November 7th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin calls attacks 'cruel' and 'cowardly'

Sources close to John McCain say Sarah Palin was denied a chance to speak at McCain's concession address.
Sources close to John McCain say Sarah Palin was denied a chance to speak at McCain's concession address.

(CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called former aides of Sen. John McCain "jerks" for circulating unflattering stories about her since the Republican ticket lost its bid for the White House Tuesday.

The stories, which have been attributed to unnamed sources within the McCain campaign, include claims that Palin did not know Africa was a continent instead of a country, or which countries are part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, despite touting her familiarity with neighboring Canada.

Speaking with CNN's Gary Tuchman after returning to Alaska, Palin speculated those stories may have originated with campaign staffers who helped her prepare for her debate with Democratic Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

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  1. Kaleena

    Maybe if Sarah Palin wasn't such a self-important biddy who wants to run a FREE country based on her own agenda and religious beliefs, no one would talk smack about her. But that probably didn't occur to her pea-brained self.

    November 7, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  2. catmom

    1. If Sarah Palin was made available to the media before the election perhaps people would have a different view of her.
    2. I'm tired of hearing the pit bull with lipstick whining about the media and the treatment she received. She herself told Hillary Clinton to toughen up, she should take her own advice
    3. Sarah Palin came out blazing and attacking Obama repeating rumors and innuendo. She was very partisan and divisive. You reap what you sow.

    November 7, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  3. Karen

    My grandfather was a mayor when I was young. When I asked what that meant, he said, "Nothing. Being a small-town mayor is an honorary position."

    November 7, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. Mark Ramsey MD Milwaukee WI

    I'm no Sarah Palin fan, but anonymous attacks ARE cruel and cowardly. The same people who vetted her and helped pick her are now throwing her under the bus. If you had done your job properly, you'd have known that she was NOT VP material.

    November 7, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  5. Jason

    Please stop talking about her, writing about her or even caring about her. This side show is over. Let's move on to more important things.

    November 7, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  6. Peter (CA)

    "These guys"....Really? Is that the best you got. Sure, she is attractive but you would not have to have a very long dinner conversation to see she is not so bright and it would not take long to see she is extremely petty.

    Get real! She was mean-spirited from the convention on. She lied and lied and lied at every stop, knowing that Obama and Biden probably would not call her on it because they would have been "sexist". Now, that all of the lies have been exposed, now that her own party has turned against her, she wants to pretend she is on some high road. She damaged herself. If the Republicans learn anything from 2006 and 2008, it better be that they should run on the issues that matter to the voters. Not the issues that the extreme right thinks is important.

    You betcha.

    November 7, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  7. Will

    In an interview Mrs. Palin was asked, "What would your responsibilities be if you are elected Vice President?"

    Her answer, "I would run the senate. I can hardly wait to go down there and talk about the issues." In a couple of sentences she showed the world she has no understanding of the Constitutionally provided for Separation of powers. This interview took place six weeks after she had been tapped as the vice presidential candidate. Evidently she lacked the intellectual curiosity to ask anyone what the vice president does. Scary? You Betcha!

    November 7, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  8. Billy Bub

    Can't take the heat? Stay in Alaska.

    November 7, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  9. IowaMom

    Oh Tom in Delaware, Sean Hannity is never right silly! What are you smoking man? You really should share.

    November 7, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  10. who is the jerk?

    looks like it was okay for Palin to spit out garbage from her mouth but not when it was thrown to her. Welcome to reality....what goes around comes around...

    November 7, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  11. Republican that voted for Obama/Biden TEXAS

    Sarah please put some shoes on Trig. It's horrible the way you carry him around like a sack of potatoes with no shoes on.

    November 7, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. julio

    Leave the woman alone already!

    November 7, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  13. Independent for USA only

    Well, in the recent prank call involving Governor Palin, she clearly showed that she had no idea about who is the current Canadian Prime Minister, where she could easily see from her house. She had no idea about any leader of other friendly nations. This is factual. Actually, Senator McCain lost his election because of two persons, Bush and Palin. No doubt about it.

    November 7, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  14. ana

    I am glad she went back to Alaska, preaching hate and separation
    She was setting back women rights 40 years back.
    We should never compare her to Hillary and any other intellectual women.

    November 7, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  15. Fred Wa.

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

    Take a back seat first dude.

    November 7, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  16. VETS4Obama

    EXACTLY catmom!

    November 7, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  17. Pee for Poultice

    What goes around comes around and we reap what we sow.

    November 7, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  18. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    I am no fan of Palin, except that I was glad McCain picked her- It was one of several things he did to help Obama! The McCain people said they had vetted her, so if she was not up to the job, that is their fault. She was obviously poorly managed, also their fault! The whole clothes thing should have been handled better by the McCain staff and they failed! See a pattern here? The fact that they don't have the balls to use their names confirms that not only are they just trying to dodge the blame for a poorly managed campaign, but they are lying to avoid the blame. Notice that you don't hear the Obama campaign (or any winners) pointing blame! Only the losers that mismanaged and screwed up their campaigns!!

    November 7, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  19. Independent for USA only

    I guess that some republicans tried to use the media to squeeze Palin out of the GOP contest in 2012. That's how these negative news, although factual, came to the spotlight.

    November 7, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  20. Amity

    Why are you still talking about Sarah Palin?! Move on people! Leave her now in peace. Imagine if it was you in her shoes, what would you do?

    I'm pro-Obama myself and I hated everything Sarah Palin said in their rallies. But, you know what? She didn't come up with those speeches herself. Those were not her policies. Those were of the Republicans headed by John McCain and his advisors. Palin was just their "puppet".

    So, get over it! She had nothing to do with all of it except to show up and talk, kinda like a prerecorded "robot".

    November 7, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  21. go away mongers- Ventura,CA

    Love watching these people go at each other. Can you imagine if they had won?
    Sarah is a Bimbo and McCain has lost all respect I had for him (which at a time, was a great deal).

    November 7, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  22. Anna

    Dont give up palin, fight back and bring whole repulican party down. we Obama supporters are with you.

    Good Luck.

    November 7, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  23. Gail

    Disappointed in Americans wrote on November 7th, 2008 10:00 pm ET: Sore losers! Obama= not MY President

    I think you meant to say "I am such a sore loser!". If Obama is not your President, what are you doing here? Pack your bags and move out of the country! Good riddance.

    November 7, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  24. Kaleena

    Pat – "Sarah Palin was the true hero of this election — she said what most of us felt but were too cowardly to acknowledge."

    Are you joking? I REALLY REALLY REALLY do not think that "most of us" feel some books should be outlawed, that humans are doing nothing to harm the earth, that polar bears should be taken off the endangered species list, that abortion even in cases of rape and/or incest should be illegal, that only abstinence and creationism should be taught in public schools, that anyone who messes with her family should be fired from their job, etc. etc. etc.

    Open your eyes.

    Jeez, what is WITH people these days?! You're such a disappointment to the entire human race.

    November 7, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  25. Sue

    Don’t you get tired of Palin’s double standards? When she took Mr. Obama’s or Mr. Biden’s comments out of context or misrepresented them, it was fine, but when someone allegedly took her comments out of context, they were “immature”, “unprofessional”, “jerks”. It was okay for her to be mean-spirited, but when she gets treated the same way, she squeals like a pig – with lipstick.

    November 8, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
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