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. Georgia peach

    We've been telling them what she's like....maybe the Republicans will now sit up and listen to this devious Diva!

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. lisa

    What other than her 10 minutes in the national spotlight could possible make this woman believe that she should be on a 2012 ticket ? This is obviously a case of someone who has bought into her own PR.

    By now, McCain should realize that if you sacrifice your principles for ambition you risk aligning yourself with like minded individuals. Clearly, Ms. Palin's ultimate loyalty is to her own ambition.

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. judie

    I am a nanny and I would be proud to have Sen Obama as a nanny friend. We need more nannies like him in our business.

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. BA

    “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” ...Just the type of person we need in the executive branch of our government. I don't think so!

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. rp

    too bad for Mcshame... he will regret this !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. TulsaJoe

    I think you get what you deserve for choosing your V.P. without vetting her at all. This guy has entrusted his campaign to a bunch of incompetent people. It makes you wonder who he'll entrust with our economy seeing how he admits his own weakness in that area. Oh yeah, I know who he'll trust.... the same people that Bush did. The McCain campaign continues to react to yesterday's headlines instead of showing any leadership on issues.

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Troy

    So much for putting America first. Sarah Plain Stupid is looking out for herself. When the ship sinks, the rats and cock roaches usually sneak away. Yes Sarah, you truly are a Maverick.

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Louis

    Having a head strong person with precious little international experience as a VP candidate is a recipe for disaster. Unfortunately Senator McCain hand picked her without the benefit of a full vetting process. That is just one more example of his inability to trust other people and making spur of the moment decisions on his own. That is not the mark of a successful President.

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Pat

    Why isn't CNN reporting this on the air? This is a very important developement that the public should know. This woman is not interested in doing anything for America. It's very apparent she's only interested in what this campaign can do for Sarah Palin.

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Lucy

    McCain claims he is better suited to be the commander and chief than Obama, yet his VP is going "rogue" on him (it also sound like all the Republicans are leaping from the sinking ship). So McCain can't keep is own VP reined in? Is he fit to be commander and chief? If something happens to McCain and the Palin has to stand in, do we want a "Diva" running her own agenda? Would she bomb, bomb, bomb Iran to armageddon?

    At least Biden seem to be reined in and subdued after his gaffe.

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Arnie

    It looks like at a time when Sarah Palin should be acting like Hillary Clinton, she's acting like Britney Spears.

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Unshrub

    McCain deserves he, after all he picked her. It is interesting, the Senate republican Congressional Committee and Palin are turning on him during these last few weeks before the election. What they say must be true, "they is no honor amongst thieves.”

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Mike Sutton

    With certain real Americans being so fascinated with Divas, such as Paris and Brittany, should we be expecting the release of a 'sex' tape? Seriously, let's accept the fact we have to put up with only 10 more days of this 'fruit' who will fly away back home to hibernate for the winter if her constituants will take her back!
    As for her leading the 2012 Republican ticket, I truly hope so because we will finally lose their beliefs of backward thinking from the world landscape. More exposure will only advance the phrase, "What were we thinking?".
    World leaders will surely test her because her own Party hasn't.

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. Andrew

    Shes definately looking to 2012, even she can see the writing on the wall. In 2012 we'll see Palin and Joe the Plumber on the ticket and when they lose to Obama and we'll see Joe the Plumber and Thomas the Tank Engine in 2016

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Murchison

    Is this what happens when you put two Mavericks together? What is the second-in-command maverick to do?

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    Good for her. She pulled her own weight. McCain did not pull through. He faltered on the economy, while Obama BUSTED out in front with the right message.

    Above all, they were way ahead of Obama. However, W messed it up again. This time, crashing the economy.

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Nobody Asked Larry But...

    This ongoing drama queen and her story is getting pretty lame. And speaking of "process," this places into question the decision making process of John McCain. If he has any. McCain voters, be careful what you wish for.

    October 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. David, Hartford

    Yeah. Palin going rouge sounds like a great plan. She's shown such command of the issues so far. She should just ad lib and talk to the press as much as she wants.

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah – I'm not voting for you or John, but you should appreciate that people like Nicole Wallace are much, much smarter than you and your advisors. Keeping you safely hidden from the press was the RIGHT strategy, as is proven by the fact that your adventures with the press have proven to be so harmful to your credibility. McCain made a horrible pick. The only thing that the COULD do was try and hide it, and hide you in the process.

    The idea that you might be back in 2012 should make every Democrat's heart warm, though I can't believe the Repubs wouldn't try and rehabilitate their brand in the next 4 years and find a good, legitimate candidate to nominate.

    October 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Lorna

    How does Sarah Palin justify stating that Barack Obama is "not ready", when it is so apparent that if she became "President Palin" (not a real stretch if McCain is elected) she wouldn't know how to find the bathroom, (since her sense of geography includes viewing Russia from her porch) much less a plan for our country's national situations?

    October 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. ken

    This woman is scary! This country would be in a world of trouble with her as President!

    October 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Jonathan Swift

    She isn't good at process questions? That would be questions of how you put together ways of accomplishing things. Based on what we know of her executive experience in Alaska, her way of problem solving seems to be more in the way of bullying than process. Maybe that works to get a hockey rink in your town or force oil companies to pay more to the state of Alaska, but that is not the what we need on the world stage where the reaction to bullying is at best a lack of cooperation by our allies, and worse, much, worse on the part of our enemies who possible nuclear weapons and a capacity for the most cold-blooded acts.

    October 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Elisabeth

    Palin is disagreeing with McCain. McCain is disagreeing with Palin. McCain is denouncing Bush while he continues to push Bush tax cuts.

    The wheels have definitely come off the Straight Talk Express bus.

    October 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. TJ

    Sounds like something a "maverick" would do... I would suspect that any real "maverick" would resent being handled and told what to say all the time.

    October 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Gary Chandler in Canada

    I have had posts in the CNN blogs since the first week she was selected saying that a Palin McCain debate would be priceless.
    In her first public interview she said she would 'change his little mind on drilling in Anwar.
    I can TELL you she is NOT the future of the republican party and that she WILL lose her popularity in Alaska AND I can tell you why!
    Now that the world knows she has benn a porker getting $500 per citizen in ear marks of YOUR American tax money and that you get $50 per year there will be an end to that.
    Alaskans will blame HER for not keeping her head LOW.
    Google "bridge to Wasilla" at least the bridge she said thanks to went to an airport!
    You have people who have lost their homes in Hurricanes and she wants to reduce her drive to Anchorage by 35 minutes!!!
    Are you going to pay that for hER???

    October 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Independent

    What Palin not good at process questions? Surprise, Palin is not good period. She was not ready when she accepted the offer, she is not ready now. She should never have left Alaska, at least they approved of her. Had she been vetted they would have known that even as Mayor of a small town, she had to hire a city manager because she is not good at processes, no executive experience at all. Palin turned the Mayor position there into a figurehead position only.

    GO BACK TO ALASKA

    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 08 N 2012

    October 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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