January 23rd, 2009
02:22 PM ET
6 months ago

McCain says he and Palin plan to meet this month

CNN

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. Mike Dallas

    Never fear Palin the repub sugar plum fairy.

    Every dem in every red state during the primaries will be pulling the lever for the half-wit.

    Chaos V2.0!

    January 23, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Mark in Long Beach, CA

    As a life-long Republican, I am feeling a bit depressed. If Sarah Palin is the future of the Republican party, then we should be prepared to see a lot of Democrats get elected. Sarah does not inspire in me any sort of confidence that she has a clue about much of anything. Can't we find some intelligent, well read, well spoken, rational, even tempered, well educated Republicans to run for public office? There have to be some Republican candidates somewhere who inspire some confidence, who have some leadership qualities, who can offer rational and conservative solutions to our country's problems. Sarah Palin??? Please. Go back to being the Mayor and while you're at it, you can keep an eye on Russia for us.

    January 23, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Ron Simmons, Maitland, FL 32751

    This is why the Republican Party will be irrelevant in 2012. As long as the extreme right continues to parrot the unqualified Sarah Palin, they will never win.

    If McCain chose Rommney, or Huckabee the presidential race would have been much closer.

    January 23, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. tk in IL

    Why is it all the fans of the Obama administration feel so threatened because these two decide to get together for a meeting? Because the media made it your business to know?

    Seems like she still gets a huge reaction from the throngs of people out here, whether or not it's positive, she's still got people jumping in and speaking up about it.

    Exactly what was it about her that scared the pants of everyone (including the media) that people just couldn't wait to be so negative about her? And don't say it's because she can't captivate an audience because all of you are STILL talking!

    January 23, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. LIP

    "Must speak eloquently" is now a prerequisite for applying for the job of President. Obviously George didn't get this part right, but he did fill the shoes for 8 years, elected by a clear majority. So what is it that sticks in the throat of democrats and why does CNN use the phrase "McCain takes jabs from Palin" when there is nothing in the story tha mentions "jabs". Must CNN continue to milk this story line and continue to create conflict where there is none, except in the imaginations of Liberal Democrats and the Liberal Media?
    Now that we are in heaven and all problems will be solved within 100 days, can't we get on to stories with some real substance, like what is happening in the rest of the world or would they have us believe that the crises we face was brought to us by the Republicans and that we aren't really sharing the same problems that the rest of the world is having, brought to us by other forces entirely unrelated to US politics.

    January 23, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. republicans hate america

    seriously from the bottom of my heart thank you for picking her as your running mate with out her Obama might not be president today.

    January 23, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Applepiejud

    I don't see anything so special about McCain, he is a so called war hero, I am sure that the thousands of other military captured should be called war hero's. McCain helped put us into two recessions, back in 1989 but we had laws then and it was stopped and again 2006 by convincing his party to DEREGULATE but this time Bush had taken
    laws and standards away so his crooked friends could rob America in the housing market.
    McCain and Palin are neither capable or needed for any job in our government, sorry die heart Republicans believe every lie they say.
    People need to check things out, once a liar always a liar, how do you think Bush got into office, cheat and lie and I can back it up.

    January 23, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Samuel

    Yes Mr. McCain, you guys can meet , go out, have a beer or whatever....not relevant to us anymore.... I am glad we won against you in the election to avoid another 4 years of permanent demage to our nation.

    January 23, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Banish Sarah Please!

    John, from Rochester –

    "It's interesting that so many right-wingers on here call us "Palin haters". We're not Palin haters, we're realists."

    Very well said. But it's a hopeless case, just like Palin is. If you point out what is so very apparent about Palin – you will be labeled a hater. They just don't get it, and they never will.

    Even an Electoral College landslide didn't make it clear to her fans.

    January 23, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. grahame

    Dear Sarah I'm sure that by now you are running out of ideas on how to keep yourself in the national spot-light. Well here are just a few that perhaps you can use.
    (1) Change your Religion and try for Pope.
    (2) Commit a really big crime, (just like so many Republicans) and really serve the people by serving time.
    (3) Start a religious movement and get people to give you money.
    (4) Start a comedy show. Oh so sorry you already did.
    hope this is helpful, we really miss you and Saturday Night Live.
    (5) Finally admit that you are the mother of Rod Blagojevich, or Jesus depending upon your mood at that time. Thank you Sarah keep the comedy coming..

    January 23, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Nobama Noway

    GEE, I THINK IT WAS SARAH PALIN WHO SAID THAT OBAMA PALS AROUND WITH TERRORISTS.
    i GUESS SHE IS RIGHT!! FIRST THING HE DID WAS GIVE RIGHTS TO TERRORISTS. FORGET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, LETS DO A LITTLE GOOD FOR HIS PALS FIRST.

    ALL YOU KOOLAID DRINKERS ARE GETTING WHAT YOU VOTED FOR, BUT OF COURSE YOU JUST VOTED BLACK AND CELEBRITY, NOT FOR A PRESIDENT, NOT FOR THE JOB.

    January 23, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. K. Rodgers

    Does Sara Palin with her ego bigger than Alaska not realize that she is also unpopular, does she ever read the blogs below articles written about her. I was starting to have respect for John McCain, but no more. I did not vote for him because of Palin. Remember when she was on the campaign trail with just a sign of PALIN that my friends is ego and narcissism. Yes, she does have those who support her but it takes more than that. Do you math. Obama won in the states that had a high electoral vote that you swore and had campaigned your heart out. What happened, your hatred, racism and ego spilled forth. You sowed your fruits and it backfired.

    January 23, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. tim

    governor palin should run the RNC. better on hype than issues

    January 23, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. bbb

    She still thinks the US has 57 states!!!

    January 23, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. newt

    It certainly seems as though the Governorship of the State of Alaska is a figurehead position, else how does Ms. Palin have any time at all to speak with the national media. If she were doing her job she wouldnt have time even for so many chats with the local press. Maybe though, with her skill set, the Alaskan people are better off the less of her job she does.

    January 23, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. HILARIOUS

    January 22nd, 2009 6:51 pm ET

    Sarah Palin is an amazingly accomplished American woman for her age!

    _________________

    Yeah. For the Stone Age. Oh, wait...does she believe in that? Were there dinosaurs then???

    January 23, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. DIZIZI31

    A Maverick reunion. Boring!!

    January 23, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. REF

    WHY HATE SARAH SO MUCH? I KNOW ALL YOU HATERS CITE HER LACK OF EXPERIENCE. WHICH IS BULL. BUT LOOK AT DC WE ARE 11 TRILLION IN THE HOLE AND HAVE THESE IDIOTS TELL US THAT WE GOT TO KEEP DIGGING.. THAT ARGUEMENT DONT HUNT I KNOW YOU HATERS NOW WILL BLAME BUSH BUT AS YOU MUST KNOW THE PREZ CANT SPEND A DIME HE HAS NO CONSTIUTIONAL POWERS TO SPEND ITS ALL THAT EXPERIENCE YOU CONSTANTLY HARP ABOUT THAT HAS RIUNED THIS COUNTRY. GIVE ME NEW FACES AND NEW IDEAS FROM US COMMON PEOPLE ANYTIME WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH EXPERIENCE.*************************

    January 23, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. bigjoerice

    "If you hate her so much why do you waste your time reading or posting about her"

    GW repeated over and over that there were WMD in Iraq, and eventually people started to believed him.

    America doesn't want to make the same mistake about Sarah Palin so we're speaking up loud and long when the pro-Palin crowd says she's the future – she's the future – she's the future.

    If she's the future put the cat and light out 'cos we're done.

    January 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Rubin

    Just the fact that Palin actually had the gall to accuse President Obama of being a terrorist and tried to bring out the worst and most violent emotions in her supporters tells me where this person is really coming from. Thank God both her and McCain never made it to the White House.

    January 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. John

    It is a waste of time, we should be proud of PRESIDENT OBAMA and work with him, It doesn't matter what you think, HE IS YOUR PRESIDENT for 4 years minimum, might even be more, It is not Presiden't Obama fault the GOP ran out of ideas and wanted to play a dirty campaign such as Obama wouldn't defend the U.S.A, his middle name is Hussien, etc..

    The GOP and their fan's are responsible for their downfall simply because they got comfortable talking about the war on terror, I have news for you, there are other things going on in the world, the only constant is CHANGE, the GOP refused to change, they right wingers thought war on terror and abortion rights is all there is to life... Barack said it well, the world have moved beneath your feet...

    January 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. PDX Gal

    putergal-
    We WERE threatened by Palin, but only because McCain imposed this absurd choice on the country as a stunt. It didn't work, and she would not have come so far on her own.

    Unless she is added to another ticket by someone that is not smart enough to avoid political suicide, we have seen the last of her on any federal level.

    It is outrageous that we were ever jeopardized by that menace in the first place, true. But don't mistake what is really going on: you are witnessing the process of her being laughed into oblivion- which is only appropriate.

    January 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Matt

    @ AndyL

    You conveniently forgot 8 years of experience as a State Senator. Please see my previous post. Put down the GOP Playbook and think for yourself.

    January 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. DH

    Who cares if they meet? What are they going to do? Plan a comeback tour?

    January 23, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Jackie in Dallas

    Senator McCain,

    There is no way that the Republican Party can afford to have Governor Palin on any ticket for a national office. She would be the final nail in the coffin of the GOP as a viable party. Yes, she does appeal to a certain demographic: far right religious extremists, bigots, and the uneducated. That is NOT the direction the GOP needs to take to survive in the 21st Century.

    They should be appealing to moderates, like me. I might have voted for McCain - I was seriously considering doing so - until he picked her for his ticket. Instead, I decided to vote for President Obama, because at least he is intelligent, can speak in complete sentences, is a Constitutional scholar, and has serious knowledge of foreign affairs (as well as knows Africa is a continent, not a country). Yes, he lacks seasoning but is already showing that he knows how to learn on the job. Sarah's "executive" experience - 1 and 1/2 years as Governor of one of the states with the smallest populations, and several years as mayor of a town smaller than my suburb of Dallas (which she left $7 million in debt) is not really that impressive.

    BTW: No matter what state constitutions say, there is only ONE Commander in Chief of the American military, the President of the United States. There may be times when they have temporary command of the National Guard or reserve units, such as national disasters, but ultimately, there is only one CiC. There was a time when states had militias, and those, I guess, might fall under the command of the Governor.

    January 23, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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