November 25th, 2008
02:54 PM ET
4 months ago

McCain says Palin has a 'very bright future' as a GOP leader

McCain confirmed Tuesday he’s planning to run for a fifth Senate term in 2010.
McCain confirmed Tuesday he’s planning to run for a fifth Senate term in 2010.

(CNN) – Former GOP presidential candidate John McCain denied Tuesday that political considerations - a desire to appeal to Clinton supporters - played a role in his selection of running mate Sarah Palin, calling her “an energizing factor” and telling reporters the Alaska governor has a “very bright future in a leadership position in the Republican Party.”

"She did a great job of energizing our base. I'm very proud of her,” he said at a press conference in Phoenix, his first since losing to Barack Obama three weeks ago. “It's one of the great pleasures I've had to get to know her and her family, and I think she has a very bright future in a leadership position in the Republican Party.

"....I knew that she would be an energizing factor, because she energized me," he added. "Our base, and most Americans, viewed Governor Palin as a breath of fresh air."

Taking a look back at the presidential contest, he said his campaign was dealt a fatal blow when public focus shifted from foreign policy to the faltering economy. “The American people - and I respect that decision, I don’t in any way criticize it – [decided] that the economy was of vital importance. And it is,” he said.

He also told reporters: “We worked hard, and we inspired a lot of people, Sarah Palin and I. I think we look back with pride."

The Arizona senator said that he’s planning to run for re-election in two years, and that an official announcement would come “at an appropriate time.” He praised the president-elect for his cabinet picks so far, especially his reported selection of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano – long mentioned as a likely 2010 Senate rival - as Secretary of Homeland Security.

Multiple sources have told CNN that Napolitano is Obama’s top choice for that post.

"I have already talked with her, and look forward to moving her nomination as quickly as possible through the United States Senate," said McCain. He said he is also planning trips in the near future to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Even with his stiffest competition is reportedly taking a pass, McCain’s home state has been trending blue - he beat Barack Obama by just 9 points - and the four-term senator told reporters Tuesday he’s expecting a “tough race.”


Filed under: Arizona • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (801 Responses)
  1. Arlene, Illinois

    Just take a look at this man at his news conference today
    and thank God he is not going to the White house.

    November 25, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Angela

    Will she just go away.........If she runs again she has no chance. I have also saved all her videos and they will come up again!

    November 25, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. mikey from san antonio

    I cannot believe we are having this discussion. The 44th President of the United States has not even taken the Oath of Office. Can we focus on the now???

    November 25, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. lulu

    These repukes really sicken me. They are bashing Obama so much and he is not even in office yet. The person to bash is BUSH BUSH and more BUSH. My God, he is the one who have this country in this sad state of affairs. Get your heads out of you know what!

    November 25, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. laughing at the right

    Listen close and read my lips

    SARAH PALIN WILL NEVER BE ELECTED PRESIDENT

    She might make it past the primaries but that because the GOP blind followers are not so smart.

    November 25, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Angela

    Her voice is nerve whacking!!!

    November 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Devon Spencer

    I hope she runs. That will guarantee the Democrats will win again

    Obama 2012

    November 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Republican

    I think Palin was the best thing the Republicans had going for
    having said that, I think Barak Hussein still has a lot of answers to give the American people regarding Who he is? we still don't know who he is? where he was born? Doesn he have dual Citizenship? I think until the Supreme Court investigates all these he is still not our President.... Please read a good article on worldnetdaily.com
    I just hope he comes out clean.

    November 25, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Linda

    I feel really bad for this country if it's going to be represented by the likes of the people in most of these responses. How did we become a country filled with so many hateful people. These remarks are just cruel, hateful stupid remarks. Hicks and non-hicks? Do you Democrats think you're the only educated people here? Pro-choice? Only when it agrees with your choice.....you're more interested in giving terrorists rights than you are murdering babies...and there's no room for anyone's opinion but yours of course. God help us all, the whole country is on the road to hell.

    November 25, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Cynthia; Bham

    John McCain appears to be such a jokester.

    November 25, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Dave in LA

    Washington observer wrote:

    "To all the liberal Democratic hate mongers, what goes around comes around. The sub prime mess, the root cause of the current financial crisis, is the brainchild of the Democrats ..."

    Hmm ... didn't the first sub prime loans start BEFORE 2006 when there was a Republicans majority in both the House and Senate? Even if we were to believe your absurd hypothesis both the Republican led Congress and President were in a position to block any legislation they did not approve of.

    You also conveniently left out Phil Gramm's (R) law to deregulate the commercial banks which allowed AIG, Lehman and Bear Stearns to over leverage themselves and implode.

    Greedy bankers and an unregulated derivatives market caused the sub prime crisis.

    Delusional, party of one!

    November 25, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Oregon Calling

    McCain is finding it difficult not to ROFLHAO!!!!
    :-) Peace

    November 25, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Kristy Sanborn

    Aren't all you posters who are running down the GOP thankful that cnn is posting them for you and not abiding by their own posting rules concerning some people's postings..
    Kinda like most of their reporting I watched all through the election...

    November 25, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Bob Stephens

    One loser commenting on another loser.....What a waste..

    November 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. PK

    McCain is right that Palin has a very bright future as the leader of GOP. What he does not realise is that the GOP has no future with Palin as leader.

    November 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. adods

    You would think such a big turkey would be afraid to show her neck this close to Thanksgiving. Of course, she is the Dem's dream (Republican ) candidate in 2012 . As Pogo said: "We have met the enemy and she is us."

    November 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Amen, Jon

    November 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. JABBER

    I THINK SARAH PALIN SHOULD RUN FOR PRESIDENT WITH HUCKABEE, OR HUCKABEE SHOULD RUN FOR PRES!!!!!NOMATTER WHO BRINGS HER DOWN, SHE SHOULD REMEMBER THEY ALSO BROUGHT HILLARY DOWN, SHE DID A SWELL JOB HER FIRST TRY, AND AS FAR AS THE AHATERS OUT THERE, WE FEEL THE SAME ABOUT OBAMA, HE IS A PEICE OF WORK WAITING TO BE FINISHED, AND I AM SURE THAT PELOSI WILL TAKE CARE OF THAT ONE! IF SHE DOES NOT GET HER WAY, SHE HERSELF WILL BRING THE BOY DOWN!

    November 25, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. joseph

    The scary thing is that she still hasn't clued in on how unqualified she is for public office and that she is a moron. She is totally clueless.

    November 25, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Herny the Independent from NYC

    McCain still doesn't know how to use "the google".

    November 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. Len

    Good for Democratic Party if she is "the one" for the Republicans. Go Sara!!!

    November 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Dave Wallace

    Half-Baked Alaska.

    November 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. EEH

    She energized the base all right. She energized my very Republican spouse into voting for Obama instead of McCain because he found her so appalling.

    November 25, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Precious Coker, NY

    "She did a great job of energizing our base. I'm very proud of her,”

    McCain, no wonder you lost the election woefully!!!

    Thank God "our base" is not all of America.

    November 25, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    He's nuts, or this means the end of the Republican Party. Started as a liberal, progressive party under Lincoln; ended asa a reactionary, non-relevant dinosaur with Palin.

    November 25, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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