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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  1. RK

    Dear Sarah, you could have said no to McInsane

    November 6, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  2. cyrusk

    LET SARAH PALIN GO!

    OVIOUSLY SHE WAS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE vp, AND POSSIBLY PRESIDENT OF USA. BUT SHE IS NOT TO BE BLAMED FOR THAT. SHE DID NOT CAMPAIGN TO BE ON THE REPUBLICAN TICKET. WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT HER PICK SHOWED JOHN MACCAIN'S BAD JUDGEMENT AND POOR DECISION.

    SOME IN REPUBLICAN PARTY, LIKELY RIGHT RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVES HAVE/ARE TRYING TO PAINT A PORTRAIT OF PALIN AS A RISING STAR IN REPUBLICAN PARTY. THAT IS REALY STUPID.
    SARAH PALIN NEVER HAD/ AND NEVER WILL HAVE PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL. HAVN'T THEY LEARNED A LESSON FROM THIS ELECTION? BY JUST PUTING SOMEBODY ON A PRESIDENTIAL TICKET DOES NOT QUQLIFY THAT PERSON AUTOMATICALLY TO BE A STAR.

    THEY BLAME MEDIA GIVING PALIN A BAD RAP. BUT THAT IS NONSENCE. AS HARRY TRUEMAN ONCE SAID, "IF YOU CANNOT STAND THE HEAT GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN"
    NOW, WHAT DID THE MEDIA DO WRONG OTHER THAN EXPOSING PALIN? IF SHE DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES IT IS NOT MEDIA'S FAULT.

    REPUBLICANS HAVE NEVER BEEN SO LIBERAL TO ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF WOMEN AND PUT A FEMALE ON THE TICKET. THEY USED (abused) SARAH PALIN IN A POTICAL GAME TO GET MORE VOTES, ( that is Hillary Clinton supporters/women's vote). \WELL, THEY MISCALCULATED AND LOST AND PALIN GOT THE BLAMEE.

    November 6, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  3. Mary

    To those right wingers still defending Carabou Barbie, those of us with some brains only had to look at the Katie Couric and "Charlie" interviews to see she was a total dimwitted fool. She couldn't even put a complete sentence together and had absolutely no clue about policy issues that the average well read American who DOES read the newspaper, knows. Get a clue you people. You've been HAD by the neocon machine once again.

    November 6, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Sharon

    This is not a comment to bash Sarah Palin but I feel it necessary to remind everyone that Palin lobbied to be the VP pick. This means that in her mind she thought she was qualified or she was so blinded by her amibition and her success in the small political ring that she thought she could bluff her way through. I don't have anything against her, she seems nice enough but from my observation she is the type that thinks looks, personality and being folksy is enough to get her through. The national political arena is much different than local and state politics and not every one can make that jump successfully and sadly, I don't think she is one who can.

    November 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. VETS4Obama

    Go back to your igloo and shut up! Everytime she opens her mouth, more hate and ignorance spews out. She was a horrible choice and completely ignorant. She does not know that Africa is a continent or what countries are part of NAFTA? Give me a break!! The Witch of Wasilla needs to stay up in Alaska for good!!!

    November 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. steve

    wow.

    am I the only one who sees how Lucky we were?

    November 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. alan j.

    McCain's staffers are ultimately responsible for running a lousy campaign. They lost and now want to blame the girl.
    Reflects more poorly on them than her.

    November 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. JB

    To Pam in MI - I suspect the Obama's are a bit too busy right now to be spreading rumors about Sarah Palin. You CAN'T be serious!??

    November 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. desertique

    This is a vain woman. Vain men and vain women have no place in our democracy.

    November 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. MD for Obama

    PAM FROM MI:

    If you bothered to check your facts before saying something ridiculous you would know that these leaks to Fox News about Palin are coming from McCain's camp. Palin is not worth Obama's time or energy. Five colleges in six years tells me all I need to know about this woman.

    November 6, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. CB

    Palin's camp should just admit that their candidate has no business accepting that nomination. What a disgrace! Have they forgotten the disastrous interviews, or just whenever she opens her mouth without a script written for her? It's not finger pointing. Americans deserve to know the real Sarah Palin. Your hockey mom six-pack kinda way of talkin fits the shoe of the "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus!

    November 6, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Joe the Troll

    Hey, No Hillary = No Obama, I think it's time to pick a new screen name.

    November 6, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. kathy

    Ms Palin was chosen by McCain and his aides. If they weren't happy with her lack of experience TOO BAD!!! They asked her to be on the ticket she didn't asked them. She may not have a great knowledge of the world map but I remember hearing a comment from Obama when he was campaigning that he'd "been in 57 states". I only heard that because I left the radio on a "so called right wing" radio show played it. I wonder how much press it would have gotten if Ms. Palin had said it.

    November 6, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. A N

    I voted (D) this time.
    Please, Mrs. Palin, don't make me do that again by running in 2012.

    November 6, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. MB

    While it is true that Sarah Palin was unqualified to be VP John McCain and his staff picked her from among the more qualified candidates that were accessible to him.

    All of her faults,shortcomings, and the good and bad were there from the beginning. They allowed her to travel down the path toward being a "rough candidate" to acting like a "hillbilly" without reining her in. I attribute that quote to Campbell Brown. I agree with Campbell if John McCain's campaign want to blame some then blame John McCain and themseleves.

    By the way, I did vote for Obama, and one of the reasons is the Republican's narrow way of thinking, and seeing things; forgetting that this world and the US is a very diverse population. They are not the only one splaying on the stage there are other people in the US and the world as a whole.

    Any party that forgets that will find themselves out of office, out of power and influence.

    Thank You

    November 6, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. IS IT OVER?

    I will have no problem supporting/voting for Palin in 2012 as long as she can do the following:

    -Tell me what what part of the African continent South Africa is located at;

    -Call President Sarkozy back; and

    -Read at least one newspaper or periodical. I'll even allow the Pennysaver to be counted

    Palin/Bush 2012!!

    November 6, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. Rich from Silver Spring

    Most Popular Governor? Best Running Mate Ever? First Runner up, (again)?

    Palin, I'm laughing at the superior intellect......

    November 6, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. VETS4Obama

    Hey Patrick...get off your soap box! After 8 years of being lied too, of being manipulated by an imposter for a president, I was willing to listen to the Witch from Wasilla UNTIL all that came out of her mouth was hate and lies!! She is completely incompetent and ignorant. She has a LOT of healing and apologizing to do before I am willing to give her another chance. She deserves EVERYTHING she is getting!! If thats all that party has to ofer for a leader they will be in the minority for a LONG time....which might not be so bad if the last 8 years was any example of their ability to lead!

    November 6, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  19. George

    Jim D November 6th, 2008 10:17 pm ET

    "When the United States goes into hyperinflation mode under his presidency, I wonder what his supporters will think when everyone is starving?".

    First off the USA in going into a depression and not a "hyperinflation" whatever that maybe. Second of all a whole lot of people are starving right now so do not blame OBAMA yet.

    Thirdly all these problems that you have mentioned were caused by the person that you already voted twice. You are only angry because you have failed to so thrice.

    You cannnot LOVE YOUR COUNTRY without EMBRACING of all it's CITIZENS. Now..look..That is a foolish notion.

    If you stick around you will learn a lot from this guy.

    November 6, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. informed voter

    Thank god they didn't win. They would've fought each other instead of the problems of this country.

    November 6, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  21. John

    Why would anyone defend this attack dog? She deserves every bit of hate she's getting because that it what SHE projected over and over again. She is a divisive extremist. It has nothing to do with her being a woman, a republican or a Christian. She stands for and is the living embodiment of the worst part of America. Thankfully, a person who stands for the best part of America just won the election. Good riddance Ms. Palin.

    November 6, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. Steve

    I'm no fan of Sarah Palin, but I did find one of the "charges" against her to be particularly ridiculous, even sexist, that being that she was in a robe (or, variously, a towel) when some staff came to her door, and that was somehow inappropriate. It was her room, she was taking a shower, they knocked on her door. Big deal, grow up.

    November 6, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. womanformccain

    This just proves that people are intimidated by a woman who is not only beautiful but intelligent as well. the media was anti-mccain/palin all along. 75% of their ads were negative. So the choice has been made. But leave palin alone. she is a great women – that most people would dream to be.

    November 6, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. CMJ

    I'm even more happy these people didn't win – where would we be now?? In a worse mess than Bush's administration. Disorganized, backbiting, chaos.

    I'm ready to move on, and hopefully the country will come together because we are in a REAL MESS HERE! And we need "all hands on deck"

    November 6, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  25. Subhash Durlabhji

    Yo people, let's root for Palin to become the Republican standard bearer. Obama dealt it quite a blow but it ain't dead yet. If Palin emerges as their de-facto leader, GOP will die in 2012 and good riddance...

    November 6, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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