November 7th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
10 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. Sarah

    The media buried her and people putting comments on CNN buried her as well. I have seen unfair treatment from the public ; for example, the media did not say even one bad thing about or toward Obama but they did toward Sarah Palin. (I don't know maybe they were afraid of black people's riot if they did toward Obama??)

    Sarah Palin is who she is and people should respect that as well. She is a hard working mom running family and office which most men do not even imagine. I applaude her for it.

    McCain campaign should not blame her on failure of getting the White House ticket. They failed mainly because people couldn't get rid of the image that McCain is same as Bush. People got tired of Replubicans and Bush and wars etc. GOP did not lose because of Sarah Palin so stop blaming on her!!! When you lose and go down, you must go down together not blaming on each other. How shameful it is!
    Remember McCain and Palin had 56 million votes while Obama had 63 million votes. Not much difference in terms of votes. Remember that. If Sarah Palin was not there, McCain did not get that much votes.

    November 7, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  2. Tracy

    Are we expected to feel sorry for her? She was willing to do whatever it took to be the VP and knew exactly what she was doing and the type of people she was working with. Deal with the fall out – did she honestly think that the "rats" she was willing to work with would not turn on each other once they lost?

    November 7, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. Max

    To all the people pointing out how she hasn't denied anything they said...

    She has. Days ago.

    I find it interesting how many Obama supporters criticize the news when they are bashing their candidate. But you're so willing to lap it all up when they cite anonymous sources suggesting that she couldn't name the countries in North America.

    I wonder if any such folks like "Shrek", "tee" "Jeff the independent", etc will ever come to realize what shameless hypocrites they are.

    November 7, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. Pumpkin Eater

    Seeing how Governor Palin and Senator Clinton were treated in news stories and by late night comedians do you think ANY young girls in the US will EVER aspire to run for President? When the girls get criticised for spending thousands on clothes and the boys can spend millions on stage props and ads? When nobody comments on how the boys are dressed but look at that dress Michelle Obama wore on stage? I remember stories on how Ferraro dressed rather than on what she said. When the boys can leave the family and criss-cross the country without comment, but everyone wonders how the girls can leave their babies; or they get criticised for taking them along? CNN should poll young GIRLS and ask them, considering how the women have been treated in presidential elections, would they ever consider running themselves?

    November 7, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    aah, the pit bull is unhappy !!!!!! too bad you REAP WHAT YOU "SOW"!!!!! case dismissed !!!!!! she called "our president elect" everything but the "N" word !!!!! hopefully we wont have to see her in the near future .......she ought to give "joe the plumber" a job in alaska !!!!!

    November 7, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. gl, Pittsburgh

    I ready don't want to said any thing mean, but she is getting her pay back from all her nasty comments toward Obama. She being a Christian no that if you judge someone you will be judged I will say I don't like the way McCain campaign used Sara Palin to be their attach dog and then threw her under the bus when McCain lost.

    November 7, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. Sandy

    This woman is so high school. She's about to be a grandmother and she's acting as though she's a teenager.

    November 7, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. YayObama

    Doesn't feel good to have untrue things said about now does it Sarah?? It was ok for you to make false claims against Barack, but when it's done to you, you can't stomach your own medicine. No one's going to throw you a pity party Sarah...

    November 7, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  9. CB

    Palin, please write a book...I'd read it!

    Seems like there was a lot of drama in this campaign. I'd like to know the truth...

    McCain aides, Palin aides, McCain, Palin please please please write a book!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. Goodson

    McCain wanted a game-changer, but instead got someone with a doughnut size brain like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
    McCain should be court-marshalled for putting the Country at risk

    November 7, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Charlie Bradley

    I thought we were done with this crazy whack job on November 4 at 11:20 PM

    She is soooooo dumb that she doesn't even know McCain totally used her. She is so obviously unprepared to be in politics. Stay Home, be a mom, be a grandma but do go away from the light.

    November 7, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    I'm no fan of Sarah Palin either, but I do believe she's being ill-used now. Thom Hartmann had an interesting theory about it, which is: it's the Romney people in the McCain campaign who are doing this, in order to 'take Palin out' of any 2012 consideration, leaving the field free for Romney. Sound plausible??

    November 7, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. ruty

    The DUMMY is gone. Thank God. I hope never to be heard from again. She might be big in Alaska but in the lower 48 she is a bad nightmare.

    November 7, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. Soccer mom from Canada

    I hate to keep repeating this but no one is even mentioning it and it can't be taken out of context. During the prank call from the radio show, she did not know the Name of the Prime Minister of Canada who was just re- elected in October. We are neighbors she should know at least that much.

    November 7, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  15. Charlie Bradley

    well well well, seems the pit bull turns into a Feline when the makeup comes off.

    November 7, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. smooth

    Ok this is not news ms palin was not ready we didn't need mccains people to tell us that 65 million seen it

    November 7, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  17. Jessica from Michigan

    All that I can sat is...."what you sow, so shall you reap."

    November 7, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Anything the press writes about Palin now is just sensationalism because they have nothing better to do and need to fill space.

    The bottom line is Sara asked for the job through the extreme right and Schmidt brow beat an old man into accepting her as his running mate. She did this and accepted the position on the ticket knowing full well she was ill prepared and way out of her league. Some may call it blind ambition.

    Had Palin just campaigned on policy it would be easier to feel some pity for her but her lies and hate make her ripe for getting clubbed and the harder she gets clubbed the more deserving it is.

    She is a contemptable person with only one concern and that is her own personal advancement. She deserves everthing she gets except the governor's job.

    November 7, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. carol kesling

    so the pitbull is upset, oh well you reap what you sow!!!!! she called obama everything but the "N" word, she spewed so much hate in this election it was pitiful !!!!!! hopefully we wont have to see her in the near future, and im especially GLAD THE FIRST DUDE IS GONE !!!!! GO OBAMA & BIDEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. ANGIE

    They picked her!

    November 7, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. Kelly

    Can we stop wasting our breath and our energy on the woman. she is so Nov. 3rd. She lost, let her go home and play in the snow and kill a moose. I don't care just stop bringing her up and she will vanish like all the other looser VP's before her.

    November 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. April

    David Stein is right. Why is anyone reporting this? They LOST.

    November 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  23. Jessica from Michigan

    This just in....Joe the plumber was twice on welfare! Says it was ok, as he paid into the system?!

    Dirty ,Dirty Dems for exposing the lies!

    November 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  24. Dennis

    Poor thing! While I could actually have sympathy for her, it's tempered a bit when I recall her condescending tone explaining how her opponent "pals around with terrorists." She knew what she was getting into. It's somewhat pathetic that an apparent hero to the far right, who seem to relish mudslinging, would be so sensitive to negative remarks.

    November 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  25. LMC in Seattle

    Palin still is not the well-spoken person she should be for seeking such a high office. It was really obvious that she was ill-prepared (on her own) for the VP position and had never really tried to keep up with global issues. She has a very narrow outlook on the world, not unlike Pres. Bush. That, and her ability to engage in outright lies and claim high moral values at the same time was unbelievable. I could care less about the whole wardrobe debacle. That's between her and the McCain campaign or RNC. I just hope we don't see her in national politics again!

    November 7, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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