August 2nd, 2009
03:21 PM ET
9 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. Ken, Arizona

    McCain is still trying to justify his decision to tap Palin to be his VP running mate. He can support her all he wants but it will not change the fact that she just doesn't have what it takes, intellectually, to be a national leader and he made a very big mistake in judgement. He's just not man enough to say it.

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

    Yet further proof of McSames poor judgement. Regardless of her beliefs, shes just not smart enough to run the country. Hey republicans find a more intelligent candidate.

    August 2, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    ah shut up, senile old McCain...... we're sick to death of Palin

    August 2, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Jeanie

    Sarah Palin has been attacked by vicious left wing radicals who hate her because she's a normal human. They don't like normal.
    And they fear her because she is so pure when put next to
    their politicians and their so-called elite class.
    The personal attacks against her children
    are beyond the pale and now has turned around to bite them in the ass. It shows just how hateful these people really are.
    Those who have assaulted Sarah are lying, hateful, nasty people.
    They are going to find out the American people don't want lying,
    hateful, nasty elites. They want honorable, honest, God-fearing,
    patriots like Sarah Palin.

    August 2, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Ann

    the way Democrats and the Obama camp treated Palin was sick. I never liked her, but this is not how you talk about people. Hopefully, Obama will also realize that he is not doing anything good and will step down. Who am I kidding.. this guy loves power more than anything else.

    August 2, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Ben

    there are vicious attacks because she is a vicious person who murders helpless animals for fun in a completely sociopathic way and she flaunted her family in everyone's faces during the Republican convention, if she doesn't like the attention she shouldn't have put them on that NATIONAL stage

    August 2, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. coach

    Palin was quick with the sharp tongue when she was nominated for VP. She used references to communist, running with terrorists, socialist and a score of other vicious comments that marked herself as an uneducated goof ball.. Her speaches were good if written by someone else and laughable when prepared by herself. She dragged her family in front of the nation in support of herself in a flagrant appeal for support. She painted a huge bulls eye on herself, taunting the media and all non supporters of radical, shallow viewpoints and now can't handle the responses.. What goes around comes around. She is imploding and any reasonable person will have difficulty in supporting anyone with no substance.

    It's time to stop commenting about her.

    August 2, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Liberals-r-douchebag

    Q. What do liberals use as birth control?

    A. Their personalities.

    August 2, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. MADinAZ

    "“I've never seen anything quite like it,” added McCain."

    When he was asked about Hillary Clinton at a fundraiser, "how do we beat the b i t c h?", he responded, "that's a good question."

    About Clinton's daughter, he asked, "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father."

    Never seen anything quite like it, Senator? Look in the mirror.

    August 2, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. mjm

    I think its funny if Palin actually thinks she make be the front runner for President in 2012.
    Aint no way most Americans will vote for that whacko.

    August 2, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. ross berg

    Poor Sarah Palin. If you examine the exit polls from the 08 election she most definitly killed any chance McCain might have had to win. A substantial plurality of swing voters gave her being on the Republican ticket as a significant reason they decide to vote Democratic.

    It puzzles me how any sober person could seriously consider her for national office especially after the disasterous Katie Couric interview.

    I guess her sex appeal to the male voters is enough to keep her on stage as it certainly isn't her intellelect.

    Her resignation performance was nearly as incoherent as the Couric disaster,yet here we are still discussing her.

    Guess it's another example of that powerful truth, sex sells!!!

    August 2, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Nate from Atlanta

    I don't feel sorry for Palin at all. I think she is reaping what she sowed after basically calling Obama a terrorist.

    August 2, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. daniel

    Sad, very sad, poor abused, misunderstood Sarah, but I guess those vicious, foaming-at-the-mouth, unrelenting attacks on Barack Obama, ranging from racial insults to questioning his citizenship, are sanctioned by the right-wing party of moral rectitude. Man, take the log out of your eye before you critique the speck in your brother's.

    August 2, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Linda

    Palin is a scary person with her lack of knowledge on any front of world politics – she is a reactionary uneducated bigot whose 1950's beliefs do little to make the modern world work any better, She does not believe in global warming, does not care to protect the environment, is addicted to oil , obviously knows nothing about overpopulation or geography. How anyone, especially a man who supposedly is intelligent and worldly, could have picked her to be a leader in this complicated world, I will never understand. Palin will not succeed in national politics but only as a freak show for those few who want to go backwards to a time when people got witches to rid them of 'evil spirits'.

    August 2, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Proud American

    Dumb and Dumber....

    August 2, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. A guy from Maine

    John McCain has moved right to the top of the list of the most disappointing public figures of all time. Even as a lifelong left-winger, I'd always respected him until he, because of his own thorough lack of true leadership, put this divisive cracker in the public eye. The most disappointing part is that he is so completely clueless that he has ruined his reputation, his legacy, and his party. Take some responsibility, John! What a shame. Total loser.

    August 2, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Excuse me?'re to blame, grandpa. If you would have left her alone – watching Russia from her front porch and shooting wolves from helicopters, you would have saved ALL of us from enduring the biogtry, hatemongering, whining, and winking of Sarah Palin. YOU are to blame, sir, for all that has and will continue to happen to her. YOU need to apologize to her and to all of us for your knee-jerk, decision in which you "acted stupidly" to quote our great President. I pray the smart good citizens of AZ will send you to a nice home.

    August 2, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. lbh

    The reason there are "vicious" attacks on Palin and her family is because she is a hypocrite who wants to tell everyone else how to live and what to do. If she did not think she was God, people would not be so vocal in condemning her POSING. But as it is, she is the most dangerous kind of person: a master manipulator. The worst kind of patriot: the kind that uses it not for the good of the nation but as a cudgel to cast doubt on her opponents. The worst kind of zealot: the kind that believes in her own infallibility. The worst kind to govern: the kind that puts self-interest above duty. The worst kind of con-artist: the kind who has given her scpiel so many times she can no longer distinguish it from the truth.
    She reminds me of Anita Bryant, and I hope she fades into oblivion the same way.
    And quoting McCain as if he can be taken at face value is a little idiotic, don't you think? Do you expect him to criticize her and thus underscore even further his own lack of judgment?

    August 2, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. rosanne

    Palin brought it all on herself. McCain let this monster out of the closet and now we are left to deal with it. Thanks alot MCain. She is the one who was unprepared and knew she was a token nominee and wanted to prove herself but failed miserably. Just look back at the skits on SNL. There was hardly any re-writing in the script, because everything she had to say was laughable. If there was anything constructive she said it was because she kept to the script that was written FOR her. When she speaks without dictation, her ignorance shines brightly. And she is a Quiter!

    August 2, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Pamma

    Give me a break. McCain is NOT a BIG GOPer!!!
    If anything, that would be the KISS of Death.


    August 2, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Moli

    Right on, gtalkspolitics, it is a reflection of McCain's bad judgment. He chose Palin because he wanted to lure the disappointed Hilary voters? Didn't he and his peeps consider that those disappointed voters would have to change the direction of their politics just to vote for a woman? And they would have to tread deep into the right wing of the Repub party. And they would have to accept a totally ignorant and unqualified candidate as well. Quite a tall order just to lick some wounds because of HIllary's loss. i too want to see a woman in the White House, but not at the expense of my political beliefs or my desire to have a competent person at the helm. Not going to happen.

    August 2, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. shouldntbshocked

    I can't believe what McCain said. Is he for real? He is a politician and that is all they do... And he has attacked everyone from Bush to Obama... Love how we are supposed to feel sorry for Palin. She said some pretty vicious things about Obama during the election. If you can't take then dont dish it... Grow up.

    August 2, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. John

    It seems that McCain has a really short memory. I'll be glad when McCain, Palin, and their Birther party fade off into the sunset.

    August 2, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. mw

    Besides, who cares?

    August 2, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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