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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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Uncle Fester

    Palin is a upcoming star and Hilllary is a loser !

    August 2, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Maximus

    You, McCain, are the most reckless and wicked irresponsible politician; the most selfish and dangerous domestic terrorist of all ages. After using and abusing the country for over 25 years, as you are ready to die, you tried to take the rest of us with you by trying to become president to leave the country and millions of lives in the hands of a stupid moron woman who doesn't even know where any country is located in the map.She would have bombed the wrong country for another and destroy America's allies instead of its ennemies. America would have been the laughing stock of the century. You have spent all your time as a senate doing nothing for the people, but enriching yourself, and now you sit on your old wrinkled ass criticizing a president who is trying to do good by the people, Whether or not Obama's plans work, he at least shows concern for the people.You should be ashame of yourself. Do us and yourself a big favor, drop dead and take your beloved Sarah with you.

    August 2, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Robert Smith

    So the loser supports the quitter. Now THAT'S significant.

    August 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Shayne from NH

    @ chubby

    "As the economy continues to tank."

    Really? You show your right-wing stupidity quite well. Have you READ the economic indicators lately? Taken a look at housing prices increasing, GDP better than expected, job loss slowing, economy as a whole not slowing as initially predicted? Have you taken a look at the NASDAQ, the Dow Jones going upward? That we had the best July in 20 years last month?

    Some advice for you: keep talking, please. It is people like you that continue to make the Republican party look comprised of the illiterate, incompetent, and uneducated redneck majority that you are.

    August 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. 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 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Gentwelve

    Senator McCain....

    Listen to Rush limbaugh and you will hear attacks that are viscous, vulgar and demeaning. They are not directed at a politician. They are unsolicited attacks on Americans. Get a grip on reality sir, you are the ultimate example of out of touch!

    August 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. erika

    oh cry me a river. I think the attacks are warranted...what about the attacks on our president? Suggestions he's not a US citizen, a muslim, ties to Al Queda...c'mon. Palin is just as bad and she can dish it out but can't take it!?!? Maybe she just needs more lipstick...

    August 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Monte

    And how did he feel about her vicious attacks on then Senator Obama? How did he feel about the attacks on Hillary Clinton? And how would he feel had she been a heartbeat away from the presidency given her complete and utter lack of knowledge of the world?

    August 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. kamenwati

    Of course McCain is defending her. This is his political legacy. He will go down in history as the presidential candidate who tried to foist upon this country two of the most determinedly ignorant people to ever appear in the limelight of a presidential campaign: Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber.

    This is how you will be remember John McCain, purveyor of fools!

    August 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. OBSERVER

    The LIES about the Health Care Reform need to STOP!

    No one is going to kill old people!!

    You CAN KEEP YOUR CURRENT INSURANCE IF YOU WANT TO!@

    The Publick option isw just that an option. But for all those that can';t get health insurance anyother way it may be the only options but better than no insurance at all.

    REMEBER now when people without insurance end up in the ER everyone has to PAY anyway.

    The current system is BROKEN and doing nothing is not going to work this time.

    August 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Mike in Nashville

    People like Zero and the others who gleefully tell outright lies about Obama like saying he is a Muslim, are disgusting, anti-American jerks. They claim this high-road of morality over the heathen Democrats, but then feel not a bit of shame over lying, outright lying, about their political enemies. Make no mistake, Zero and his kind are racists, the worst kind of racists, and are in favor of one-party rule, their party. They actually hate democracy, hate it with a vengeance. To them democracy would be choosing between two Republican candidates, but not a candidate from another view point. McCain is as guilty of this kind of nonsense as anyone, and for some stupid reason when he ran against W, I felt sorry for him and expected higher from him. Instead, he chose Palin, and allowed this "paling around with terrorist" racism to start and fester and now its a puss-oozing infected wound on the skin of this great country. McCain is as guilty as the media and others who he says attack Palin, and is a hypocrite of the worst kind. Mark my words, the Republicans hate democracy, hate non-white races (especially the southern Republicans), and want one-party rule. These are not Americans, they just wrap themselves in the flags they have made in China so they can make another dollar off of the poor, ignorant hicks that they also hate, but joyfully exploit by playing up their own racist tendencies and fears. There people are the worst kind of Pharisee.

    August 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Rick the former repbulican

    I do not know what the vicious attacks are...the woman should not open her mouth. The worst things that are said about her are from her. You can't quit and say it's not quitting, you can't pursue your own self interests (monetarily) and claim it's public service. She is her own worst enemy. All anyone has to do to ridicule her is give her print space or tv time.

    August 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. big papa

    I am saddened that someone with as flawed judgment as John McCain...

    ...the Savings and Loan criminal who almost gave us Sarah Palin...

    ...still commands such attention...

    ...that's the problem with this country...

    ...there is no accountability, no justice, and no more common sense...

    ...and much of that is directly attributable to the corporate owned media mavens...

    August 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Big Bill

    I live in a small right-wing republician town, and here we all must love Sarah very much. Cause everywhere you go all you hear is " Hey Sarah, Show us your Bo*bies".

    August 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Ed

    Bright Republicans know Sarah can't cut it.
    Peggy Noonan said in WSJ a week ago "she's out of her depth in the shallow end of the pool".
    Charles Krauthammer, before last falls election, said McCain threw one too many hail Mary passes by picking Palin.

    August 2, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    good for you John. Now give her some advice. Run for POTUS and win the nomination so she can quit in October because the boogey man media dares to scrutinize her

    August 2, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. TangledThorns

    No politician has been attacked liked Sarah Palin and it shows how weak and small the Left has become. I support Sarah 100% and cannot wait for her to beat Obama in 2012!!

    August 2, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. D Nero

    Sarah Palin is nothing more that a big baby. I'm sick and tired of hearing about her. She quit her job just like all the other jobs before governer. She's a loser people! I have the same respect for Palin as i do for the turd i flushed down the toilet this morning! Enough is enough on the stupid pig already!

    August 2, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    McCain will never admit that he caved in to the right wing wackos and chose Palin instead of who he really wanted. Tom Ridge.
    McCain sold out.

    McCain=sellout

    Palin=quitter/divider

    August 2, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. nclaw441

    To Never Repub Again–

    You said: Repubs dont love America, Only money...

    You do realize, don't you, that many, actually most, Republicans are middle class Americans just working and making their way through life like the rest of us? Obama got over 50% of the votes for president, but more than 45% voted Republican. Do you think 45+% of the country is rich? On the other hand, take a look at some leading Democrats: Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Pelosi, Reid, George Soros, etc, etc. The kind of stereotyping that gets done on this (and many other) blogs truly takes away from legitimate points that might otherwise be powerfully made– from both ends of the political spectrum.

    I don't think Palin is the best candidate, but there must be something about her that suggests to Democrats that she might be a winner, because there is no end to the attacks made upon her in the most unkind, personal ways. If Democrats really thought she was that weak, they would be ENCOURAGING her to run on the Republican side, to create an easier target for a Democrat rival.

    Something just doesn't add up here.

    August 2, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. OBSERVER

    The attacks on Palin's family were cause by Palin dragging them on STAGE! When she put them in the spot light they became targets.

    By the way it was not Obama doing the attackiing nor the DEM Party. It was the medea and the blogers that only responded to what they saw.

    If she had shown a bettere image they would have had less to talk about.

    August 2, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. nick

    Palin has gotten what she's been shoveling out. She is a hate monger and he hate she recieves in return is the fruit of the seed she has planted. The GOP likes her because she reflects theyr naysaying and hate. Palin and the Republicans are destroying America.

    August 2, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. marg from ND

    The so called vicious attacks on Palin pale in comparison to the verbige that was flying out of the mouths of the Obama haters. I am sick and tired of the whining Palin and I hope she disappears into the Alaska wilderness.

    August 2, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Cheryl

    Regardless of party affiliation or politics, the attacks on Palin defy everything that this country is suppose to be about. What if these attacks were against Obama, Biden, Frank, Pelosi, etc.? The media would have a collective heart attack!

    August 2, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Zach K

    That's It. He's lost my vote.

    Say goodbye to 2010 Bitter Old Man.

    August 2, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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