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. J

    Sarah Palin has a bright future ahead of her
    She is no doubt will be a rising star
    The one that many will talk about for years
    She is one of a kind
    She help changed me to become a watcher and believer
    Sarah Palin, I am here waiting the day you are coming on board
    You are the newest superstar no doubt
    Welcome to Saturday Night Live!
    Oh! on a personal note, before Sarah Palin, I have never watched SNL, but she changed me and now I am a believer
    Yes! I can see Russia from my balcony too!

    August 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. IndependentfromTexas

    Ah McCain is not upset how people are attacking obama. He is upset about a rascal btch palin.

    August 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Ronald Clowney

    Saddened! You got to be kidding, Mr. McCain. You want to know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick!

    August 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. mike,texas

    When its obvious McCain's pick was about party first and not country he lost the election because of her. The incredible shrinking Par-ty.

    August 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Steve in Kentucky

    This whole "vicious attacks" line is nothing but a smoke screen to cover for the fact that this light-weight governor QUIT before even completing one term.

    She's a quitter, not a victim.

    August 2, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. dina osullivan

    What else could he say.She was his pick. He has no other recourse than to support her or look stupid himself.Politicians support each other no matter how wrong they can be. I just hope that America is smarter than that and can see through this uninformed woman's drive to a total narcissictic and ego driven cause. She is her biggest fan and she needs to go back to Alaska and sit on her porch and watch for Russians and take care of her family who she feels has been so maligned. It was her dong that put them in the limelight anyway. She is the cause of how they were seen. Who parades an unmarried teen daughter who is pregnant in front of a whole nation and then brings out a baby with special needs in front of the world at ungodly hours. This woman is not caring about her family onl her own image as McCain is his by supporting her after he knows he made a bad choiice.

    August 2, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Sensible Joe

    John McCain's never seen anything like the "vicious attacks" on Palin and her family? Then he needs to watch some video footage from the presidential election rallies she led on his behalf - where she slandered and lied about Obama until the crowd got worked up into enough of frenzy to shout "Kill him!" Those were real vicious attacks, John. What Palin has experienced is simply the media looking into doors she opened herself in her shameless bid for self-promotion as a demagogue diva.

    August 2, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. stormerF

    McCain should be saddened at how low the Media has fallen,by reporting the lies and inuendos about Sara Palin.When there is nothing but fear and Bias as shown by the Mainstream media in favor of one Canidate over another, it Sickens the Idea of a free press and the destruction of freedom of speech,when all you get is lies,and more lies.

    August 2, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Wishawna

    McCain says he's "never seen anything quite like it." What about his smears on Obama?What about the attacks on John Kerry's war record? Or the BS Bush and Rove spread about him in 2000?

    August 2, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. minnie

    Palin would be so much better as president than what we have now.
    Sarah is a much better speaker. She does not need the teleprompter. Obama is not a good leader on any thing he tries to do.
    He lies.

    August 2, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. George in AZ

    Senator McCain please take a look in the mirror. You are such a hypocrite! You personally have taken down the Republican Party. You seem to be proud of the fact that you graduated 5th from last at The Naval Academy. That says it all to me. We need senators from AZ. with brains.

    August 2, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Mish

    no wonder the ONE who created *The Monster*

    August 2, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. cappicola

    When it comes to being patriotic, brave, serving one's Country, taking bona fide risks and being a quiet hero for all of it, people such as Barack Obama can only learn truly great things from the McCain the naval officer, McCain the POW, McCain the Senator and McCain the man himself.

    The fact that Obama's pre-Oval Office public resume is thin and fairly mundane should does not warrant the trashing of the life, military service, POW imprisonment, political career, personal integrity, career successes and quiet heroics of John McCain in an effort to artificially raise one man up over another.

    Time for everyone to stop trash talking about good and decent Americans simply because they want to post something, anything.

    August 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. manhandler

    Before this election, I used to think it was the only the Right that was capable of nasty, extreme, vivious hate . Now, I have learned that the Left is just as capable of such loathsome, pathetic behavior in even a nastier way. Whether one agrees with or disagrees with the beliefs of this woman, she is obviously a good person with a great family who gives her best every day. What she has had to endure is disgusting and the attacks on her family has turned me off to the Left for many years to come.

    August 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Richard L

    truth,
    It was Palin who ran a VICIOUS campaign of smears and innuendos. Barack Obama and Joe Biden had PLENTY of smears they could have used against McCain and Palin but chose the HIGH ROAD instead. Too bad Palin didn't try that.

    August 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. greenfun

    I have seen something like it. The attacks on Hillary Clinton. I am a Democrat and I think Democrats come across and drooling, rabid wingnuts by continually attacking Palin personally and not her policies.
    Even if I don't agree with her politically, it disgusts me to see media disparage her and her family. Why didn't anyone make mention of Biden's kids? Double standard-that's why. Women need to realize they are the biggest voting block-51% of the population. It's time to put and end to male dominated media's efforts to keep women in their place. Women need to stop seeking approval from men.

    August 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Michiel W

    While I am not a Republican, nor a Democrat for that matter, I wonder if I am the only one who gets what Gov. Palin was doing in stepping down? She had already decided not to run for re-election, was having trouble getting an cooperation from the Alaska legislature, and felt that she would be ineffective in getting legislation passed, and a drain on the Alaskan people due to all of the continuing ethics complaints. Lt. Gov Parnell expressed an interest in running, and what would be better than an opportunity to show Alaskans before hand just what he is capable of accomplishing. As to the continued attacks on Gov Palin, she is in the political arena and that is part of the game. As to her family, everybody should lay off! Her children are not fodder for the press and should be left alone. I said the same about Chelsea Clinton, the Bush twins, Amy Carter, and the Reagans.

    August 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Tom

    Apparently McCain feels he needs some of that spotlight Palin is always finding/making.

    August 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Clark Shannon

    John is certainly not one to admit a mistake. What else would he say. As far as a vengeful press: it's called 'public office', his joke about Chelsea C, the comments about Kerry's war record, and the list is endless. He belongs to a party of that only wantsw to play by their rules - – rules that don't apply to them.

    August 2, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Willow

    You don't understand John.....is that what you said?
    Here is a clue for you:

    Shut up and take your seat in the "Geriatric Row" along with your other colleagues who "don't get it."

    August 2, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Willow

    You don't understand John...is that what you said?

    Here is a clue for you:

    Shut up, and take your seat in the geriatric row along with your colleagues who "don't get it".

    August 2, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Mike Mundy, Houston, TX

    Amen, Senator, Amen! The Democrat party use to be one of tolerence and civil rights. Though when it comes to Sarah Palin, her way of life and what she stands for, it discredits EVERYTHING that has ever been espoused and championed by the Democrat party, and the causes which it once embraced. REVOLUTION in 2010!!! Beware Socialists, beware!!!

    August 2, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Truth never heard truth.......

    It's not about the left or right. Your little "labels" only inform others you're uninformed. It's about whether Politicians runnibg for office are qualified to obtain such a position. And if that Politician, who ever they may be, gives America reasons for doubt based upon their OWN mistakes. Don't blame Sarah Palin's mistakes on the media. This is a lame excuse. She has hypocritical and unethical issues. And people like yourself are distraught she couldn't conceal it from America..........

    August 2, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Truth never heard truth.......

    It's not about the left or right. Your little "labels" only inform others you're uninformed. It's about whether Politicians running for office are qualified to obtain such a position. And if that Politician, who ever they may be, gives America reasons for doubt based upon their OWN mistakes. Don't blame Sarah Palin's mistakes on the media. This is a lame excuse. She has hypocritical and unethical issues. And people like yourself are distraught she couldn't conceal it from America..........

    August 2, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. J Myer

    I really did have great respect for John McCann and really thought he might win the election. When Sarah Palin came on the stage with him, I knew he didn't stand a chance. When she opened her mouth, she showed the country how unqualified she was and still is, to be on the national stage. If the Republicians want to win anything in the future, they should say goodbye to her, she is bad news for their party and their message. Her hatemongering, hate spewing out of her mouth, and stupidity (you can't understand what she is trying to say in her speechs). She is a disgrace for the women of the country – we must be able to find a woman with intelligence, class, and abilities to run the country – certainly not Sarah Palin!

    August 2, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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