September 2nd, 2008
03:40 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain defends vetting of Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain is defending his choice of Palin."](CNN) - Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain defended his campaign's vetting of newly named VP candidate Sarah Palin Tuesday, amid a stream of revelations about the Alaska governor that could potentially harm the GOP presidential ticket.

"My vetting process was completely thorough and I'm grateful for the results," McCain told reporters in Philadelphia.

The comments come a day after Palin announced her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant and news surfaced the Alaska governor had hired a lawyer weeks ago to act on her behalf as state legislators investigate whether she may have abused her power in the firing of the state’s police chief for refusing to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper.

Watch: McCain defends vetting process

Speaking on Fox News earlier Tuesday, former top Bush aide Karl Rove echoed McCain's comments that Palin was fully vetted.

"They knew all of it," Rove said of the recent revelations on Palin.

McCain has previously faced fire from Democrats over the fact the Arizona senator only met with Palin once in person before offering her the No. 2 slot on his ticket.

Related: Top Republicans defend Palin and vetting process

UPDATE: Speaking with reporters in Ohio Tuesday, McCain reiterated his support for Palin.

"I just want to repeat again how excited I am to have Sarah Palin, the great Governor of Alaska, as my running mate," he said. "America's excited and they're going to be even more excited once they see her tomorrow night. I'm very, very proud of the impression she's made on all of America and looking forward to serving with her."

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  1. Gotta Be Kidding

    This is copied directly from a transcript of Glenn Beck's Show on 12/19/07

    "But first, this time of year, of course, brings to mind this story. It`s a story of a young, unmarried woman, teenager really, who suddenly, quite unexpectedly, found herself with child. If we were only talking about the Virgin Mary, but no, no, we`re talking about Britney Spears`s 16- year-old sister, Jamie Lynn.

    Jamie Lynn Spears, the star of a show on the children`s network Nickelodeon, has confirmed now that she`s 12 weeks pregnant. Oh, good for you. You go, girl. The father of her child is her boyfriend of two years, and they said in the paper today that it was, quote, "a shock to both of them".

    Really? That`s weird. That`s usually what happens when you put those two parts together. But don`t worry. They`re good church-going people. They met at church, I hear.

    Whether it`s a pregnant teen or Jamie Lynn or the custody of her no- show rehab relapse sister Britney Spears, there seems to be a disconnect between the values that most of us believe are important and the actions of our public figures and in some cases our own families. "

    Public Figure – Sarah Palin – Family Member – Bristol Palin
    So Glenn – how come no one at the RNC has the problem with Bristol Palin and Sarah Palin that you had with Jamie Lynn Spears. I guess our public figures should be held to a higher standard, huh?

    September 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. jason, tx

    HAHA. He didn't vet her hardly at all. What a joke.

    September 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |

    8 years was enough

    September 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Southern Gentleman

    50 years in the Wasi-whatever town hall will never compare to one day in any State Senate. McCain you let down Southerners with the pick of a woman who's kids are as pregnant as her.

    September 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    That's why members of the vetting team are back in Alaska looking for stuff they didn't find the first time...

    September 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Obama Supporter from FL

    Oh boy. Evidently McCain's "google" strategy for the vetting process wasn't quite up to par ...

    September 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Candy West Virginia

    For all you republicans who are blindly following mccain...the above article says it all...

    September 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Vera From Sedona

    I respect senator Obama’s view that children are off limit, but there is another issue here and that is judgment.
    The issue everyone is missing here is this is a perfect time to discuss the most important topic here. This family is poster perfect as an add for birth control. No not aborting as the GOP is trying to spin this situation, but prevention. Any intelligent person knows when you choose to have unprotected sex at 43 you have a very high probability of having a child with Downs Syndrome. Sarah Pahin used poor judgment not using birth control. Abstinence is fine but a parent should use good judgment and also tell their teens that if they do not choose abstinence they should consider what the ramifications would be if they do not use birth control. If you prevent conception you do not have to consider abortion.

    September 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. W O W WO W

    V I V A--L A S---M U J E R E S---V I V A---S A R A H-- ! ! ! !

    (Go, women, go, go Sarah )

    September 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. RH

    What's he going to say, "Whoops, you caught me – we didn't look into her at all?"

    September 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. mos

    Is that why a pack of RNC lawyers are just now getting to Alaska? Why do people there say no one asked them about Palin?

    September 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Niel


    September 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Cennydd

    Hey CNN!

    why aren't you mentioning Palin's membership of the Alaskan
    Independence Party? ABC has been headlining it since yesterday?

    September 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. concern

    Al Sharton would be a better VP then Palin.

    McCain has just started his vetting!

    September 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Old white lady for Obama

    Shouldn' t this have been done before appointing her as his VP?
    Yet another example of McCain's poor judgement and incompetence.

    September 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. TIAJA22

    Not any woman can do. Palin needs to focus on her daughter instead of Washington. If she paid as much attention to her own child as she does politics and beauty pageants maybe her daughter wouldn’t be pregnant and looking for love in all the wrong places.

    Mc Cain wants to tap in Alaska’s oil and that is the only reason why she is picked to be his VP. He is not for women. He is only for himself and is using Palin for woman’s votes.

    Sorry McCain, this true Clinton backer will now backs Obama.

    OBAMA 08’

    September 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. jim

    Major problem McCain..Your judgement stunk either way

    September 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Maria, Byron Center, MI

    I defend it too! HAHAHA... 🙂


    September 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Kathy

    So McCain, you stand by your words of calling Chelsey Clinton ugly because Janet Reno was the father??? Or is it ONLY reTHUGlican kids that we should stay away from???? HYPOCRIT!!!!!

    September 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Rumpusgoopus

    The process might have been fine, but the choice itself was insane.

    September 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Joyce in Florida

    McCain's V.P. pick is not going to make me vote for more of the same. It is a ploy to get Hillary Clinton supporters to rally to McCain's side. Not fooling this Clinton supporter. Will vote for Obama/Biden in November.

    September 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    Sara Palin's judgement is question. Who in their right mind would think it is okay for a 17 year old to get married. Does she want to get married, or is this just something to avoid having a child out of wedlock, for those evangelicals who think this then makes it okay are seriously mistaken, the child is conceived out of wedlock. But the main concern should be for the welfare of the child and the mother. And she shouldn't be forced into marriage.

    September 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. American

    He met her once.

    Unacceptable for the second biggest job in the world.

    McWar is unpredictable, unprofessional and in the decline of his life.

    September 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. leslie

    What did you expect him to say. A nominee with his first decision showing a lack of judgement and decision making.

    September 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Jeffrey

    and don't forget....

    ...leaving the town in which she was mayor with a 20 million dollar deficit and nearly being recalled as mayor, being a member of the successionist party...

    ...hmm..and that's all come up in less than a week since her nomination....bets are being placed as to her nomination being withdrawn...

    September 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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