October 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
11 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. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    HEY Vicky the Voter,

    I TELL YOU WHATS FAKE AND THATS OBAMA.

    HE HAS FOOLED OVER 50 PERCENT OF THE VOTERS WITH HIS SPEECHES.

    THE GULLIBLE OBAMA SUPPORTERS ARE PUTTING A MAN IN OFFICE WHO WILL TEAM UP WITH PELOSI AND REED AND RUIN THIS COUNTRY.

    THE TYPICAL OBAMA SUPPORTER JUST DOESN'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING OTHER THAN TO VOTE FOR THERE MESSIAH.
    THE BAD PART IS THEIR VOTE COUNTS AS MUCH AS AN EDUCATED VOTERS.

    October 28, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. matt in Pittsburgh

    what nonsense. The "diva" comment was originally made to a "CNN Correspondant" by a friend of a friend who knew someone inside the McCain campaign.

    Of course this should all be report as rock hard fact.

    The media has lost whatever credibility it had left. just looking for any garbage to report about the Republican campaign. and they never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

    Just keep believing that the polls are accurate and we'll see who is laughing on Nov 5.

    October 28, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Bruce

    Come on...what else is he going to say at this point....
    He has not shown any leadership in his campaign...so why would I beleive he could lead the nation?

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Chris

    Daily dose of truth for the McCain – Palin ticket: Denial is only the FIRST stage of grief, next is anger and acceptance.

    Chris from NC

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Joe

    Attention Mccain Supporters...

    Have any of you been having a hard time trying to post anything positive about Senator Mccain on this site?

    Yesterday, I tried to respond 16 times to a lady who kept asking why I would vote for John Mccain...and CNN didn't post any of them.

    Is CNN purposely censoring any opposing view or is it just my comments for some reason? It seems every comment on here is praising Sen. Obama and ripping Sen. Mccain apart. That is hard to believe since the polls are so close.

    Just wondering...I would hate to think such a reputable MSM organnization would resort to this...but I have no other answer.

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Mike

    Encouraging healthy discussion about issues that the Pres and VP disagree on is one thing, but airing it all out in the press through anonymous comments from advisors of each camp is nothing more than a sign of a dysfunctional team.

    There is only one candidate in this race who has demonstrated for 2 years how he can build and lead an effective team, and that is Barack Obama. It is those skills, and that temperament, that I am anticipating in the White House, and it is a key reason why I have voted for the Obama/Biden ticket.

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Wow, McWarmonger. We're not buying anything you or your sidekick or the RNC say.

    Drop out and save face.

    You're a dishonorable OLD TRAITOR – go away.

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Dana

    Didn't anybody else notice other than me that when Cindy McCain released her earnings a couple of weeks ago, showing her billions of dollars, that she only paid 26% income taxes????? So much for John McCain's statement that the top 5 % pay 35% tax.those big wigs have so many tax loopholes that average people making 50,000 pay more tax than she does!!

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Right. Fun.

    Come on, November 4.

    OBAMA 08!

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Bullwinkle doesnt want Palin back in Alaska

    @Super D October 28th, 2008 3:43 pm ET

    Are you Sarah's son Algebra?

    October 28, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Sarah who?

    "Maverick", "Maverick", blah, blah, blah. I guess I'm a true maverick since I went against my party and voted for Barack Obama.

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. the other jd

    Not to worry, John. I don't buy anything GOP.

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Tafari

    So I guess that means that all of the media outlets are lying on you. I don't think so.

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. labman57

    Notice how McCain is keeping Palin on a very short leash these days...?

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Amy from MIchigan

    I hope either Senator McCain or Governor Palin write a book about their botched campaign-it would be a best seller!

    I'd love to know who McCain really wanted to pick for his VP, and how the RNC twisted his arm to pick Palin.

    I'd also love to know if Palin feels her treatment as VP is as sexist as it looks, and how she feels about being allowed to be seen but not heard.

    I'm a Democrat, but I'd buy either!

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    HEY Vicky the Voter,

    I TELL YOU WHATS FAKE AND THATS OBAMA.

    HE HAS FOOLED OVER 50 PERCENT OF THE VOTERS WITH HIS SPEECHES.

    THE GULLIBLE OBAMA SUPPORTERS ARE PUTTING A MAN IN OFFICE WHO WILL TEAM UP WITH PELOSI AND REED AND RUIN THIS COUNTRY.

    THE TYPICAL OBAMA SUPPORTER JUST DOESN'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING OTHER THAN TO VOTE FOR THERE MESSIAH.
    THE BAD PART IS THEIR VOTE COUNTS AS MUCH AS AN EDUCATED VOTERS!!!

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Palin/WRONG WOMAN

    Her voice is getting more shrill...it is unbearable.

    No more neo-cons, no more selfish white folks with too much power.

    What's Joe The Plumber gonna do after he campaigns for McCain???
    That whole thing is offensive.

    October 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Josh in MD

    The only people who would buy his claims of peace and harmony, despite his own campaign stating the contrary would be the ones at his pep rallys. It is silly to think that a statement as clearly phony as that one would resonate with the dwindling undecided voters a week before voting.

    John McCain, keep screaming towards your base and watch the inauguration parade on CNN.

    October 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. ralph

    If McCain gets elected then gridlock will resume and the government will be even more broken in four years than it is now. If there is even a government left by then.

    October 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Joe

    If you want to see what happens to a maverick when he or she gets old and starts to lose their bearings Check out the Oakland Raiders. Their owner is a "Maverick" and he has put that proud team in the toliet.

    October 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Dana

    Didn't anybody else notice other than me that when Cindy McCain released her earnings a couple of weeks ago, showing her billions of dollars, that she only paid 26% income taxes????? So much for John McCain's statement that the top 5 % pay 35% tax.those big wigs have so many tax loopholes that average people making 50,000 pay more tax than she does!! THAT IS JUST STINKING WRONG PEOPLE.THE REPUBLICIAN PARTY IS NOT FOR US AVERAGE PEOPLE UNLESS IT IS TO MAKE MONEY OFF YOU.......WAKE UP!!!!

    October 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Joe Hussein McCain

    Reagan, Clinton, Bush 41 and Bush 43 as well as Obama have one thing in common and that is one central Theme with just a few ideas, for the election. McCain was all over the place, and had no business choosing Palin: Look at how they chose to waste their time; look at this: If everything that they say about Obama is True, then the Bush/McCain war on Terror didnt work. because a terriost, socialist etc, etc is in the US Senate, and about to become President.

    October 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Robert the Man

    McBush, McSain, McShame, McDreamy, McSteamy, McDonalds.

    NOBAMA

    October 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Republican for Obama

    Mr. McCain....please admit that you made the wrong choice here! You should have gone with Romney or Huckabee. At least there would have been some intelligence and economic expertise on the other side of your ticket!
    Sarah Palin scares the heck out of me!
    Furthermore, your campaign advisors have really done you wrong...
    This makes people think what kind of important decision and choices you would make as President....sad, because you're a great man...

    October 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. ER P

    These two clowns' abuse of the "MAVERICK" name has spoiled one of my favorite childhood memories,i.e., watching the original television western "Maverick".

    October 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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