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. JOfromATLforObamaBiden

    NOW THIS IS INFORMATION. WE LIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    IT IS OBVIOUS THAT SHE IS OUT TO GET HERSELF A NAME. SHE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT RUNNING FOR VP, RIGHT NOW. HOW CAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TRUST THIS "DIVA" IF MCSANE CAN'T TRUST HER HIMSELF. ALL SHE CARES ABOUT IS GETTING SOME DEALS IN THE PROCESS. SHE IS THROWING MCCAIN IN THE CASKET BEFORE HIS DEAD.

    MORE INFO BOUND TO COME OUT.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Doc

    Good for her, I mean I still don't think she is qualified and I still believe she should have bowed out as Katherine Parker the columnist wrote. But the McCain campaign has messed this lady up and you can tell she was not even aware of it. Because all she could see was opportunity. She is by no means a leader but least she knows when to get out of the kitchen.

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

    I'm actually feeling sorry for the GOP, but then again they put Palin in this position...does the term 'maverick' fit her...perhaps we'll see the 'true Palin' in 2012...or more likely 2016.

    October 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. j

    There sure are alot of scandels turning up around Palin. The most recent is the natural gas pipeline – looks like the terms & bidding process weren't fair and only catered to a few select companies – one of which Palin had ties to – TransCanada – the one that won the bid.

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. jim vanloozen

    if sarah palin is able to pull enough wool over all our eyes that
    she becomes the future of her party God help us. Why isn't she going
    away?

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. caltmd

    To anyone thinking of ever voting for Palin or Joe-the-Plumber or like types, please watch "Idiocracy"! Maybe a double-feature with "Dave".

    Seriously, saying that paying taxes is socialistic or unpatriotic is insane! Do their children attend public schools?! Despite the available tax plan charts, Joe hasn't yet figured out he'd be better off if Obama is elected. Spare us. Talk about unclear on the concept. Get a clue or get out.

    And don't dare call those who believe in responsible taxation unpatriotic!

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. ninja63

    maybe idiot child has a brain after all, weeeeee!

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Tom

    That "diva" attitude of self-righteousness and superiority has turned off all of the moderates who might have voted McCain. And "people who think they're better than everyone else" is how she defined "elitist" on NBC. Elitist, thy name is Palin.

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. ohio

    Palin a programmed pit by GOP. This women is the worst person i ever seen she is evil

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Phil in TX

    I think I just found out what "Be afraid, be very afraid" means!

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Joseph Adewole

    Good for that is so selfish; Sarah only represent the ideology of the Republican Party; they don't have the interest of America at heart but theirs. VP indeed!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Job

    I'll move down south to mehico if palin becomes a president. Is Palin the most qualified republican in the country? You betcha! Doggone it mcsame believes it too.

    October 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Nathaniel St. Clair

    The ultimate backfire, not only did Sarah Palin turn out to be a lame duck VP choice when it comes to knowledge and qualifications but now she turns out to be as disloyal to her running-mate as her Husband is to our country. This is better then any soap opera in history.

    October 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. robert

    This woman needs to go away and stay away from national politics. She only cares for her own political future. That says alot about ones view of are country. As a republican, I'm outraged she was even picked for the veep job. Pathetic!

    October 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. David

    Now they are referring to the Gov. as a Diva...well, in the words of Country Joe & The Fish: "Woopee, we're all gonna die!"
    That's all

    October 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Nick F.

    Diva? I don't know this woman personally but I have gotten the impression she is caught up in herself. Fame can do awful things to some people. Now even Joe the Plumber has delusions of grandeur and is thinking of running for congress.

    I'm becoming a bit tired of these people.

    October 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. david

    This is hysterical. Let her. McCain made a very dangerous tactical error with Palin. Now the Chickens are coming back to roost.

    October 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Brian

    Wow Sarah Palin is even more of a liability than I originally thought, I bet McCain is wishing he picked a different running mate.

    October 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Carlos

    This is getting a little dirty don't you think CNN. Calm down. America will make informed decisions inspite of pathetic articles from both sides.

    October 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Kanadian Kidd

    She's so Maverick-y that even McCain cant control her!

    Imagine how bad she'd be as a President with advisors pulling out their hairs!!

    October 25, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. sandy

    Well you can never control a pitbull for long! Stupid mccain camp should have realised this before picking her..sorry too late!!

    October 25, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. arvind

    So much for McCain's experience and judgement! First he picks an unqualified running mate and now we find out she is not a team player or a leader but an ego-maniac. She could go go nutsky with the nuke button. Put him out to pasture and she need help.

    October 25, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Rachel

    It does not surprise me a bit that Palin is a diva,. I have felt that all along. McSame better wise up and smell the coffee. She's running for herself not as VP. I imagine she has illusions of being the first VP then President. Watch out America. We don't need her kind in the white house. I smell trouble and she is it! And all you ogleing men better get smart too. I have said all along she is an air head and she is proving it. All I have to do is sit back. Poor McCain....so desperate.

    October 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Unknown

    destruction comes from within

    October 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Norma

    McCain's election of Palin completely made the party's momentum take a nose dive. It was obvious that McCain's choice was not for the
    benefit of the nation but for the intention of popularity. Consequently many, me included, lost trust in McCain's ability to make rational choices and question his integrity regarding promises for the "benefit of the Nation.".

    October 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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