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. Palin kills Wolves and Bears

    I am so sick of Sarah Palin! GO AWAY!

    McCain you are an IDIOT for picking that bear skinnin' beotch!

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. NC INDY FOR OBAMA

    10 more days and she can go back to where she came from... election day cannot come soon enough

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

    Aw. The Republican Night of the Long Knives shall soon be at hand. Make sure you have your popcorn ready cause it's gonna be great.

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Jean from Belgium

    She is out of any control. She is a fundamentalist, even worse than Taliban of for the better all Quada! Does she understand co-oparation
    needed. We in Europe are scared of her rethoric in lies and hate.
    Is this what Christians stand for... than I'm ashamed to be one.
    Please vote for common sense: Barack Obama. He is not a socialist... he is a realist. and beyond.

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Pemex

    Isn't that what politicians do anyway? They go with the flow as long as it works for them and when it doesn't they use a life saver to pull out and make it work for themselves? I call it...back stabbing !!!!
    In two months we have learned more negative things about this ignorant, selfish, corrupt, etc Alaskan "governor"...than positive ones. Wake up people !!!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Joy

    sad really, but not surprising that she's looking out only for number one.

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. John

    Sarah Palin is a disgrace to this country. Former McCain supporter now Barr supporter

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. max

    what a stupid stupid woman ....

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Carole Onderdonk

    When they lose, Palin will say that McCain dragged down the ticket.

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Well..Well..Well...

    Her true colors starting to shine already. Go ahead all you replublicans, tell us how GREAT she is. I am dying to hear this one. Go on we're all ears......

    Obama/Biden 08 AND 12

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Grandmother from Fresno

    "Diva" is such a tactful term. McCain has gotten what he deserves.

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. JIM IN INDIANA

    I HOPE SHE RUNS IN 2012..I WONT VOTE FOR THEN, EITHER.

    October 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Suzanne

    The McCain folks who supposedly vetted her are just figuring this out?
    I knew she was a diva the first time I heard her speak.
    She is a power-hungry megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur who believes she has been chosen by God to institute a theocracy and she wants to be the queen.
    Republicans have been duped. Turnabout is fair play. We have been duped by the neo-cons for way too long.

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

    Hey Gov. Air-Head, I have two words for you (no, not those two) ... ten days.

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

    As an Obama supporter I find it ridiculous that McCain's people are turning on Palin.

    Was she a bad choice? Yes.

    But hey...YOU picked her!

    And I might not be a big wig political strategist but turning on your VP choice before the election...not the best idea ever.

    Look, more people on the Republican side like Palin more than McCain so the idea of her planning her political future is fair.

    Especially when McCain aides are treating her this way, how can they not expect her to start looking out for herself.

    Oh well...this is just another part of the collapse of today's Republican party.

    So my side benefits.

    October 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Gihan from PA

    Finally, McCain's campaign sees Palin for what most of us (especially PA residents) realized awhile ago. Palin marches to the beat of her own drum and is distancing herself from the old man to set up a 2012 Presidential run. There's no chance McBush will take PA in 2008!

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

    The wheels are falling off. It is so obvious that the McCain/Palin campaign has been extremely negative, inciting hatred and division amongst the American people rather than trying to bring them together for a common cause. When you do this rather than work towards giving hope to the people then it will become very difficult to keep your own team together. I am encouraged by hope rather than fear.

    Obama represents hope for America!

    Vote Obama/Biden '08.

    October 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. JOBS BABY JOBS

    FREE SARAH PALIN SHE IS READY TO CUT JOHN MCCAIN LOOSE AND SHE IS READY TO RUN IN 2042, BECAUSE SHE WILL NEVER BE READY TO RUN THE NEXT 30 YEARS, I WILL BE IN THE GROUND WITH A COLD HEAD BEFORE SHE BECOME PRESIDENT THEN AGAIN DEAD PEOPLE CAN VOTE................

    October 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Idiot Dummy Falin

    As the saying go
    Joe "The Plumber"
    as for Palin
    Sara "The Dummer"

    October 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. sandee in Portland

    There may well have been some mishandling, but I think the fact that when she did the interviews with Couric and Gibson, it truly showed how uneducated and illiterate she is about anything outside the State of Alaska. I think the republicans recognized this and that is why they tried to keep her from doing interviews.

    Just another case of McCain's bad judgement when he picked her for his running mate. He should never have picked such a right wing, evangelical extremist just to shore up his support from the right wing conservative base of the party and women. Evidently, he thought all us women were not intelligent enough to vote on the issues and would vote for him just because he had a woman running mate. That might have been true if she knew more about any of the subjects outside of her State of Alaska. Unfortunately, she is a small town, small minded person. I'd vote for Bush before I'd vote for her in 2012. She makes me ashamed to say I'm a woman.

    October 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Dylan, Los Angeles

    I seriously doubt she is capable of of playing for anything except the same old GOP boring tactics of division, polarization, fear-mongering and trying to distract voters from the real issues.

    October 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Michael in PA

    I am not surprised to hear of infighting among the McCain team. They have created a Frankenstein's monster and are now unsure of how to control it and keep it reigned in. Unfortunately, we will all have to wait until the 4th for the torch wielding citizens to end the nightmare.

    October 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. carl d

    Lmao.. what a bunch of screw up folks. maybe she should be running instead of john mccain...lol

    October 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Randy-Alaska

    You must remember Palin's personal history: beauty pageant contestant, "Mayor" of Wasilla (they met once per week to discuss city issues), and Governor of Alaska, a land of few women, where bigotry is as acceptable as shooting a wolf from an airplane. Palin may actually believe Alaska is a microcosm of the lower forty-eight (it is not) and therefore she has the experience to be President of the United States. Just under the shallow surface, the illuminating glare of the spotlight exposes the true self: an egotistical, manipulative wolverine in Louis Viton clothing. The spectacle of this once rising star has faded and fallen back to earth with an ignominious thud.

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

    Much of what Sarah Palin was asked to do by the McCain-Sarah campaign in my opinion has been contrary to her nature. The attack role given to her does not fit her personality. She will attract more people to herself and the GOP if she does not go negative. She has the potential to be what Obama is today. As an independent I have more in common with her than John McCain that is why I am not voting the GOP ticket

    October 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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