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. OH

    Sara Palin should go back to college and EARN a real education. She should obtain at least a PHD before thinking about national politics.

    Right now she has both feet in her mouth and it is had to remove them.
    World travel shoud be high on her agenda as well instead of looking through her kitchen window and thinking she can see Russia.

    The question I'd like her to answer is this; does she have any form of internation history?

    Can she understand the difficult issues of the Middle East? Does she really know anything about Iraq and it's 2000 year history?

    If George Bush, Dick Cheney and John McCain can't seem to fatom the critil issues of the middle East, why then does she think she have a clue?

    How stupid one have to be not reading and understanding history?

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

    So Sarah Palin thinks she knows best? From what I can tell, this woman is so vacuous it's a wonder her head doesn't collapse. The fact that anyone would put her up for office is an insult. Next leader of the party? Who does she think she is?

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

    And the McCain campaign implodes...

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

    One of many reasons not to allow her to run this country.

    IT WOULD BE PALIN FIRST!

    It's all a front!

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

    "divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom"
    Wow – does this already sound like someone familiar – perhaps our current president??? Guess it's not just divas who think this way. Is this alleged behavior a surprise to any of us? This woman is not fit to be VP in any rational person's mind, let alone president. Come on American, wake up and look at each candidate and running mate's actual platform, interviews, character and credentials. I think the choice is beyond obvious to anyone with an open mind. Then again, this is the country that voted W in twice............

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Rowny J Vidot

    At least she is clever enough to sense a sinking ship.

    October 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. JIM, MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

    Good, and hopefully she'll be home in Alaska to spend a long winter there. She won't have to bother with Washington DC.

    Alaska is a true national treasure, purchased during the administration of President Andrew Johnson, for the American People. It was a wise purchase, very good real estate, sold by the Czar of Russia.

    Palin may be governor, but most of Alaska belongs to the American People, who paid for it in 1867.

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

    Palin is an unqualified boob and is merely dressed-up white trash. I have nothing but disdain for her and her dangerous religious fundamentalism that wants to dictate to everyone in the country – including those who actually think for themselves and have no use for that kind of mythology. That having been said, she's absolutely right that robo-calls are irritating. If the McCain campaign is pointing to THAT as the source of her weaknesses for the ticket, they really need a reality check. She's right on the money with that one, although this doesn't make her any more qualified to be VP, if just means occasionally she has a flash of insight (maybe her own phone has been targeted with these loathsome calls). If the McCain campaign cannot focus on anything else in an effort to clean their house up, they deserve to lose.

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. REPUBLICAN

    This is dumb, what I find funny is that some McCain people are so critical of Palin. Without her this would be a way different race. The republican base needed to be energized so they would go out and vote. SHE DID THAT. McCain had great judgment when choosing her.

    McCain/Palin O8

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. california person

    PLEASE make her go away...while I agree with her that the McCain campaign has been mismanaged, I don't think that's why SHE is failing to impress people. SHE is failing because:
    1. she has no ethics, and no problem using public funds for personal gain.
    2. she is NOT a fiscal conservative, maybe she's stingy with her own money as she claims, but she is certainly not stingy when it comes to spending government or campaign $$$
    3. she is far too (socially) conservative for the average American.
    4. she is not qualified to be Vice President when it comes to time in office, educational background, knowledge of world affairs, or knowledge of how the federal government works.
    5. she has dangerously unconstitutional ideas about the role of the Vice President.

    She needs to be stopped.
    Voting for Obama/Biden is a good way to do that.

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. PAULINE

    PALIN NEED TO PACK BAG AND GO BACK TO ALASKA WHERE SHE BELONG AND PLEASE SHE IS NOT WELCOME TO CANADA NO TIME AT ALL CANADIAN IS FOR OBAMA AND WE ALL COMING TO OBAMA RALLY.

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. TERRI

    She is a Diva unto herself ONLY!

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. carey

    palin will be forgotten by most people as soon as nov 4th is over. she's ridiculous.

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Mary

    Everytime we see Palin, Cindy and John McCain on TV, we change the channel right away. We cannot stand them. They are oh, soooooo full of hatred, full of lies so hypocrite. Palin had her 15 minutes of fame. Hopefully she will just fade away and go back to bridge of nowhere. Thank God, few more days till election day is over.

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Kevin

    As an Obama supporter, thank you John McCain. Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving. Hahahahaha

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Ryan in Omaha

    "The Sith always turn on one another."

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Brian

    "and at the end of the day, voters turned against her both in terms of qualifications and personally." - are you kidding me? Obviously you have not been around her campaign stops. She is the most popular candidate of any of them and if she had the HUGE spending campaign budget Obama has, she'd be in the White House.

    McCain has a good message but is a poor messanger, Obama has a poor message but is a good messenger. Obama will be our president and God help us.

    October 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Sue

    I do not know if it is a caricature. After listening to her interviews, and now knowing she can't deal with process questions. (Does that mean she can not think independantly), than SNL has her down pat. McCain really believed he could substitute Hillary in our minds. Sadly, he forgot Hillary's attraction is her mind, and ability to process and communicate complex information.
    I was a Hillary supporter. Sarah Palin, other than being a woman, is not Hillary Clinton.
    Go Obama

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Jonathan Burton

    Yep, that's another little red flag being raised for the McCain campaign.
    Sarah Palin thinks that she has a future in politics. However, this campaign has hindered any chance of that. Palin is just as likely to continue a political career as Michelle Bachman. These are all hints of things to come.

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Anita

    This doesn't surprise me at all. Palin was never ready and to be honest was the worst possible choice for McCain. I do believe that she was looking out for her best interest all along. The McCain campaign is no longer together but fighting constantly. If you watched the interview McCain and Palin had with Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News, you can see the distance, the tension, and the dislike.

    Will people please stop bringing up the Joe Biden speech on Obama being tested. Joe Leiberman has said the same thing earlier this year on Face the Nation with Bob Schefer. McCain keeping saying he has been tested. When? When was McCain President? Being a POW is not the same as being President. Does he not understand that??? Only four people on the face of the earth knows what it is to be tested as President and that is Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and the current President. Those are the only people that has been tested in that job. Why doesn't the news media bring up the Joe Leiberman interview, this will stop the talk about being tested and why Joe Biden said that in the first place. Joe Leiberman and Joe Biden were right.

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Bigbubba

    Wow, you mean that the Republican handlers are finally seeing what was obvious to everyone else right after her nomination. Way to impress the nation with your insight and wisdom, boys.

    I'll help you with a couple of other things you might not have figured out yet. The earth is round. The sun rises in the East. And Obama is going to be the President of the United States.

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Christian

    McCain's advisers have severely misjudged the prevailing political winds and when it's all said in done may have in the course of two months orchestrated one of the worst run campaigns in a long time. McCain himself has even appeared at times to have recognized this, but it's too late for him to do anything different.

    Palin is reaching the same conclusion, and realizes her long term political credibility has been damaged as a result. She is not an idiot, but has been mishandled incorrectly by what appears to be a totally inept campaign team. It's too late for McCain in this election (look at the electorate picture, not overall poll numbers), and it would only be wise for her to make an attempt to salvage her reputation before her return to Alaska.

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Neil

    Palin is the last thing this country needs. She is unprofessional, unintelligent, and dare I say it – Un-American. She does not represent the core values that we Americans hold to close to our heart; honesty, integrity, and demonstrating respect for others.

    She has repeatedly lied in public forums, for instance 'Obama pals around with terrorists' is a deplorable lie to put out there just to win an election. Yet this is just one of many lies that have spewed out of her mouth- and McCain does not denounce them, just the opposite he defender her in his final debate.

    McCain and Palin are not fit to represent our country, nor do they have the intellectual capacity to do so.

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Beverly

    And WHY is this surprise? Women across the country could see this from the start – a woman much too high on herself. The Republican Party desperately tried to market Palin as an up-and-comer . Did they really think they could suppress this woman's overblown ego for very long? McCain came close to getting my vote until he picked a bimbo trophy as his running mate.

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. attila, Cali

    B.Obama ,08

    Change we really really really need.

    Change for our children and our children's children.

    Their future and all of ours are in jeopardy.

    Vote Obama ,08

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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