April 14th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
5 years ago

Did McCain snub Palin on Leno?

McCain left off Palin's name on his list of future GOP leaders.
McCain left off Palin's name on his list of future GOP leaders.

(CNN) - Did John McCain snub Sarah Palin during an appearance Monday on NBC's The Tonight Show?

That's what some pro-Palin bloggers and other political observers claim after the former GOP presidential candidate left out his former running mate when naming five governors who he thought were in position to lead the Republican Party.

"We have, I'm happy to say, a lot of voices out there," McCain told host Jay Leno before listing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Utah Gov. John Huntsman, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

"There are a lot of governors out there who are young and dynamic," said the Arizona senator.

McCain then quickly joked, "I've left out somebody's name and I'm going to hear about it."


Criticism of McCain's comments are particularly fierce at TeamSarah.org, a blogging Web site for Palin supporters.

"McCain, who screwed up his campaign by not voting against the bailout, can't mention Sarah's name on Leno? It hurts the party and it makes him look bad by dissing her a 3rd time," wrote one blogger. "Maybe it's a good thing he didn't become president."

McCain has said in previous interviews it is too early to say whether he will support Palin should the Alaska governor run for president in 2012. His daughter Meghan made similar comments on CNN's No Bias, No Bull last week.  (Video below)

McCain has also praised Palin since Election Day, saying late last year of the Alaska governor, "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."


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I think McCain is finally realizing how bad he screwed up his election bid by picking Failin Palin. Since he didn't mention her for a potential 2012 candidate, why did he choose to run with her in 2008? John McCain will never regain his credibility.

    April 14, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Richie

    If there is anyone in the repubs qualified to judge Palin, it would be McCain. Hindsight is 20-20....

    April 14, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Marge

    Jindal is a joke, he wouldn't get enough votes to be a candidate much less the job. Also with the mess Phewlenty has allowed Coleman to continue when he is trying to change the rules so he can steal the senator seat, he would be out of the running also. Republican OR Democrat for a governor not to sit someone like Coleman down and tell him for the good of the state so we can have representation he should just give it up. He lost, Franken won and it is time for Coleman to be a MAN and go. Something most republicans aren't I see.

    April 14, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. bad choice

    This guy now realizes that he selected a joker for his running mate. This guy makes bad decisions. Palin was a big mistake and this shows McCain does not understand what is really going on.

    April 14, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    Amazing how the liberal media cannot let it rest..... they are doing anything and everything they can to undercut Sarah Palin. I guess they are really worried that she has a real chance. And if things keep going the way they are under the One, she sure does! You betcha......

    April 14, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. R Wolf

    Gee, didn't McCain have horrible things to say about Mitt during the last campaign? I guess he forgot. As far as the rest, Crist is the only name worth repeating.

    April 14, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. President Obama could walk on water and the Party of NO would still complain that he left footprints!

    "That's what some pro-Palin bloggers and other political observers claim"

    I find it disturbing computers are allowed in sanatoriums.

    April 14, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. workndude

    McCain is finaly showing some sense. It's about time!

    April 14, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. chris

    no way no how no palin

    April 14, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. renobill

    McCain and Palin. Gee, why can't they just disappear.

    April 14, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. Lori

    McCain is just simply stating aloud what he was stating in his head all throughout the entire campaign. Everyone with an ounce of brain knows that McCain chose Palin because he thought he could get disgruntled Hillary voters on his side by choosing a woman. It didn't work, he regrets it, and he's being honest. C'mon Palin fans, if you search hard enough you too cannot deny that nagging feeling in your gut, that Sarah Palin was and is greatly inexperienced for the national (and international) stage.

    April 14, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. scott

    Go away Sarah Palin and family. When did you become more popular a person not to mention a candidate to call out McCain ? Remember it was " HE " that made you. WE all know that alot of the old Bush Reps were brought on board to win the election. And thats another day and another story to deal with. We also know your handlers mis handled you. BUT Sarah you have to take the credit for being the uneducated person in the interviews. You do claim to have a college degree, am I not correct ? How can you blame McCain for being an idiot on typical topics that most high schoolers know. I know you can see Russia from your home, LOL. Deal with the fact that John McCain and the rest of the GOP with dump on you once the policitcal season starts. You think the media is tough now. Wait until primary season. And if that isn't enough and you somehow become a candidate for Prez. You will have to face an intellictual named Obama. Go away now and work on your economy in Alaska and worry about them from now on.

    April 14, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Chas in Iowa

    Wow, even some of the old GOP are starting to wise up.
    I'm no longer a GOP supporter since they changed their agenda in 2004 (slash and burn/ cloak and dagger/ lies and propoganda).
    I do however hope the balance of the GOP wises up and gets back on track forming a new party.
    The Sarah Palin story is over, is over, is over.
    She is a left-over from the old GOP that the American public rejected soundly in 2008.
    Get over it, she is not a representative of the future of the GOP.

    April 14, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. yuri

    Even today we continue to respect and honor the heroic and selfless service rendered by McCain, and Palin puppets are playin' political ploy on purpose to pose as positive party personalities. It is hard for us to stomach such plans of partisan priorities even within GOP.

    April 14, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    QUESTION???????? Did John McCain snub Sarah Palin during an appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show? But he named five other governors like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Utah Gov. Jim Huntsman, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist,. who he thought were in position to lead the Republican Party. Looks like the good old boys club.

    April 14, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. Illinois Republican

    Sarah Palin is not the future of the GOP. She does not have the depth of knowledge or the broad support to lead this nation. I wouldn't vote for her.

    April 14, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Deborah/Kansas City

    Many more people need to dis Sara Palin. What a dangerous woman she is. Another fanatical leader is not what we need. We have also had enough leaders; who think they are above the rules and the laws. She has demonstrated over and over already, that she believes she is above the rules and laws. I could never repsect another woman; who triesto restrict women's rights. She even supported a witch dr, in her church, who had driven women off cliffs in his country for being possessed. She makes rape victimes pay for thier own rape examinations in Alaska now and is for a law that would allow a husband to rape his wife. She should move to Afganistan, I'm pretty sure, she could see Russia from there as well.

    April 14, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Viv`

    I think... if we ever needed more proof that McCain's choice of Palin was just a desperate attempt to win the election..this is it. He can't stand her.

    Even though, he's being a total jerk about it.

    April 14, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Creative Woody

    McCain snubbed Palin?
    No, America snubbed Palin.

    April 14, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. Get Well Soon GOP

    Palin got dised! I bet before 2012 McCain says his biggest mistake was bringing Palin on. I am an Dem and I would have voted for him over Obama if it was not for Palin. She stunk up the ticket.

    April 14, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. Matt in NC

    Maybe he didn't mention her because she's a lightweight?

    April 14, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  22. Baze

    The silly Sarah sweepstakes continues

    April 14, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. No Back Porch

    Snub away, John!

    April 14, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. Josh in TN

    For once he spoke the truth. Truth makes evil people mad because it will expose them.

    April 14, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. Zach K

    From the perspective of an Obama Voter:

    I don't think John McCain's mentioning her, because McCain knew that Sarah Palin was a factor to the reason why he lost.

    But looking to the list Pawlenty, Huntsman, and Crist seem like the best candidates to go against Obama in 2012. Jindal, Romney, and Palin will put more damage to the party then there already is.

    April 14, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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