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. Sonny

    After watching Sarah Palin's comments, I now know what a soar loser truly sounds like...after losing a beauty contest I thought she would be used to not winning.

    But seriously, the Sarah's comment about only women in Alaska are self-sufficient really shocked me, since she was gunning for women voters. Women in the other states run fortune 500 companies, serve overseas, are police officers, firefighters, as well as, some have the luxury of being able to stay at home with their kids, which is equally important...but to make the statement women living in other states are being the women in Alaska is just crazy.

    I think Sarah Palin needs a hug! 🙂 Or maybe a different shade of lipstick.
    What I thought was really funny is when she talked about the clothes, when Sarah started on the campaign trail her eyebrows where dark brown, now they match the highlights and lowlights in her hairs.

    She should just be happy about the trips, the make-up and the nice black boots I'm sure she kept...and not poke her head up on the radar of the other non-progressive states in this great country of the United States of America. I just her girl Elizabeth(from The View) isn't progressive either.

    November 7, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. it's time

    impeach this woman.

    November 7, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. Joe

    Wah, wah, wah all the way home.

    November 7, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Soccer mom from Canada

    I don't feel bad for her. She came out of nowhere swinging and refused to talk to the media like everyone else did. Even at the debate she said straight out that she wasn't going to answer the questions she didn't want to answer. Can you imagine that as President. I find it hypocritical that she is now complaining about the same type of tactics that she used in the campaign. Also, she should take back what she said about Hilary whining. She behaved badly. She has a nasty character and I am sure she made a lot of enemies.
    The comments made about her are not sexist. In fact it is she who has done a disservice to women by her dispicable conduct.

    November 7, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. Voted for Obama/Biden

    What I dont understand is that they were all prepared to have her in the 2nd highest office in the land – WHY are we only finding out about this stuff now when they lost – what would have happened if they won and SHE did have to step in to the Presidential role YIKES – SCARY STUFF – I mean come on "Are you smarter than a 5th grader – 5th grade goegraphy: Africa IS a continent....

    November 7, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. it's time

    sara palin needs to be impeached, she is a scary human being.

    November 7, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Linda from Minnesota

    At first I thought she was a complete idiot. I still don't think she is the brightest bulb and when asked to be on the ticket should have said thanks but no thanks because I am not qualified. That said, I think that the McCain campaign is trying to blame her for the loss. McCain's campaign was a complete disaster, adding Sarah Palin to the ticket was, I believe, the final nail in the coffin as far as the election goes. I've softened my opinion of her somewhat. Still don't think she's ready or qualified but think the campaign used her to get the Hillary voters which just shows how out of touch the campaign was. Hillary voters would never vote for Sarah Palin – the views are direct opposite. Frankly, I am insulted by John McCain if he thought any woman would get Hillary's supporters. Sarah Palin was part of the loss but the biggest part of the loss is on John McCain himself.

    November 7, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Sue in MI

    Steve, truth be told, the Alaska legislature meets just 90 days a year, so how much executive experience does she have? And when she was mayor, the fist thing she did was hire an administrator to run the city for her.
    She also admits, just not on the campaign trail, that Alaska, which taxes successful oil companies big time and then redistributes the profits to every Alaskan, working or not, old and young, is the "most socialist" of the states. So I don't think she's the paragon of leadership and fiscal responsibility you thinks he is. Alaska is doing well because of their oil and because there just aren't that many people–so there are jobs and wealth. They haven't been affected by the economic downturn, so how would she deal with that? Tax the utilities and "spread the wealth?" But, gee, that sounds familiar! Isn't that COMMUNIST???

    November 7, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Ace

    Mccain only helped Obama by selecting this bully to be his runningmate. Thanks Mccain for giving us no choice!

    November 7, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. Leo

    Iowa Mom –

    I'm not talking about your uneducated mind.being BIPARTISAN I am taling about Washington. Hope you are not too disappointed when the HOPE and CHANGE does not reveal itself.......

    November 7, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. Erik in Real PA

    The woman is a loon.

    November 7, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. Barbara

    Sarah Palin is too thin skinned to handle Federal level politics. She will do well to stay in Alaska and do whatever it is she does. While I think people should leave her alone, she also needs to stop whining about it. When you play the game sometimes you get burned especially when you try to bring small town thinking to the big city.

    Maybe now the Republican women can understand the beating that Hillary Clinton has take for years. She has been called a B**** and cold for years for being tough enough to give as good as she gets. As a female, I am very disappointed in the whining of Sarah Palin. She has to remember that her own self protrayal has also led to some of this bad press. Maybe she should study Barack Obama and his ability to be calm and deliberate in his thinking and actions. Take some lessons Sarah and come back when you are ready to be a serious contender.

    November 7, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. Mike

    My 3rd grader is smarter than this woman. Media, do the world a favor – please do not put her on national television again.. She is just dumb sounding and the words are worst than my 1 year old who can choose words on a 2nd grade level. She is good for "SNL" and that's it....

    November 7, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. Rob the Physicist

    You can't blame the media for the Couric interviews. It is not the media's fault that she doesn't know the role of the VP. The media didn't force members of the McCain campaign to turn on her. It wasn't the 'gotcha media' that used rallies to spread lies and misinformation about Obama. Most of the blame for this falls right back on Palin.

    Sarah Palin should be thankful for the fact that, in reality, she was treated with kid gloves by the media. Very little was reported about her own radical pastors, her connections with the AIP, her willingness to use taxpayer money for personal expenses and her reference to Alaska's oil resources as 'collectively owned' with the wealth being shared.

    Many of the posters are correct; she dished out a lot, but she doesn't like to take it.

    November 7, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. Ken

    Imagine someone using rumors, unfounded allegations, half truths and outright lies in an attempt to destroy someone else's credibility!!!!
    In a word – Karma
    Nobody screamed "sexism" when it was flowing in the other direction.

    NOW – can we just get on with fixing the problems of the country!

    November 7, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Sue in MI

    Did you see where Iraq, which has been balking at Bush's security plan, is willing to work with Obama (the inexperienced one, Steve!) to get the details hashed out, because if we don't, we are out of there on Jan. authority, no weapons, no security. Barack will bring this saga to a safe conclusion, and bring those precious boys and girls home, as well as our tax dollars.

    November 7, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. Roberta former Alaskan

    Leave her alone until after you've read the article about how Alaskans feel about her. From what all my friends and relatives in Alaska say she's a good governor and she's pretty smart. I still don't think she has the wherewithal to be President (and let's face it she was running for President not Vice President). Of course, who knows what will happen given time and world policy education.

    November 7, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Ken

    What's the difference between a pitbull and Sarah Palin?

    The difference between at pitbull and Sarah Palin is a pitbull is smart enough that you can train it!

    November 7, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. Disappointed in Americans

    Why won't you Dems give up already?!?
    Don't you get it... you won! Stop bashing McCain and Palin as it only makes you and fellow dems look bad. Sore losers!
    Obama= not MY President

    November 7, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  20. Clint, Lynnwood Wa.

    Sarah Who?

    November 7, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  21. eddy

    Doesn't she have clothes of her own.Come on Now are you trying to dress up someone to act a specific part.Husband and kids also benefit.Do not they have jobs.Does alaskan voters pay for her & wardrobes.

    November 7, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  22. Cindy

    I know what you mean Frank. Get rid of Tina Fey also so we don't even have to be reminded of Palin again.
    ******BOYCOT 30 ROCK!*******

    November 7, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  23. Joyce

    I've seen Sarah Palin called a racist several times in this blog. Typical – but the only person talking about the fact that Obama is black was Obama! Govenor Palin pointed out questionable relationships and the fact that Obama will tax us to death. In my opinion, these are not things to be overlooked when discussing a man who, at the time, was running for president. Yes, he was elected, with so much help from the media who refused to bring up anything negative about him, inaccuracies about what really led to the financial crisis we're in (do your homework – it all started in the Clinton administration when Clinton supported giving loans to people who had no way of repaying them . The democrats would not allow anyone to look into the obvious problems occuring (Bush brought this to their attention), Barney Frank lied and said everything was fine, etc. etc. So many lies, but not from the Republicans! Now – hold onto your pursestrings – we're in for a bumpy ride.

    November 7, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  24. Nay-Nay

    The republican voters would rather see McCain and Palin win than Obama and Biden. Excellent choice when you have a war veteran of 72 yrs of age and an Alaskan governor who had to take a crash course as to what to say in the campaign.

    November 7, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  25. MrHapiGuy

    Country First?

    They knew she was useless all along.

    Think about that.

    November 7, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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