December 21st, 2009
10:31 AM ET
8 months ago

McCain not offended Palin blacked out his name

McCain says he's not offended his former running mate blacked out his name for her visor.
McCain says he's not offended his former running mate blacked out his name for her visor.

(CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain said the recent flap over Sarah Palin's decision to black out his name from a campaign visor while she was vacationing in Hawaii is much ado about nothing.

"Oh, it's fine. Sarah said she wanted to be a little bit incognito," McCain said when asked about the incident on "Fox News Sunday. "I don't blame her. I understand that."

The controversy arose after photos of a vacationing Palin showed the former Republican vice presidential candidate relaxing on a Hawaii beach wearing a McCain campaign visor on which she had clearly blacked out the Arizona senator's name with a marker.

The Web site TMZ declared the blacked-out visor amounted to a "frontal attack on Sen. John McCain," but Palin later said she was merely trying to "be incognito" in an effort to get a little rest and relaxation after her nearly month-long book tour.

"I adore John McCain, support him 100 percent and will do everything I can to support his reelection," Palin told the Web site Politico when questioned about the hat. "As everyone knows, I was honored and proud to run with him."

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," McCain said he is taking Palin at her word.

Can't you take her at her word? It's - Sarah and I and Todd, Cindy - we have a wonderful relationship. We're dear friends," he said. "She is a - going to be a force in the Republican Party for a longtime. And the hysterical attacks on her from the left continue to validate that. "


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Phillipa

    Palin can't afford a new visor? Gimme a break.

    Blacking out McCain's name was done on purpose.

    Not that I care, since I didn't vote for either of them.

    December 21, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Deepak

    What a joke....the excuse being given. Does Palin expect us to believe that the only way she could have been recognized was by the Mccain logo on her cap? Duh... What about her own face?

    December 21, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Moonbeam

    There was a time when John McCain was poised to leave a legacy as a thinking, independent politician.He blew it.
    Sarah Palin is his legacy now!

    December 21, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Bella the Bulldog

    A year after the McCain-Palin circus, their still making headlines. The Republican party is in deep trouble.

    December 21, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. DOG1

    Over and above all the possible hidden meanings and messages this photo of Palin present is the far greater question, what was she thinking allowing herself to be be photographed WITHOUT HER MAKEUP? She looks terrible!

    December 21, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Carmen, Miami FL

    Don't care about the "controversy," but McCain can't expect us to believe that he doesn't regret unleashing this idiot upon us. She's made mistake after mistake and said one stupid thing after another, and yet she has people who believe anything she says has any merit?

    December 21, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Pat F

    McCain is a true gentleman, who has been unfailingly kind and generous to Palin. As a conservative, I regret that someone as clearly lightweight as she is has become a leading conversative figure.

    December 21, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Bella the Bulldog

    A year after the McCain-Palin circus show, they are still in the headlines. As a Republican....please go away Sarah.

    December 21, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Len in Washington

    Uh....excuse me.
    She's making millions on her book and she can't afford a new visor?
    Give me a break.
    It was done on purpose, McCain.
    Senator, aren't you tired of having to "explain" or "support" all her negative comments about you when she demeans your team?
    Wake up.

    December 21, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. A. Goodwin

    McSame is as much of an idiot as Palin is. Thank the LORD these people are not running the show now.

    December 21, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Barefoot

    What a child she is.

    December 21, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Tom

    Only rogues black out the names on their hats.

    December 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Beyond Absurd

    This woman is worse than Madonna for sheer need to be in the spotlight, and for the wrong reasons.

    December 21, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. StevenAK

    Actually she erased his name from the ballot for most voters when he chose her to be his VP. Read any good newpapers lately former Governor Palin?

    December 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Reggie

    Media always trying to capitalize on Palin's popularity....Even this non-story makes the news.

    December 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Telrider

    What else can he do except not being offended.

    December 21, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Thank you, thank you, thank you CNN for another Sarah article. I just can't get enough of them and know I can count on you for a daily dose of them. You are such a professional news organization, so unlike those biased other ones with agendas..........

    December 21, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. JDD

    Fabricated news from Friday...recycled, lest we lose it over the weekend.

    December 21, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. Danny

    Of course McCain is not offended. I'm sure he'd like to put as much distance betwwen himself and this brainless bimbo he unleashed on America as possible. His logic is a little suspect though. If she wanted to be "a little bit incognito" she could have maybe NOT worn the hat at all, don't you think? You betcha!

    December 21, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. W l Jones

    Sen. Ms. Palin is the head of the party now, say please ms. can I speak now.

    December 21, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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