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. Becky, Midwest

    It's sad and sickening the way people, and by people, I mean men. Actually, I mean the boys club. Men absolutely can't stand strong, powerful women. It happened to Hillary. It's happening to Palin.

    Sarah Palin has more experience being IN CHARGE and actually getting things accomplished than Barrack Obama has! I will NEVER VOTE A MAN AGAIN! They're too stupid. His followers are stupid to fall for the media's push of the inexperienced Obama. What a waste. I see he's wasted no time changing his tune. Politics as usual.

    How ridiculously asinine to promote a two year, junior senator who showed no substance. Americans are a laughingstock. He can't change anything when he has to rely to Washington DC insiders, as he's already started to do.

    November 6, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. reality check

    She has her own camp now??!!! ...uh oh

    November 6, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Truth Hurts

    Lets face it. Obama is going to build an administration to go on a search and destroy mission.

    Hiring Rahmbo was the worst first step forward to take.

    Truth Hurts

    November 6, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. ACCOUNTING PRINCIPALS 101

    No Sweat..

    The Stories are easy to verify.
    Just get the Credit Card receipts tally them up.
    Bingo... she's a Lying Bimbo.. :P

    November 6, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. MARIE

    I HAVE ALL THE RESPECT IN THE WORLD FOR PALIN IF THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO BLAME SOMEONE BLAME McCAIN'S STAFF. AS FOR HER APPEARING ON OPRAH I THINK IT IS GOOD TIMING SHE CAN TELL HER SIDE OF THE STORY AND NOT LET McCAIN STAFF SPREAD ALL THE LIE'S TO MAKE THEMSELVES LOOK GOOD!

    November 6, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. SD,Michigan

    If it's true that she used to throw temper tantrums and be a nasty dive with the staffers and aides, I can understand why they're venting now: frustration.
    And while it's not decent to kick the person who's down...let's not forget what she did to JohnMcCain. She wasn't very loyal to him and she definitely cost him lots of votes.

    November 6, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. COL. ROBERT KAHN

    GO SHOOT A MOOSE AND ELK!!! STAY HOME

    November 6, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  8. Simmy

    Given the fact that she and McCain told so many in- your- face lies during their speeches, I believe the rumors. She was not only divisive in the turning the Republicans on the outside against Sen Obama, she was divisive in that she managed to turn some of McCains own aides against him! Sort of like 'Mutiny on the Bounty' (old movie), only this time it was 'Mutiny on the McCainy'!

    November 6, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. Rhia

    Now I pity her for being a scapegoat by some McCain people who cannot accept the reality.

    November 6, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. COL. ROBERT KAHN

    HOORAY. I SAW MARS–I'M A MARTIAN!!!!

    November 6, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. Steve

    It appears these people were running two different campaigns; there is too much of "McCain's Camp" and "Palin's Camp." Shouldn't they have been one united camp? There is no unity and it appears McCain didn't have control of his campaign.

    I think the campaign knew they were going to lose the election and the Palin handlers wanted to remain in her good graces, just in case she indeed is the future of the party and a potential candidate in 2012.

    November 6, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. Maggie from Virginia

    Enough about Sarah Palin. It's time to move forward.

    November 6, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  13. Truth Hurts

    I heard the Geico Caveman has been selected to be Education Secretary!!

    November 6, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  14. Patrick

    Kudos to so many of my fellow Americans for endorsing the mean spirited nature of wretched individuals who would demean a person, simply because she lost. I’m impressed by the fact she was willing sacrificing so much of her personal and professional time and energy to step up to the plate and run for such a high profile political office in our nation, at a time when even politicians are cynical of the political system. I would like to commend your volunteerism in helping propagate the validity of slander in our society. You’re all such proud representatives of the high level of moral standing that we believe we hold in this country.

    Perhaps instead of pandering to malicious verbal attacks against a fellow citizen without knowing all the facts, the majority of you could lead by example yourselves and help tone down the hate and actually have the courage to stand up for Sarah Palin. Not because she lost, or because she deserves it (which she does), but because it would show that you care more for helping shape the nature of politics in this country for the better. She deserves a modicum of respect and thanks by all Americans for at least attempting to better this country through her heartfelt commitment and patriotism by running for any political office, whether the majority of you agree with her presence in politics or not.

    November 6, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. Truth Hurts

    I heard that Oprah has been selected as Secretary of Snacks!!!

    November 6, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  16. Tariq

    I'm not one to kick while my opponent is down....but isn't karma just great to sit back and watch unfold?

    Everyone is getting the right taste and amount of their own medicine. To McCain and his advisers, never pick a bigger maverick than you and if you do, never keep them on a short leash or they will go rogue! To Palin, it's not a whole lot of fun when people circulate rumors and unsupported stories about your character and qualifications is it? When they're done with you, you'll wish you were paling around with terrorists instead. To the Republican campaign, there are over 340 reasons saying your ways and methods don't work!!! And all the campaign aides, couldn't put the republican party back together again.

    November 6, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. Larry Sinclair

    What a country of idiots to elect the son of a muslim instead of an american fighter pilot. I think that says all that needs to be said!!!

    November 6, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. ANGEL

    THANK YOU FOX FOR BEING THE TRUE HATERS!!!! CNN JOB WELL DONE

    November 6, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. SP

    Now they prey on each other. I suppose all that negativity had to be funneled somewhere. Pathetic.

    November 6, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. matt

    Who are these delusional people talking about what a great job Palin has done in Alaska? Check Alaskas unemployment rate....check the drug abuse problems there too.....how are you so delusional that you think shes "done great" up there?

    Oh yeah....you're republicans....your life depends on delusion. "Go Bush! The economy is strong! We're winning in Iraq! Global warming doesnt exist! Dinosaur fossils are made by Satan to trick us into not believing in creation! Yay!!!"

    November 6, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  21. I heart Obama

    To Becky: Go to bed. It's way past your bedtime. oh and real men don't need your pathetic vote anyway. Stopb being a bimbo: don't vote on gender. Vote on issues.

    November 6, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  22. ACCOUNTING PRINCIPALS 101

    LOL
    Ohhh and as far as: "...working with President-elect Obama on securing energy independence for America.”

    THANKS, BUT NO THANKS>>>
    Sarah who?...You are soo INSIGNIFICANT :D

    Ohh by the way...I love the Democratic BLUE Baloons in Sara's Office.

    Even her State Staff are Incompetent.. lol..
    Red is Rupublican not BLUE.. :P

    November 6, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  23. Tiff of lithia springs

    WHICH SOUTHERN STATE ARE YOU FROM JIM D.

    November 6, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  24. PastorGene

    pam from MI says: "Can't the obamas leave it alone? Obviously its them who are leaking these stories. Let her have some peace and get back to her life."

    Wow! Republicans try to blame everything on Obama. The media investigates "Joe the plummer" and discovers his lack of credibility and McCain and Palin claim Obama is attacking him. Now, McCain's own people take pot shots at Palin, and an obviously Republican blogger blames it on the Obamas. That is truly amazing!

    I guess when you're a Republican you don't have to worry about little things like–the TRUTH! You get to just make things up and throw blame around at everyone but the ones who truly deserve it. But the good news is, the American people didn't buy it this time!

    November 6, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  25. M C Stein

    At the beginning of the campaign I had no preference between MCCain or Obama. I thought MCCain was prepared enough to lead US. We were all wrong, he was not even able to choose his VP.
    As a woman I welcomed the choice, but it ONLY I watched Palin's interview and her non sense spread of rumors and childish observations on the rally, I became Obama's fan. I started paying more and more attention to his speechs. Mature, prepared, intelligent and showed that Americans are not stupid as some politicians think!

    MCCain & Palin's campaign seemed only preoccupied with the spread of silly rumors against Obama (that's the time I started to feel antipathy for them); their speech seemed directed to pre-school level and mentally challenged. They spent all the debates trying to mess around. there was NOT place for serious talk. Joe the Plumber was a ridiculous creation... one more demonstration of a childish campaign!

    November 6, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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