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. CG

    I like McCain but he made a big mistake with Palin , he knows it ,just cannot back away from her....it would make him look weak . Personally I think she made a misstep in quitting again but only time will tell!

    August 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Steve from Alaska

    As a former Alaskan, I am glad she is gone. She was (is) an embarassment to all of us from the northernmost part of the the US.

    August 2, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Lola

    McCain just needs to sit back and listen to her. He brought her into the political arena and she was not and is not someone to be proud of. Does he remember the hatred she talked during the campaign, and the uneducated remarks she made, her unethical ways. I sure haven't forgotten those days. She hasn't learned yet cause she is still doing it. Our best days will be when she leaves the media spot light.

    August 2, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Hirotomi Takemitsu

    Palin doesn't deserve to have her family wripped to shreds with innuendos and comments from the media.

    But her nutjob political and religious views do. In regards to those two areas, Palin deserves what she gets.

    August 2, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. nj

    wow john mccain is a total shell of what he once was. he hasn't seen attacks like this regarding family? how about what george did to him in SC in 00? and quite frankly the attacks on palin are justified. and he this was "clearly the best decision"?! good thing he got clobbered in the election, bc dementia is setting in. what a stooge; it's like he's scared of proaganda barbie. and he "has to respect her decision"?? why's that exactly? he's a military man-he knows better than most than respect is EARNED not given. bye bye clown.

    August 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Jane

    Spelled "loser" not "looser" although maybe both apply.

    And like John McCain, I, too, have never seen anything quite like her–except in most small town high schools.

    August 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Tim

    Who gives a rats hind part. While he sees the attacks on Palin and her family as wrong, he says nothing about the racist hate attacks on President Obama's family. Also isn't this the same man that said the Clinton's daughter was ugly and Janet Rino was her father? I would say a remark about his creidtability, but he has none and neither does Palin. If any of you think she resigned for any other than personal gain is on drugs. I'm not knocking her for doing it, just the false reasons she claims were her motivation. Just be honest. Just remember, "Winners never lose and Quitters (Palin) never win!!!

    August 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. frank from florida

    I think McCain is getting senile if he can't figure out why people attack Caribou Barbie aka Sarah pitbull Palin.

    August 2, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Who are these ANGRY Obamabots who fill these comment threads? It's as though there's an army of San Francisco Chronicle readers waiting at home with baited breath for any CNN or MSNBC article about Palin, Bush, Cheney, etc. Very sad. Bitterness and hate will never hold onto power long.

    August 2, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Dennis

    Please just let the quitter quit. No more press on Palin...please! Report REAL news.

    August 2, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Dee

    The Welfare Queen of Wasilla!

    August 2, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Roland

    In other words "She scratched my back, now it's time for me to scratch hers."

    August 2, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. morgaine

    Did you notice how McCain never said the words "'I support her". He only said he "respects her decision". BIG DIFFERENCE. Even Obama said he respects her decision. If Palin can't take the heat and pressure of being in the spotlight she needs to stay out of politics.

    August 2, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. carrie , alabama

    History will read:

    Barrak Obama -1st black President from Hawaii

    John McCain – American Prisoner of War from the Veit Nam era and Senator from Arizonia

    Sarah Palin – Quitter from Alaska

    August 2, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Brian

    McCain is about as Republican as Arlen Specter.

    August 2, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. chris@stl

    Get real John. Have you been to 'right wing' sites or listened to right wing nuts on the radio or watched the fox news ... what do you have to say about their nastiness in attacking Obama and his administration!

    There's no MSM left .... The right wing nuts are the new MSM. Look how even CNN is changing in to a whack job media (aka Dobbs, john king)

    August 2, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Zero.

    Now what about "Muslim-Rule" in America???

    August 2, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. barney

    How much would we get if we sold arizona,texas and alaska back ?

    August 2, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. MisterG

    Let's put this labeling Palin as a "quitter" to rest. For you left-wing, liberal loons and the moderate/liberal wing (RINOs) of the GOP, maybe you can understand Economics 101. The Governor position in Alaska pays approx. $130K per year; with 18 months remaining in her term, Palin would receive $165K maximum in earnings, during that period. Due to the organized efforts to bankrupt her by the non-stop filing of frivolous ethics complaints (all '20+', to date, dismissed), Palin was accruing a monthly average of $70K in personal legal costs associated with a defense against these complaints. Over the next 18 months, Palin would accrue an additional $1.25M ($500K to date) in personal legal costs. Can you get it, simpletons ? Over the next 18 months, Palin's income is $165K, while liabilities associated with the job will approach $1.25M. So, for every month, Palin remained in office, she faced a personal net loss of $55.7K. Now, how many of you, idiots, could/would want to continue any job, elected or not, if you faced that probability ? There is no requirement that elected officials must "lose their a–", to serve, and a term of office is not an irrevocable contract between the official and the voters. Enough, already, of this stupidity; it, only, reflects ignorance on those who use the term "quitter".

    August 2, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Jeff M.

    She quit. It is as simple as that. All the rest is bull. So using her logic, all "lame duck" elected officials should quit?
    As for McCain, he's still not man enough to admit that he made a horrible mistake choosing this woman as his running mate. To think that Palin would have been one step from the presidency.

    August 2, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Dee

    the Quitbull with Lipstick!!!

    August 2, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Doug - Dallas

    McCain was desperate to revive his campaign because Obama was kicking his butt so he went for the flash in the pan Palin. Unfortunately for the US, he created a monster that we have to live with because she thinks she is relevant. It was irresponsible and extremely shortsighted on McCain's part and America has to live with the results. Palin has no interest in learning what she needs to in order to be relevant and wants to cash in on her fame.

    As so many people have found out, including the majority of Alaskans, once you scratch the surface, Palin is dumber than a stump. Her fan base is very narrow and limited to the extreme right wing. She'll have someone write her book, maybe get a radio show but she won't last long and then finally we will not have to listen to her irrelevant BS.

    August 2, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Dee

    LOONIE Palin surrenders to ALASKANS!!

    heads for HOLLYWOOD..with all her new SarahPAC money!!!!!

    can you say RODEO DRIVE??????

    August 2, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Freddie Nerk

    McCain is disappointing. He was forced to take Palin as VP by the GOP heavies, but now that he is not a candidate he should come out and say what he knows is true. Palin is a quitter, she cut-n-run from the Governor' job. She knows little about foreign policy and has limited experience doing anything of importance. With no disrespect meant-Governor of Alasaka is not exactly a big job. She made a fool of hersel and the GOP during the debates and interviews. Heaven help us if McCain was elected and had a heart attack-this bimbo and her dysfunctional family would have made us a laughing stock.

    August 2, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Enuff

    @Shayne from NH August 2nd, 2009 11:57 am ET

    &

    @DF August 2nd, 2009 11:18 am ET
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    RIGHT ON!

    August 2, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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