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. ATL LLL

    They can't run a canpaign and some folks want them to run the country? The lies and contradictions should have made EVERYONE see the light. How can anyone vote for this collection of clowns???

    October 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. yesplace

    LOL...... LOL>>>>>>> told you so lol>>>>>>>>would you like a cup with that wine>>>>>>>

    October 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Diane

    The Republican Party tried to use Palin and now she is using them – to build her own base for the future. I do not like Palin and disagree with her values and her tactics. While I do not think she is intelligent, she is certainly crafty. In her position, I'd be trying to do the same – saving my own backside.

    October 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Paul DObro

    You go girl! Keep talking to only the far right and tell them how you really feel. You helped Obama raise $150 million and he is only on track to raise $66 million. We need you to anger the rest of America more!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. zenter

    Why did McCain pick someone with so much inexperience. Tim Pawlenty must be rolling his eyes at who McCain picked over him. McCain and his whole campaign: fools. They deserve to lose for this dreadful incompotence.

    October 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Just Happy

    Whoa! Well this is what people who abuse thier power are like. They do not listen to anyone but themselves and if your opinion does not match up with his or hers your OUT.

    October 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. hurriCAIN PALIN

    the self destruct mind of the democrats were much worse. they had to

    be intervened by other democrats. look at the '04 and '08 democratic

    presidential candidates. they vastly craved for power. sickening

    October 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Raj, Canada

    It is pretty clear to anyone with even the dimmest of intelligence what kind of a person and politician Gov Palin is. What doesnt amaze me is that there are folks out there who think she is a god sent gift to mankind when in fact she is the opposite! Michael Moore was right when he said Barack is running against IGNORANCE not McBush.

    October 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    Palin has an ego the size of Alaska

    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. gl, Pittsburgh

    They insisted she needed time to get briefed on issues on the national and international stage she was not familiar with and has never dealt with, and on McCain’s long record.

    McCain is really insane. He keep taking about Obama not ready in there is not time for on the job training. What are they doing for Palin on the job training. McCain is 72 years and if something happen to McOld Palin will be our next Preident and we don't have time for her to be friefed on issues on the national and international. Obama/Biden 2008

    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Ohio for Obama

    I knew when the Rep. rolled out Mrs. It's All About Me, that they were not going to be able to controll this one, as they have controlled Mr. McSame. So now she is breaking out of the box that they have tried to keep her in... All though she has a lot of air in her head... She is going to need a lot of schooling in econmics, government and legal affairs. I hope she can spear the time in between all the feedings.

    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Daryl in Seattle

    How can I say this as intelligently and eloquently as possible? Hmmm....

    IT'S OVER.

    At least we know who President Obama will face in 2012. En Guard Presidential Candidate Palin.

    Obama-Biden '08'

    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. the snarly old hawk squawks in fellowship square

    The knives are out as sad-sack Sarah looks to undermind the top of the ticket.She has read her own press clippings and now sees herself
    as more important than McCain.I would have a food tester if I was you
    Johnny old boy.

    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Shirley-Ohio

    This is what happens when you let Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity run your campagin.

    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Trying to keep up, Is a small town in California Pro or Anti American?

    If she wants to protect her political future then she needs to stop attacking everyone that is left of her right wing evangelical platform. She will secure the base of the republican party but she can't win with that. Just ask Huckabee.
    As an Obama supporter she has been the best thing in getting him that much closer to the whitehouse! Thanks Sarah!

    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. DenverGirl

    She has no sound message! And it is obvious how much McCain is regretting picking her...seeing how he accompanies her to all the interviews. They know she cannot deliver a proper message for their campaign. So someone needs to be chaparoning her at all times to be there and speak on her behalf when she makes a mistake!

    October 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. ty monroe mi

    so much for team play

    October 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    Palin has an ego the size of Alaska

    And unfortunately for her and anyone she comes into contact with, she doesn't have the smarts to go with it

    October 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Indiana Joe

    McCain can't even control his own campaign and he wants to handle our country? McCain's campaign has been poorly managed, another example (as his response during the crisis) that he is NOT the kind of leader we need. Obama and Biden have done a much better job, running an almost flawless and serious campaign! For good judgment and experience, VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Mike Sk

    10 days left and the knifes are out! This will be an ugly end the the campaign for the GOP.

    October 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. X Republican

    G wonder why I am not voting republican this year! Great pick Mc Cain it sure was a Maverick move!

    October 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Frank Thomas

    Whatta team!

    Sheesh.

    October 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Bill Dean

    Good for her. The McCain campaign has been ineptly run, and they're handling of her has been amateurish at best. Why should she allow herself and her bright star to be sacrificed by a wavering campaign run by incompetents? She's young, she's got a whole career ahead of her to think about.

    And someone need to tell the idiots running the campaign that Palin is not the reason they are behind.

    October 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. KJL

    Dear John McCain,

    This is what happens when you choose a running-mate because you met her and got an instant crush on her. Should have vetted her, my friend.

    XOXOXO

    KJL

    October 25, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Former Republican ~

    She wants to be the next leader of the party????
    Are you kidding me? This woman is a total nutcase. The GOP needs to dump her ugly b- asap.
    Hopefully the Alaska legislature & Courts will get her out of our lives here pretty soon if they go after her on the abuse of power charge & all the state money spent of her kids deal!

    October 25, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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