August 2nd, 2009
03:21 PM ET
5 years ago

I'm 'saddened' by 'vicious attacks' on Palin, McCain says

In an interview that aired Sunday, Sen. McCain said he respects former Gov. Palin and thinks she will continue to play a role in the Republican Party.
In an interview that aired Sunday, Sen. McCain said he respects former Gov. Palin and thinks she will continue to play a role in the Republican Party.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A week after she stepped down as Alaska’s governor, Sen. John McCain is expressing support for his former White House running mate.

“I respect Sarah Palin,” McCain said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, “I appreciate her and her husband enormously. I think she will continue to play a major role in the future of the Republican Party. And I have to respect the decision she made."

Watch: McCain on Palin, GOP's future

“People make decisions, what they think is best for their own future, their state, the country and their family. And I'm not aware of all the influences,” McCain said of Palin’s surprise decision to step down 18 months before her first term as governor was up.

“And Sarah, I think, made, clearly, the best decision,” McCain told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

McCain also told King he continues to “be saddened by the fact that there are still such vicious attacks on her and her family.”

“I've never seen anything quite like it,” added McCain.


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  1. Ryan Wing

    I think she made the best decision for her country in stepping down, as well. Now she has no real power :)

    August 2, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. McCain is a hypocrite

    One week after he has some supportive words for Palin........what a crackpot? The man is a coward as always he wants to show support after the fact so he can look like a thoughtful person. CNN is not credible with these interviews or sponsoring lou dobbs diatribe.

    August 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Jeremy

    I tend to agree. No...I don't want her to run for POTUS at this point. There are better GOP candidates; however, dems have gone after her so hard as well as media. As much as liberals say she isn't worth anything, you all sure seem scared that she might continue to be in politics. If you honestly think she's a nobody, then you wouldn't contuously dog her.

    On another note, I hope people are beginning to wake up and see that Obama should only be a one-term president or our country is going to be in the toilet.

    August 2, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Zero.

    This nothing, to what will change most peoples thoughts, now that Irael has kicked Palistinians out of Jerusalem.

    Barack Obama is going to look real sick, and there is nothing he can do about it. He is a Muslim, and Israel dont trust him, neither will most of the USA soon.

    August 2, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Larry

    Hey John, lets not forget that you started this whole thing when you USED her as a token female in your lame effort to win the presidency

    You brought her lack of ability into the main stream

    Take your fake sympathy for her to the mirror

    Cause your the only one listening to you

    August 2, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Never Repub again

    Repubs dont love America, Only money.. I just made a donation to The Texas Democratic Party. I am tired of the senseless complaining and no working. Get this country fixed or gert out the way. Texas is going to seceed from Rick Perry.

    August 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. KJ

    never seen anything like it? how about the vicious attack mccain himself made on the teenage chelsea clinton and janet reno? hmmm? how about all that "palling around with terrorists" stuff which mr. mccain and his lackey palin threw at obama? "socialist," terrorist," "k.i.l.l. him" etc. how about those mccain?

    August 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. v

    funny, i've seen attacks far beyond what palin has received. like people at YOUR campaign rallies holding up stuffed monkeys to portray our new president.

    she hasn't done anything of value, so lets stop reporting on her, 'k?

    August 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. DF

    zero, you are a zero.

    sarah who?? and john who??

    August 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Richie

    What vicious attacks is he talking about? Geez, they are such whiners. She is a QUITTER. McCain was never a quitter. He's just defending his own stupid choice of her.

    August 2, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. rachel

    i remember something quite like it mccain, when you and other conservatives went after Chelsea Clinton and current secretary of state Hillary. Never will quite forgive you for publically calling a 13 year little girl Ugly.

    August 2, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Dylan Frendt

    I'm saddened by the fact that she continues to make public statements, appearances, and that she continues speaking. :(

    August 2, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. NC Mom

    Guess she's looking for exposure. The problem with exposure, is that all of her new gaffs will be caught on tape...

    August 2, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Joan

    Sen. McCain, people were saddened when Sarah Palin at her campaign appearances said Pres. Obama "palled around with terrorists" and she allowed people in the audience to shout racist and scary threats. She can dish it out but she can't take it. Which journalists exactly are making vicious attacks about her and her children? She paraded them on stage and her daughter and almost son-in-law have made the talk circuit rounds. The bloggers have criticized them but right wing bloggers have been vicious about the Obamas too. She needs to come clean about who is attacking her and not just white-wash the whole media as some kind of conspiracy against her. She might want to consider why so many people seem to like making fun of her and criticize her. She has not seemed to earn the respect that is required of a true leader.

    August 2, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Luke

    He's "saddened?" Maybe he shouldn't have authorized her to start here "vicious" attacks on others in the beginning of her campaign. Remember the "paling around with terrorists" bit, and and her continual lies about "socialism," etc. All her campaigns, including her first run for Mayor of Wasilla included whispering attacks against her opponents. She quit as an oil commissioner to gain political advantage, and quit as Governor so she could make money selling a book. Sarah is about Sarah- always was and always will be. McCain should be ashamed of himself.Glad that thise eye winking impostor is fading quickly into the Alaskan sunset.

    August 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. cad

    It is sad that it took John McCain this long to stand behind Sarah Palin. She was the only thing that really helped his campaign and then he threw her under the bus. I think she should wait a few years before she runs for any kind of office. She is not finished. If people ever wake up and realize that the only thing that Obama has going for him is his silver tongue he will be finished. He can't make a speach, or hold a press conference without knowing everything beforehand. He can not come up with a correct answer without help!!!!

    August 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Patrick Oliver

    I dislike Palin's politics as much as anyone, but McCain is right. Never before has any candidate been subjected to such sexist, partisan attacks as Palin. It's like she doesn't have the right to exist. Must be the combination of being conservative, a woman, and young. But whatever it is, it's incredibly unfair.

    August 2, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. katy Heys

    Sarah Palin is not presidential material and probably never will be. It is one thing not to support Obama, it is quite another to even consider her as a viable candidate. No individual with Palin's slender public service record and even less impressive scholastic accomplishments has any business being considered for such a job.

    August 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. RLee

    "I've never seen anything quite like it." Really?? Doesn't McCain remember the relentless republican pundit attacks on Hillary? About her calves? About her daughter? About her wardrobe? About having Vince Foster murdered? And what about Bush's attacks on him in the SC primary? What did he think would happen when he sprung Paiin onto the national scene, that everyone would just adore her and accept her the way he did? At best she's an incurious lightweight. How ironic that she actually heeded Truman's famous words and got out of the "kitchen" when she couldn't stand the heat.

    August 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Theresa

    McCain and Palin are decent, honorable and kind people. The hypocrates who think they are of a higher conciousness and above the rest are just frauds will ill intentions.

    August 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. OBSERVER

    It is sad that people attact the person and forget that it really is the policies that are wrong. Palin is not a bad person she just does not represent the values I have. I am sure if she were in charge now the USA would be in much worse trouble than it is.

    The economy is just now showing some signs of improvment. The fact that it is has the GOP running scared. So thye are foced to TELL LIES to try to scare their base into actions that are counter to their own best interests. Health Care is for EVERYONE and the lies told by the GOP are a new LOW for even them. But the GOP had over 8 years to do something for heaqlth care and did nothing so now they must prevent a BLACK MAN from shoing them up.

    August 2, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. chubby

    And again the liberal bed wetters flames are fueled. I love it. We now see what the inexperienced obummer has to offer and it is not looking good for this country. At least Governor Palin has experience because as a Governor she had control of a budget something obummer never had any experience at. As our economy continues into the tank, come 2010 and 2012 the liberals will again howl, how did this happen to us again. Hows the change working out for you so far.

    August 2, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Paul

    Is John saddened by the remarks made by himself and Palin towards President Obama? Goes both ways fella.

    August 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. Notfooled

    STFU McCain! You are pathetic. Your lack of judgement is dangerous to this country!

    You were born in panama, you are not an American citizen!

    August 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Palin lost in November. After that she could easily have gone back to Alaska and be an effective governor. But no. She kept campaigning, kept caliing the media every time she had an opinion about something, she even timed her great announcements about ending her governorship to be in center spotlight! And she dares complain about all the media attention she had? Oh, the media only has a right to print stories if they are positive and make campaign cash for you? Hypocrite! Palin has only herself to blame!

    August 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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