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. Rob

    I dunno...
    I'm thinking about moving to Alaska. It may be the last frontier where a perosn is responsible for their own actions and I hear their Governor has some common sense.

    November 6, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. curt

    THANK GOD THESE CLOWN'S DID NOT WIN, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN A MAJOR DISTRACTION TO PROGRESS

    November 6, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  3. Retired lawman

    Palin had some good things going, but nothing could erase the
    stigma of her interfering in Alaska's Justice System by carrying
    out her little war against her son-in-law. To those of us who
    have "served and protected" this was a slap in the face all the
    way from Alaska. I had been and still am an admirer of John
    McCain. As are many lawmen both active and retired. The big
    question we had to ask was how could he choose a running
    mate that would undermine the State Police of Alaska. Only
    men I had to dismiss were either a public danger through careless
    actions or a departmental disgrace that rules did not tolerate.

    Never for kicing my dog or because his politics were not mine.

    November 6, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  4. db

    Patrick:
    I'm such a dumb hateful liberal, that it's really hard for me to understand all the BIG smart words you use.

    Were you trying to say that the CLEAR MAJORITY of Americans who stood in line for up to 6 hours to elect Barack Obama the next President Of The United States- did so FOR NO LOGICAL REASON?

    Were you trying to say the Republican party DID NOTHING WRONG- and had no reason to lose?

    In that case, I'd say YOU were absolutely right, and EVERYBODY ELSE was wrong.
    Congratulations to you, and best of luck to the next President Of The United States Of America-
    BARACK OBAMA.

    November 6, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  5. sjp

    hence mccain and his group are gone, it can't be true that palin and hers are angels. otherwise the neos gotta have something to cling too.

    November 6, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  6. Wanderer

    I AM VERY GLAD ABOUT FOR WHOM I VOTED. WE PEOPLE OF AMERICA NO LONGER NEED TO ARGUE OR GUESS WHY MCCAIN/PALIN SHOULD NOT BE ELECTED.

    SO LEAVE THEM ALONE.

    November 6, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. M Evans

    I don't say this to be mean necessarily, but literally every time I read a quote from her, I have to go back and slowly reread it a couple of times to try to understand what the heck she's saying...

    November 7, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  8. lovable liberal

    Sarah Palin, your 150,000 minutes of fame are up. Please go home and look in on your real job.

    November 7, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  9. JC

    I have one for all of you hate pushers, Dems, GOP or whatever:

    IF YOU CAN'T SAY SOMETHING NICE ABOUT SOMEONE; THEN KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT AND YOUR HAND IN YOUR POCKETS !

    November 7, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  10. Pow Wos

    Patrick:
    Screw You, Sarah Palin and John McCain.

    November 7, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  11. Sleeper

    If we stop talking about her she will NOT go away. We'll just forget about her. Then in 8 years a new generation of voters will be awed by the Sarah Just Like Eve And The Virgin Mary With Todd The Terminator Palin Show And WOW She Might Have 8 More Kids By Then. Evangelicals are busy having lots of new voters and little warriers. We came real close to having Dr. Dobson and FOF in the form of Sarah HOT HOT Palin take over the U.S. Government. STOP SARAH – KEEP TALKING – DON'T FORGET – STOP SARAH.

    November 7, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  12. hwd

    Stop being naieve. this is just not the campaign aides putting this crap out there. It is being allowed by the man himself..McCain. He could close all this down in a moment. He is doing to Sarah what he attempted to do to Obama with little success. He deserved to lose and these snake doctors deserve to never work another campaign for their incompetence and bad taste.

    November 7, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  13. Klaus

    Sounds like Governor Palin is getting a taste of her own medicine from her own party. Don't like unfounded smears and allegations? "Palling around with terrorists?" "Socialist?" What goes around comes around.

    November 7, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  14. Jack

    Silly Sarah needs to get real, she is an airhead that is totally out of touch with the real world – that is the world that's over 6000 years old.

    I know that there are people out there that believe in this woman but, they are no better than the people that believe in other extremist views around the world. This country is better off without that fringe outlook.

    November 7, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  15. Dexter Skagway

    Okay, so, if Africa is not a country, then has it flown over Alaska so that Sarah Palin can have some foreign policy experience with it?

    November 7, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  16. Leo M. Mara

    Sara Palin needs to go back to where she should have had the wisdom to not have departed, her family and Alaska. I don't think we should hear from her nationally until she has raised her family and prepared herself for the job. Because of their desperation, ignorance and hunger for power, the mavericks were taken advantage of by the GOP. They allowed themselves to be misplaced, misdirected, mishandled and misrepresented. These are not good traits for the perspective president and VP to posses and demonstrate.

    I am so very glad we had the wisdom to see through all of what the GOP threw at us and elected Barack Obama.

    November 7, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  17. Mandy

    To you Palin supporters: what on earth is the matter with you people? The owman is patently unqualified to be vice president of the United States! Face it, and stop making excuses.

    November 7, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  18. hwd

    Wake up Sarah. YOu were used big time by the McCain campaign and MCSame was in on it! YOu were a tool and a tactic no more no less. Now that you served your purpoose , unsuccesfully I might add you are being thrown under the bus by the straight talk express. the straight talk express are the losers here and all of America knows it. they found Sarah and tried to feed her to the American people as the next coming when they all apparently knew this person was flawed from day one. So these jerks were going to let this ticket possibly go to the White House because of thier egos. So much for country first! I'll never trust Republican operatives again! Sarah wash the stink off and get over it.

    November 7, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  19. Pat from Canada

    Becky, Midwest: Your anger towards McCain-Palin's loss is justified. But your other verbal spills in hyperthetical terms is actually non-sensical. How do you know that Obama will not be able to change anything? How do you knat that Palin can change anything? The fact is, no intelligent person can tell how well someone will perform a task regardless of experience level. There has been a few presumed inexperienced American presidents who brought America out of the Abyss in the past. And then there are many so-called experienced ones who were a dismal failure at doing a half-decent job (current President included). Even though I totally feel that Obama-Biden was a better choice, I still can't say conclusively that he will do all that he has promised. My point is, don't be a high-functioning moron by making such idiotic predictions.

    November 7, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  20. Larry / TN

    TO TRUTH HURTS – DROP DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  21. Anita from Arizona

    You know, Palin could have said NO to the VP pick. I think she knew she was not qualified for the job, McCain's campaign knew she wasn't qualified for the job, which is why they kept her in seclusion at first. Maybe if she wasn't so narcisistic, she would have told McCain, thanks but no thanks.

    November 7, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. Seal

    nice legs tho!

    November 7, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  23. m.c.

    I am disappointed for many reasons that McCain lost-I fear for this country now. I also think that watching the beautiful Palin children grow up in the proximity of the White House would have been fun and great for our country.

    November 7, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  24. corey

    The election is over and the McCain supporters are talking and talking....i was for McCain....but how do expect to win an election when all you do is accuse your opponent of not being qualified to be president...which he wasn't....but still they should have spent more time on McCains qualification and not Obama being unqualified....its McCains fault stop blamming all this on Palin...what more did obama do that palin didnt....also HOW MUCH MONEY SHE SPENT ON CLOTHES FOR HERSELF AND HER FAMILY IS NO ONES BUSINESS BUT HER OWN...but once Obama makes makes his amazing changes to the economy thatd change quickly, youll have to ask the government "can i buy a new t shirt?"

    November 7, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  25. tim from ohio

    What the media did to Governor Palin makes me sick. Now an "unnamed member" of McCain's staff is doing to too, and the media is letting this person off under the cloak of anonymiity. That makes me sicker. So too Helen Jones-Kelly, the Ohio Department of Human Services Director who investigated Joe the Plumber. Had she been a Republican and Joe a demo-socialist, god help her. Finally, Joe the Biden still wants to be McCain's friend, after calling him "erratic", after the worst McCain said about Joe the Biden was that he was "wrong about a number of foreign policy issues". Obama's reversal about taking federal campaign financing funds and the campaign finance fraud that propelled him into office is the story and will eventually lead to forced campaign finance reform after the fraud and corruption is disclosed. Of course, it'll be too late and only because the media wouldn't be neutral in this race.

    November 7, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
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