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. jim

    Sarah Palin recognizes that McCain has virtually no chance to win this election, and has started the political divorce proceedings....

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. KMP in PA

    Thank you, Sarah, for insuring Obama's victory! How will they keep you down on the farm now that you have seen Paris!

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. White Christian Mother for Obama

    she is still clueless.. only talking about issues she understands is not enough... she still knows nothing of Foreign relations nor does she know how to fix the economy.. sure she cut taxes in Alaska but she also raised Two other taxes one was added grocery tax!! Spending increased in all her years in office of mayor and governor!!

    That is not what we need!! $150,000 for clothes?? $45000 for hair and makeup.. what about just being yourself and wearing what you got? Pay for it yourself?? Why the family? Just spending not needed right now!!

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Raymond J.

    Its too late in the game to start your oun campagne. Its only 10 days left to screw things up and they are already there........screwed up

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Jeffrey

    This article really says it all, and it demonstrates that John McCain is a dangerous pick for the White House, to have tapped Palin for the job. America, don't be duped again like the last two times.

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Peter in Canada

    This is the Repubs eating their own. The campaign is a mess and someone is going to be blamed. They are trying to position themselves out of the storm that is to come. So sad

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Mitch

    She can play for whatever she wants, I think the public now sees her as the Michael Dukakis of 2008. Back to Alaska.

    October 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. MR AMERICA

    Palin is undoubtably the WORST VP choice in the history of this country!

    2012? By then she will have secured her proper place in history: as a national...nay, WORLDWIDE JOKE.

    October 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. kennyboon

    This is not the kind of leader we need. A leader of herself and not McCain. She will take GOP down the drain. It is time to leave GOP to join Dem.

    October 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. michael

    this woman is more than scary she is dangerous. thank god she represents a small fringe part of society. I think anyone who votes for her deserves what they get.

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

    Who is this Palin lady?

    October 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Bill Douglas

    Just more b.s. bias from CNN. Talk about a bunch of rogues!!

    October 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Craig H, Mpls, MN

    McCain advisors admit that she was "not ready" so that is why they limited her exposure to a couple of high profile interviews. Not ready for interviews means that she is hardly ready for the office that she is running for. How could she have a well rounded view of the issues in a couple of weeks? Al the McCain campaign would be able to do is indoctrinate her with their own ideas in that short amount of time. There is no way that she could gain the "student of history" perspective that she needs to be a good candidate whom has looked at history and carefully formed her own opinions. The Republican leadership has used this tactic before in putting unqualified, maliable, inexperienced people in positions of power so that they can be indoctrinated and then manipulated to do the bidding of their masters. GWB himself, is the prime example of this. You bring these naives up from obscurity indoctrinat them, keep them insulate from other views and they become grateful, brainwashed servents of Haliburton and others. Palin is/was just a cynical and gimmicy pick.

    October 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. CHANGE

    HARRY TRUMAN BLEW UP HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI WITH NUCLEAR BOMBS. HE HAD THAT POWER AS PRESIDENT AND USED IT.

    ANYONE WHO BELIEVES SARAH PALIN SHOULD HAVE THAT POWER IS HOPING JOHN MC CAIN WILL LIVE ANOTHER 8 YEARS AND DOESN'T REALLY BELIEVE SHE SHOULD HAVE THAT POWER.

    I'M SURE OF THIS. PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS TRUE.

    October 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Hank Irelan

    DIVA? Those aids think they know more then her that's their problem. I remember once having met another governor of Alaska while I was Chamber President and giving him a walking stick and when he was going through the airport the next year and wanting to stop and talk the aid pulling him along. He was already shceked in and there was no rush. Aides need to know their place and these obviously didn't thinking she was a Diva from the start and no more qualified then them. Well up their nose.

    October 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Scott Tucson

    At least McCain's running mate is not running around the country making stupid gaffs like (I'm smarter than everybody) Joe Biden. Joe it seems as a hard time not putting his foot his mouth when he opens it.

    October 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Republican Supporters in the Dark

    I guess that's the maverick in Sarah..... you betcha!

    October 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Ruth-germantown

    That's what happens when you join a campaign just to see your name in lights, and not because you have a clear understanding of all the issues. What a moron! And she has the nerve to look ahead to 2012, what a joke.....

    October 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Craig - Hastings, MN

    And some people want to put this loon-ball a heartbeat from the President-s office?

    Noooooooooooo Thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Joe the Plumber

    McCain-Palin bridges fallin down fallin down fallin down McCain-Palin fallin down Obama Biden 2008

    October 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. danny

    The definition of a PIT BULL is. My way or the highway..not a team member. So this is no surprise. Shes above all others. I Think that she really believes she has a handle on things and a know it all. Thank God we all have a better handle on situations then she does. GO OBAMA

    October 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Joe in C-land

    Going rogue is what mavericks do, it makes them interesting people, and entertaining too, but it also makes them very poor leaders, and boy do we need good leaders now – one choice Obama!

    October 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. KofTX

    Looks like the excuse "Let Palin be Palin" is as lame as all the other campaign slogans. News flash: She's been "Palin" all along...

    October 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. george

    As for as Obama is concerned this is the best choice McCain has made. McCain should have known better. He wanted to play to the Hillary voters and now it has backfired.

    October 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Tim Brooks

    I'm not surprised Governor Palin is frustrated. Senator McCain seems to have forgotten why he wanted to be president, and his only ambition now appears to be to win ... at any cost. His message, his agenda, his plans all seem to be lost. And with Governor Palin's own popularity dropping so quickly, the campaign, the manner in which she has been handled, and her own blundering statements could end her political career. She has 10 days to salvage her own reputation and to convince the American people–or at least her party–she should be considered a player in the future. She's not going to be able to do that if they keep her gagged. Of course, it doesn't help that when she does speak, she appears so inexperienced and uneducated on so many topics, including the scope and duties of the position she currently is attempting to attain.

    October 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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