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. Willa

    For those of you who voted for McCain/Palin and they lost. I feel your pain and dissapointment. For those of you who choose to vent your anger by blaming the bad stock market on Barack Obama....please don't.....your ignorance is showing.

    November 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Mike from Chicago

    Uh huh, how can you say O is just a community organizer? How would you know? According to most Rep., he hasn't done anything. Quite the leap.

    Barry and others, if you think the president has anything to do with the stock market, you are just exploiting your ignorance.

    November 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    Palin is so AGRESSIVE and demanding. IT IS ALWAYS HER WAY OR NO WAY. SHE WOULD NOT BE A GOOD LEADER BECAUSE SHE DOES NOT HAVE THE A ABILITY TO SEE ANY OTHER VIEWS OTHER THAN HER OWN AGENDA!!!!

    November 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Cinnamon

    McCain's camp essentially commited political suicide. I'm sure they knew the minute Obama became the nominee that McCain would never prevail. So they picked Palin, knowing full well she wasn't qualified, they knew the press would destroy her, and they could pin the blame on her when the GOP lost. Perfectly executed exit strategy.

    November 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. RLS

    Oh my- will it never end about her debacles? Who cares? The country spoke loud and clear on Tuesday. I was never a fan of the way the McCain/Palin ticket ran, and voiced it by voting for the better person to lead us. Enough with her ignorance-Maybe she can get busy with Alaksa and do whatever the devil it was she was doing before saying yes to a position she clearly was not ever going to be prepared for.

    November 6, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. FactCheck

    According to Fox News, this dolt didn't even know the three countries in North America and didn't know which countries were involved in NAFTA!! Bill O'Reilley tried to brush it off by saying that she could be tutored in this stuff. Is he sharing Rush's meds?? My 6 year old daughter knows more about civics than Palin. Please go back to Alaska and keep hunting moose.

    November 6, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. shanecomeback

    tariq and you other bleeders,sod off. Your man won,now YOU will have to make the excuses-hmmm?

    November 6, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. bookwyrm43

    I would really like to see McCain's staff to be a little more professional. The election is over what good does it do to behave like teenagers. It sounds like sour grapes as when we were in high school. I certainly would not hire either of these two staff members if I were ever in a position to need an election staff.

    November 6, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Larry of Boston

    The unnamed sources ranting on Governor Palin are a binch of insects hiding in the dark. If they had any integrity or guts, they would come out of the shadows and give a public interview. Anyone that hides in the dark like a rat and spits out these comments is not fit to be heard – they are nothing more than weak, inconsequential, and spiteful children ....CNN could do us all a favor by stop publicizing stories like this from unnamed sources. CNN should come clean and make their little rat sources come out of the dark and speak in public,. Otherwise – nobody should listen to these slanderous stories

    November 6, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Terry

    You know if McCain won we would of never heard of this just tells you what kind of man McCain is and what Palin could be like four years from now. We must do everything we can as voters to make sure this women does not come any closer to the being president.

    November 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. Dave in Maryland

    Well, she was good for California, Holywood, Tina Fey and SNL. She's just not qualified to be a part of our National Government Structure. I hope she does well in Alaska.

    Dave

    November 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    IT IS AMAZING HOW PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO JUSTIFY PALIN'S CLOTHING SPENDING WITH OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN SPENDING. PLEEEEEEEEEEEZE.

    THE MONEY THAT OBAMA UTILIZED FOR HIS CAMPAIGN WAS DONATED BY EVERY DAY PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF AND I FOR ONE HAD NO ISSUES AT ALL WITH HOW WELL HE SPENT IT. BUT........
    PALIN'S 150k + SPENDING SPREE. GIVE ME A BREAK AND THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE PARTY OF CUTTING SPENDING :)

    November 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Spirit

    Maybe Barry is still under the belief that are economy was sound – well until Obama got elect.

    John McCain pick Palin to get the angry Hillary backers vote, she was also his ..."see I like and understand regular folks'. I feel that moron "Joe the (unlicensed) plumber did as much damage if not more than Palin. I would also like to know if he got any money and how much from the GOP.

    I feel had McCain ran his campaign as congenial as his concession speech I could have more respect for him. I was also put off by the repetition of "The Mac is Back", his service to his country, country first, drill baby drill. The thing that sunk his campaign was his statement the "the enconmy is sound" made only hours before Paulson rushed to the White house like chicken little....the sky is falling or in this case the economy, I need 700 billion dollars to fix it or we are doomed.

    November 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. CanIcallyouJoe

    I voted for Obama, and even though he won by a landslide...
    ...folks, we dodged a bullet here.

    I cringe at the idea of this woman being able to control the fate of this nation...

    November 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. S

    Wow, they are really throwing her under the bus. I knew this was going to happen, that is why they chose someone with no experience. They expected her to do the dirty work, and speak only when they gave the green light. If she were smart she would have figured this out. This is the man and campaign platform that millions of Americans chose? You have got to be kidding me. I am so glad I voted Obama/Biden.

    November 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. Dayahka

    Palin did not select herself; that she was not a perfect and docile candidate is McCain's problem, not hers. The blame for Palin should be laid at McCain's door. In fact, I think McCain is guilty of reckless endangerment of the USA by selecting Palin, who is clearly an unqualified badly educated ignoramus who would have been a danger to the country. McCain should either resign his senate seat or be charged with reckless endangerment and be kicked out of the senate.

    November 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    To be honest, this has been bitter-sweet for majority of us Republicans. On one hand we end up with Obama, but on the other hand we don't have to see McCain/Palin ever again. We got "dissed" by McCain throughout the campaign and years leading up to the campaign. However, after every insult, we had to stand behind McCain because there was no other option (when he favored the bailout, when he picked Palin, etc). We did everything we could – but ultimately it was the McCain and his "maverickism" that brought him down. McCain-Kennedy didn't buy him Hispanic votes, and McCain-Feingold didn't let him buy… well…anything else.
    --------

    This is the smartest thing I have heard from a Republican in quite some time.

    November 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Angie- Ohio

    Well is anybody surprised. This woman went to 6 colleges in 5 years to get a bachlors's degree. so when they where teaching about the continent of the world she was switching schools. she is no more ready to run this country than a moose. she needs to return to school and take some geography, history and other courses. she is just not ready. hopefully she will stay in alaska and keep an eye on russia. lol.

    November 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Voice of Reason

    Cant find Africa on a map?

    There's something else this lady couldnt find with two hands and a map, and it's got nothing to do with Africa...

    How did anyone ever take her seriously? Sarah Palin? Really?! Jeez, America... I mean, c'mon!

    I really hope the Republican party does better next time – it's hard to imagine them doing worse.

    November 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Obama Camp Leaking Palin Stories

    Some in the know journalists are now suggesting that the Obama Camp is leaking the Palin lies to CNN and CNN is publishing them as coming from McCain aides. This is the problem folks and unscrupulous news stations like CNN publish stories with unnamed sources. Chill Out VCNN And if there is somebody who wants to tell stories about Palin, let that person come out in public -

    November 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. bnoonan

    If McCain is as decent a man as Sarah Palin loyally says he is, he'll stand up HIMSELF call an end to this bashing of her.

    November 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Fraser

    For any of you who want to try to belittle Barack Obama and call him names. No worries...just remember that you will still have to call him "Mr. President"–and that's all that matters.

    November 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. bnoonan

    If ohn JMcCain is as decent a man as Sarah Palin says he is, he'll stand up HIMSELF and call an end to this bashing of her.

    November 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. DB25

    We already know Sarah Palin was not ready for primetime. She only has a degree in journalism after switching colleges 4 times. She doesn't know the role of VP based on Katie Couric's interview. She doesn't even know what newspapers and magazines she reads. She's a female Dan Quayle. The only place she's popular is Alaska – and that's exactly where she should stay PERMANENTLY – the state that wants to re-elect convicted felon Ted Stevens. Alaska deserves Palin!

    November 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. E

    HA HA HA

    Amazing how us leftst elitists keep being RIGHT. Iraq was not involved in 9/11, there were no WMD's, there was no exit strategy, Cheyney funnelled billions into Haliburton, global warming is really happening, conserving gas is good for the world, and Palin was an ignorant redneck.

    What has The Right been right about in the last 8 years? *cue the crickets chirping*

    November 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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