Palin has McCain's back
January 28th, 2014
09:12 AM ET
6 months ago

Palin has McCain's back

(CNN) - Under attack by the Republican Party in his home state, Sen. John McCain is getting some support from someone beloved by conservatives – his former running mate, Sarah Palin.

"I consider Senator John McCain an American hero and a friend. He fights to remind our President that the federal government's first priority must be strong defense of our homeland," wrote Palin Monday night on her Facebook page, adding that "he fights against big-spending colleagues who don't prioritize for our military's needs."

The Arizona Republican Party Saturday censured the longtime GOP Senator for what it called his "long and terrible" record of voting with liberal Democrats. The voice vote came from the floor at the Party's meeting in Tempe. While the resolution does not have an impact on McCain's work in Congress, the party pledges it would not support, campaign for or endorse the Republican Senator.

"Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our party's values on his own. That has not happened," read the resolution.

The resolution specifically refers to McCain's vote last year for the Senate comprehensive immigration bill, which included a pathway to citizenship. McCain, and his fellow GOP senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake, were two out of 14 Republican Senators who joined with Democrats to support the legislation last summer.

McCain, the Republican party's 2008 Presidential nominee, made headlines by picking Palin, at the time a little known governor of Alaska, as his running mate.

In her posting, Palin was open about her policy differences with McCain on immigration and the federal debt, saying, "It goes without saying we don’t all agree on all political issues."

But Palin, who enjoys strong support from many tea party activists and other grassroots conservatives, praised McCain for his "steadfastness in demanding truth in the White House’s Benghazi cover-up.”

And she criticized the censure move by the Arizona GOP, saying, "It's perplexing to see Senator McCain’s good efforts to uncover the Obama agenda being ignored and perhaps even hindered now by those wanting to censure the Arizona Senator. Despite our differences on some other issues, there is no questioning Senator McCain’s dedication to national security in spite of the White House’s agenda."

McCain, 77, hasn't ruled out making a bid for a sixth term in 2016. He told NBC's Jay Leno that he's still "looking very seriously" at another campaign.

The Arizona Republican easily held his seat in the 2010 general election against Democrat challenger Rodney Glassman, after beating back a primary challenge earlier that year from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.


Filed under: 2008 Election • 2016 • Arizona • John McCcain • Sarah Palin
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  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    That should be the final nail in his coffin.

    January 28, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "In her posting, Palin was open about her policy differences with McCain on immigration and the federal debt, saying, "It goes without saying we don’t all agree on all political issues."

    It goes without saying that 99.9 percent of Americans don't care enough about her to bother reading her Facebook postings, yet here is CNN giving us the Palin "scoop" anyway.

    January 28, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    I watched the interview with the AZ teabagger who went after McCain. What a joke he is. I think McCain has become out of touch, but the bagger lives in la la land.

    January 28, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    The resolution specifically refers to McCain's vote last year for the Senate comprehensive immigration bill, which included a pathway to citizenship.
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    Both of the Arizona senators voted in favor of this bill. It looks like the Arizona GOP is just fed up with good old boy John.

    January 28, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. rs

    Palin- once a member of the Alaska Seperatist Party (and hence anther Right-wing, anti-American) has nobody's back but her own- much less the censured Mr. McCain.

    January 28, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota
    The expression "He's got a monkey on his back" immediately popped into my head....in this case more like a gorilla.
    Better him than us, huh my friend?
    Hey! Stay indoors babe this Artic vortex thingy is kicking your state's patootie.

    January 28, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    McCain has stopped voting the way his constituents expect, and they are RIGHT to censure him.

    January 28, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    More like she's gonna stick a knife in his back!

    January 28, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Hey! Stay indoors babe this Artic vortex thingy is kicking your state's patootie."

    Oh, indeed it is. Last go-round made a bit of mess up at the cabin. The wind gusts blew out the pilot light on the furnace leading to a split in the water pump. Can't wait to see what this round does up there. Not to mention the price of fuel (yeah - we had to order a tank this week).

    January 28, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. Michael MN

    If nothing else McCain should sent to the old folks home for putting this schrill on the national stage

    January 28, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    McCain has stopped voting the way his constituents expect, and they are RIGHT to censure him.
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    Anyone who says Senator John McCain isn't "conservative" is crazy. The Arizona GOP is completely insane- I know, I live here.

    January 28, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. t_wicker

    McCain gets a free ride because of his military service, and Palin is on the same bus in the War against Women. If anyone should have a coherent dialogue against that framing it should be a conservative woman. But why should anyone care about the truth?

    January 28, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Malory Archer

    t_wicker

    McCain gets a free ride because of his military service, and Palin is on the same bus in the War against Women. If anyone should have a coherent dialogue against that framing it should be a conservative woman. But why should anyone care about the truth?

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    If you find a "coherent" conservative woman, bring her on! I think that's what the right is hoping for this evening with their FOUR SEPARATE post-SOTU rebuttals. Frankly, it's insulting to their consitutents that they need to have FOUR. It's like they're telling their female supporters that they aren't smart enough to figure it out the first time.

    January 28, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    McCain has stopped voting the way his constituents expect, and they are RIGHT to censure him.
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    I think Rick just might be right. The angry man, who authored the resolution, that I saw on TV last night highly agitated over "McCain's voting record." When asked what was wrong, he vigorously claimed that McCain's record spoke for itself, without getting into any details. The host never could get a clear cut example or explanation about what exactly that the author found wrong with McCain's record. The author had also insisted that the was NOT part of the Tea Party.

    I have my own theory. There's an element in this country that wants to send people to Congress to vote against solutions to our problems. The element wants to weaken government, while strengthening big business and private wealth. We haven't heard Republicans mention the word "small businesses" much since 2010. The current minority party in our political system is being hijacked, and most of its' members are too narrow in their thinking to even conceive, much less see it and recognize it.

    January 28, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "the federal government's first priority must be strong defense of our homeland," wrote Palin Monday night on her Facebook page, adding that "he fights against big-spending colleagues who don't prioritize for our military's needs.""

    This is why people hate her. She is relying on this juxtaposition to essentially say that Dems/Liberals are un-American, don't want to defend the country, and haven't spent the last several decades complicit in the trillions of dollars in military spending we've wasted. And yet, all three of those things are true. The nationalism accusations is just the lowest of political insults, while denying the Dems' complicity in creating a military budget THAT IS SUCKING US DRY simply cannot be denied. Jabberwocky Barbie reality fail, yet again.

    January 28, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "McCain has stopped voting the way his constituents expect, and they are RIGHT to censure him."

    The local Republican party organization "censured" him, not "his constituents." Confuse the two at your and his peril.

    January 28, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "Palin has McCain's back"

    She's certainly the monkey on it.

    January 28, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    Old John has that 2 ton anchor around his neck again.

    January 28, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Thomas

    @Rudy NYC
    I have my own theory. There's an element in this country that wants to send people to Congress to vote against solutions to our problems. The element wants to weaken government, while strengthening big business and private wealth. We haven't heard Republicans mention the word "small businesses" much since 2010. The current minority party in our political system is being hijacked, and most of its' members are too narrow in their thinking to even conceive, much less see it and recognize it.
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    I agree with your theory 100 % .

    It reminds me of when US car company executives would produce junk cars and think they were quality .

    And they still would receive there year end bonus .

    January 28, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. The REAL Truth...

    "the federal government's first priority must be strong defense of our homeland," wrote Palin Monday night on her Facebook page, adding that "he fights against big-spending colleagues who don't prioritize for our military's needs."
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    We're so BUSY defending our homeland that we've got 1.6 MILLION DIRECTLY employed by the military (at least as many in contracted labor), who occupy some 194 bases in 70+ countries, burning 30% of the Federal budget and more than 5% of GDP... sure.. we need more..

    January 28, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. drake mallard

    We Won’t ‘Let Our Campaign Be Dictated By Fact-Checkers’ THE GOP””

    Benghazi= partisan propoganda.

    Ronald Reagan was President, and of course he’s the icon of the Republican Party. If you recall our marine barracks in Lebanon was attacked and over 200 marines were killed.Did Ronald Reagan go to war? No, he got the heck out of there.

    Shortly after the barracks bombing, President Ronald Reagan appointed a military fact-finding committee headed by retired Admiral Robert L. J. Long to investigate the bombing. The commission's report found senior military officials responsible for security lapses and blamed the military chain of command for the disaster. It suggested that there might have been many fewer deaths if the barracks guards had carried loaded weapons and a barrier more substantial than the barbed wire the bomber drove over easily. The commission also noted that the "prevalent view" among U.S. commanders was that there was a direct link between the navy shelling of the Muslims at Suq-al-Garb and the truck bomb attack.

    the bush administration knew about how to stop 9/11=massive cover-up

    The Bush White House Was Deaf to 9/11 Warnings -

    But there were other briefings, some seen by Eichenwald, that did warn of an imminent attack.

    On May 1 the CIA said that a terrorist group in the U.S. was planning an attack.

    On June 22 it warned that this attack was "imminent."

    On June 29 the brief warned of near-term attacks with "dramatic consequences" including major casualties.

    On July 1, the briefing said that the terrorist attack had been delayed but "will occur soon."

    On July 24, the president was told again that the attack had been delayed but would occur within months”

    January 28, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. wendel

    poor john wouldn't trust palin to have anyones back but her own. Sad we are still reporting on her at all.

    January 28, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Wake up People!

    It absolutely terrifies me that this thing was almost VP of this country.......

    January 28, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. Thomas

    She would make a great Queen !

    January 28, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hey, Dutch. I see there was a victory in VA yesterday. Congratulations to all who took the time to vote!

    January 28, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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