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. Ken

    Where are all the stories about the rogue Biden? Clearly he has gone so far off the reservation that the Obama campaign has had to gag the guy. He has not been allowed to talk to the press for over a month. Palin has been all over the media circuit. This story is another example of media bias.

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Nduka

    Unfortunately, John McCain's irrational choice of Sarah Palin has now come back to bite him in the behind. This is what happens when you don't thoroughly vet your VP pick.

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. annonymous

    What the hell is a process question and what is it about it that she can't answer it?

    Begs the question: what other "processes" can she not deal with?

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Betty the maid

    Palin is America's Marie Antoinette...........She is making a fool of herself and she cost Mccain the election

    Betty the maid

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Jaynie

    I've been waiting for this. I figured she would have done it before now though. It'll be interesting to watch regardless.

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Tony, Miami

    No surprise here the fact is she has no qualifcations whatsoever and she thinks she is God gift to mankind. One would think when listening to Senator McCain that Governor Palin is a specialist in energy, sorry all bs. I suggest the reading of the article of the AP investigation about the major contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48, this will give you a clear idea of McCain "maverick" Sarah Palin. As I always say the hole detaining the lies is never deep making them come to the surface when you least expected.

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. SLaSota

    Clearly part of her aquarian nature to bust free from conformity and confirm her status as an individual. And what is a "process question"?

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. derrick bowser

    just another reminder of John M

    October 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Gambi

    Hey Sarah, remember when I commented you were being set up by the boys running the show in the campaign and John Mc Cain himself to be used and abused like so many women in McCain's past.
    Well get ready here it comes.......it's going to be all your fault then they will send you back to the American equivalant of Siberia, I think they call it Alaska and no one in Washington will ever take your calls. Oh and your pay off......they will probably let you keep the clothes.

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Nick

    I think both candidates should "go rogue" against their handlers. The campaign itself has hurt the images of both candidates, pushing McCain to hold back his maverick tendencies and not defend his record of deregulation when it is obvious that deregulation is not the cause of this crisis. They're not letting McCain take the direction in his own way, and that alone makes him seem less a maverick as much as he seems handled by his own campaign.

    It also has held back Palin from saying what she believes. Anyone who believes the VP and President need to be in agreement on all things and that anything to the contrary is off-message are ridiculous – look at Cheney vs. Bush on gay rights, for instance.

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Jaimondrow

    maybe she actually answer questions instead of reading from that pitiful script she keeps having to go back to.

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Peggi Collins

    Sarah may have insulted American Pit Bull Terriers; but she is Right, ROBO calls are extremely annoying. I keep my landline busy so they can't call me. Thank-you, PLC

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Jr

    If i was the GOP I'd be worried about 2012 too. Send this diva back to Wasilla.

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Dexter Skagway

    Palin is a bitter cocktail of hubris, ignorance, venom and incompetence. Of course she is only playing her own hand – she is thinking of 2012, not 2008.

    To John McCain: fire her. You will take some flak for admitting a bad decision, but a last minute addition of a competent VP will give you a BIG boost. Get the Republican Party to ax her so it won't seem like you changed your mind.

    Sarah Palin would be far, far worse than W. America cannot stand that, John. Be a patriot and fire her. You I could stand, Palin never.

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Brandon in Indiana

    Repulicans will want to say, "liberal media blah blah blah"

    But this was from a source WITHIN THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN.

    And honestly, I'm not surprised at all with Palin's true nature.

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. SoWhat

    Tthe McCain staff have thrown Sarah to the dogs how many times? Sarah has had to put up with more crap from the media and celebrities than anyone else ever has, and what has McCain's people done for her? Answer that one. Number Two: McCain's staff are from the Year One. He has about as much good, intelligent, up-to-the-minute people on his staff as Bush did – NONE. So them spilling to the media doesn't mean anything. I took my McCain/Palin sticker and cut out the McCain name before I put it on my back vehicle window. . I am voting for Sarah – NOT McCain. I only hope he wins so she is in place for the Presidency for the next go round.

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. ReasonAble

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

    This is the core belief of right wing nuts that have destroyed the GOP. Substitute evangelical for Diva and you describe the way all these nuts think. The rest of us are not worthy, un-American heathens in their minds. This divisive destructive behavior needs to be rooted out of American politics now. Or, we could just rape the environment, pile up debt, and move to Alaska for the coming rapture!

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Kevin-Calgary Alberta

    It would seem to me that the internal polls for McCain-Palin campaign must tell them they are about to be crushed for this "in-fighting" to become "open warfare".

    No doubt Palin ia trying to set herself up for a 2012 run. Only a couple of problems with that scenario. If she has not been severly chastised for her misdeeds as governor of Alaska(including possible impeachment and/or jail time), while her reactionary views on such topics as equal pay for equal work, women's right to choose, creationism being taught in school and the war in Iran might appeal to the ultra right wing evangelical base of the Republican Party, it is far, far too extreme to attract socially moderate Reps., Reagan Dems. or independants. Even if she were the Rep. nominee, she would NEVER be elected POTUS.

    October 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Shane

    Palin is really out of touch with American people. Thanks for some smart Republicans who finally realised that their candidates for president are not siuted for the job "the President of the United States and endorsed our next Presiden Obama" they figured-out the McCains angry atitude and Palins ignorant comments in which she said there are two America.

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. CTSadler

    What party is she trying to lead? After this election the republican party is going to be two separate and distinct entities: the fiscal conservatives and socially moderates, the party that has the best long term chance of wooing back independent voters in 2010, and the evangelicals kooks that Bush sold the party out for in order to win in 2000 and 2004. Well, of course, I've already answered my own question.
    The GOP has some major soul searching to do. Do they want to be the "Big Tent" that Ronald Reagan imagined or do they want to remain hostage to the 10% of Christians who now own the base? The intellectual flight from the right has been STAGGERING in the past few weeks: Powell, Buckley, and it's only just begun.
    The GOP really needs to consider the cost of putting Palin out in front; she's not representative of contingent that they need in order to get back into power. Even though she draws the crowds at the rallies, the crowd at the rallies are not the tie breaking votes they need to win elections. The Democrats have managed to take back ownership of the word liberal in this election and they've managed to change the zeitgeist of the nation. The GOP is going to have to move back to center in order to do the same, and having a kook on center stage is not the way.

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. derrick bowser

    just another reminder of John McCain picking her not because of country but because he needs to win at any cost.

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Andy2

    I'm not surprised, after reading the excellent profile of Palin in this week's New Yorker. She comes across there as someone much more intelligent and able to chart her own course than what we've seen from her involvement in the campaign.

    It does seem like they are both laying grounds for the post election blame game though, should things continue to go bad for them.

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Joanne Buck

    A bunch of garbage that is obviously exaggerated.
    McCain does have a few too many very young people – they need to grow up more but do have the skills Obama has – talks the talk and can't walk the walk.
    Just heard on TV Obama say "John McCain never did anything to stop this crisis" – MCCAIN THE ONLY SENATOR THAT DID DO SOMETHING. He drafted Legislation in 2005 which Schumer, Frank and Dodd blocked; it was to rein in Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac. At the same time Obama, according to Hearing yesteday on CSPAN was taking the highest amount of money in history from these scam entities – you should get copy of hearing and listen to DEMOCRAT SCHUMER SAYING MCCAIN WARNED YOU AND US.
    LET'S TELL THE TRUTH, MAKES US PEOPLE MAD.
    J Buck
    Minnesota

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Liberals are Scary

    So, Palin has balls!
    And...that's a bad thing!
    Just what part of 'maverick' do you not understand!

    Just out of curiousity, if there is no hint of disagreement on issues in the Obama/Biden camp, do you mean to imply that Biden is Obama's 'yes' bitc*!?

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. joe the wanna be plumber

    So who is really running for president McCain or Palin?

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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