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. Ron from Baltimore

    Sarah "Rogue" Palin

    So, what did Sen. McCain expect? She has said from the start that she was born to be a politician, that she had the kind of spirit and drive few have to carry out necessary duties. She looked down on McCain from the the very beginning.

    It's been more and more apparent that she doesn't get along with the McCain staff; after all, they're the ones who "leaked" the clothes and makeup information, who help keep Troopergate alive, who controlled information to her. All in an apparently failed effort to keep the rope short. She has been returning the favor, believing, it seems, that everyone is blind to her behaviors, tics, and attempts at self-serving pity/sympathy/leadership/whatever elicitations.

    Thinks way too much of her own accomplishments. It's all over her face, words, and gestures, and treatment of Sen. McCain.

    October 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. doug marcus sewell, nj

    mccain lost his way when he veered from his strength of independence and judgement that was winning the battle for independents.
    palin's campaign has hijacked the imporance of his message and the aping to the conservative right mixed w/ an inconsistant message on the important issue of the day – the economy. it is that flip-flopping on the economy, only now is he sounding more coherent but its probably too little too late, that makes independents squeamish and decide that obama is the lesser of 2 evils.
    i always liked mccain but in the climatic moment of his poltocal career, he is acting like a rookie.

    October 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Lorenzo in Atlanta

    But she's a Maverick. Didn't you know she wasn't going to listen to McSame?

    October 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Coherent1

    Because they insisted on misleading the people with dishonesty and fearleading, they were caused to turn upon one another and fight amongst themselves until the dust settled, and they were no more. –The ousting of the faux Republicans. A new Republican regime is formed and will return with a wholesome agenda in 2020.

    October 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Texas Trail Kitty

    And the glue comes loose. I knew it was just a matter of time before the Republicans would start to cannibalize themselves. Bon apetit!

    October 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. CTM

    This is perfect! But Palin needs to get a clue. She was not mishandled; it is just that she is not smart enough to be a good leader. It would be great though if she stays major politics, because Tina’s impression is awesome!

    October 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Why should this be a surprise to anyone? I'm no high paid veteran politial adviser, but you don't have to be to see this coming. As much as I can't stand the guy, Mitt Romney would have been a better VP pick. And if McCain wanted to attract women and moderates at the same time distance himself from Bush, he should have picked Christine Todd Whitman. She's a governor from the east coast, former cabinet member and disillusioned with the Bush administration.

    October 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. cnn publish my comments

    oh well, adn we know CNN loves her, the only "news " in the ticker and CNN overall is palin

    let CNN crown her..

    where is mcgrumpy is he not the one running???

    hhhaahaha well cnn just told mcgrumpy slap slap slap

    cnn want to manipulate the election and the voters
    now they want us to crown this woman

    October 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Palin is too "mavericky" for the former "maverick"?

    Choices and consequences! McCain should have vetted her better, or gone with his heart's desire, Lieberman... no backbone, John?

    Betting she wouldn't be a quiet VP either ... just out there running the Senate, like all great VP's do ... hasn't realized or never knew that the VP has only two jobs: break a tie vote in the Senate and check the President's heartbeat every morning.

    October 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. A ROSE FROM IOWA

    Maybe someone should tell her that Mrs Barry Goldwater helped start Planned Parenthood...Republicans were not as ignorant then, and did good things for Americans...

    It is a shame that things have gone so awry and cult lady now gets to be a diva. She has been divisive, shown narrow-mindedness, thinks the VP controls the Senate, has foreign relations experience because of living in Alaska(???), spoke at Vogler's Alaska Independence Party America Hater's, had a witch doctor do a exorcism on her at church to expel witchcraft etc...how can I trust her with ANYTHING???
    Even though she is an entertainment curiosity for the moment, surely no one can trust her when she lies and knowingly calls someone a Socialist, a terrorist, or some other nasty and knowingly false thing to put doubt in someone's mind, cannot be trusted to do the RIGHT thing at all...she has learned to lie with a straight face. Does she believe what she says? Scary!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hopefully America will put this diva away.
    We have great women in every field in America. She is not great. Not even good. Her time in the spotlight has been insulting to great women.

    October 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. AdamW

    Not good with process questions? Ummm...how are you supposed to lead a country that is to set an example for and work with the rest of the world when you can't answe "processed questions"?

    You Palin suppoters must be blind of too filled with hate for Obama to see reality. This woman is a dummy.

    October 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. marco

    oh dear

    October 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. elsi

    a diva? what a shock. this woman is a nut.

    October 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Ephy

    Were she to run again for Governor in Alaska, she would lose. People now know her better than ever before. She is hollow.

    October 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. John

    This girl is a dimwit. There's no other way to put it. She was able to get elected Governor in Alaska with about 125,000 votes and it's probably fair to say very little of the debate was about complicated issues of domestic or foreign policy. She simply doesn't have the intellect to handle this stuff although it's amusing to watch her trying to fake it. You can't. What's most amazing about this is the way she has been embraced by establishment figures on the far right who see her as some sort of future standard bearer. I'm hugging myself with glee at the prospect but suspect I'm going to be disappointed as she disappears back into Alaskan obscurity. At least she'll be able to wow the folks up there with her new designer duds.

    October 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Jennifer

    Far right republicans like Palin..should take all the rest Far right republicans and head to alaska with her sessionist husband. i tink it was in the mid 90s the far right reps entered congress and tainted it. Palin you are their leader. take all of them to your Alaska. your preaching of higher taxes is scaring no one. we are not stupid. we are already in serious debt. and we all know we have to pay for this in the years to come. You are NOT a maverick. John Mccain IS NOT a maverick. Any one can be a Governor. just like Arnold schwarzenegger, Gary coleman, and You. so stop touting your EXECUTIVE experience...lol..it simply does NOT exist. You are very non Observant of the outside world..outside..alaska.

    October 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Leatherneck

    Of course, this is the Palin/Mcain ticket. She's been looking to the Oval Offices ever since she was brought on to the campaign. It's all about her and her agenda. McCain should send her packing back to Alaska who wont be happy to have her back after leaving Wasilla with millions in debt, busted the state run dairy and abused her power as govenor. She was for earmarks before she was against it.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. R. Squibbs

    Hey, McCain did this to himself.

    Everyone knows that unintelligent, uncurious people who always think they're right about everything are bad news.

    We saw what happened with Bush.

    But at least Bush seems like a decent enough person underneath all that.

    Palin's just nasty, mean-spirited, and hugely egotistical.

    She's the sort of dumb thuggish extremist that William F Buckley did his best to purge from the GOP.

    Current GOP leaders should take note.

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Crystal Fisher

    This is not surprising...........

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. O.K. What's the Problem ...

    McCain wanted another M-a-v-r-i-c-k.

    He got one.

    What was he expecting another M-a-v-r-i-c-k to do?

    Hey John ... For future reference: O-p-p-o-s-i-t-e-s (With the Same Core Values) Attract.

    "Experience" ?

    Yea Right!

    John McCain ... You've just exposed the whole World to exactly what we can all look forward to in a McCain Administration. A Vice President who understands that the 'Ole Man' aint got long and he is her stepping stone. You picked her. Deal with it.

    I don't care for Sarah Palin but I certainly R-e-s-p-e-c-t her for doing what is in H-e-r best interest. After all ... She may actually have a future. This is John McCains last chance.

    Also ... How is it that the Media never pick up in the Brian Williams interview when Palin said:

    "I have more executive experience than Barack Obama"

    ... That she was S-i-t-t-i-n-g B-e-s-i-d-e ... John McCain?

    Oh Shock! She just happens to have More Executive Experience ... than John McCain too. If that is her standard; Isn't she r-e-a-l-l-y saying that she is More Qualified than John McCain?

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. vp

    “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser, “she does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.”

    TOOO SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Joanne

    We've got no use for this "diva".

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Jose A Rodriguez Lugo

    Presidential terms are four years, as everyone knows, but Sarah Palin and the Republicans are sure doing their darndest to hand Barak Obama an eight year term !!! I think that suits me just fine. I can see it right now, a Sarah Palin/Wurselbacher ticket in 2012. That would make the election a "no brainer". Two liars running on the Republican ticket in 2012. Joe doesn't own a plumbing comapny. He doesn't belong to a plumbers union and he owes back taxes. Sarah, ....well Sarah is Sarah. We now know her well. She is a retrograde, nincompoop idiot who knows next to nothing except to charge the State of Alaska for plane, hotel and other expenses for her family members because they were also "on official government functions" when on trips with her. So, you take it from there, and the question is: what else does this make her? Abraham Lincoln isn't just "turning over in his grave", he's ready to come out and join the chorus against JM & SP.

    John McCain, your way of making important decisions scares the (you know what) out of me. I do believe that all of this points to an opportunity to many qualified public servants who want to become, Mayor, Governor or Senator of a State of the Union in the near future. The strengthening of the government structure of Alaska should be considered as a matter for discussion by the National Security Council.

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Diesel Wright

    The repugs chickens are comin home to roost!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. DINFL

    Big mistake, McCain. Huge. Absolute disaster.

    ..

    October 25, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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