March 22nd, 2010
11:41 AM ET
4 years ago

McCain anticipates 'a very nice reunion' with Palin

 John McCain and Sarah Palin on election night in 2008.
John McCain and Sarah Palin on election night in 2008.

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain said Monday he is looking forward to a "very nice reunion" with his former presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, when she campaigns alongside him later this week in Arizona.

Palin will join McCain at two rallies at the end of the week in Tucson and Phoenix, their first appearance together in public since the 2008 presidential race. Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth is challenging McCain in the Republican primary, a race McCain said he is not taking for granted.

McCain told C-SPAN his campaign has received an "overwhelming response of people that want to come to the rallies."

"Sarah did galvanize our party after she agreed to be my running mate, and the speech she gave at the convention," McCain said. "I am sure she will do the same thing when she comes to Arizona."

He added: "It will be a very nice reunion, to have the chance to spend some time with her, and I am very grateful that she would come to Arizona."


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soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Imagine the nuclear launch codes on the palms of her hands

    John McCain will be remembered in American history as the Republican presidential candidate who picked Sarah Palin as his V.P., and after realizing what a ditz she is, trying to salvage his chance of winning the election by hiding her from the press, even if it meant that a ditz would be only heartbeat away from writing the nuclear launch codes on the palms of her hands. To see Palin, with her wacky Vaudeville illogical logic and other antics, together with McCain again will be like seeing George Burns and Gracie Allen together again. Say goodnight Sarah!

    March 22, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. lucy2

    Palin did galvanize the party for McCain (like those people would have voted for Obama anyway) but unfortunately for him, she also pushed away a LOT of more moderate or independent voters.

    March 22, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Rebecca

    That's just great, Nobama and hilbilly Palin. Bad choice McCain!!!! She went to Canada for her health care! She's going to be drug through the mud and you with her! Not much of a choice there, I won't vote for either! I hope somebody else comes in to give them a run for their money! I'll vote for anybody else at this point!

    March 22, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. jane

    Poor John McCain. He had obtained a measure of respect in his career; then he made a colossal mistake by opening Pandora's box. Well, his opposition to health care for the citizenry didn't help either. At any rate, his legacy has taken an irreversible turn for the worse.

    March 22, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. .....

    dumb and dumber

    March 22, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. kim

    thank GOD i am not in arizona anymore...GAG!

    March 22, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Peejay

    John's apparently a slow learner.

    March 22, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Well, what else is he going to say? John McCain caved to Karl Rove and the nutjobs of the Republican Party a long time ago.

    Rove smeared McCain in the 2000 presidential campaign by spreading a rumor that McCain's adopted Bangladeshi daughter was a "black baby born out of wedlock." McCain called Jerry Falwell an "agent of intolerance."

    But when McCain decided he wanted to run for president in 2008, he sucked up to both Falwell and Rove by speaking at Falwell's "University" and letting Rove pick Palin as his running mate.

    I think what got McCain through his 5.5 years as a POW wasn't courage and character so much as resilience and an instinct to survive – regardless of how much he had to compromise himself to do so.

    March 22, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Eddie B

    A very nice reunion because he needs her now to appeal to the Cons. His staff and campaign manager bashed her for being a complete embezzel. She is and it is sad to see McCain's legacy come down to this.

    March 22, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Shawn Ames

    TTTT this sounds like it could be an extremely awkward reunion here. I wonder what he'll stay if he loses. Maybe he'll blame her for it!!

    March 22, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. John

    McCain anticipates 'a very nice reunion' with Palin

    John McCain: Are you sure you want to be seen on stage with a quitter?

    March 22, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    The dirty old man wants to feast his eyes on her butt one more time before his sight fails.

    Sure hope he loses he race. He's a career politician just like so many others.

    How many times in the last few days have we heard "If I vote for (or against), my career is over". About time.

    March 22, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Will get on his knees and kiss her ring ?

    March 22, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Tram

    What else is he going to say? "No, I don't want to ever see the twit again. She's one of the major reasons the GOP are history."

    Don't think that's going to happen, and this isn't news.

    March 22, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Death Assurance Companies

    Your toast McCain,the AM radio,Rush Limbaugh wannabe will beat you.

    March 22, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Dano

    You'd better check your back John – there just might be a knife in it.

    March 22, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    This old RINO needs all the help he can possibly get, since he is going to LOSE MISERABLY again. Just as in his failed presidential bid, he will BEG Palin to help save his hide. Were it not for her, he would have been drummed much more soundly in the last election.

    March 22, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. The Unsub

    Don't do it John. If you look into Medusa's eyes, you will turn to stone.

    March 22, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Is it me or does McPampers look like he's trying to lean in for a little smoochy-poo in that photo?

    Gross.

    How anyone could kiss HER is beyond me.
    :-)

    March 22, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Earl

    John, be sure and wash your hands well after meeting her. They'll be all ink-stained from her palm writings.

    March 22, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    See how different our parties our:

    Democrats pass the biggest piece of legislation since Medicare

    Republicans rally around Sarah Palin.

    Intelligence was lost, but now is found.

    Republicans can now be known as the BENCHWARMERS who sat on the sidelines from 2000-2010.

    RIP

    March 22, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Sgt. USMC

    McCain-Palin

    Now there's a winning team.

    Didn't John learn his lesson the first time around?

    March 22, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Beverly - NYC

    Obviously he didn't learn his lesson the first time. What's next making up with Joe the Plumber? I'm sure some blue haired Viagra taking geezer will be impressed by her folksy charm, I hope the people of Arizona are ready to elect someone who wants to work for the people who elect him, not this do nothing seat warmer.

    March 22, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Felly

    Birds of the same feathers flock together. Empty barrels!

    March 22, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. People have Power..!

    The heart of the Washington Politicians beats for self-interest and not for the American People. We understand that the health-care-bill has provisions for States to choose to opt-out.

    According to many CNN and other poles the majority of Americans are opposed to this health-care-bill; if so, then all Governors have the moral duty to engage with the people in their States and opt-out should the majority so desires. If by this process most States decide to opt-out by the will of the people then this unpopular, oversized and overpriced DEMS-health-care-bill will gather dust on their shelf...

    .....................................Remember November, 2010................................

    March 22, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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