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. Jason

    Aww. Someone is being mean to to innocent little Ms. Palin.
    Um, Johnny, she's a quitter. Period. Can't deny or change that.
    And I wasn't aware that veterans liked quitters.
    Like Palin

    August 2, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Andrew

    The GOP are just digging a deeper hole to fall into. They have no real reasonable leader. I'm not 100% behind Obama's plans either but I'd rather give me a few years before I make a final judgment. I let Bush Jr. slide for 4 to 8 years.. so people need to wait and see, don't be so jumpy.

    August 2, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    McCain is still defending his poor choice in running mate. Palin did not have the intellectual or political stature to be a vice-president. McCain would have cursed his own party with a losing candidate if Palin becomes its standard bearer in 2012.

    August 2, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Bob Jones

    Dean, you are the idiot of a footnote. If you believe in Obama and everything he has promised, you deserve everything you get, you moron.

    August 2, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. A Wyoming Democrat

    If you're saddened McCain, you have no one to blame but yourself for bringing this incompetent woman onto the national stage. It was proof that you were no longer someone who should become our Commander in Chief. If Palin ever becomes someone to be reckoned with in the Republican Party, it will be a sad day for that party and for this country. It will indicate that the bar has been extremely lowered for the intelligence of this country and the people that run it.

    August 2, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Mickie

    Never seen anything like it? How about the swift boat attacks on John Kerry????

    August 2, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Burli

    it is okay, McCain, the media is just sickeningly jealous of Palin. She is so capable, does such a good job, and would serve the country so well. The Media on the other hand is none of the above, so you see, it maddens them and drives them to such patheticly viciously attacks. Envy does it every time. You should know this by now.

    August 2, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Oh Please-gimme a break.

    Are you kidding me?

    You're saying you've never seen such vicious attacks??

    what about Barack the Magic negro? What about all the racist emails your party has sent? What about all the paraphernalia sold that equated Barack to a chimpanzee? What about the distorted use of his middle name and associating him with terrorists? What about the verbal assaults on Michelle Obama? What about claiming he's not a US native?

    At least the President has responded to these with upmost class: HE IGNORED THEM. You don't see him quitting his job. Oh and by the way, if you had won, Palin would've been quitting the job of VICE PRESIDENT instead of governor.

    August 2, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Joe the Troll

    It's interesting to note that whenever a Republican talks about her it's to say that she'll be important to the party. No one ever mentions any worth to the country. Of, course, I don't think she has any, but it reveals what is important to them – the party, not the country.

    August 2, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. RO

    McCain??? You sure have been cruel to other political candidates but, guess Palin is an exception and you continue to "thumb down" Obama, instead of supporting him. Thank goodness,you lost.

    August 2, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Dave

    John, you had my vote until you picked Sarah to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. The fact that you'd make such a stupid mistake and continue to defend it, tells me we elected the right guy. We don't need another President who can't learn from his mistakes or admit when he's wrong.

    August 2, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. truth

    I'm not surprised how vicious the liberal left is, however, it is a little interesting how the liberal women love to 'eat their own'.....so much vicious hatred.....oh well

    August 2, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. kishen c.rao

    well said, someone...not only McCain...but also all these power mongers...i.e., GOP guys...they do not care American people....that's it...if so they will pass this health care reform....these guys are getting bribes by these health care guys..i guess...It is time for us to fix health care now...pres. obama, please fix it now...god bless you, the nation, the usa...

    August 2, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Big mistake?

    John and Sarah,I wonder why we dont see any movement to put the Glass Stegall act or the Commodities Futures Act of 2000 back in the bag.They helped create the collapse we are now in .

    August 2, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. SoSaysSam

    Ya know Jane, I thought about it, but it just seemed to me one "o" just wasn't enough. Please keep in mind we are talking about Sarah Palin... Who put the "D" in dumb...

    August 2, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. McCain closed his eyes to Hillary abuse

    McCain must have been taking a nap during the time Hillary was constantly verbally abused or he just does not care about Democrats.

    August 2, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. John in Tampa

    John McCain could not explain the difference between Shia and Sunni and Afghan and Iraqi-on national TV news Joe Lieberman had to whisper corrections in his ear. McCain also referred (on TV) to the Iraqi/Afghan border, a thin line occupied by a minimum 700 miles of a thing called Iran. Thank God he is not our supreme military commander!
    As for Sarah, McCain's choice was as nuts as his dropping his campaign to rush back to D.C. where he accomplished nothing, and trumpeted his success before he learned it had failed. Well, he was right about this, she certainly showed us all the meaning of mavericky.
    She's out now, John. And you still have a job to do.

    August 2, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Voter

    The guy is still "out of touch." – if he still thinks Palin can lead the GOP!
    Does he not realize that many of us voted for Obama because of the Palin pick for VP? McCain completely ruined his chances to be president when he picked Palin.

    I don't agree with Obama oin a lot of things, but if the GOP continues trying to push people like Palin as their leaders, it will be a while before we see them in a position of power again.

    August 2, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. JB Sullivan MD

    Mr.McCain made a bad decision to have her as VP running mate. Her presence made many vote for Mr. Obama, and I am sure glad I did. Mr. McCain is my senator and he has done little to nothing for Arizona. It is time to vote him out and I predict he will losse the next election.

    August 2, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Simon

    McCain says that he's "never seen anything quite like it". I had never thought I would see anything quite like a bunch of illiterate rednecks at his campaign rallies shouting "Kill him" and the equally illiterate Palin egging them on. She should be impeached for treason. She is simply an embarrassment to the USA.

    August 2, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. rick

    In one of the most reckless, shallow and poorly conceived political judgments in history, John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate and thus told the world she was ready to be one heartbeat from the most important job in the world. What choice does he have now except to say he believes in her and supports her? To do otherwise would be to publicly lay bare his own inexcusable decisionmaking, and to admit that he put his own interests before those of the nation he claims to be so loyal to. I used to have great respect for the man – but now can no longer listen to a word that comes out of his mouth. This sorry saga just will not go away....

    August 2, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. The Scarce Truth

    That's great, if they coax her enough, maybe she'll run for president in 2012. As a democrat, I'll enjoy 4 more years of a liar-free white house.

    August 2, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Chris

    vicious attacks? puhleeze..this pitbull in lipstick swung the first punches, now she's whining? PUHLEEZE!

    August 2, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Shawn - GA

    If she is no unimportant than why do so many people lower themselves by coming on here and other places to say hate filled things about her?

    If you were so much better than she is then you would be above going to the lengths many go to rip on her.

    Anyone who says hate filled and nasty things about a person negates anything they say for having said it in the first place.

    Have a great day and I hope you can grow emotionally and maturity soon before it is too late for you.

    August 2, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Ken

    Of course McCain supports Sara. She's a playback of the GOP playbook word for word – an unqualified boob who has as much statesmanship as a frog. Republicans like mailable micro-minds that they can mold to their agenda. Sara's perfect – it will never bother her that her party supports only the rich and powerful at the expense of the rest of us. Why should she care – look at all the attention she's getting.

    August 2, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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