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. Kim of Atlanta

    What do you know? We knew it would not be LONG. As a WOMAN, I knew, this WOMAN was trouble. She do not follow RULES, she state it herslf. She is setting herself up to move on to BETTER things and VP was not in er VIEW. STOp HER NOW, she is VERY DESRUCTIVE, with her HOCKEY MOM, TAKE NO PRISONER ATTITUDE. OR SHE WILL SELF DESTRUCT.

    October 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Don Stevens

    This is just more evidence of bad judgment by John McCain in choosing a running mate who's ill-suited for him. And bad judgment would make a bad president. You have to wonder, if Palin keeps going rogue, when she'll slip up and make an even bigger gaffe than she's made in the past. But even though she's trying to break free and be her own woman, it looks like it's too late to help her base, with Obama maintaining and even building his lead nationwide and in battleground states. The sharp slap in the face that Americans have received from the financial meltdown, 5 costly and disastrous years in Iraq, and other blunders by the Bush administration have made the American public all too able to spot politicians who don't make the grade in these days when good help is hard to find. Luckily, Barack Obama is the right man in the right place at the right time. But it will take all of us to steer our country back on track.

    Don Stevens
    Anaheim, California

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

    the beginning of the end!!

    October 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. KO

    The wheels are coming off the cart of the McCain campaign. They have nobody but themselves to blame since they picked Palin to begin with.

    October 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Pat in IL

    I have never heard Palin speak with any intelligence or conviction about any of the important policies. All she gives us in that line is puppet answers or no answer at all. The only thing she does at rallies is spew her venom with lies and 7th grade name-calling. She is a ridiculous candidate, and this will go down in the history books as the Republicans' dumbest decision ever. As a little side.....I'd much prefer to see her wearing an American flag pin, rather than that silly polar bear. If a candidate is from Kansas, do they wear a sunflower to show that they love Kansas more than the whole of America? No, but Sarah does that. Somebody ought to start spewing venom about her. Her 8 month first child and shotgun marriage, her fringe, hateful religion, her using state money to cart her kiids around, rather than make wiser choices about their lives (school, normalcy, etc.), talking about being a "hockey mom", when she only did that for a couple of years.....and what parent isn't a hockey/soccer/softball/band/football/theater, etc., etc., etc. Mom?There are soooo many things we could dis her on, but the Dems are sticking pretty close to telling us what they'd like to do for the country, rather than waste time on that stuff. They only do that when necessary for self defence against the crazy, meaningless and constant attacks.

    October 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. democratwillie

    She sounds a bit marvericky to me. Hmmm, isn't that what they wanted?

    October 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Larry, MI

    Its a scary thought to imagine a world with a "rogue" Vice President Palin...God forbid!

    October 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. GWB

    Maybe Gov. Palin has a conscience or maybe she knows McCain is going to lose and she is trying to distance herself. She definitely has a future in national politics like it or not.

    October 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Erdie

    DON'T WE HAVE A MOTHER, DON'T WE LOVE OUR MOTHER, WHY NOT VOTE FOR SARAH PALIN AND STOP CRITICIZING HER. OUR WE NOT PROUD THAT SOME DAY A WOMAN, THE SAME GENDER AS OF OUR MOTHER, WILL BECOME VICE PRESIDENT OR PRESIDENT.

    VOTE FOR MC CAIN AND SARAH PALIN.

    October 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. CBA1999

    This woman is a dangerous right wing nutcake and a true neo-con without a decent education to enable her to lead on a national level. "The next leader of the party?" Is that the best they have? Four years from now, no one will care about that woman...

    October 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. AA not for Mccain in FL

    Let the party begin. I guess the McCain campaign is starting to see the true colors of Palin, the same time she is making a note that they are going to lose and starting to look after herself. I'm sure she is going to piss off alot of people (powerful people) as she goes, then comes November 5th, she will be all alone dragging her kids and her yes maaam husband back to Alaska. I guess we Americans are not stupid after all. We give anyone a chance to shine, but it doesn't take us long to see the true colors of a person. Bye Bye Diva.

    October 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Kiwi

    America save the world from Palin !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Special Mom

    Palin has lost a lot of credibility throughout this election. I don't think I would be thinking about next election if I were her. She's got other issues at home to worry about besides Troopergate.

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. CelesteBlueDawn

    Palin's ONLY goal is to "win." Because of her "Lack Of" she does not realize that there is SO much more involved. Why will 2012 be any different than today? Palin does not have the capcity to stop, listen & learn; her ego and self-centeredness will be her demise...Crash and Burn.

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Iona

    Country First, right?

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Shell

    This is an ueducated woman who will stop at nothing to get to the TOP. Including stepping on McCain

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. lou

    I'm the bigger maverick, No I am. I am ,NOOOO I am. What a disaster this campaign has been. It will go down in history as one of ,if not THE biggest disaster in political history.

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Meek

    Ooops the Maverik shell is cracking......

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Kevin,FL

    If you guys can't reveal your sources. I don't believe it. I hate when people write something and say "adviser or source said it"

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. LW

    McCain made the pick, now let him live with it, he wanted to go outside the norm and pick her.....

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Tom, FL

    I read her correctly a long time ago. The Republican Party did it too themselves. How can they govern if they can not get along. McCain is running for President not her. I am sick of her she is an insult. I predict the end of her soon. Obama/Biden.

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Stacks

    Hmm...looks like the "Maverick" is taking a maverick turn. It's ironic that they're scrambling to explain this. Looks like the McCain campaign is getting a taste of its own medicine, so to speak.

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Al

    God help america if this moron on a moose runs in 2012
    I doubt many could stand another run by this woman for anything!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Doreen

    This whole article is stupid. The fact of the matter is that Governor Palin has more experience than Barack Obama. That is why the pro-Obama media keeps smearing Gov. Palin on a daily basis (like they did to Hillary) to distract the American people from Obama's lack of experience. Obama has been in the US Senate only 3 years and he has spent most of that time running for President or voting "present." Moreover, as Joe Biden and Hillary said, Obama is not ready to be President. Moreover, Biden said that he would be honored to be on the same ticket with McCain. If it wasn't for the collapse of AIG, Fannie and Freddie, which came the day after McCain-Palin took the lead in the polls (which is curious), McCain would be ahead right now, but the race is not over yet.

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    The 2012 ticket should look like this:

    Huckabee / Palin

    I truly believe that they can win with this ticket. I heard a lot of good things about Huckabee while he was a governor. He made hard decisions.

    I prefer Huckabee or Hillary for 2008, but unfortunately, that did not happen. Obama now, is defintely better than McCain

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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