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. Perusing-Through

    THIS GOES DIRECTLY TO JOHN McCAIN's JUDGMENT.

    HOW MUCH PROOF DO PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERRSTAND THAT JOHN McCAIN IS TOO DANGEROUS FOR A POSITION AS "COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF", , , , AND SARAH PALIN IS THE MOST DANGEROUS PERSON TO BE BEHIND A CANCER STRICKEN McCAIN AND JUST A SINGLE HEARTBEAT AWAY FROM COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF AND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. chucky1169469

    There's the maverick you republicans wanted

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Dave Roberts

    Personally, Palin can do all she wants to protect her political aspirations; however, her running for President in 2012 or beyond is nothing short of laughable. There are so many competency weaknesses and issues with her "facts" vs. the real truth, that she has – with the exception of the "base... (the religious right) in effect, burned all bridges, leaving her with one option: returning to Alaska to finish out what's left of her political career.

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Walt

    He has created his own monster. I almost feel sorry for him. Of all the female republicans he could have chosen, he selected a child.

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Gloria

    Sounds like a campaign that is imploding....

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. M.Harvie

    Sarah Palin has proven to be what she has always been-a dingbat. How the American people can even consider her as a potential Vice-President, and President, is beyond belief. Yes, I am aware Bush is a two term President. She never answers a question directly and with conviction, whatever the subject. Her pretence to be a " Walmart mom", while she shops at Niemen Marcus, says it all. The okey doke all over again! She is patently false, and totally unqualified. Can anyone imagine her dealing with the economic crisis, and any International ones? As cynical and opportunistic a choice as can ever have been made. The American people deserve far better.

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Kwaku Adusei

    Hahaha well I thought she was a "Maverick". She is going Maverikeee ... This is what you get when you don't completely vet a candidate. McCain can talk about experience all he wants, but is lack of sound JUDGMENT is coming to play, just as with the financial crisis. America wake up and realize the GOP is bring this country down. Vote Straight Blue (VSB)

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. David

    What a vile and repugnant princess.

    This woman being a heartbeat away from the presidency is the strongest reason of all to vote against the McCain/Palin ticket.

    She is the antithesis of everything progressive and forward thinking that the Obama campaign stands for.

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Daniel

    Comedy, thy name is GOP.

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Lisa

    here-here

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. John A. Gordon

    You could see it coming .At one time she said , "The Palin- McCain ticket"..............This women scares the hell out of me .
    Can you imagine waking up one morning and finding her the President ,and she has to deal with Iran, Korea , etc ?
    Lord help us !!
    John ,N.C.

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Nancy

    I have always thought Palin was dangerous because she has a personality combination of extreme ambition with narcissism. She does not have insight into how others view her, she does not appear capable of true empathy. These character traits in a "leader" can lead to real problems and what she is doing proves this analysis.

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Papasan in Arizona

    Like an avalanche coming down a mountain, Palin is out of control, this article takes all doubt away that McCain's first executive decision was to pick this psycho racist that he has lost complete control of! This guy wants to be President????

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. chris

    so 40% of the country is willing to vote into the presidency a 72 year old man who cannot control his "diva" vp.

    NICE

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Tyrone Brown

    Sarah Palin = Diva
    John McCain = Drama Queen

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Beverly, NYC

    Poor Sarah, dressed up, used, and thrown away like a toy at christmas. Looks like the republican boys are warming up the bus to throw you under. Let the finger pointing begin, I'm sure this will somehow be Barack's fault. Too funny!!

    End the drama vote Obama.

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. Gary

    Ok so, she's a woman... no big surprise there.

    "advisers" can only do so much advising. they're not the ones running for office.

    the public loves her..let her do what she wants.

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Jose, San Diego

    Princess Caribou looking out for herself - imagine that; she has always been in this for herself, just watch her constant mugging for the cameras and gimme looks and winks (Tina Fey has these down). But that's all she could be in it for; she has no political philosophy, no ideas, no ability to comprehend anything larger or more important than herself. A dangerous narcissist, in another political climate she would have the makings of a fascist dictator (down-market, dumber Eva Peron).

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. sal NY

    SO WHAT?

    THAT'S HOW A MAVERICK IS SUPPOSED TO ACT.

    YOU GO GIRL.

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. M.S.

    Is the stewardess morphing into Alice in Wonderland? Palin 2012 !!!
    Is she that clueless ... Let me try to put it like this: You can spend $150,000 on clothes and makeup for a pig, it's still a pig!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. disappointed republican

    Sarah Palin is an idiot - almost as big an idiot as the republicans that chose her to represent our party. We should vote out the lot of them and start over from scratch.

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. judesuper

    Wow, who didn't see that coming? Oh yeah, McCain. Great leadership skills!!! He can't even make the one crucial decision in his campaign correctly. Imagine what his administration would look like? His administration would actually have us pining for bushes’ administration. Now how awful would that be?

    By the way, McCain will be loosing his home state of Arizona as well. Add the 10 Arizona electoral votes to the Obama column.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. marquita

    Obama/Biden '08/12

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Are you better off now then you were 4 years ago?

    A rogue

    sounds more like a Maverick

    and how idiotic is it to say you are a team of Maverick's since they do things their own way

    "Maverick is as Maverick does"

    this why not only am I not voting republican this year presidentially

    i am thinking of changing my affiliation to Independent

    I am not leaving the party the party is leaving me

    since I live in Non-pro America California

    and I am not a real American

    because I do criticize our country when we are wrong

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. John

    Hopefully we'll never have to see Sarah W Palin again in Washington. What a disgrace!

    October 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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