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. mona

    The republican party is beginning to fall apart and turn on each other. Sarah Palin has not only dug the republican party into the ground, but also any political future she thinks she could possibly have. She seems to be unaware of her unpopularity amongst majority of Americans and actually believes in her mind that she is qualified to run as president of this country. I also believe she is going to find it very difficult in the future to get backing from the republicans that she has angered during this campaign. She needs to come to her senses and realize that Americans made a mistake in the past to elect a less than qualified George Bush into office and that the same mistake will not be repeated.

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

    This is great! Again, the gift that keeps on giving!

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

    The problem that Sarah Palin has is that she does not understand the difference between "laughing at" and "laughing with". Although she is a politically sav vy woman she is a very stupid woman. She knows nothing about the world and its people.

    I cannot believe that she thinks that Americans will embrace her in 2012. Her stupidity really shows in her thinking that this could happen!

    A friend once said to me that " There was a time when stupid people were at least a little humble about it ; but now they have such a sense of entitlement!" I think that my friend must have been talking about Sarah Palin!

    Canadian Cath ( looking forward to seeing a bright, articulate, world leader in The White House)

    October 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Kate Fergus

    Palin has plans to pad her pockets whether by being in politics or in show business. She is using this as her launching pad for bigger things.
    She would do well on Fixed News. I am sure Murdock would love to have her on the air.

    The fact that she is poorly educated and clearly superficial doesn't matter to Fixed News.

    Obama/Biden '08

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

    I just can't find it in me to trust Palin. Beyond the AIP, troopergate, and her anti-Christian attacks on Obama, I just don't think she's straight. The new Alaskan pipeline, a $30 Billion project, had one bid. One bid. That just doesn't sqaure with what I know about government contracts – it sounds corrupt to me. She is not what she seems to be – and I don't think she represents most Americans – most people I know make a mistake and take responsibility for it. Palin pretends that it never happened – over and over again. We've had a President like that for 8 years. American can't afford anymore of this.

    October 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Karen Dunlap

    Please "Media Hounds" give us all a break – the election is not over until the last legitimate ballot is counted. All we can hope for is that the American people do not get caught up in the hype and focus on the issues.

    October 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    How can Palin even think..to play for 2012 when 2008 ticket has been a total pathetic game and a real farce for the most serious process of the country which is to select the next President.

    October 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. sharon

    She not going rouge, she is setting herself up not to be the fall gal. GO OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. David Platt

    Josephine the Plumber and McCain the Bummer!!!

    Just what this country needs .

    O.B.08

    October 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Junior in Michigan

    Palin doesn't even know what her role would be if she was elected with McCain. Perhaps she finally figured out she was part of a ploy. McCains only intentions were to use her for Hillary votes. She knows this now and is probably indeed going rogue so she'll have somewhere to go after McCain loses in a few days. She was never selected for her brains or experience anyhow. Disaster in the end for the Republicans.

    October 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. G. Charleston from MI

    Somebody should buy McCain some depends because his maverick move is coming back to bite him on the behind. As for Diva Palin, you are no match for either Obama nor Hillary so good luck, by the time you are ready to lead you will have as many wrinkles as McCain.

    October 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Roger

    See what happens when you have poor jugdement. Now it is clear that this pick by John Mccain was not well thought out. She is only out for herself. This is the same thing that she did in her home state. Not a team player.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Alex

    White Women From Ohio for OBAMA

    Wow you have GOT TO LOVE THIS WOMEN, taking control because she knows her campaign is Finished, you know what i might vote for her in 8 years if she runs... By then she would have enough experience

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012

    Palin/ Unknown 2016

    October 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Democrat for Sarah

    I like her. :) I voted Republican for the first time. What the media has done to her is aweful. If obama wins...i hope she comes back in 4 years and runs against him because if it was her on the top of the ticket day...she would win.

    October 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. JWheeler

    Good. Let's hope she implodes the McCain campaign. God help us if this kooky team is elected.

    October 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. ER P

    NIGHTMARE SCENARIO for America and the world: Old, hapless John McCain wins the election and Sarah Palin becomes vice-president.....things will go from bad to worse for the U.S, both at home and around the world.....McCain has no clue but insists on doing things his erratic way and will not listen to anyone....

    Can you imagine the number Palin would do on McCain once they find themselves in the same mess as Bush and Cheney have put us in? People might actually pray for the return of Bush-Cheney. Too scary to even imagine?

    May heaven and the good sense of the majority of Americans save us from this scary scenario!

    October 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Webbie

    Mr. McCain, Please watch "All About Eve" at your earliest opportunity. We promise not to say "I told you so..."

    October 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Roberta the Former Republican

    John McCain can't even control his own campaign and running mate. Why in the world would we want to put him in charge of running the country?

    Sarah Palin is the final nail in the coffin of the Republican Party I once knew and loved.

    Obama '08

    October 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Maria Rivero

    That's my girl!!!
    She warned everybody she would change Washington! And she's has already started
    Don't patronize a mother of five!

    October 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Billy Bob Tweed

    I'm begining to get a nagging feeling that maybe things aren't going do well in the McCain-Palin camp. Like, maybe the wheels are coming off? The circular shooting squad is a symptom of a desperate campaign off the rails and the drowning rats are fighting to get on the last life raft. Is that Tallulah Bankhead I hear singing...?

    October 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Phoenix White

    =/ Obama '08

    October 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Greg Hodges

    Sarah Palin`s selection was a desperate attempt at cashing in on millions of women being disappointed at Hilary Clinton losing the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama. The difference was/is that millions of people had a say in deciding that historic contest. Nobody voted for Sarah Palin (outside Alaska???!) except Mc

    October 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Ksmart

    I agree that she has been mishandled by the McCain campaign since the start. I've watched her for two years and she's exactly the type of down-to-earth leader I've been looking for. If allowed to get away from the "approved script", I feel she could have contributed so much more to a failing campaign.

    October 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. syl

    It is disgusting to give credence to these annoymous sources. How do we not know that this is a creature of a journalist – who is pro Obama – imagination?

    Could lthe CNN newsteam throw some light on a story that Obama has failed to produce his US birth certificatre as requested by a judge of the court? Is this true or not? Now here is a story that one could research. You do not have to depend on these unknown sources.

    October 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Debra in CA

    This woman sends chills down my spine!

    October 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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