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. Sam

    John, you have lost more votes because of Sarah Palin.

    March 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Moe

    Half voted for Palin, the other half voted against Obama. McCain was a JOKE.

    March 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Anthony

    Sarah Palin not worth talking about. John McCain still a joke,say one thing and the next second he say something different. Has anyone ever notice how much John McCain look like Nikita Khrushchev. Check it out. These two people are like the BEVERLY HILLBILLYS, they thought the civil war was still going on. John & Sarah the election is OVER.

    March 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Reaction to Closed Minds

    I would have voted for McCain anyways as a liberal who just get fed up with tthe hypocrisy, corruption (see Chicago, Phila, KCity, St Loius, New Orleans , etc) duplicity and 'I know better than the average person what to do' attitude of Democrats. Yeah, there are great & good Dems, just as there still are some decent/good reporters at the NYT.

    But Palin secured the vote. Why? Because the Dems were so terrified of her that they resorted to breaking into her e-mail accounts and essentially made-up & spread stories about her (speaking in tongues, banning books) ,.... And why were they terrified of her? Not her policies because in Alaske – a left of center state, she governed as a pragmatist not an ideologue which the Dems and their media partners effectively painted her as. She is authentic. She risked her career to take on real entrenched corruption in her own party as well as with Dems.

    Where was Cronkite Award winner Couric to take on real powerful corruption at great personal risk like this? Oh that is right, she sits in cosy NYC playing media politics to try to save her fading star. The Dems just play a more effective game of slime typically than Republicans (I know, I have seen it and am aware of it first hand). And from Sept 12 2008 on, despite the blatant media cheerleading for candidate now Prez44, when the equity markets started to seriously tank along with money market freeze ups, the game was over before it began for McCain. Which is not to say he ran a great campaign. Obama did run a better campaign.

    I doubt 99.9% of the posters here could ever match up to the integrity & honor of McCain (I certainly cannot).

    But go ahead Dem hacks & DailyKos/HuffPo/Dem Underground operatives who love to overwhelm news blogs with voluminous comments to try and 'shape' public opinion. Vent your nonsense amongst your own Kool-Aid drinking crew.. Go express your rage at the AIG bonuses after Fannie Mae and FreddioeMc kept theirs. Conveniently ignore Rahm & FannieMae, Franklin Raines, Johnson, Gorelick, Cisneros, Cuomo, Dodd, Countrywide – just as Time magazine did. Anyone who just scans the WSJ & Barrons from 1999 to Summer 2008 can see the unfolding of the most predicted crisis ever (no one knew its magnitude because there were so many new variables). But is starts mainly in 1999, Cisneros, Countrywide, FannieMae & FreddieMc .... the rest are dominoes in the chain.

    March 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Mike Wolford

    I just don't understand the comment McCain makes. He is nervous about expanding government oversight but aware that things need to change. What exactly does he think we should do?

    Also I wonder what consequences he thinks we are seeing from the new administration? It is too early for the stimulus to have taken effect; however, housing, banking and manufacturing seem to be moving in a more positive direction. We may be in a bear rally in the stock market but most of the really has been in response to moves made by the administration.

    I identify with many of the Republican ideals however I find my self at a loss as to know what they want to do about the problems we face today. It just seems that they are all nervous and unsure.

    My understanding is that Regan was an optimist but the Republicans of the 21st century certainly feel like they are afraid and they want us to be as well. It seems like Republicans are afraid of terrorists, afraid of government oversight, afraid of market interference. If the Republican Party would like to make a comeback I really think that they need a message of inspiration, hope and action. Not fear, doubt and filibusters.

    March 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. julie in wi

    Obviously the world felt Palin had nothing to offer that would benefit the current world conditions. Those that voted for her probably actually thought Obama was a terrorist.

    March 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. virginia for obama

    I think McCain is better on the side lines instead of the presidency at

    his age. Because his heart wouldn't have lasted trying to get us out of

    this mess.

    P.S. The whole time him and Palin were campaigning they didn't

    have a plan and it showed. The GOP have been pressured to come

    up with something. It's about time. How Pathetic!

    March 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. McCain 2000

    "She has and continues to energize the conservatives" and you point is? Never did find out anything positive the conservatives ever accomplished – all talk – no action.

    McCain 2000 would have been better than Bush. McCain 2008 bragged how little he knew about the economy and picked Palin without vetting her very well... lack of judgment.

    You never see even the most rabid anti-President Obama posters wishing McCain/Palin had won.

    March 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. cjr

    No – John – most of the country voted against you! That's why you lost. Get over it.

    March 26, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. moro

    Cool. McCain is a gentleman and modest too!!. He is being kind to sillY Sarah.

    March 26, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. hello

    Somebody has to regulate, thats why we have Government and elected president and congress.
    We don't want to have some Corporate CEO's to run the country the way it was run for last 8 years.

    March 26, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. moro

    Again McCain is a gentleman and modest too!!. He is being kind to sillY Sarah.

    March 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Jim

    If Palin is "energizing" the conservative base it's because their repressed sexual desire and not because of her intellect and experience.

    She could not put a complete thought into words.

    I want someone who is articulate, not just a good ol' girl, hockey mom.

    A few months ago we got rid of a good ol' boy from down south. What a fine mess he left us in.

    Obama was elected because he spoke of hope and stayed positive throughout the campaign while the Republicans could only do the opposite.

    March 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Well.......if that were the case.....................then she would lose to President Obama pretty handidly in 20012 ???? I think that she would be out of consideration for the Republican Nomination. We can only hope that they find a more Moderate Candidate.

    March 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Scott, Wichita

    Got to admit, Palin is the reason that instead of you having my vote, I flipped a coin at the booth.

    March 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. InterestedPerson

    Is McCain trying to PROVE how grateful the nation should be that he is
    not in charge? Or is he afraid Sarah Barracuda will sic the crowds of
    fundamentalists on him as she tried to do on President Obama
    in the campaign?
    Let him take a look at the recent picture of her 'stunned' at the
    opposition demonstration to her when she finally turned up
    in Juneau at the capital.

    March 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. Dan in Joliet

    You know, I used to think the extreme right was extremely mean, but after reading the comments posted after mine, I see many of the same qualities on the left. Does Rush freelance for you guys?!

    March 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. D

    I dunno what you guys were doing

    COLBERT '08!

    March 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Steve

    She cost him votes. Romney, especially in light of the financial crisis, would have been his best choice.

    March 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. Alex

    It's funny how some conservatives consider McCain a poser to their cause, yet The (White) Heritage Foundation is certainly glad to work with him!

    March 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. Derrick

    Haha, okay Mr. McCain. Please let Sarah Palin be the GOP front runner. By all means keep her there.

    That will guarentee another Democratic victory in 2012!

    March 26, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Gaston

    Senator McCain;

    The people didn't vote for your ticket because it is time to turn this nation around from fiscal mess & the military quagmire Bush & the GOP got us into. Another word, it was time to change the whole management because team USA got clobbered & marooned in a world in constant change.

    March 26, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Kenneht K.

    Glory,Glory, Hallelujah,I don,t know how all this will workout with Obama? But with McCain-Palin It could have been disastrous. Mrs. Palin is a very Beautifull Woman But Brains she has none . And if Mr. McCain can,t look another man in the face during a debate How would he Stand up and say READ MY LIPPS, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. And like Mr Chaney Said SO .All my Republic are still crying about losing the election. Time will tell, If Obamas plan does work They will still be crying . Lets all try and it will work.

    March 26, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. JA from ABQ

    I think he meant to say was that the people voted mostly against Palin, not for Palin – that's more like it!

    March 26, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. Rob

    The american people and all their kids and grandchildren will be paying for what this new left-wing whacko president is proposing. I hope and pray that it is Obama's nutty followers and their families that feel the wrath and pain that he is unleashing – probably not since most are on welfare, don't want to work, and want the government take care of them. He is taking us straight to hell...

    March 26, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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