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. Alex

    McCain is totally esponsible for her presence on the national stage and he needs to man up and just say it.. He made a mistake of choosing her without vetting her!

    But let her campagine with you JM for the senate seat… You will lose big -Have you heard her lastest rambling speeches… Go Ahead – we need to continue to laugh at her while she entertains…

    August 2, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Canada

    Only in the U.S can people like Sarah P be ellected as a leader.Fortunately,no develop country will be so dumb to try neither ellect people like Sarah.P as a leader.

    August 2, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. JW

    Sara Palin, the most feared private citizen in the history of the U.S!

    August 2, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. indylindy

    response to Uncle Fester:

    Are you serious???!!!! Telling Americans that they can see Russia from Alaska is an important thing??? If only I would have known that before it would have changed my vote.

    Silly me, I based my vote on fixing the economy, fixing health care, the wars we are currently fighting, improving education, and obtaining energy independence!

    August 2, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Gus The Willie

    As a resident of Arizona, Senator McCain is now so out of touch with his constituents, and picking Palin as his running mate was what took the cake. He needs to move on, and that means retire or just fade away. But the transplant "Snow Birds" or retirees keep propping him up, and the original inhabitants of Arizona now are in the minority. As far as we are concern, he no longer has our interest in Washington. We look at his recent action as "stupid is stupid does" on maintaining Palin in the media. Enough already!

    August 2, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. linell, Winter Park, FL

    Sarah Palin was the straw that broke the camel's back for me to change my registration to Independent. Terry Schiavo, Harriet Miers, Katrina, and Dick Cheney were some of the other straws, but she was the final one. I wish the media and the pundits would quit giving her so much coverage–it only serves to make her seem credible, which she is NOT!

    Jeremy–this country was in the toilet when Obama took over and I have never in my life seen anything like the GOP hoping that he fails; putting politics over country!!! To paraphrase a comment on another thread-Obama could 'crap' gold and the GOP would still complain; they still haven't figure out why they lost the election...

    August 2, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. kurt gluck

    I really am entertained by the less intelligent people in America that swear that "Barack Obama is a Muslim" or "Barack Obama is a Kenyan citizen" with such fervent belief that you'd figure they had empirical evidence...

    I'm also truly entertained by those who think Sarah Palin is a rational individual. The only reason to quit a job like Governor is someone with damaging information breathing down your neck and getting ready to spring it.

    Keep me entertained fools, I love the dog and pony show. CNN #1 for soundbite sized entertainment.

    August 2, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Mike

    McCain, is the one who brought this idiot to the forefront of the American people, what else would you expect him to say....oh America, I made a mistake in vetting her for my V.P., he knew that he only wanted her because he felt he needed the support of women, because of the reponces Hillary was receiving from the female voters ......Sarah Palin is a quitter and will always be a quitter... he just loves the limelight, and now a chance to get rich, nothing more....Had she not been vetting by McCain, she would still be Alaska's Governor, and did the full term...again now it's all about the money...

    August 2, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. HoldenLitgo

    "never seen anything quite like" the "vicious, personal attacks", eh?

    how quickly they forget the Clinton years. one thing about the republicans – they can't get as good as they can give, never have been able to. Crooks and thugs.

    August 2, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    These vicious attacks? They are tiny in comparison to the lying the McCain/Palin campaign put out.

    All that is happening is that Palin's non sensical comments are being aired.

    August 2, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Roger

    Well, it speaks for itself. But the thing I don't understand is that Republicans feel the need to rush to Palin's defense, but only occasionally, among a broader pattern of distancing themselves from her. Does McCain believe Palin speaks for millions of Americans? You betcha - the gullible ones who can be manipulated by his sham support of her. Does he seriously think this former weather girl can grasp the complexities of the US Presidency? Only if he thinks there is nothing special about the office. And that clearly is not the case, given his perpetual conquest of it.

    August 2, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. LtDan

    Sarah palin? Served how long as govenor? Enough said, she can't even finish ONE term!!! What a looser...

    Palin/Cheney 2012 The stupid candidate for stupid people.

    August 2, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. True Alaskan

    Take it from an Alaskan and not the mainstream media. Palin is the best Governor we had in Alaska in decades, up until mainstream media started reporting lies. Crap, they're even reporting that Palins are getting a divorce, which is absolutely false. She's still had over 50% approval in Alaska alone, the people who really know her. I'm expecting more lies from comments to come.

    August 2, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Tort Reform Is A Sham

    Considering Palin quit as governor. I guess it is ok to quit after being elected.

    August 2, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Kay

    Whatever goes around comes around...Now Sarah Palin, please sit down and take it! You started it all and you should have blinked when vindictive McCain asked you to be his running mate. But oh wait, you wanted the spotlight – let's not forget. A Mess!!

    And to all the rightwingers claiming the left are scared that SP will run in 2012 – you are right – the entire country & the world in general is scared that the GOP will thrust SPalin yet again into the spotlight spewing nothing but ridiculous HATE in campaigns & not policy. Get a grip most of you rightwing, GOPers or whatever it is you call yourselves. And no one is drinking any Koolaid – instead people are using their own God given brain & intelligence – something the rightwing nutters lack – please pray about that!

    August 2, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Mandy

    Sarah Palin plays the victim and that is way she is such a target for the media. She knows how to use key words that the right wingers respond to but she rarely makes any sense. One of her last comments to the evil media "In honor of our service men and women... stop making stuff up" What??? How in the heck do you connect those two thoughts together?? Whatever it is the right wing extremists just eat it up.

    August 2, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Jim

    1 loser and 1 quiter, the best the RNC had to offer.

    RNC = the party of no ideas, just whining...

    August 2, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. worriedmom

    Amazing all you negative and nasty people. Can't you just ever say something nice about anyone! I still think you all are all so insecure about this woman and the many supporters that she does have that it drives you crazy and all you can do is call names. I wish her family well.

    August 2, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Marry

    John McCain – he had and still has no ideas, no concepts, no conscience, no class, and no future! Comments he makes on all kinds of topics (health care reform, national security, race relations, foreign affairs, tax policies, bipartisanship, economy, elections, “Palin”, etc.) are totally useless, dump, lies, divisive, destructive. Just as the ones of most of his GOP colleges. America can only be thankful that he lost the election!!!! With an outstanding president that works for all Americans, chances for a better future are great! Just be a little patient and support him – to clean up the mess of the last 8 years will take some time and effort!

    August 2, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. SoSaysSam

    Boy Mike from Nashville, you hit it right on the head!

    Palin=Looser

    August 2, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. hjs3

    I'm still chckling becasue this woman's woes are totally self-inflicted and then attributed to the American media.
    FACT: Thirteen of fourteen ethics charges wer brought against her by
    a single Alaskan citizen......

    Maybe she will just go away but I seriously doubt it....
    Nope, no cheese with the whine either...

    August 2, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. MagicMann

    You haven't seen anything "...quite like it," Senator? Can I respectfully refresh your memory: HILLARY CLINTON. And may I suggest a compromise? The "media" stops these so-called attacks when she starts speaking coherently.

    August 2, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Ed

    May God have mercy on each one of us !

    August 2, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Kahuna

    Really McCain, you've never seen anything like the attacks on Palin? How about during the campaign where your ditzy VP nom. said Obama was "Paling around with terrorists"? Palin dissed Obama every chance she could, whenever she was speaking, and now you say it's sad that she endures the same thing?

    How very GOP hypocritical of you.

    August 2, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Maximus

    McCain, If Sarah Palin loves the publicity and popularity she's getting, that's the only thing she may thank you for although it is to the detriment of her political career. She was living her life peacefully as an unknown irrelevant politician in Alaska where she could see Russia from her window, in your selfish greed for power, you went and pick her as VP, a position she could not handle, to expose to the media that dug out all her hidden skeletons and exposed all her ignorance which brough her mockery, critics, hatred, scandals, and lawsuits. As a result, shame and deception make her resign as governor. I know you so feel guilty about all what she went throught, that is why you are trying to flatter her with praises to earn her forgiveness. You have destroyed her life and her family happiness. The God of politics, if there is one, will avenge her. Now please die.

    August 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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