November 6th, 2008
07:04 PM ET
5 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. anonymous

    the trouble with the arguement that the media is being unfair towards palin; all of these things are true. if the media reported things about palin that were just rumors, i would agree with them, but the fact that palin cannot find africa on a map is something that we deserve to know, especially considering how close she was to vice president.

    November 6, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. michelle aguilar

    AS A DEMOCRAT I'M HAPPY THAT A DEMOCRAT IS PRESIDENT EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT AN OBAMA FAN. WITH NEW YORK SOLIDLY BEHIND OBAMA, I WAS ABLE TO MAKE HISTORY MYSELF BY WRITING IN SENATOR CLINTON'S NAME FOR PRESIDENT. A MOMENT NO ONE CAN EVER TAKE AWAY FROM ME. WHAT A MOMENT AFTET I PUT DOWN THAT PEN. I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL MY NEPHEWS AND NIECES.

    AS FOR PALIN, HOW LONG ARE WE GOING TO CONTINUE BEATING UP ON THE GOVERNOR? AS A WOMAN I WISH HER WELL AND HOPE THAT SHE GROWS FROM THIS EXPERIENCE. SHE'S AS INSPIRATIONAL TO MANY AS WAS BO.

    TO BE FAIR, EVERYBODY GOT BEAT UP INTHIS CAMPAIGN, EXCEPT IT SEEMS FOR PRINCE OBAMA. WHAT I LEARNED FROM THIS CAMPAIGN WAS THAT THE ELITIST MEDIA/POLICIANS/LIBERALS TOGETHER CAN MAKE OR BREAK A CANDIDATE AND BE AS VICIOUS AND VILE AS THE CARL ROVES OF CHEYNEY'S OF THE WORLD.

    November 6, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Dennis Lee Hoffman, citizen of the world

    The future of the Republican Party... gettin' all mavericky!

    November 6, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Dave P.

    Lauren, you're as dumb as Palin and on top of that you sound like a racist in your comments.

    November 6, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. values

    64 million people knew she had nothing to offer, but the other 52 million frighten me. Either they are stupid or blind.

    November 6, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. j

    I don't agree with Palin's politics and wouldn't vote for her on a bet but it's unfair to blame her for McCain's loss. She wasn't properly vetted or prepared for the national political arena and that is the fault of the McCain campaign and ultimately with John McCain. Stop blaming Palin.

    November 6, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. maurice

    Athough the call should have been cleared ,perhaps in wasn`t objected. And the republicans to the far right got a lil upset because mcain lost. i voted for mcain/palin as pres and vp. not mcains campain camp. an on another note i see the far left liberals are still trashing the far rifgr republicans. are you people so self envolveed you can`t get over your selfs or are you at the ima get some free stuff now.....sheesh grow a pair and get over yourselves already. your comment is waiting for moderation by an extreme leftist.

    November 6, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. Sophia in Canada

    Smooth Barry you are being ridiculous if you expeceted the DOW to rally in 1 day. 8 years of crap and you expect golden cookies overnight.
    I would suggest you start saving your pennies $$

    November 6, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. rich

    McCain & the GOP used Pallin, and she was naive enough to think she fitted the part. Now the GOP is throwing her under the bus. I quite frankly feel sorry for her. Were it not for Pallin, the McCain campaign would have been more dead than a door knob. She brought excitement to the Republican base, something McCain could not do for himself. Before Pallin was chosen, McCain crowd sizes were minimal at best; after Pallin, the crowds grew. Bottom line is this: Palin or not, the GOP & McCain would have still loss this election as Bush was unpopular, the country is suffering from war fatigue, and the economy is in the toilet. The head winds for change were too strong for any GOP presidential candidate to win. So they need to let up on Pallin. She did what she was suppose to do. If there is anyone to blame for McCain's loss, it should be McCain himself who choose her. I personally didn't care for Pallin's politics, but fair is fair. I see Pallin as a decent woman who was a republican pawn. I think she would learn and grow from this experience. And I say all the above as an Obama supporter.

    November 6, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Tradesmart

    Good-bye! Dummy...

    And @ Smooth Barry...the market has nothing to do with Barack right now. If you could understand the market you would have not made this statement.

    Read the news! Ask questions! There is more to Wall St then the Oval Office.

    I suggest you learn to read the market and while at it read the book, "Secrets of the Street".

    And..."So Smooth Barry"... I guess the market will be hitting ZERO pretty soon, huh??? wink wink...say no more!

    November 6, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. Mark

    You dodged a bullet, America. Let's hope Palin never leaves Alaska.

    November 6, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. AK

    Lauren:
    That community organizer out organized your candidate.
    Get use to calling him Mr. President, moron!

    November 6, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Steve, New York, New York

    Senator McCain – I'm sorry -that's what you get for picking an untrustworthy "mental light-weight" like Sarah Palin.

    The question the country should ask is . . . WHO FORCED Pain on you??? The same (Neo-cons) that foced Al Gore into the SHOCKINLY BAD choice of Joe Lieberman in 2000. Senator Lieberman (not Sarah Palin) truly represents what's wrong with our poitical system.

    November 6, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. Don from Miane

    Incredible-McCain campaign people griping about Palin and her ambition. Perhaps your gripes should have started with the management of the campaign (see campaign manager) and the republican nominee who picked her (see John McCain). what you should take from this joke of a campaijn is an abject lesson in how not to win an election. In 2012 try a couple of novel ideas such as:
    1. a real campaign strategy
    2. viable candidates
    3. A focus on issues not personal attacks
    4. And finally some organization
    I'd recommend a good community organizer but "that one" kicked your a@# and will be busy working towards his 2nd term.
    Indeed blaming Palin for this pathetic showing seems rather childish. The Palin talking head was only one part of what should go down as the most inept, mis-managed and ill concieved campaign in the last 40 years.
    Republicans you have 4 years to get your act together. Good luck

    November 6, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. obama supporter

    Bush is still our president...Obama has not been sworn in yet..

    November 6, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Susan

    I said from the get go this woman would try to undermind McCain but everyone thought I was nuts!!! Another reason why I didn't vote republican this year....they will throw ANYONE under a bus! They picked this woman as a political stunt hoping she would save them and get them into the White House AGAIN, when it didn't work, they are trashing her and throwing her under a bus. They used her, it's unfortunate that her ego was so large she couldn't see it....but nonetheless we will have a new leader in the White House.

    November 6, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. kdrr

    Truly amazing – the bloggers who do nothing to contribute to the country, but spend their days on the computer hoping for the new President of the United States of America to fail. You could be of great service to your country if you would do your part and help him to succeed. What can be gained by any of us by his failure? You need to rethink your outlook on life and become a part of the solution. John McCain would expect no less from you.

    November 6, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Chris the Engineer

    Palin fans,

    Please forgive us dems for taking glee in watching her spiral down. After all the venom she spit and lies she told, this "christian" is just reaping what she has sown.

    November 6, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. Independent Dave, Iowa

    God loves you Sarah, He knows your an idiot, but He still loves you!

    November 6, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. Mel in GA

    Sarah WHO?

    November 6, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Karen

    Now, I questioned her intelligence many times over the course of this campaign, but I am finding that story about Africa just too hard to believe.

    November 6, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. VOTED! OBAMA!!! VOTED! OBAMA!! VOTED!

    Hey everyone I voted proudly for our new President but take it easy of McCain and Palin, President Obama needs to work with them and we don't need any more division in the country.

    November 6, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. shs

    Hard to understand why Palin didn't know the name of the Canadian Prime Minister considering you can see Canada from Alaska.

    November 6, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. Harry

    I feel sorry for Palin. She was asked to be the VP and of course she figured she'd be able to handle the job.

    I blame the guy who picked her: John McCain. It was a impulse choice and indicative of how he would have handled the job as President

    Palin will go back home, having done herself no good. Particularly when she had the audacity to try and steal the thunder from McCain several times. She was not loyal to the man who chose her. She is not very smart.

    November 6, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. Mike, Albany

    Let's see, she didn't know

    1. the the name of the Canadian Prime Minister is not Stef Carse but is Stephen Harper.

    2. that you cannot see Belgium from the President's residence in Paris (the Palais d'Elysee).

    3. how unlikely it would be for the real French President to say:

    "I just love killing those animals. Mmm, mmm, take away life, that is so fun"

    4. that the porn movie called "Hustler's Nailin' Paylin" is not actually a documentary about her life.

    5. that Quebec's "prime minister" is not Richard Z. Sirois.

    6. how unlikely it would be for the real French President to say:

    "You know my wife is a popular singer and a former top model and she's so hot in bed"

    Now imagine if she had been elected and had ended up behind the desk in the oval office (collective shudders!).

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