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. PatC

    Folks on both sides. This is a comedy show that McCain clearly used to makew a joke. Everybody knows the name he left off and that is why they laughed. Anybody that takes anything serious mentioned on Letterman and Leno forget that they are comedy shows. Of course AC 360, Olbermann, Maddow, All Bul, All Bias and Hardball are just entertainment comedy shows as well. Get a grip people.

    April 14, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Ariana

    Why is that a diss?? It's the truth...that woman can't lead. She's totally incapable of anything useful!

    April 14, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Happy in Arizona

    Palin is what caused McCain to lose. Smart women would never vote for her.

    April 14, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. aaron

    Once again the liberal media has proven that it can't let Palin be a moron in private. She keeps sticking her head out and saying dumb things and then they relentlessly attack her for it. All she wants to do is be the president and spread her pseudo-conservative ideology around the world regardless of her lack of support or intelligence.

    Sarah... you had us at hello. Now don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    April 14, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Gary

    Merely having an intelligent thought or engaging in an intelligent discussion is the equivalent to dissing Palin.

    April 14, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Chase

    Hey Palin people, as far as America is concerned, Sarah Palin wouldn't exist if it weren't for McCain choosing her as his running mate. She has no chance in '12 or '16 so you might as well start reading up on Bobby Jindal.

    April 14, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Jeff H Seattle

    As a Obama supporter after hearing him leave the "Alaska nightmare" off the list of 5 I now have new respect for John McCain. Just respect though

    April 14, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. PJ Yost

    Sarah Palin is the reason that McCain DIDNT win the election, or at minimum make it closer. Nobody can take seriously a ticket with her name on it. Had McCain chosen Romney or Pawlenty or SOMEONE who wasnt an airhead, he might have done better.

    April 14, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. George Washington

    mccain leaves out a lot of things. obviously that is why he didn't win. Palin should have been running for President and McCain the vice president.

    April 14, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. matt

    the only one thats a joke is the liberals who sit and think of ways to destory Palin while our economy is in the toilet but obama is a fake and he still has 3 years to ago still alot of time to screw up

    April 14, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Terry

    McCain is a typical Naval officer. Throw's his collegue under the bus to advance his career

    April 14, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. arithmetic is liberal

    If you think that Sarah Palin will ever be President, then you're being used.

    Sarah Palin is just a delightfully distracting wedge to drum up the base to support more moderate candidates akin to McCain, or to sell fiscal conservatives to the masses; nothing more, nothing less.

    If you want her to be President, then great. But expecting that she will be treated as a serious presidential candidate is just foolish, and completely ignoring the reality of how she has been marketed.

    April 14, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Steve, Columbia, SC

    As soon as Governor Palin puts the personal family issues publicity behind her, and shows herself as national and presidential then she is worthy of mention.

    I look forward to that as a 27-year resident of Alaska and Republican now transplanted to South Carolina.

    April 14, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. carol

    McCain did the right thing not to mention Palin since she has made a spectacle of herself since the campaign. And TeamSarah????? Nobody cares what you think.

    April 14, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. TulsaJoe

    And that's why we didn't elect you John! The majority of Americans saw right through that pick and other desperate campaign stunts. You were glad to put her second in line for the Presidency if it meant fulfillment of your ambitions. What does that say about you John??? It's been a long downward slide ever since you made nice with George Bush and started dancing to the GOP's beat.

    April 14, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    This is America. McCain can do whatever he wants and he can support whomever he wants. I love Palin, but she failed to reign in her family, I just cant trust her with 7 billion people.

    April 14, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Don

    What amazes me is that there is anyone of even minimum intelligence out there that still thinks Palin should be President of the United States. No wonder the Republicans are so lost.

    April 14, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Mr Pnutt

    Sorry, dudes, but Sarah Palin is a joke intellectually and a poser morally. McCain lost SOLELY because of his failure of judgement as shown by his selection of her as his running mate.lets face it, u reptilican guys are desperate to reclaim what u used to have – and to get it, you're making the classic mistake of fighting the LAST war. Keep it up. We need you out of the way so we can go about fixing the some of the ethical, political, diplomatic and financial damage you've done. The one bright spot: It'll probably be ANOTHER 40 years before we let R's move past their wrecking their country for personal gain.

    April 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Notfooled

    Those of you who voted for McCain because of Palin are the people that makes this country the laughing stock around the World.

    You wasted your vote on a VP that is uneducated about serious problems in this country. A person that is a heartbeat away from being President should know what's in the Constitution.

    April 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Walter

    I am so tired of hearing about the popular governor of Alaska. What are the govenors of the other states doing? Why does the governor of Michigan with the highest % unemployment and california with the highest number of unemployed get a pass.

    I would like to hear what govenors of states with the lowest unemployed (percent and numbers) are doing in the national news. C'mon folks. There are alot of people and leaders doing good things and making the right decisions...with good results. Let's hear about them and...praise them.....

    April 14, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. John from New Jersey

    Senator McCain was forced to take Palin. She wasn't his choice. He'll
    keep his distance going forward.

    April 14, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. RanDe

    Mccain seems to be still "crying like a baby". I don't know if coming out against the bailout would've been enough to send McCain to the White House but sure would've helped, especially when it was loaded up with all pork. I'm curious if anybody bothered to ask Gov. Palin at the time, what she thought about supporting the bailout.

    April 14, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Good reporting...

    "McCain told host Jay Leno before listing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Utah Gov. Jim Huntsman, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist."

    I don't care about Palin or McCain but CNN should know that Utah's Gov is named Jon, not Jim.

    April 14, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Ladont

    As a Democrat, I hope and pray that McCain is wrong and thet GOP selects Sarah... guaranteeing four more years of Obama.

    April 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Fernando

    Even McCain cant stand her. They realize she was most likely the reason he lost. And I truly hope she is the future of the republican party like some have said here, that way republicans will lose more of their base and can finally disappear from earth!

    April 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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