November 6th, 2008
09:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin camp fires back over claims by some McCain aides

Palin has been the target of tough leaks from some former McCain staffers.
Palin has been the target of tough leaks from some former McCain staffers.

(CNN) – The war of words between supporters of each half of the Republican presidential ticket escalated Thursday, as a spokeswoman for Sarah Palin called charges circulated by former campaign aides to John McCain ‘sickening,’ and the Alaska governor herself said the advisers spreading the rumors were ‘small, evidently bitter’ people.

Former McCain campaign aides have been sources for a string of embarrassing stories about Palin that have become public since GOP defeat Tuesday night, including the charge that she spent thousands of dollars more on clothing for herself and her family than the $150,000 that has been reported.

There have also been reports of a somewhat distant relationship between John McCain and his running mate.

“This is so unfortunate and, quite honestly, sickening,” said Palin aide Meghan Stapleton in a statement. “The accusations we are hearing and reading are not true and since we deny all these anonymous allegations, there is nothing specific to which we will respond.

“We have the highest regards for Senator John McCain. Governor Palin was honored to be chosen as McCain’s running mate. And as Governor of Alaska, Governor Palin looks forward to working with President-elect Obama on securing energy independence for America.”

Back home in Alaska, Palin herself said she would not respond to individual accusations.

“If they’re an unnamed source, then that says it all,” she said. “I won’t comment on anybody’s gossip, or allegations that are based on anonymous sources. That’s kind of a small, evidently bitter type of person who would anonymously charge something foolish like that, that I perhaps didn’t know an answer to a question. So until I know who was talking about it, I won’t have a comment on false allegations.”


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  1. Marie Ontario

    It's a dead story as it should be evident to everyone McCain used Palin and her ego wouldn't let her understand she was not even close to being able to compete or do the Vice President's role.

    Likely Sara will vanish into thin air and hopefully she will take all the other religious nuts with her.

    November 6, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  2. Independent white female patriotic voter

    I think that Plain was not the right fit for MCain. Yes, she rallied the Base, but she is to far to the right. I truly believe that we will need to have Obama, who is obviously brilliant to take the lead for at least two terms, so if Palin decides to run in 2012, she will only rally the same , if not less people after all some of the republicans don't like or support her. Americans all have an impression of her that isn't as positive as she'd like. Trust me, Americans do not forget.

    November 6, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. Tiff of lithia springs

    TRUTH HURTS,

    THEY ALREADY HAVE JOBS IN THE DEEP SOUTHERN STATES. THAT'S WHY THE STATES BATTLE FOR THE 50TH SPOT IN EDUCATIONAL RANKINGS.

    PROBABLY WHY EVERY LAST ONE VOTED FOR MCCAIN AND PALIN!!

    November 6, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. rufus

    TO @ No Hillary = No Obama November 6th, 2008 9:38 pm ET
    who posted:
    "The male vultures are circling Sarah Palin the way they did Hillary Clinton. Male privilege and pride run amok with impunity with the media conglomerates leading the pack"

    You missed the news:
    SillY Sarah Palin has ovulating ovaries!! (unlike Hilary who is post-pms). SillY Sarah is pregnant with Triplets!!!. She was conned, but she asked for it. They are still waiting to id the father(s).

    November 6, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. Mary

    Is Campbell Brown the new Judge for CNN? What gives her the right to condemn everyone who speaks the truth about Ms. Palin. Talk about Bias!!

    November 6, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. Frank

    Truth Hurts, thankfully animals like you don't matter in America anymore!

    November 6, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. Ben in Dallas

    The republicans even hate themselves. Whew. It is a good thing Obama/Biden won.

    November 6, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. FORMER GOP

    Are you Palin supporters really not aware that Palin has made the U.S. a laughing stock with the rest of the world? And nobody put words in her mouth. She made a mockery of democracy and intelligent women on her own. Hillary Clinton was not shredded for being stupid. Hillary was trudging through the sexist bias that does exist and moved women forward. Palin took women back a hundred years with her inept, dimwitted, moronic ignorance. Never compare Hillary Clinton with Sarah Palin again. Sarah Palin, please, pack up your "camp" and try to salvage some dignity – not for yourself, but for women every where and the country you claim you love.

    November 6, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    NEWSFLASH!!!

    Both are at fault!

    McCain for choosing her and Palin for accepting and being a dimwit.

    November 6, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. Frank

    Truth Hurts, if you think of Obama the way you obviously do, and he still beat McCain/Palin, then what does that make McCain/Palin???
    Think about it

    November 6, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. JImmy boy

    the only people who hate palin are the liberal media and libs....it has nothing to do with her lack of intellect or overly "diva" attitude at all!!

    November 6, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. Luigi ina California

    Neo-con losers. The gloves are finally off.

    November 6, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. Isa

    Michael writes: "Palin was the main reason McCain lost. Honestly who voted for him because of Palin that was not going to vote against Obama anyway?" I
    was considering to vote for Barr. Palin's selection was the main reason that Barr lost my vote and I voted for McCain.
    So, Michael and your ilk, I would not have voted for Obama but I would not have voted for McCain either if it weren't his selection of Sarah Palin.
    Michael, get real, there are people in this great country who you will never understand, people who want to keep this country great.

    November 6, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. leon Ma.

    Let for the good of this country put this fool of a woman back on ice,
    in Alaska. and let some other GOP member dig her up in about
    a thousand years.

    November 6, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. Dan from Philly

    Becky from the Midwest:

    "I will NEVER VOTE A MAN AGAIN! They're too stupid."

    That's NOT sexist, right? You are a complete fool.

    Crying sexism every time a woman is criticized is not only sexist, but demeans the real struggle women are really going through.

    If you want to be equal, grow a set and accept criticism or at least respond to it without always crying sexism.

    (Yes, I understand the irony in that statement.)

    November 6, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Gerda Edwards

    Well, it's disappointing to see that Washington politics haven't changed. And it's only been 48 hours.

    Palin – McCain aides
    Reid – Lieberman riff
    Obama – Emanuel choice

    November 6, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  17. Dixie AZ

    Sarah, you have been making allegations about now President Elect Barak Obama for weeks. He pals around with terrorists, he is a socialist, etc. The "allegations" about you are chickens coming home to roost. You do not have my sympathies.

    November 6, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. rufus

    TO @ No Hillary = No Obama November 6th, 2008 9:38 pm ET
    who posted:
    "The male vultures are circling Sarah Palin the way they did Hillary Clinton. Male privilege and pride run amok with impunity with the media conglomerates leading the pack"
    You missed the news:
    SillY Sarah Palin has ovulating ovaries!! (unlike Hilary who is post-pms). SillY Sarah is pregnant with Triplets!!!. She was conned, but she asked for it. They are still waiting to id the father(s).

    Next time a presidential candidate has the right genitals/organs (no brain needed according to you) let me know I will vote for the right genitals/organs.

    November 6, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. DRESKI

    To "Truth Hurts", here is some real hurtful truth. Your not funny, bitter, purile, and I would bet, haboring resentment, of the election outcome. It is obvious you have a misunderstanding of what a profound mess has been made of our great country in the last 8 years.

    You can remain blind, and ignorant to reality. But 66,000,000 americans decided to change our downward spiral.

    Save your anthromorphic comedy for your like minded knuckle dragging friends.

    November 6, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. LC in NoCA

    And anyone wonders why these Neo-con egomaniacs lost?

    November 6, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  21. VMS

    It is obvious from her comments that the senator of Alaska herself is simple and bitter, and not those who correctly point out facts, like her lavish spending spree or the fact that she is ignorant of much of foreign affairs.

    The latter doesn't make her a bad person, just unfit to be VP. And she would be well advised to come to terms with that, rather than continuing being negative and thus prolonging the negative attitude of her campaign.

    November 6, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  22. deb

    do you people realize that Sarah Palin LOBBIED for the VP spot...SHE hustled McCain and now they can all pay for it. Good riddance. Now let's be adults and move on to hopefully 8 good years, where the Republican genre is nothing more than a bad dream.

    November 6, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  23. Irony at its best......

    While I don't like the negativity, she is simply getting back what she has dished out over the past weeks... I'm sure it doesn't feel so good to be on the receiving end of attacks......

    November 6, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  24. Lola

    Imagine if the Wasalia white trash had made it to the White House. IF this is how they do each other in public, I don't want to imagine what they would have done to the country if we had been stupid enough to hand them power.

    November 6, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  25. Independent for Obama

    I think the GOP needs to stop pointing fingers and find a way to re-focus the party and move to the 21st century politics where issues take precedence over negative smear politics.

    AS a side note, the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, criticezed Obama that he was going to raise taxes, in line with GOP rhetorics against Obama, but he has proposed raising the sales taxes by 1.5%. What do you guys think. This is the reality.

    November 6, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
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