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. GAW Albany NY

    Does not surprise me in least....I sure hope she does try to push herself to the top of GOP in 2012...it will ensure at least a generation of Democratici rule!!! YOU BETCHA (wink, wink)!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Scott

    Serves McCain right for not properly vetting, spending 15 minutes with a woman and then expecting a strong partner. He got a lightweight, zealot with no background who has helped bring down his campaign.

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Felines for Freedom

    I feel bad for the advisor who is lying under that bus. She'll be crushed to death now that the wheels are coming off.

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Rory

    Evil turns in on itself. "Values" republicans. I wonder if that is solely a tactic of manipulating the base, or if they really have any values? I would also point out, that while the democratic party are certainly not socialists (and I wish they were), people believe in socialism because they actually are concerned about the welfare of others. Love thy neighbor, sound familiar you hypocritical jack booted vultures?

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Thomas, Illinois

    Why don't you go away, already....

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Lola

    The McCain campaign imploding on itself,PRICELESS

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Gary Chandler in Canada

    In your article you used the term "gone off the reservation". In Canada a reporter would be called on the carpet for an ethnic slur such as that!
    (only in America? in America only!)

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. chris s

    I love it! You don't even have to get them a rope you can instead just get out of their way and they'll apparently be quite content to hang themselves! What a pick John!! A diva who thinks she's the new chosen Messiah of your party that wont even follow your own instructions. I guess we know longer have to wonder whether or not she'd make a good "second In command".

    If McShame were smart, he'd tie an anchor line around her and dump her in the Gulf of Alaska and then apologize profusely to the American people for abandoning his principles and running the sleaziest campaign ever.

    He MIGHT be able to salvage his senate career if he writes all this dangerous, reckless and extremely ugly behavior off as a prolonged "senior moment".

    John, you shot your own foot off this time. As for the rest of your party, can you say "Titanic"?

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Let her go "rogue" all she wants because every time she does she sends another "Undecided" voter to Obama!!!

    Keep talkin' Caribou Barbie!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    Its obvious that Palin is going to attempt to save her 'political future'. She's ambitious.

    Thing the governor doesn't 'get' is that 55% of Americans, including people in her own party do not believe she is qualified to lead.

    I predict that Palin & the "first dude" will be retiring from politics once the whole investigation is over into their ethics violations.

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    NO PALIN EVER..... EVER

    October 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Shiva

    This is yet another "gasp for breath" from a drowning campaign... The thrashing about underwater will soon come....

    October 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Heed Bello

    Of course, Palin's pick as vice President at first seems a successful coup againt the Democrats, but it was an eloquent testimony to McCain's rash judgement. The ticket lacked chemistry and a "fundamental" knowledge of where the country was headed, after eight years of George Bush in the White House. The choice was spiteful and it has gone naturally awry. Gov. Palin should hang those expensive costume for 2012 i.e. if she has not already done herself in with all the media guffaws. Case closed.

    October 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Angela

    ***Palin appears to now be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.***

    Didn't she do the same in Alaska?

    October 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Linton

    With her answers to question related to the Vice Presidency of the U.S and her inability to discern or understand what goes on during the primaries, she seems to be forgetting the hand that chose her.
    Anyway, if these rumors are true, I think it offers a great revelation into McCain's and Palin's mind. Meanwhile someone should tell them that their tactics are not working. If these self proclaimed mavericks can't run a campaign with all the so-called experience between them, how do they plan on running the country?

    October 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. BTGH, Streamwood, IL

    So if John McCain can't handle his own running mate, how can we expect him to handle the economy, domestic issues and foreign policy? Oh yes, and that concentration of superegos know as Congress.

    He isn't the right man for the job and she isn't the right woman for the job.

    October 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. ANN KRUGER

    EVERYONE SHOULD OF SEEN HOW SHE TREATED THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED HER IN ALASKA. WHY WOULDN'T SHE DO THE SAME TO THE MC CAIN PEOPLE ?

    October 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Vicki

    This does not surprise me one bit. Deceitful lair is what I'd use to describe Sarah Palin. What type of woman would use her children as bait to bring in sympathy votes. The son going of to war, the teen daughter's pregnancy, and the poor baby with special needs. This woman is a pathetic example of a "hockey mom". Hockey moms protect their children and keep them out of harms way. Shame on you Sarah. Shame on you John McCain for putting your personal interest before the interest of the country by picking her as your running mate.

    October 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. stephan

    Remember all those times John McCain praised Sarah Palin as one who 'turned against members of her own party"? As McCain has now learned this isn't necessarily a virtue.

    October 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. American.for.a.better.future

    I'm just stunned that the Republican party is just NOW starting to see Sarah for who she is!! She is absolutely given up on the bid for the white house in 2008 and is looking toward a possible future in 2012. I believe since day 1 she has always seen the ticket as Palin/McCain not the other way around.

    She is DANGEROUS!! This woman wants to push the far rights ultra-conservative religious agenda and she doesn't care who she steps on to do that...even Senator McCain!

    We do NOT need any more division in the white house. I'm voting for the ticket that can and WILL unite this nation...Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Fred

    So since when was the NEWS based on suggestions? If the aides have an interest in this election they'd do well to keep their mouths shut.

    October 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Ed

    John McCain is reaping what he sowed when he chose Gov. Palin as his running mate. She represents that portion of the Republican party that thrives on division and intolerance in the guise of patriotism and Christianity. It is no surprise that she would be poor team player when things are not going well.

    October 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. Corwin7

    Wow that's news...Sarah Palin is out for Sarah Palin and thinks she has the ... "knowledge and experience" ...to win this race herself. Funny that every time a citizen says what an overbloated ego with total lack of fortitude she is we are "attacking" her.

    October 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. Chipster

    None of this is surprising and would have been obvious to McCain if he hadn't made the same thoughtless decisions that he always makes. He tends to act on impulse and then goes into a frenzy with damage control. Palin has considered this to be the Palin/McCain campaign from day one. Problem is, she's reckless – even more so than McCain.

    Remember, she came out of the convention with a laundry list of false statements. McCain and Palin spent several weeks repeating lies about the airplane on eBay, bridge to nowhere, etc. It's been downhill from there.

    October 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I agree that the McCain campaign has mishandled her from the start. I've watched her for over 2 years and if not given an "Approved script" she could have contributed much more to the campaign. She's just the type of leader I've been looking for and I hope to see her in the future.

    PAsmart

    October 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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