October 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Don’t buy reports of GOP ticket friction

 McCain and Palin rallied together today in Pennsylvania.
McCain and Palin rallied together today in Pennsylvania.

HERSHEY, Pa. (CNN) – John McCain unofficially declared this fair city a diva-free zone Tuesday.

In his first joint rally with running mate Sarah Palin since tension between their aides spilled into public view, McCain opened his remarks by declaring, “By the way, when two mavericks get together, you don’t agree on everything – but that’s fun!”

McCain has previously made similar comments at rallies about how he and Palin do not agree on everything, such as drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (McCain opposes, Palin supports).
But this time the comment had particular resonance with a large crowd here in Pennsylvania, coming just days after a McCain adviser privately charged to CNN that Palin is a “diva” who’s not staying on-message, while Palin advisers fired back that McCain aides botched her rollout to the American people.


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  1. Gene

    "When two mavericks get together, we don't agree on everything. That's what makes it fun"

    Ok McCain.. that's not fun.. that's called gridlock in the executive branch.

    I love this article.. McCain basically saying just close your eyes and ears and pretend that everything in the GOP is just gosh darned rosy.

    Anything else McCain would like us to turn a deaf ear on?

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Edwina

    But, the reports are coming from both sides of the McCain/Palin campaign. In any event, McCain should not even be upset with Palin for the bad publicity of late. He should be upset with himself for putting her on the national stage a little prematurely.

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Griff

    I mention months ago, that Back Ohbama sounded like Chairman Mou...
    But my Comment was disallowed... Do do what Obama prommised all the Black African of the Sout , he would have to be a Socialist...
    History say's so..

    October 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Brian

    If you say it over and over again, that means it will come true right?!
    Face facts McCain, Palin ruined the ticket.

    October 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Greg in Mpls

    Yeah...OK...sure McCain. And the fundamentals of our economy are still strong right?

    October 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. new voter

    Hey, McCain!

    Share with the rest of us how your wife managed to pay only 25% tax on her millions in income! Isn't she in a much higher tax bracket?

    Then, when you talk about your position on taxes, maybe we will believe that you actually have our interests at heart and not just yours, or your wife's or your well-positioned friends...

    Or maybe we will continue to support those who deserve to be leaders of this great nation.

    October 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Ann

    Am I the only Obama Mama who is starting to feel sorry for this guy? You just can't feel anything but pity for him as he tries to keep his head above water day after day. It's pathetic!

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. paul (reformed republican)

    McCain is making the same mistake Palin made over the weekend: Perpetuating a story for another news cycle. Neither one of them seem to be able to follow the wise advice being given to them. They are unwittingly sabotaging their own run for the election.

    Just what the country needs: Two people who cannot seem to engage some thoughtful introspect before running off at the mouth, who cannot confer before making statements. How would any world leader know how to react getting two completely different stances on US policy?

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Jackie Rae

    Is this guy running for President or homecoming King? What a childish comment to make.

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Don

    Have you all who are so concerned about taxes being raised thought that the higher salaries ALREADY pay higher taxes? It's called a tax bracket.... the more you make the more your taxed. Your argument is absurd, now it sounds like we have an entire nation of $250,000.00 earners... what happened to unity? Obama is not looking for absolute power nor is he following the footsteps of Marxism, Socialism... etc. Where was all of this tough talk when George W was running and people knew how dumb "he" was?

    Take a look at an Obama rally then at a McCain rally and you will see who has a better handel on the country as a WHOLE, I mean UNITY.

    Your always looking to vote for the good ol boy club and forgo intellect and common sense just because THE PERSON DOESNT SUIT YOU SOCIALLY....

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. John

    Really? John McCain doesn't want people to think that there is any miscommunication happening within his campaign a week from election day. Boy that's pretty profound.

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. THE WATCHER

    Pailin is not a serious candidate. I just don't see a "Maverick" when I look at her.

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Accountant Guy

    Don't worry McBush we won't buy it. The informed Americans stopped listening to you a long time ago!! Get out and Barack the Vote America!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. republicans hate america

    hey WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW– Bush already ruined this country and it was stupid people like you that drank his kool-aid that put him there.

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Betty

    Hey "welcome to the obama show" – is that why Obama has over 1,100 high-profile endorsements to McCain's 140? Sorry, old boy, it is you that don't understand. McCain does not have one single Nobel Laureate endorsement.

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Joanna

    To: Welcome to the Obama show~

    Using all caps is shouting in the blog world, and if you have to scream at us to get your point across, then you don't have much of a point; all you have is your own opinion. Oh, and btw, check your spelling. (gak)

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. H-ROD

    RIGHT IT'S A MELT DOWM, SARA PALIN STUCK HER FOOT IN HER MOUTH AGAIN SHE SAID ( OH THEY WANT TO FUND RESEACH FOR FRUIT FLYS , FRUIT FLYS HOW DUMD )) BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT RESEACH WITH FRUIT FLYS IS THE BEST WAY TO FIND A CURE FOR ALTUISM A DISEASE THAT HER CHILD SUFFERS FROM .. FRUIT FLYS HAVE A SHORT LIFE SPAND RESEACHERS CAN LOOK AT DISEASE OVER A LIFE TIME AND USE THE EXAMPLES IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME WHO WOULD HAVE THUNK IT !!! ((( THAT ONE FOR PRESIDENT ))) !!!!!!!

    October 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Linda32

    Fun? This country is not here for your amusement. Go away.

    October 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Everyone knows that McCain is going to put a positive spin on the Palin debacle. He would die before ever admitting to making one of the worst mistakes of his life by choosing her as a running mate! He knows that his campaign is in the toilet and everyone is already pointing fingers at each other. Can't he ever just admit what's going on and tell the truth for a change? The man doesn't know the truth anymore. The people in this country are not stupid, John. Don't act like we are!

    October 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Deana

    I don't understand why McCain is using this "Joe the Plumber. " Joe is not his name, he's not a plumber, and he'd do BETTER under the Obama plan. He speaks to a group of "wanna be's". These people are so deluded they don't even realize that the premise of Obama's tax plan is rooted in Reagan's redistribution tax that actually allowed for the first time, those who made under a certain amount of money to actually MAKE money at tax time. What a crock campaign McCain is running on and "Sam the Moron" is his supporter.

    October 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. CM in AR

    "Bullwinkle doesnt want Palin back in Alaska October 28th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

    Can he shoot a Moose from a fighter?"

    NO BUT I BET HE COULD CRASH A FIGHTER INTO A MOOSE!!

    HAHAHAHA

    October 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    John, Sarah, be careful of your actions and statements or you will reap what you sow.

    BTW: really tired of so and so the such and such (i.e. Joe the Plumber, Tito the Builder), yesterday McCain not only took an old audio radio interview Sen. Obama gave and misstated everything, he out and out lied about several points. Then he named Obama the Redistributor. So Sen. Obama has been a socialist, marxist, spreader of wealth, and redistributor. I'm tired of these kindergarten names for kindergarten mentalities.

    October 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    If you plan to vote for McCain, expect one CHANGE during his 4 years, a NAME TAG REPLACEMENT. So get ready to go HUNGRY!!

    October 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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