November 6th, 2008
07:04 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain sources gripe about Palin

Some McCain advisers were frustrated by Palin.
Some McCain advisers were frustrated by Palin.

(CNN) - Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin had prepared to deliver a concession speech before John McCain’s Tuesday night — and brought her remarks with her to his Phoenix concession - but senior McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt told her she could not.

Two McCain sources say Palin clearly did not understand the protocol of a concession speech, and expected she would have the chance to deliver one of her own.

Update: Palin camp fires back

McCain advisers were also upset with the Alaska governor for setting up what she thought was a call from French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The call, which turned out to be a prank from Quebec radio hosts, was not cleared with the McCain campaign and some saw the effort to set it up as evidence of her future presidential ambitions.

A Palin ally involved in setting up the call, however, suggests McCain advisers had ample time to object given the call was on her schedule for three days.

Two McCain sources also say Palin did not know Africa was a continent and could not find it on a map. A third source, a Palin ally, says that was a miscommunication.


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (476 Responses)
  1. Elizabeth

    Ok you buried Sarah Palin, so back off!

    November 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. SBNJ

    This basically says it all in regard to Palin

    COURIC: What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?

    PALIN: Well, let’s see. There’s –of course –in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings, that’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are–those issues, again, like Roe v Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know–going through the history of America, there would be others but–

    COURIC: Can you think of any?

    PALIN: Well, I could think of–of any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a Vice President, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.

    All style, (over $150,00 worth) and absolutely no substance.

    November 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. plain truth

    What a dork. My 13 year old daughter is smarter than her. What next for the GOP? Brittany Spears for VP?

    November 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Frank

    Sarah may have been a bad choice for VP, but what about Hank Williams Jr for the entertainment? He trotted around stage like he was someone people actually listens to.

    November 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. stop talking

    The market is trying to compensate for Obama? You're worse than Palin!

    November 6, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Cathy in Vermont

    All I can say is, thank goodness she is back in Alaska!

    November 6, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. Karl

    Can anything surprise us any more about the Dummy and Mummy duo? The guy who repeatedly swore he would "reach across the aisle" couldn't even hold together the people in his campaign. What a mockery Mummy and Dummy made out of pursuing the highest office in the land.

    November 6, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. Brielle in NJ

    Thank GOD we did not elect this woman to the Vice Presidential position. I can't wait for the rest of the juicy details to come out regarding her complete and utter incompetence.

    November 6, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Red State Republican who voted for CHANGE!

    Yes, Sarah Palin totally disgusted this 41 year old, white, hockey mom who has supported the republicans in the past. However the "Maverick" chose her! He is the one to blame! But his voting record on Veterans issues was another contention with my entire Republican family and friends...you see we are Veterans. And if he couldn't even put his brotheren first...how the heck was he going to put "Country First!"

    November 6, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Stuart

    In the name of bipartisan, Obama should choose 3 Republican Senators to join his Cabinet who represent States that are governed by Democrat Governors. That way, bipartisan effort is shown by Obama and the Democrats will have the 60 Senators.

    November 6, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Freedom Loving Patriot (God fearing too!)

    She was able to find Africa on the second try.

    November 6, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. mick57

    Can we stop blaming the president for the economic woes in this country. This was caused by private industries, Banks, mortgage co ect.....

    If I hear one more time that this mess is the fault of the government, I will scream

    November 6, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Angie

    It is such a pleasure to not have to read or hear about Sarah Palin. She
    was so obnoxious and so self-serving. Even the Republican party complained about her. In the long run though, she made it so easy to
    cross party lines. GOODBYE PALIN AND GOOD RIDDANCE. McCain
    even admitted that he knew very little of her.........what a price to pay.

    November 6, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Bob Evano

    All you clowns saying the market is down because of obama are obviously as unhinged as palin. The market is down on recession fears created by bush. DEAL WITH IT!!

    What would Palin do – call the country of Africa for help? The dimwit didn't even know what countries are in North America.

    Republicans have become the party of the mentally challenged.

    THANK GOD these clowns lost.

    Palin/Joe the dumb plumber 2012!!

    November 6, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Liz, AZ

    She just needs to go back to Alaska to play with the other corrupt politicians up there. How can anyone expect she'd know where Africa is? No one can see it from anywhere in Alaska.

    November 6, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Samantha

    Whether you like Sarah Palin, or not, I find it hard not to acknowledge that she made plenty of gaffes and mistakes. John McCain admitted that he had made some in his campaign, and let's face it, the majority of those mistakes stemmed from his VP pick. The only thing I look forward to is her going away.

    Also, just a point, Americans voted for Obama because they felt he was the best choice to handle the economy. However, fixing a problem 8 years in the making isn't going to come over night. You wouldn't stop eating for a day and expect to lose 50 lbs. The market is always going up or down, mostly on pure speculation. If you want to place the blame on someone, Blame Wall St and the Bush administration.

    November 6, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. Yngvai

    Too all the people who think the market tanked because of Obama:

    You obviously have no understanding of how the market works. Obama's win was already priced into the market on Tuesday. People knew he would win. If investors were so scared of Obama, the market would've tanked on Tuesday. Instead, it skyrocketed.

    Second, if investors were so scared of Obama, why did Wall Street donate more money to Obama's campaign than McCain?

    Third, if investors were so scared of Obama, why has the stock market historically done better under Democratic administrations than Republican administrations? The average stock market gain under Dem administrations is 15%, while it's 9% under Republican administrations.

    The market has tanked the past few days over economic fears and jobless worries....NOT because of Obama.

    Please do your homework before coming to post hoc, ergo propter hoc conclusions.

    November 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  18. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    this is great stuff.

    November 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. Mary G-W from Winter Haven Fl.

    Look at it this way... Hopefully now we can do away with the racism nonsense since Obama represents both the Blacks & Whites through his parental roots. One man representing two sides. What else is left to be said.

    November 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Candid

    I think nobody really hates Sarah Palin: she is just like a joke, people just made fun of her and it was entertaining. However they were scared when they thought she could become our president.
    Hopefully, Sarah Palin will give up her political ambitions and stay in Alaska forever.

    It's time to forget Sarah Palin. We need to use all our energy and intellect to help the new administration fix our country problems and look forward to a bright future.

    November 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. lea

    **********The market is down because consumers aren't spending NOT because of Obama.
    Go back to Faux News you trouble makers!

    November 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. SBNJ

    Andrew Sullivan said it best:

    Now all I want to say here, ahem, is that they realized all this about this person within a few days of picking her and yet they went ahead for two months b****ing us … and risking the live possibility that she could be president of the United States at a moment’s notice after next January.

    You know: I took a lot of grief for my pretty instant realization back in August that the Palin candidacy was a total farce. But when you cop to the fact that the McCain peeps knew most of that too very early on after their world-historical screw-up, you’ve got to respect and be terrified by their cynicism. I mean: country first?

    And they only lost by a few points?

    November 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. Elizabeth

    Ok you buried Sarah Palin, so back off!
    Obviously those of you writing these comments
    think you could have done the job. It is amazing
    how people spit on people when they are sitting
    back in their easy chair or maybe on a bar stool.
    Loose or win this woman has something the
    rest of us do not have, and I mean that in a
    positive way for her.

    November 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. Rorschach

    Did McCain really pick Palin, or was that choice forced on him by the GOP machine? I really want to believe that McCain is much smarter than this. He must be heartsick over this.

    November 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Barrie

    Praise the Lord...keep her up in Alaska.

    I knew she was bad news from the beginning but I didn't realize how bad.

    Obamo 2012!!

    November 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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