bring America Back!

    Can you say "IMPLOSION!?" Keep cranking that hurdy-gurdy handle and more craps gonna come out. Just like a celebrity. She's letting it go to her head...

    October 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Dee Dee

    You see what happens when you pick someone, you know NOTHING about. Mccain tried to get the Hiliary vote....and failed miserably. We cannot have these two people in the white houes. They do not even have the same political values....they are dividers not uniters.

    VOTE BECUASE OF ISSUES NOT RACE OR SPECIAL INTERESTS

    AMERICA in 08'!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Jean 2

    History is prolog, she took the jobs of every one that appointed her to positions. McCain called this being a marvic again judgement.

    October 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. ChicagoSuz

    By all accounts, Sarah Palin had an amazing life in Alaska. Governor of a beautiful state, a great advocate for the people, a beautiful family, etc. I don't think her V.P. run did anything for her credibility; instead it turned her into a national joke. It did give her name recognition & she will probably make big bucks off that but I don't see her as a serious player on the national stage. From the beginning, I've always pictured her in one of those "No Excuses" commercials. (Do they still make those jeans?) I think she should spend her time making nice with the Alaskans as they've been turned off by her antics, as well. I wish her & her family long & happy lives in Alaska.
    Obama-Biden '08! Yes We Can and Yes We Will!!

    October 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Mark

    You go girl! Back to Alaska....and don't come back no more, no more....

    October 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. vote

    she fights, some generals in iraq want victory some are wishy washy.i really respect her.

    October 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Lori in Alabama

    They are falling apart. This is what happens when you pick someone that no one knows. Plus, when you operate in the spirit of division, you shouldn't be suprised that it comes back to bite you in the booty! If they win this election, then there was probably some foul play involved.

    Obama-Biden 08 & 12

    October 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Tony

    I think Sarah Palin is a better politician than McCain's campaign of party dinosaurs will allow her to be. The main campaign seems incapable of sticking to a message or narrative, and Palin–who didn't become a governor accidentally or on a whim–is reacting to their bad advice and lack of talent. She drags the ticket down only because her nomination reflects on McCain's judgment. She may have a future still, she's just got to win the blame game.

    October 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. robrubin

    I love it. The McCain camp is getting exactly what they deserve and it proves once and for all that she was not properly vetted. This woman is all about usurping power for herself and abusing it.

    If people really believe that McCain/Palin is better for America than Obama/Biden then they really have a screw loose.

    October 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Dinah

    A tumbling down, a tumbling down. Sarah don't bother looked towards 2012 we saw enough of you to last a life time. Go back to Alaska and Bake!

    October 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. lyn

    like Lady Thatcher, SP will end up as her own worst enemy

    October 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Hope

    They are just figuring this out?? Get rid of her. Now.

    October 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Gezellig

    Unless of course, the time stamp is when the item is published, not when it is submitted. But really, I feel I post well reasoned comments that don't make it, I then I look at the stuff that does......

    October 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. calandracalendar

    Imagine this woman nuclear codes. McCain made a GIGANTIC mistake in choosing this woman...CLEARLY demonstrates his inability to make sound reasonable judgments and his unfitness to be President.

    Seriously think about the woman being a heartbeat away from the presidency.....with the real probability of being the President of the United States of America...Leader of the Free World.

    October 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Roland in St George, UT

    What?? Sarah Palin a self-interested opportunist? Oh my, what a huge surprise!

    October 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Tired of the same

    Just like she is trying to divide the nation she is now taking on her running mate. Divisive woman. That is not the kind of leadership we need

    October 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. William of Albany, NY

    wow this is a well oiled machine, they aren't on the same page as the RNC, they aren't on the same page with the VP, they aren't on the same page as the American People, and come November 4th, we will show John McCain that we are on the same page, with Barack Obama

    October 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Raul in California

    I am not a republican. But just the notion that Gov. Palin sees herself as the new leader of the party is enough to worry me about the future of the party. Our country works best when we are able to balance the way we elect our goverment. Now is a good time to take a hard look at where the party is, what the real identity is, real message, new leadership. It is imperative that the party moves on from the disaster that the McCain-Palin has been. this is not reflective of the party of Ronald Reagan by any means. The party seems faceless, out of touch with the american people and their real needs, unable to relate to the crisis we are facing (economy,jobs,foreclosures,health care,education) contrary to what we are hearing from McCain goverment does play a role (an important) in dealing with this challenges...This is too important for all of us and is required that competent,inteligent,well seasoned leaders emerge and take a handle of the future of the party of Lincoln....for the sake of the United States of America....

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. John Rico

    For Palin 2012 there must be a Obama 08.

    October 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Tracy!

    We finally found the WMDs! I guess you can call her talking back Words of McCain's Destruction.

    October 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. In Houston

    I find Palin more appealing after hearing this. She may in fact be the real maverick on the McCain/Palin ticket. McCain's campaign, his nomination of her, and especially the way they treated her only convinced me McCain was being trendy rather than the "original maverick" he claims. All of his political decisions have been all highly calculated, but totally irrational. I don't agree with her values, but Palin probably is intelligent and a great governer. Alaska loves her, but this campaign has turned her into a prop by presenting her proudly and then trying to muzzle her. I'm only sorry that we didn't get to see more of the real unscripted version of herself at the start of the campaign.
    Hillary's campaign had similar infighting amongst her and her strategist at the end. And like McCain she used the same fear tactics in her final days. I suppose when you can't agree on a vision, distraction is all you have left. I don't plan on voting for McCain/Palin, but at least Palin seem to be following her instincts. I wish her the best of futures.

    October 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Azar

    Sarah Palin is known to stab people in the back and McCain is not an exception.

    October 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. old rugged cross

    How irritating to see a once respected news channel stoop to "sowing seeds" of dissension from unnamed sources with the election so close and in the balance! You sound more and more like MSNBC and all the RINO conservatives who are more interested in splashy displays of self promotion than sacrifice for a cause greater than themselves. You begin to resemble state run news organizations such as Pravda. Make no mistake about it. You will all reap what you have sown and unleashed on the soul of this nation. And when you start your mealy mouth self examinations and intellectual introspections in the years to come it will finally dawn on you that there is no turning back .....and what you have helped to foist on the People.They only wanted"straight talk". Thanks for nothing!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Howard

    Palin was a stupid choice and I am glad she is causing trouble for the campaign. Hopefully she will not be able to cause trouble for the rest of us. I was watching the McCain talking about job loss and I just wanted to point out that the last 8 years have proven that corporate tax cuts do not equal job creation and I hope nobody falls for this again.

    October 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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