November 7th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
5 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. Will18E

    Hay Palin, you lost by a landslide.
    Why are you airing your private dirty laundry in the public forum.
    We do not care, about your personal problems.

    November 7, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. Gambi

    You sow what you reap..............
    Your attacks on Obama were cruel and unjustified and now that the big boys have decided to use you as the scapegoat you want our sympathy.
    Please Sarah stay away from the press let this chapter close take care of your family and govern Alaska and let us all get on with the solving the difficult problems we face in this nation it's just not all about you Sarah.

    November 7, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. ssk

    at the thought of having this woman as VP, my heart wants to have an attack. huuuge sigh of relief that America made the right choice.

    GO AMERICA!! I'M SO PROUD!!

    November 7, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Texas Trail Dog!

    Sorry Sarah. but what else can you expect out of a OBAMA ran media nothing but moron crap.

    November 7, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. Will18E

    She can dish it, but she can't take it. Coward hypocrite.

    November 7, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. independent now

    Governor Palin is a Governor! She is not stupid, dumb, and idiot etc etc. She would have never been elected to the highest office in her state, had she been a nit wit. She was thrown out into the tail end of this campain and handled herself beautifully. Those who are ganging up on her really need to stop and smell the coffee here. John McCain lost end of story. Blame for his loss , as McCain stated himself was his. The Media Bias against McCain and the Love fest for Obama had alot more to do with his loss than Sara Palin. I thought she did one hell of a job, for all she was put through.People need to move on now, support the President Elect. and lets get the country moving forward. Whether you like Obama or not, We are in the sh–ter here and this is not helping efforts to get us back on track. Grow up people...

    November 7, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. Craig Kasnoff

    So...Sarah....whey you casually -and frequently- spewed false accuasations about Obama while you were on the campaign trail(see 'palling around with terrorist for example) is was just jfine and dandy.

    But now...when people say s**t about you...they are 'jerks'.

    Well Sarah...it's an old saying...but it is tried and true...'you reap what you sow'.

    How's it feel?

    You of all people -considering your campaign performance- deserve to be 'trashed'.

    I'm loving every article I read.

    November 7, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. sine

    Although I don't like the mean spirt of the McCain camp, I have to think like a sensible women. My sensibility tells me when she was asked to run as VP she should have put country first and been privy to the fact that she WAS NOT PREPARED!! period.

    She was willing to potentially be president without basic knowledge of goverment and civics. You don't have to be a genius to figure out that she was not that bright. I'm sure she is a fine Alaskan governor...but thats it!!!

    November 7, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  9. theseconddlb

    Clinton/Palin 2012? Palin has some things to brush up on, but four more years in our faces can turn that election into one helluva race against whomever else wants to run for president. You're welcome to join us on our path through history Gov. Palin. It's all good, girl! Do ya thing. Obama/Biden 2008. Yes we did.

    November 7, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. Tanya

    I'm not a Sarah Palin fan-do not share her values, and was very concerned about her lack of experience. But, the only Republican in the McCain camp admitting responsibility for losing the election-John McCain himself.

    These so called "advisors" who are now skewering Sarah Palin, are probably a significant reason the Republicans lost so badly. If this is all they can come up with-making the person they chose and failed to adequately vet, the scapegoat-well, it actually says a lot more about their shortcomings than it says about Sarah Palin.

    November 7, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. VETS4Obama

    This little piggy went to market...this little piggy stayed home....and this little piggy in lipstick went wah wah wah all the way home to Alaska! Everytime Caribou Barbie opens her mouth more ignorance, hate and lies come out! Enough already!!!! Thank God she is now Alaska's problem!

    November 7, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  12. Linda from Ohio

    Cruel, Mean-Spirited, Immature Jerks, Tried to spread something on National News that was not true! My My.. now who does that sound like? Sarah Palin maybe???

    November 7, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. Dee, Canada

    If Sarah Palin was uncertain about certain facts, if she was ill prepared to be McCain's VP, it was not her fault. It was the fault of those people who selected her without vetting her. She gave it all she had, she energised the Republican base and drew thousands of people to McCain's rallies, attracting thousands more than McCain ever did. She was used and now she is being abused. The treatment she is getting is shameful and the comments are indeed petty and mean-spirited.

    November 7, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Paula Smith

    My thought is that John McCain and his running mate showed a large amt of negativity in the campaign. Lots more that the other side did. I do not resent Sarah Palin though and I would like us to not focus on her, not hurt her, let her get on with her work as Gov.

    November 7, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. davebrunk

    Sarah Palin is saying "not fair" to all the negataive comments about her since the McCain campaign . There is a saying in politics, "if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen". I think that her reaction shows that she is not ready for a political office, much less V.P. McCain tried to win by using Palin to ride in on her coat tails because
    she could get women's votes, and she had favor with the "christian right". Shame on him! Why couldn't he run on his own steam? Instead of having an equal partner to run with, he "used" Palin. Thank goodness that thinking people were not hoodwinked with the dirty politics and mudslinging from the McCain camp. Palin was their bulldog who shouldn't have ever been considered V.P. material. Dave

    November 7, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. Charlie Bradley

    I bet McCain is sitting back because he's fed up with her too. I bet he cussed her for everything she was worth on Tuesday night...that little exchange took, oh, all of a second :)

    November 7, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. VETS4Obama

    She is the one who started by making a hate filled, smart mouthed convention speech. Then she hit the trail spewing hate and lies. She deserves EVERYTHING she gets! Welcome to the big leagues Sad Sarah! Shut your mouth and stop showing your ignorance and hate. Then and only then will the nightmare of your potential election to high office fade away!

    November 7, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. Ryan

    Wow, its truly amazing that John McCain didn't stand up for her.

    November 7, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  19. VETS4Obama

    Hey Steve the I.T. guy please get a clue! I am sure there is an igloo with your name on it in Alaska where you can go and worship your idol Sarah! Bush was a moron just like she is!

    November 7, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  20. End Of An Error

    I think this side show has shown too many people what Sarah Palin is really like and how she turns on people when to her advantage. She won't be returning to such a big political stage for a while and she will have to work hard if she ever wants to. She will always be known as the person Tina Fey could impersonate perfectly as she was held up to the light and seen for what she was – a not so bright woman who thought comparing herself to a pit bull was some kind of compliment.

    There is nothing attractive about a pit bull attacking anyone. Politics may be ruthless, but that isn't how it's done. The trick is to be intelligent and many moves ahead of an adversary. Not attacking and accusing them of, in this case, not being real Americans, of being muslim, and all the other spew and hate that Sarah Palin chose to regurgitate.

    If Sarah Palin wants to see cruel and cowardly attacks, she should look at her own speeches in the last month or so.

    November 7, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  21. thomas

    It is especially disturbing that Sarah Palin doesn't even understand why her candidacy was such a bad idea.

    November 7, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. Cathy, Peoria AZ

    Iowa Mom, the only person who did this to Sarah Palin was Sarah Palin. She knew she was not ready for this and could have said no.
    She is not geniune, defintely not articulate and I believe knows more about how to be a Washington insider than you give her credit for.
    The GOP needs to looks to the Tim Pawlenty's and Bobby Jindahl's of their party for leadership and potential bipartinship. There is where the future of the GOP lies NOT Sarah Palin.
    My guess is there is more truth than fiction from the McCain campagin staff about Gov Palin's ability. I would suggest she stay in Alaska and continue being Governor until the good citizens replace her!

    November 7, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  23. The Pecan State Pundit

    Sarah Palin is a good example of the empty-headedness of American Conservatism. While there are a few George Wills and William F. Buckleys, there are a lot more people like Palin who have memorized a dozen buzz-phrases like "free market" and "family values" and they just talk. They do not understand how little they know and how much damage they have done to the nation.

    I hope this gal is nominated by the Republicans in 2012 and maybe we can finally drive a stake through the heart of Conservatism.

    November 7, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  24. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Boy she SURE loved dishing out dirt and sheer lies about Obama, yet when her own team spills the beans on her obvious ineptnous and excesses, she suddenly cares about bitterness and cruelty. Thank HEAVENS America was spared her even being NEAR the White House. What a shallow and mean-spirited hypocrit!

    November 7, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. VETS4Obama

    Its amazing to me to read all the comments about the Witch from Wasilla from all the bright women out there! The bimbo does not even earn any respect from those in her own gender who seem to see her for what she really is better than the rest of us! Many smart women out there!! Hillary would have destroyed her!

    November 7, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
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