August 2nd, 2009
03:21 PM ET
9 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. Dick M

    Who is Sarah Palin and why is she in the news?

    August 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Carol Tensen

    I guess McCain wasn't around when the Clintons were being attacked and slandered in the 90s. But what's good for the goose, never seems to be good for the gander.

    August 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Jerry

    The reason for the continued attacks on Sarah is because she excites the republican party and the media is liberal leftists that do not want to allow her to run and win. These attacks will continue on through 2012 I am sure.
    The media distorts the truth on every issue that is communist leaning, in other words against their belief and their administration!


    August 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Ancient Texan

    The Left is deathly afraid of the bonding that Palin made with middle America, not the far left or the far right. The extremists from both sides are in fear of a Christian, pro-life, anti-gay marraige,strong principled woman. The fact she's also a conservative really galvanizes folks that are so determined to turn America into a socialist nation.

    August 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. jake az

    We're saddened by vicious attacks on health care for us all by McCain and other Rethuglicans.

    It's the same old GOP line ... "look out for the rich, and to the devil with the rest"

    Thanks John. What a great American you are ... NOT!

    August 2, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Rj

    The only way Palin is ever getting in to the Oval Office is with a tour pass!

    August 2, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Chris from Kentucky

    Sarah Palin is incompetent and her family is full of fruitcakes. That isn't a 'vicious attack', that is a statement of fact. It is a good thing that John McCain didn't win that election, I don't think he is mentally capable of leading a sing-a-long, let alone the United States, and Sarah Palin can't even run her own family.

    August 2, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Uncle Fester

    How many in here knew you could see Russia from Alaska? Not very many! You all learned something! You women are just jealous of her because shes pretty and made something of herself! If you forget she ran a state not a community!

    August 2, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Mark Zalewski

    Yes, every Governor should step down when under fire and with 18 months to go in their terms. What is that about 50% of them? When the going gets tough the tough quit, righ?. Goodbye Sarah, I know you'll keep cropping up, but to believe that you ever had, or ever will posess, the support of the majority of Americans is dillusional.

    August 2, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Former Dem

    The vicious attacks continue because the Obama kool-aid drinkers see her as a threat to his socialist agenda.

    She is free now to take on that agenda directly and they cannot use ethic complaints in an attempt to silence and bankrupt her.

    Bill Ayers is an unrepentant terrorist and Obama's pal. I guess the Obama Koolaid kids celebrated Timothy McVeigh & his pals.

    MoveOn & Soros bought the Democratic party, Obama is their puppet and their policies need to be defeated.

    There is a lot more 'never seen anything like it" to come.

    Thank you John McCain

    August 2, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Jackson Russell

    Sarah is a pretty lady, who somehow weaves war and country and sports and God, together, in a confusing oratory.
    Huntsville, AL

    August 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Dayahka

    What is this, rehabilitation week for a clay-footed non-hero? What credibility does McCain have left on any subject?

    August 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. MikeH

    Former Dem, you are a liar. You were never registered as a Democrat. You are a paid Republican Lie-Spreader.

    August 2, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Alex

    McCain just need to admit... She's a fund raiser that's it. He also needs to admit he made a huge mistake at choosing her as VP last year. Talking about vicious attacks, I guess he hasn't heard the tapes from the campagine trail – no it's the other way around she was announced as the Pitbull with lipstick and went on attack as soon as she was announced.

    McCain get over it... Sarah finished your career for you... Now it's time to retire. Sarah Palin is history as well. She's vindictive and a cry baby!

    August 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. marcus (seattle)

    this is the reason people have so little respect for politicians.. none of them have the courage to call things for what they are.. especially with members of their own party.. i'd have respected mccain more if he said he was disappointed that palin turned her back on the obligation she willingly took... if he'd have said she owed it to the people who elected her, to serve her term.. of course, their view of things is never the same if someone from the other side of the aisle does the same thing...

    August 2, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Keith in Austin

    Just listen to all you (self professed) Liberals on here! You won remember? Hopefully for the Country's sake, your leadership will implode during the next elections.

    Right now, a fiscal conservative like Palin looks pretty darn attractive right now! Rise above your vicious attacks on her and her family OK? Remember your bleeding heart tendancies!

    August 2, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Chachi

    Whoa way too much kool aid drinking going on here for sure. Both Dems and Repubs are destroying this nation for their own personal gain. Many have fallen for the hate the greedy rich when in fact its the greedy/power hungry people in washington we should be worried about! Hopefully America is starting to wake up and see the light. This is not the change many voted for. Whatever happened to the promised transparency and waiting 5 days for us to read the bills? You have libtards like Rep. Conyers saying what good is it to read the bills? Maybe because its your job?? And how is it congress can exempt themselves from anything they pass? Does anyone see how wrong that is? We need to get back to what the founding fathers had intended....very limited government...not this monstrosity we have now. Vote them all out in 2010.

    August 2, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Mark in Omaha

    I'm surprised anyone will stick up for her, she is the one that is vicious, and so transparent with her winks and you betchas. I've never felt such a slimy vibe from a Politician, and I've met Jesse Jackson. She lost the election for the GOP, take her to the curb.

    August 2, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Drew, FL

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

    And yet he says nothing about the insane fascist birther nutjobs. I guess vicious attacks against the President are ok. When McCain's birth was questioned, it was then Senator Obama who introduced legislation to certify you were a naturalized citizen. Where is your sense of honor Senator McCain? You should be first in line denouncing this garbage. The President defended your honor. To quote you, "I'm saddened" that you stand idly by and let this travesty continue.

    August 2, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Soccer Nana

    John McCain is really campaigning for 2010; he will not speak what he knows is true about Sarah-the-quitter-who-tweets-on-twitter, because he will be admitting what we knew all along: she was not properly vetted; he only chose her to capture the women who were angry that Hillary Clinton did not get the Democratic nomination; she was "eye-candy" to the bottom-feeder-bottom-thinking rethuglican base (proven at her rallies); he was CARELESS in his choice of a running mate for the most powerful position in the world.

    He is literally afraid to said anything that can be perceived as anti-Sarah Palin. LOL.

    Anyone notice the MSM has never questioned Mrs. McCain concering her husband's running mate?

    August 2, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. ericmiami

    You kids get off my lawn!

    August 2, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Luke

    John McCain is a spokeman for the big insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. He can be "saddened" all he wants. If it gets too bad, he can just retreat to one of his numerous houses and drive one of his many cars. He is a puppet for the wealthiest people in America. John McCain, do the right thing. Stand up for the middle class that you were born into. Palin was a mistake, thank God, she is not within a heartbeat of this old man, from being President. Who knows, she might even resign that job in ther best interests of Alaska.

    August 2, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Lynne

    I am saddened by the fact that Senator McCain didn't take the time to quell misconceptions and lies being spread by his own party that he appears to be so proud of.

    For example:

    1. To openly declare that President Obama was born in the US.
    2. That democrats are not intending to euthanize older Americans.
    3. That the president is NOT going to take away people's private health care
    4. That Republicans have no idea how other countries' universal health care works.
    5. that the ad with the wingbat Canadian who said she would have died had she not got "treatment" for an ailment that has not been verified is now being SUED by the Ontario gov't for defammation. Notice there has not been a word of this on the media yet the erroneous scare intended ad seems to have disappeared from national media.

    When Mccain shows a real concern for false attacks and truth is politics, perhaps he could be taken seriously. Until then he is the same old political hack who looks through his party's lens rather than what is truly good for the country.

    August 2, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. indylindy

    Reply to Jeremy:

    As a former Republican (now an Independent) who has had enough of their nonsense I need to inform you that our country is already in the toilet. After 8 years of Bush policies we are a mess. Obama is trying to dig us out of it but it is going to take time.

    I blame McCain for what has happened to Sarah Palin. He picked her without properly vetting her....she obviously wasn't ready for national politics. He was being all "mavericky" and it came back to bite him in the butt! Thank God they didn't win the election. Do you honestly think McCain and Palin would have any clue about how to fix the economy?

    August 2, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Willa

    "Temecula Duck August 2nd, 2009 11:35 am ET

    "I have no president, I'm waiting for Sarah"..that liberal puppet in DC showed the entire world his true feelings by siding with that nutty professor from Harvard"

    If it looks like a duck, quaks like a duck, it is a duck...a lame duck...a quitter, a disgrace to all females...people who don't realize that BO are for all people and races...remember he is also white...what he said could have been phrased better but the reality is that race or other types of profiling is there, whether you're black or white, rich or poor, whether you're walking down the street or breaking into your own home...if some-one looks a little suspicious who wears raggaty clothes comparad to someone who dresses to the T. who is looked at first initially.

    August 2, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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