November 6th, 2008
09:19 PM ET
6 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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soundoff (462 Responses)
  1. leann

    I think that she is being blame unfairly because McCain should to learn more about her before picking her to be VP and presenting her to the world . It is one of many reasons that I and a lot of people voted for Obama. Republican party want to blame Sarah Palin, the economy situation, Obama’s campaign for raising more more etc… for losing. They lost because John McCain ran his campaign poorly and then expected America to trust him to run OUR COUNTRY!

    November 6, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. Juan Grain

    Can't we all, Just get along! HAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    November 6, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Sally Tatala, Oregon

    If this story is worth anything, it's a screen play for a soap opera. Enough! If the two camps want to fight it out – let 'em. On to more important things.

    November 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. Cheryl Flores

    The only reason McCain aids are ripping into Sara Palin is because they see her as a direct threat to Mitt Romny. Romney will be running in 2012 and Repubicans fear having Palin popularity grow will fracture the party even more.

    November 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    No fan of Palin, but the GOP is a chicken poo organization.

    They used Palin and have thrown her under the bus when the truth is that those in charge were to blame for a horribly run McCain campaign.

    But, then again, this is typical of the sleazy, divisive way the GOP does business.

    November 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. Frank

    HowDiva, I think you nailed it right on the head. Thanks for expressing my thoughts for me

    November 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. John from Las Vegas

    Thank God this election ended with the canidate who really deserved to win. Everyone who voted for Obama should be proud!

    November 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. Jack Clack

    46 MILLION voters pulled the lever for Palin.

    The only reason that number was not higher was John McCain.

    Gov. Palin will spend the next 4 years meeting foreign leaders..........speaking at international get togethers...........taveling around the world...............in short, developing a bullet proof resume for 2012.....................and running Alaska, a state that is 250 times BIGGER than Delaware

    This women is going to be in public life for the next 25 years...........folks better get used to it.

    November 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Bret Jackson

    “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". This amazes me from someone who accused Obama of being a socialist and terrorist sympathizer. Poor Sarah? She pushed negativity as far as she could. No innocent child, but a scheming politician ready to throw anyone under the bus to achieve her means. She did not lose the election for McCain, but she definitely helped Obama get elected, and for that I am grateful. I also respect the women who refused to buy into the first woman VP argument. This was a nad choice, McCain for picking her and Palin for accepting when she was definately not ready for prime time.

    November 6, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. Robin

    It's quite obvious that Sarah Palin was a drag to the McCain Campaign for 10 reasons: 1) Her ridiculous interviews with Katie Couric, 2) Her inability to define the Bush Doctrine, 3) Her inability to recognize a prank call from the DJ's in Canada , 4) Her inability to define Africa as a continent, 5) Her inability to define the job of the Vice President, 6) Her inability to see Russia from her back window, 7) Her costly wardrobe paid for by the Republican contributors, 8) Her negative campaign tactics, 9) Her unprofessional dealings to revenge on her brother-in-law, 10) Her hypocritical stand on premarital sex when she and her daughter were unmarried and became pregnant.

    November 6, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. Truth Hurts

    Howard Dean is the the epitome of political hack. Way to reach out to all Americans.

    Howard Dean and his runny mouth are still at work, killing his chances of being anything but a has been

    Truth Hurts

    November 6, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Mr H

    Please leave that woman alone,she didn't ask Mccain to be
    his running mate.If someone wants to judge,judge Mccain who
    lacks of judgement.
    He should pick a man instead a woman who said africa is a country.

    Race is over

    November 6, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Ronnie

    Thank God Palin is back in Alaska and hopefully to be never heard from again.

    November 6, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. easy rider - gun toting in Tennessee - OBAMA

    I feel sorry for the 46million dimwits that VOTED for her. is this all this country has, dimwits voting for another dimwit?

    November 6, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Yeah

    I've already forgotten her name.

    November 6, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. Christina

    Ummmm CNN...perhaps you forgot that John McCain lost the election and therefore Sarah Palin is supposed to go back to being an absolute nobody!!!

    November 6, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. Jodi K

    Now, I am the first one to tell you that this woman is an idiot, but for the McCain camp to be attacking her is lower than low. THEY are the ones that picked her and gave her her talking points without caring if she understood a word of what she was saying. My God, the should be apologizing to the woman for taking her out of an idiot state like alaska and expecting her to be up to par with the greastest political minds in our country. That is like taking a 4th grader and asking her to teach high school math.

    November 6, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. LT

    What is the capitol of Africa?

    November 6, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  19. PK

    You may not like Sarah Palin but you have to admit she has street smarts. She was, and wil be, in it solely for what she can get out of it. She knows that she appeals to a segment of voters who would like things to be as they were, whether it is moose hunting or being xenophobic. As long as this segment represents at least ten percent of Republican voters, she will have a chance for another tilt at the Presidency.

    November 6, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. Bob

    It seems some "anonymous" McCain campaign staffers want to work on campaigns in the future, so they must come up with excuses.
    Some of these lies are SO obvious it's ridiculous:

    As Governor of Alaska, Palin deals with NAFTA more than any Governor in the US. She deals with NAFTA issues over gas and oil
    everyday. There's a video of Palin as CHAIRMAN of the oil and gas commision leading a discussion of NAFTA's effect on the gas pipeline. She filed a NAFTA complaint against Mexico for trying to use NAFTA to circumvent fishing treaties with Japan by allowing Japan to use Mexican flagged fishing boats. Palin successfully protected Native American (Eskimo) fishing interests.

    It's easy to tell lies about Palin, because no one in the press will even
    do elementary fact checking on any claim.

    Notice no reporters covering the Palin campaign will mention that
    Palin was never IN a Neimann Marcus store during the entire campaign! I dare any one to produce 1 picture or one reporter that claims she was.

    November 6, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. Independent Dave, Iowa

    She should have blinked when asked to be the VP candidate.

    Lieberman was taken to the woodshed today and is now going to take a few days to weigh his options.

    Are the consequences of their actions painful? Stupidity SHOULD be painful!

    November 6, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. Chris from St. Louis

    It was not a secret. We all knew her lack of knowledge and low ethical standards. Despite knowing Palin was not qualified, over 43% of America voted for the ticket. .... ummm.

    November 6, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. FORMER GOP

    Jack Clark – You obviously OBVIOUSLY work for Palin. No, people ran like rats away from McCain because of Palin. I am one of them.

    November 6, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. A Truth Fighter

    Wow!!! What if they would've won???

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

    A Victory for "We, The People"...

    November 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. NR

    Being a Obama supporter, I just cannot sit quiet even though this is between McCain and Palin. When McCain supporters says that Palin doesn't know that Africa is a country or continent, are they not guily of putting this country at risk by contuining to keep her on the ticket? How can McCain say that he loves this country? As for Palin, she thought this was a beauty contest and that she can seduce her way into the white house. Thank Obama for saving this country from these two nut cases.

    November 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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