March 26th, 2009
01:30 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain: People voted 'mostly for Sarah Palin' last year

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation Thursday, Sen. McCain acknowledged the political star power of his former running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Speaking at the Heritage Foundation Thursday, Sen. McCain acknowledged the political star power of his former running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has no illusions about the 2008 White House race.

"God bless them," McCain said Thursday at the Heritage Foundation when reminded of the tens of millions of people who voted for him last year.

"Over 50 million people voted for me and Sarah Palin – mostly for Sarah Palin," McCain said to an eruption of laughter. But "there was a sizable majority of the other party returned to Congress. And, elections have consequences. Elections have consequences. And these consequences we are seeing now in full display."

McCain described himself as "very nervous" about the Obama administration's proposal for FDIC-like resolution authority over non-bank financial institutions like AIG in order to prevent another near calamity in the global financial system.

"I understand that we need some of these institutions to be taken over before they are total failures but I am very nervous about that . . . about the expansion of government oversight," McCain said. "But we have to do a better job of regulation and transparency. The status quo is not acceptable either."

McCain's speech Thursday at the conservative think tank focused on the country's economic crisis and dire long-term fiscal outlook. Before he spoke, the former presidential candidate was greeted by a standing ovation in an auditorium filled with people primarily in their 20's and 30's.


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  1. Dennis, Millbrae, CA

    Another way of saying those who didn't vote for the Republican ticket voted against Palin.

    March 26, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Jack

    The Palin remark is just humorous modesty. But Palin does have a zealous and committed following. She might get the nomination in 2012, although it would be a long shot, just like Reagan was a long shot.

    March 26, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. dennisl59

    To be precise, he should have said, "58,343,671" or 46% of the people voted for the McCain/Palin Ticket. Just as a "gentle reminder" that NOT ALL Americans are Fools, Idiots, Clinically Delusional Morons with a Political, Economic and Social Suicide Wish and the attention span of an American Idol/People Magazine/Celebrity worship mental brainwashed drone. In my opinion.

    March 26, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. BRG

    The only reason why Sarah Palin got those votes is that she is hot, period. She is a MILF and yet people wonder why she still enerigize anybody. C'mon remove Palin and insert Coulter or Bachmann and see if McCain still get his 50 millon votes? Can you say blowout over and over again?

    March 26, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. mary

    "......and it was an Electoral College landslide, not an electoral landslide), Sarah Palin on the ticket prevented an even worse defeat for McCain. She has and continues to energize the conservatives in this country, much to the chagrin of the Left"

    You are simply wrong. Presiden Obama DID win in an electoral landslide, especially when you take into consideration that the DIEBOLD machines are proven to be rigged toward Rushpublican'ts.
    The only thing you got right was that Palin energizes people, sane people, who want someone that cares about ALL people, that has a proven intellect, that is not a liar or narcissitic, those energized people DO NOT WANT Palin anywhere near goverment!

    March 26, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Lorraine

    Yeah, John promised to follow Laden to the gates of hell...wow! I am mindly safe because they are not in WH. It's hard to believe seeing Palin with her incompetence, John with his temper and age being in the WH. I do not know where I'll be living now, either in Heaven (heart attack would have killed me) or in Iceland. I am so happy and praising God that Americans made the genious decision electing the smartest, very intelligent, hardworking, coolest president ever...regardless of his race! Please keep SP in Alaska, hopefully Russians will come to get her from her porch and hopefully we'll not hear from her anymore!

    March 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. sayitaintso

    Uh, Uh, ToddonCapeCod, it is not to the "chagrin of the left" - the left loves it that conservatives love Palin. She is such a ditz that we pray she will take center stage for 2012. Problem is, she won't; she'll be muscled out by the likes of Romney et al. - i.e., those Repubs who are so hungry for the presidency, they'll eat Ms. SP for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    March 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. tom

    She probably did help with whackjobs on the right....fortunately the election was decided by independents by and large based on the campaign performances of the candidates.....

    March 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Dennis

    I like her. My hope is that we can get her elected President in time to reverse the Socialist damage Obama is inflicting on us daily. I pray that the Constitution isn't so shredded by then that we can still have an election.

    March 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. rick61

    McCain: "But we have to do a better job of regulation and transparency. The status quo is not acceptable either."

    Oh that's rich, coming from you.

    March 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. ron

    Todd – Are those of you on the Right like all the fundamentalist Christians who 'worship' the pre-Christian Old Testament god of wrath and vengenance rather than the New Testament god of love? Do you not understand that an "Electoral College landslide' is a win in the system designed by the Founding Fathers? Do you not understand that this is the system we have? It surely does remind me of those right-wing 'christians' who expound hate, apparently mindless of the fact that Jesus taught love. Your complaint about the Electoral College shows ignorance of how the country was founded and the role the Electoral College played in making it possible to find compromises between small states and large ones. As for Sarah Palin, I applaud you and your party for following such true American figures like Sarah, Dick Cheney, and Rush Limbaugh! Talk about the Three Stooges!

    March 26, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Patty

    When will Sarah Palin go off to see the wizard for the "brain" needed to run this country? Just asking

    March 26, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Mo

    Toddon CapeCod: I feel sorry for you, if Sarah Palin is the savior of the Republican party.

    March 26, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Me

    Palin put life in his campaign, and YES it would have been a blow-out withour her. She made it somewhat close. Out on HER OWN, she will be soooo much stronger. Thus, the liberal media hatred for her....she scares the heck out of the left.

    March 26, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Rhonda

    Actually people voted mostly for Obama,

    No Way NO TO PALIN!!!!!

    Obama – clear message was sent

    March 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Blue is my favourite colour

    Sounding a little conciliatory, I think. Looks like it finally sunk in that he will never be POTUS. If we're lucky, neither will Palin.

    March 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. whackjob

    Since you are now energized by Palin, Jindal, et. al., please use your new-found strength to stop supporting policies that allow for the unregulated theft of our retirement savings.

    This may be the primary cause of the chagrin.

    March 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Doc

    So, in saying that most of his votes went to Palin, is he sticking her with his 8 million vote DEFEAT and losing states that had been historically Red since 1964?
    Sounds like a man, who like the last leader of his party cannot accept responsibility for his shortcomings. McCain chose her, and his judgment on issues has been suspect since last September when he brought her to the ticket.

    March 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. RP

    Yeah, Palin does energize the Extreme and Fringe portions of the republican party. In other words xenophobic and uninformed members....Thats what the "chagrin" of the left is about.

    March 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. marcus2

    ToddonCapeCod
    Sarah Palin on the ticket prevented an even worse defeat for McCain. She has and continues to energize the conservatives in this country, much to the chagrin of the Left
    ______________________________________________

    Sarah Palin was chosen to attract the "End of Days" Christians and the Rush ditto-heads, and she did that. Other than that, she appeals to no one with half a brain.

    March 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Susan

    Despite what some whackjobs on the Left would have us believe, even though McCain lost to the empty-suit in November (and it was an Electoral College landslide, not an electoral landslide), Sarah Palin on the ticket prevented an even worse defeat for McCain. She has and continues to energize the conservatives in this country, much to the chagrin of the Left
    ________________________
    Keep drinking the koolaid... and dream on..........

    March 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Rhonda

    Sarah Palin on the ticket made a joke out of what a vp should be -

    The worse mistake for McCain was picking her to be a heart beat away from the president.

    McCain lost many votes for PICKING PAILIN...

    NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT –

    McCain is palying a political game now.

    March 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Expat American

    You hear many say that Sarah Palin, even in defeat, energized the Conservative movement in America.

    Few would disagree that it was never Palin's intellect, nor her grasp of foreign policy, or a global perspective that was the cause for this new found rebirth of the Christian Right.

    Could it be that that a former bikini pageant queen with a pretty face and folksy slack jaw lingo was enough for the racial and religious bigots of the 'Christian' Right to feel energized?

    Look at all of the videos of Palin’s most bigoted supporters on the internet. It’s almost like they’re proud that they are so ignorant; proud that the entire world was laughing at them during the campaign.

    March 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. susie

    Palin needs to get her own army. Obama has his own army named ACORN.

    March 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. harvey

    Thank You Senator Mccain; I was one of those voters; with no disrespect to your public and military service (I am x-navy), I was voteing more tward a Palin President in 2012, I long for the society that I grew up in. It will take elected officials that hold the constitution in absolute reverance. Thank you for introduceing us to Mrs Palin.

    March 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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