January 23rd, 2009
02:22 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain says he and Palin plan to meet this month


Watch McCain discuss his relationship with Palin.

(CNN) - Despite the post-election battle between Sarah Palin and John McCain's campaign advisors, the former Republican presidential candidate told CNN’s Larry King both members of the GOP ticket remain “very close.”

McCain — who has been edging his way back into the spotlight Palin never quite left - dismissed questions over his running mate’s criticism of his campaign team. “Listen, I think the world of Governor Palin, her husband Todd, her family, I'm honored that she would run with me,” he said in an interview Thursday.

“And look, whenever there is a losing campaign there is always a little bit of back and forth, and it happens post-mortem. I am so grateful to have her as a friend, and I believe that she represents a lot to the Republican Party in the future. I think she has a big role to play.”

Palin and senior McCain aides, many of them anonymous, have traded criticism since the Republican ticket’s defeat.

Last month, the Alaska governor told Human Events that following the campaign’s media strategy was her biggest regret of the race. “I was not allowed to do very many interviews, and the interviews that I did were not necessarily those I would have chosen,” she said. “But I was so thankful to have the opportunity to run with John McCain that I was not going to argue with the strategy decisions that some of his people were making regarding the media contacts...if I would have been in charge, I would have wanted to speak to more reporters, because that’s how you get your message out to the electorate.”

The Arizona senator would not tell King Thursday whether he was personally stung by Palin’s criticism of his top aides. “Look, we're very close friends, and I talk to her all the time and look forward to seeing her, I think, in a week or so,” he said. “We're very close.”

McCain also side-stepped the question of whether he’d ever raised those comments with her. “Oh - these things always happen in campaigns,” he said. “She has my respect and my affection and that's undying.”

Last month, he told an interviewer Sarah Palin could not necessarily count on his support his former running mate if she chose to run for president.

"I can't say something like that. We've got some great other young governors,” he told ABC then. “I think you're going to see the governors assume a greater leadership role in our Republican Party," he said, citing Governors Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Jon Huntsman of Utah.

“...Have no doubt of my admiration and respect for her and my view of her viability, but at this stage, again … my corpse is still warm, you know?"

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  1. Kathy in Minnesota

    Sarah Baracuda!!!!

    If Sarah Palin is all you say she is cracked up to be, why did she show tht she cannot think on her feet as to what newspapers and magazines she reads to get her political news? She was unable to think on her butt regarding other reforms McCain championed in the Senate other than for Campaign Reform. Nor could she think of the Exxon Valdez ruling by the Supreme Court that reduced the amount of damages due to the Oil spill in 1989 that greatly affected Alaska.

    Sarah Palin is certainly no Hillary Clinton!! All Sarah Palin did was rev up the Right Wing base of the GOP. She did not appeal to GOP Moderates or the Independents McCain needed to win the Presidency.

    If Sarah Palin thinks she is the face and voice of the GOP in 2012; that she is going to ressurect the Republican Party, she is cruisin for a bruisin.

    January 22, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Pat J

    Vegas Barbie for Obama January 22nd, 2009 6:52 pm ET

    How RICH! Someone who calls herself "Vegas Barbie" critiques the governor of Alaska!

    January 22, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. Jeff

    I have to wonder if it is possible that the Republican party can be thinking in any way shape or form this woman can be the savior in 2012??? Is that possible?

    Although a stuanch democrat, before McCain took up with this woman I at least had respect for him. He lost it all when he connected with her.

    I agree with thoughts that he should distance himself from her whenever possible.

    Especially for Sarah: Did you notice that during the inauguration festivities it was very hard to find any reference to Alaska?!

    Poor Sarah....all you have now is a possible book deal. What about that baby who needs you...and your new(est) granchild. Oh well, Guess Todd can handle it between snowmachine practice with his buddy.

    January 22, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. Justin from New Haven, CT

    Does anyone give a damn about these losers, especially two-time loser McCain? He is worse than John Kerry.

    January 22, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  5. T in Dallas

    I think he's meeting her to slap her around so he can shut her fat trap. As

    January 22, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. Chris

    Note to CNN. Elections were over on Nov 4th, 2008 and Mr. Obama won in a landslide. He was inaugurated on the 20th of January, 2009. Sarah who?

    January 22, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  7. luvangel330

    It's a date....they finaly get to know each other

    January 22, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. Brian

    CNN and the rest of the talking heads can't leave her alone because. They and the Obama camp know that right now she is their greatest threat in 2012. A real middle class family, with real middle class issues and jobs. A governor with about 6 years of experience in the largest state in the union with the most energy resources available. The media didn't create the double standard for her in 2008 for nothing. Now that we have had Obama, why not a woman next.

    The media, the democrats, and the White House will all have to keep beating her up.

    I realize none of the libs reading this will understand this, but its true. Just think about the double standard they used during the campaign. When she mis spoke it was the lead story. Joe Biden miss quoted the Constitution of he United States and it was not mentioned. What about Obamas declaration of 48 states? Page 3, bottom left corner. And the list can go on.

    January 22, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    Ernie @ 6:52...

    Not without some good hallucinogens.
    We have done some dumb things as a country but we are not so dumb to elect this bimbo President.

    Yes, bimbo. Lacks intellectual curiosity, prefers to believe superstition above science, and thinks only in black and white. That may play in Alaska but it would not in the real world.

    January 22, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Proud American

    I just read where the Idiot Palin is going to write a short story. She couldn't pay me to read it.

    January 22, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Hammer

    McCain took a dive for the Dems in the general election and will be Obamas boy in the senate. McCain is a traitor to the Republican Party.

    January 22, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  12. Pepou

    Two pathetic losers.

    January 22, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. Independent FL voter

    Sarah baracuda:

    You must be the real Sarah Palin. You misspelled barracuda, your post has multiple grammatical errors, and you clearly don't know what you're talking about.

    Don't you have a state to run (into the ground)?

    January 22, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. Eileen

    What a bunch of nincompoops blowing hot air! Palin will be here for a long time and you Palin haters will just have to bear it.

    January 22, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. rich

    so what is youre point?and what are you trying to say?

    January 22, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  16. Larry from RI

    The old guard of the GOP desperately grasping at straws and doesn't even smell the rot of his own party all around him.
    You betcha – I'll get that right back too-ya – Africa is a country – what a vapid airhead!

    January 22, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. Can You Dig It?

    Face it, you silly Sarah Palin lovers, the reality is that yours and mine President is Obama, not goof ball Sarah Palin, and you might as well get used to that fact. America spoke lound and clear, and at the end of the day it was OBAMA!!! You know darn well that she could never, never, ever attract a crowd as large as the one he did, Never!!! I hope she runs in 2012, so I can watch all you people who love her so much chow down on some crow.....she dosen't hold a candle to him, not even on her bestest day, Please say it with me, President Obama, oh how sweet the sound! what the heck was Bush doing, he didn't even know that gas was at 4 dollars a gallon, that's a damn shame, so don't give me this crap about experience, cause he had it and it did not seem to matter at all.She will never run this country. If you just chill out and let go fo your prejudice, because he's sporting a beautiful tan, then I think you will see what all else does, a true leader, who cares about his people and the issues of this county.... Can you dig it?

    January 22, 2009 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  18. GaryB

    Sarah baracuda,
    You need to check your facts - it looks like you're parroting one of those chain e-mails that went around a few months ago.

    According to the U.S. Army website, the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska is part of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade headquartered in Colorado Springs. As such, its commander answers directly to the Commander of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade. Gov. Palin is nowhere in its chain of command. Regarding the 176th... "The foreign deployments of units and the operation of interceptors are not the responsibility of state governors." Command once again would again follow "regular U.S. military chain of command." Palin, however, would theoretically be in charge of search and rescue missions after a state disaster.

    Due to their various committee memberships, Obama, Biden and McCain all had national security clearances as senators.

    As for extensive foreign trade experience... as a Governor, she did have the opportunity to participate in trade missions, but according to Alaska's records, the only mission she participated in was one with Yukon, Canada. In fairness, she was only governor for a year-and-a-half before running for VP, so she may not have been able to fit any more missions in her schedule, but to claim she has extensive foreign trade experience one would have to ignore the facts. FYI, Obama, Biden and McCain all interfaced with foreign nationals regarding security issues (loose nukes for Obama) prior to 2008. Prior to running for VP, Palin had never interfaced with a foreign head of state in any capacity (and that's by her own admission).

    January 23, 2009 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  19. eric

    PLease please Just go away Sarah we've had enough of your ignorance

    January 23, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. ross berg- Buffalo, NY

    Gotta give John McCain credit for being loyal and stubborn.

    The overwhelming consensus is that any chance he might have had went out the window when he chose Palin as his running mate with the Couric interview sealing the doom.

    Perhaps the Dems will figure out how to get her on the '012 ticket??? Sure would make their job a lot easier!!!

    January 23, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. Connie

    Palin is full of hot air and all she knows how to do is whine and complain.

    CNN PLEASE stop with the stories on her! We want her to just go away!

    January 23, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. Richard/ Naples Florida

    Instead of writing a book she and her children need to read a book about birth control out of marriage. What an air head

    January 23, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Allen

    No John, there is nothing "normal" about a campaign taking "pot shots" at its own VP candidate.....especially BEFORE the election. It was disgraceful what you and your gang of "amateur hacks" did to this woman. The reason there was friction in the campaign was because Sarah wanted to "win" and you "did not." You were not worthy of being on the same ticket as this woman. You are not worthy of being in the same room as this woman. You are the the lowest of the low. THANK YOU, SARAH! HOPE TO SEE YOU IN 2012!

    January 23, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Mike, Syracuse NY

    It's amazing that all the supposed Obama supporters continiue with the hateful comments when their supposed leader has consistently put out a message of bipartisanship. Do you hypocrites support him or not? If so, then try emulating his policy.

    January 23, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. uncle jimbo - Chicago

    Write a book ? I do not think she can put two coherent sentences together in a paragraph.

    If she is the best the GOP can do, then the party is finished.

    January 23, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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