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. Dan in PHX

    To quote Despair.com:
    "Winners never quit;
    and quitters never win.
    But those who never win, and never quit,
    are just stupid."

    August 2, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. welches, oregon

    boy he sure can dish it out but sure can't take it. Hypocrite.

    August 2, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Chanda

    He sure has forgotten about the lying, manipulative, attacks he made on Obama hasn't he? Personal attacks are unecessary, but the media should feel free to jab away at her so called political savy. I PRAY that she is the GOP candidate in 2012. Her winks, and country bumpkin, home town gal routine would set this country back eons on the world stage. So if Palin is the best Repubs can do...god help you all!!!

    On a side note....who was in love with McCain this weekend at CNN? He has like 5 stories on the ticker!!!???!!!!

    August 2, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Chanda

    @ Anonymous at 12:26 You are absolutely right, and that is why hate filled republicans lost power of the WH, congress, state and local offices!

    August 2, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. LMC

    I have never been impressed with Ms. Palin. People like her "aw shucks" folksyness, but I just don't trust her and I don't think she is a very knowledgeable person. That doesn't mean she isn't shrewd. Quitting her post early told me she was only interested in herself. Stepping down because the ethics complaints were costing the government is such a ridiculously transparent excuse. I think she thought the problems would go away and using the terminology she likes to fall into, bigger fish to fry. If she were to become president, would she leave early, claim "mission accomplished," to further her own interests? I don't hate her, I just don't think much of her!

    August 2, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Zero.

    "Only America, walked away." "The Day America walked away from it's Kids, was the day of Denial". When Barack Obama was Elected, you were already in trouble.
    Now your in Dire-Straights... I kid you not!!!

    August 2, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Henry

    Isn't it clear that CNN is turning into the GOP and specifically the McCain mouthpiece. This is what happens when a network is bankrupt and has nothing else to say. In the Ticker, four or five of the six pieces are about McCain.

    GOP in disguise. How obvious.

    August 2, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Former Repub

    NJ you are right. Bush smeared McCain and his family in the worst way to knock him out of the race in 2000. McCain was ready to become a Democrat then.

    All of you Obama supporters had best stay very strong. He is trying to do what is best for this country in every way and is starting to be successful on the economy. What will the Repubs do then? Smear more! They do not care about the country and are full of hate.

    There are lots of Fox watchers on this blog – you know the Republican propaganda station – Hannity, Coulter, O'Reilly, and then don't forget Rush Limbaugh. They will all do NOTHING but try to destroy Obama. Do not listen to their lies, esp. about health care. Stay strong – he is the best president this country will have seen in a long time.

    August 2, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. KC

    He has to be kidding, he never heard suck attacks... Does he ever listen to Fox News or look at their blogs and hear what they say about our President and his wife?

    All I have to say to McCain is P L E A S E stop the its OK for Repubs to attack others... McCain is a due as I say not as I due kind of man,

    Go Away nobody cares McCain what you think, thats why you lost

    August 2, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. You Betcha !!!

    @TangledThorns August 2nd, 2009 12:02 pm ET
    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!!***You are a Lie and a Fool** McCain is Thinking with the wrong head...and doesn't realize he too old to take Viagra ...It's ok for Palin to attack the Media ,President Obama For her Stupidty ** By the way McCain why didn't you defend your Daughter when she was ATTACKED by Fox News for speaking out ***Palin is the Idiot Gift that keep on giving,She can't get her house inorder How in H_LL can she run the White House

    August 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. jimtranr in Oregon

    As long as elements of what passes for today's fractured GOP "leadership" consider Sarah Palin one of them the Republican Party will strain public credibility as a viable option to the Democrats. Former governor Palin is a quitter, a whiner, and a know-nothing who–like George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign–has gotten too much credit in some media quarters for her political "acumen." She's a loser, and she helped make Senator McCain one–what more needs to be said?

    August 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Rick in OP

    If Sarah Palin is as dishonest and unintelligent as many in the mainstream media claim, then surely she will self-destruct on her own. The question now is why the press and her opponents continue their attacks against her? I cannot remember a politician who has ever undergone the scorn of the media to this extent.
    The only explanation that comes to mind is that her opponents feel gravely threatened by her existence. In particular, CNN appears to be obsessed with destroying this woman at all costs.
    To say the behavior of Palin’s opponents is bizarre is an understatement,

    August 2, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. 60's survivor

    these remarks are pointless. the facts don't stand up to the light of day. I remember clearly the rally of hate under sarah's nose which she chose to ignore. showed me what she and mccain were really standing for. it wasn't the america I wanted to believe in. she brought on the negative response all by herself. where is joe the plumber. and all the other phoney props these people brought out to paint Obama as unamerican?? why is mccain suddenly so quotable?? didn't he lose??

    August 2, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Aunt Bea and Opie

    John and Sarah,you dont have to be well educated to be a figurehead in the "Corporate Fascist Party".You just have to follow orders well.You will notice,that you never hear the rightwing cry about Corporate Fascism,thats because they are paid members of their movement.

    August 2, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Dean

    what a moron... I'm not sure who is more delusional, McCain or Palin. And she is nothing more than a sad, stupid footnote.

    August 2, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. shane

    Again the left fears Palin so much the mere mention of her drives them out with claws at the ready to pounce and deliver the inults and lies. You have to therefore ask, why do they fear her so much? Makes me want to support here more and more each day.

    August 2, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Paul

    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

    Hmmm... Maybe because she tries to be someone she's NOT? Most people are able to sniff out the "fraud" in someone. We all know that she was UNQUALIFIED to be the Vice President of the United States. This really was McCain's worst move in his bid to become president.

    August 2, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Richard L

    If McCain wants to talk about attacks, he has to start at home. Palin's campaign was nothing but smears and innuendos against Barack Obama.

    The Obama/Biden team NEVER attacked her. Palin ATTACKED them.

    August 2, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. dave

    I am saddened by McCain's Rep/Neanderthal abuse of the welfare of the country.

    August 2, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. sue

    Professional Liberal Blogger Alert!!!!!!!!
    Sarah Palin is mentioned and they go all goofy.
    A bit concerned?

    August 2, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hardly viscious, McCain. After all, it was you who stupidly thought that adding a woman, any woman, to your ticket would guarantee your need to become president.

    Unfortunately for your party, none of you GOPers ever listen to the public. Rather than listen to us, we are told what the GOP wants us to think is good for us.

    The majority of us felt she wasn't "good" for the country. Perhaps it was her ignorance, her lies, or her willingness to toss all conventions to the wind to better enable you to achieve your goals.

    August 2, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Dee

    You Betcha, just another delusional GOP wheehole

    August 2, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. barbra k

    Feel sorry for Sarah Palin? No way. The problems she has with her personal life and family members have been brought on by herself. She,
    and she alone,introduced her entire family at the convention. She, made
    the announcement that her daughter was expecting a child. She brought
    the daughter's boyfriend, his mother and his father to the convention
    and introduced them. Also,she,anounced they were to marry. Which plans
    are now down the tubes. The boyfriend is an awful person,etc..Now the
    populace should feel sorry for her. No way. Stop blaming others. She
    cannot accept what she dishes out to others.. Sounds to me, she was lax as a parent. Not enough attention to her children. Notarity, fame,seem to be more important to her. Presidential material – NO WAY! first remark, She'll resign.

    August 2, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. gtalkspolitics

    John McCain had to say "HE WAS SADDEN" Sarah Pailin is a reflection of his judgement, therfore he must try to quail the comments " Everyone is only repeating what she is saying. and yes she sounds like someone not prepared to hold ANY office, John McCain is out of touch with everything but WAR!!! He under-estimated American voters,SOME Americans are smart they read and pay attention to detail.

    August 2, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Abe Washington

    So will Palin resign from her Presidency at halfway term, and move on to bigger and better things, as she did as Govenor?

    August 2, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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