December 21st, 2009
10:31 AM ET
11 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. Obama 2.0

    Not that many people really care :)

    December 21, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Grahame

    MacCain was an idiot then and he's an idiot now.

    December 21, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Peter

    If he was still a "maverick" I bet he would...But he's a sidekick now...

    December 21, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Kris

    Sure...whatever! Just admit you made a mistake, and had you picked some normal person Mr. McCain, you would be the Prez, and Mr. Obama would be asking you why you weren't doing anything about health care. Losers!

    December 21, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Wheat

    Controversy? Really? This is a media, gossip show created issue.
    Certainly there are more important things to report on in todays world.

    December 21, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. gl, From Pittsburgh

    McCain as usually thinking with the wrong head.

    December 21, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. usualone

    John McCain continues to be naive about Palin. He is wearing blinders on about this woman. He would be a bigger man if he admitted he made a mistake by putting her on his ticket. Or he could make NO comments about her at all.

    December 21, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'm sure most of Palin's supporters have never been to Hawaii to enjoy the beautiful beach, and guess what, you've paid for Sarah, her husband who quit his job and their whole darn family. Doesn't this remind you of her free for all expensive shopping spree that you paid for. Think about it.

    December 21, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Someone please proffer a reasonable, rational explanation as to why Palinbot wearing a blank visor is less recognizable than Palinbot wearing a visor with McCain's name on it.

    The least she could do is come up with a believable excuse...we might actually forgive her borderline antics if she did...instead we get this monkey drivel from her that just exacerbates the issue.

    December 21, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Tiffany

    He's trying very hard not to offend her, because he knows if he does, she can do damage to his career. He's playing it smart.

    December 21, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Obama Mama

    Does he really expect people to believe they have a great friendship, give me a break. The majory of his staff hated her...When McCain finally tells America he made a huge mistake then he can go on. Otherwise Sarah will continue with her shenanigans. I would have more respect for him if he was honest about the situation

    December 21, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. rayne

    John McCain inferring this is much ado about nothing doesn't convince me that he wasn't put-out over this obvious snub and slap in the face.

    If Sarah Palin wanted to be "incognito" she could have put a bag over her head. She knew exactly what she was doing and the response it would get. She should be ashamed of herself for this public, childish behavior.

    December 21, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Janet

    The hysterical attacks fromt he left?
    Well, I suppose that explains why they lost the election.
    If McCain thinks Sarah Palin's detractors are hysterical leftists, he seriously underestimates the electorate.
    We're not hysterical. She's just a total dummy. We can't really see her leading the free world.

    December 21, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Ferret out the BS

    My experience in Hawaii tells me that there are plenty of sunvisors available over there, many that aren't too expensive. John if I were you I'd be a bit wary. Usually when you magic marker someone's picture or name it means they're history. Should we just say "Good Bye" now. It's obvious your usefullness is gone.

    December 21, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Emma

    How amazing! Of course he will say things like that. He cannot admit the woman he chose was markedly limited for a high office. Politicians do not always level – McCain is a good example of that.

    December 21, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. C Spurgeon

    She cant afford a new hat??What an old fool you are.We need term limits of six years for all and get these old whitehaired fools voted out.

    December 21, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. banderson

    What do you expect him to say, he picked her.

    December 21, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Grouch-o

    Sure, like she doesn't have enough money to simply buy a different $10 visor to wear instead of taking the intentional time to black out his name.

    Give me a break! She was clearly making a statement. I feel sorry for McCain if he actually believes his own defense of her. The GOP is really in trouble if key people think that way.

    And Sarah, true to her manipulative self, is probably smirking all the while.

    December 21, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I will never forgive McCain for unleashing this "thing" upon us.

    December 21, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Scott, Tucson

    This isn't news but thanks for keeping these two in the spotlight, they look better each day compared to the two twits the libs here put into the White House.

    December 21, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Al-NY,NY

    She's an idiot, plain and simple. McCain made the biggest mistake of his career tapping this know-nothing for his VP candidate and unleashing her on the real world. Aside from her visor, what about the typical GOP mantra that thry tout.."if you don't like america, get the...out" that is on her T-shirt?

    December 21, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Joe C from CT

    Did anyone wonder why she couldn't wear a different hat? It amazes me how people will believe anything.

    December 21, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Robin in Tampa, FL

    McCain should just shun Palin for a while.

    December 21, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Helena

    Mele Kalikimaka everyone!

    I read poor Sarah Palin had to cut her vacation in Hawaii short. She doesn't have the Aloha spirit.

    December 21, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Robin

    Who really cares?

    December 21, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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