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. jerseylou

    What a wimp this guy is, how many times does she have to slap the hell out you for you to get the message MacCain.Get a set of balls and do some push ups or something. You and palin definitely cancel each other out .

    December 21, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Laurie

    What is he suppose to say! She's a stupid nicompoop that he chose to run for the Vice President of the United States. Let me tell you that through the course of the past year I have lost all respect for that old fool. He is anti-Obama on every issue. Be careful Senator, lest you get a visit from Jacob Marley on Christmas Eve.

    December 21, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Greg in Cabot, AR

    Giver her some credit for "recycling" her visor.

    She is too cheap to spend $6 bucks at the local gift shop for a new one and help out the local economy.

    Besides, does she really want to wear a reminder of the 2008 presidential campaign that she helped to sink?

    December 21, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Barbara - Atlanta

    Poor McCain...he can't believe what he's done by selecting Palin has his running mate. She is having the last laugh with the Republican party...they can't touch her, she's gone rogue. lol

    December 21, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Tom B

    This hat is still better than her Fidel Castro hat she has been wearing for a while.

    December 21, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. bob

    you'd think she would have more than one cap.

    December 21, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    Evil still exists and Palin is constant reminder.

    December 21, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Prospering Pete

    Obama approval rating are below 50% and falling. Enjoy your short time libs, it's quickly expiring.

    December 21, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. TLC, Pittsburgh

    She made a statement by blacking out his name. She could have easily bought a different visor for each day she was in Hawaii, but she chose to wear that one and take the time to black out his name with a marker other than buying a new one...

    December 21, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. geecee

    Oh, poor, Sarah. She couldn't even afford to buy a new visor cap but had to use an old McCain visor, but blacked it out. Times must be tough in the Palin family. She is a dingbat, McCain knows she is a dingbat, he should stop covering up for the idiot. In fact, I am so sick of seeing his face on t.v. He's on more news programs than the President. Get lost you grumpy old scoundrel.

    December 21, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Liberal4Obama

    Johnny has no choice, he brought her to the big dance and she stood him up, if I was John McCain I would just say: Dear Americans, please forgive me for this mistake, I made an error in judgement when I chose her as my running mate. End of story, short and sweet.

    December 21, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Tom in FL

    One wonders if she even knows the difference between the truth and a lie. Obviously, she wasn't trying to be "incognito", she certainly does not "adore" John McCain, and she didn't black out his name for no reason. Whatever idiotic things she says and does, she think she can just lie about it and her followers will believe her. Sadly, that's probably true.

    December 21, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    "The fundamentals of the economy are strong". John McCain just before the Meltdown.

    December 21, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. max

    hehehe ... watching that senile, war mongering fool get all worked up on the senate floor is so much fun ... now, if we can only watch him have a grabber on live TV, get sent to the ER and then get bumped for a pre-exsisting heart condition ... we can only dream

    December 21, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. La Chatte

    This country is in truly sorry shape when crap like this is considered news!

    December 21, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Jackson

    The woman cannot afford to buy a new, plain visor for her vacation after her book tour? Blacking out her running mate's name? What a silly thing to do. Yet another example of her weak judgment and inexperience in politics and public life.
    And much of this nation just loves her. Pathetic.

    December 21, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Ron

    LOL.....Please!!!! The woman just sold a book. Are you telling me she couldn't afford to buy a new visor if she wanted to be "incognito"? Hell, someone would give her all the visors she wants.....so yeah, it was a shot at McCain. Probably blacked it out during last years presidential race....lmao

    December 21, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Linda

    First of all visors are so lame. Second, can't the moron afford to buy a new hat? She continues to show all of us that she truly is a DUNCE!

    December 21, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. seabee

    When are John and sarah going to realize that they lost and only cnn seems to care about them on a daily basis now. CB

    December 21, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. sandra

    Mr. McCain just be a man and admit you were WRONG for picking this idiot! She trashes you and you still behind her ....Wow actions speaks louder than words. Losers!!

    December 21, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Yeah, right!

    If the inestimable Ms. Palin wanted to go "incognito", why didn't she pick another hat–it's not like she hasn't got some choice here! Last time I looked there were about a million or more options open to her. Incognito---not!

    December 21, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Sounds like the "maverick" is wearing a pair of soiled Depends and that has made him testy.

    December 21, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Laurel, Canada

    Why can't liberals or socialist find anything nice to say? You have a Democrat in power, so be happy! But I forgot, they are never happy, have to keep whining, we have that problem in Canada also!

    December 21, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. william,oregon

    McCain needs to retire. His views NO longer matter. with Senator's like McCain and Kyle makes me glad I do not live in AZ.

    December 21, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Scott, Mizzou

    Oh then please, MacCain, buddy up with Sarah and run again in 2012. Give some ignorant conservatives hope. You'll win for sure this time......

    December 21, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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