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. Jennifer

    The traditional Republican party alliance between extremism and moderates is beginning to self-destruct before our eyes. When McCain allowed his campaign to be subjugated by the religious right in the selection of Palin, they made unknowingly brough to the surface the major single problem of the party. When you add this to her unbelievable ambition and blindness to other opinion due to naivete in politics, you create the worse political scenario possible. Just like Hillary Clinton almost killed the Democrats because of her polarizing persona, Palin will destroy the Republicans in the same manner.

    Sarah Palin will be the new leader of the extremist Republican party. It will also become a much more virulent and "pure" religious and neo-conservative party than ever before. Smaller but homogenized and more extreme.

    Mark my words: Tanks on the streets of America for Guy Fawke's day.

    October 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Anne

    Sarah Palin is a joke – she has no business being on the national ticket.

    October 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Chris W

    If the Republican Party thinks it has “brand” problems now, let Sarah Palin continue on this path and see just how bad it can get. Governor Palin is not even remotely qualified to lead anything, much less save a political party.

    October 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Heiber

    McCain's sign says, "Country First," but he is getting just what he deserves when his ambition drove him to pick Palin as a political ploy that placed his country at great risk.

    October 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. lets talk about GORDON LIDDY and CHARLES KEATING

    They tried to turn her into a NEO CON but she's not, even though she shares a lot of similarities with dick cheney.

    October 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    My opinion is that Six-Pack Sarah is doing a great job for the Obama campaign. She is doing all that the Obama campaign has been saying. I think the McCain campaign should leave her out there because she is also making for a good landslide re-election of Obama in 2012.

    My neighbor is an Atheists and this evening on his way to work he knocked me for a loop. We were discussing the debate and he said to me, that McCain and Palin scare him so bad that he was PRAYING for an Obama / Biden win.
    Now that was a powerful statement coming from an ATHEIST.

    Palin is like Alaska Fools Gold, just a flash in the pan but under examination ….. Worthless.

    October 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Al

    Did Palin not realize from the start that McCain and her were on two different sides of the coin on a lot of issues?

    I know in general politicians are ambitious folk, but Palin seems to be motivated purely by blind ambition and the desire for power. Her willingness to sell out her own ticket for future career prospects is frightening.

    I can't help but feel a little sorry for McCain.

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Eric, Portland

    Well, I'm of two opinions. First, this is just more proof that she is not ready. This article contains open admissions to the fact that she had to be taught within weeks all of the important things that a VP should know, instead of knowing them already. Life or death issues that an administration must deal with are not in pop quiz territory. Only people who REALLY know what they're doing should be allowed in, unless you feel that Katrina, Iraq, wild deregulation/privatization, and oil speculation have all been handled intelligently.

    Secondly, good for her for getting away from the creepy Rove campaigners. We should get to know her for who she is, lack of qualifications and all.

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. DC

    Good for her, she should speak her own mind. Too bad she is just like any other politician. Are there any authentic pols out there? Please don't make the silly suggestion that Obama is. He is just like the rest, but just more smooth about it (which makes it all the more annoying). I don't like any of my choices. Can we get some real leaders that don't act like children. Pathetic. All of them.

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Max

    "Remember: divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom"

    I thought that was a Maverick. :D

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Dan (Redmond, WA)

    They are really imploding. I hope that John McCain's long, successful career in politics is not permanantely damaged by this campaign and particularly by Sarah Palin.
    McCain has done a lot of good things but he sold his sould for one last shot at the big chair and it appears he will lose.

    I find it ironic that the 'maverick' would be the lead player in the demise of the GOP. In some ways, it's poetic.

    I look forward to the fresh start with Barack Obama.

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Good Demorcrat

    This lady has no shame to stand up there and tell lies. They WILL NOT balance the budget in four years. After the government just bailed out the richest Americans the bankers to the tone of trillions. Her speach is always about what Obama siad and what Obama will do–Sarah tell up what John and you will do. You make it seem as if your the ONE at the TOP of the ticket. Why did JOHN McCAIN say out of his OWN mouth he VOTED with Bush 90% of the time-It's just more of the same!!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Palin the Diva

    Palin is wasting her time trying to play Diva. What she doens't real is the entire country is laughing at her. Being a Mayor or a 7,000 and a Governor of 600,000 doesn't make anyone capable of being a VP or President for that matter. When the election is done and over she will go back to Alaska and find herself without a job. Palin needs to be impeached for all of the misuse of power. She has taken advantage of the Alaskian people, but she wont take advantage of the United States of American. Bye Bye Palin

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Bill

    Speaking of Diva Palin "going rogue" or she can be referred to as a loose cannon....WHERE ARE HER MEDICAL RECORDS? What doesn't she want the public to see? She said all should be an "open book"....Is she hiding something. She doesn't like to answer questions asked of her, so this is just along old Sarah's attitude–scary woman!

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. twoblueeyes

    While my comment is awaiting moderation, may I edit it? I said "twenty years ago." Should have said "seven years ago." Thanks.

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. The Prof

    From mayor of a tiny city to a few questionable months as governor of a state with population not much bigger than Los Angeles, to leader of the Republican party. I believe we may have found a new definition of ego.

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Chardonnay

    y cant they wait until after the election to trash each other...

    October 25, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. cheryl garrett

    I'll be so glad when she can go back to Alaska! May we never have to here her bile again.

    October 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Matthew, State College, PA

    Watch out for the Maverick! lol!

    October 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Chris

    Wow!!!!!! This is a lovely thing to hear 10 days before Election Day. NOT!!!!!!! If I were in McCain's campaign, I'd be shaking in my boots and preparing to jump ship to save my reputation.

    Chris from NC

    October 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Glen

    I agree. She's too close to the presidency not to be fully vetted. Very difficult to vote for the McCain/Palin ticket considering McCain is old. She should do as many interviews as possible over the next week and see what happens. I think that's McCain's only chance.

    October 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Jose

    I hope the Republican party finds itself after Nov. 4. The US needs a healthy two party system.

    Palin is the symbol of everything that has gone wrong in the Republican party:

    - collective narcissism
    - total moral corruption while simultaneously claiming righteous holders of faith;
    - projection of incompetence and lack of ethics onto others;
    - religious indoctrination;
    - rejoice opposition to learning and education;
    - denial of facts;
    - narrow-mindedness.

    Palin will either lead the evolution of the Republican party into a Nazisque group or fade into the oblivion while more intellectual, honest conservatives take the helm. Let's pray for the latter. Being the narcissistic lunatic she is, I'm sure she will push for the former. She might just win.

    October 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Zee

    Palin is A DISAPPOINTMENT to the Republicans like me who can think and would have been happier without the Bimbo factor on the Republican ticket. If Senator McCain wanted to select a Woman for a VP he should have goine with Olympia Snowe or Kay Hutchinson or one of the female Governors who have a sound mind, a keen intellect and present themselves better than "gotcha" and 6-pack Joe. etc.
    She's a frigging disaster and only out to make a name for herself. I think McCain should drop her. Terrible choice and he is going to lose this election because of his poor judgement.
    - Zee

    October 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. dw

    The right wing has lost this election for McCain and he knows it. You can see it in his face. Palin is a farce and its McCain's legacy in this election. She is mean and arrogant.

    October 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. EULA BOLIN

    In my opinion, Pailin was not a good choice for VP by McCain. If elected and something happened to him, we'd have a very aggressive President in charge of our country.
    I will be voting for Obama!
    Eula Bolin
    Mo

    October 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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