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. Helen

    McCain is insane if he thinks we believe this for one moment. It doesn't matter Sen. Obama and Sen Biden already has this one in the bag.

    September 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Darrell

    I think it's funny that some republicans are saying that Palin has more experience than Obama or Biden. Executive Experience. Well then, here is a nice list of Republican Presidents for you;

    1. Abe Lincoln – Served in the Illinois House of Reps and the US House of Reps – NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE.

    2. Ulysses S. Grant – War hero and general of the Civil War – NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE.

    3. James Abram Garfield – Served in the US House of Reps – NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE.

    4. Chester Alan Arthur – A lawyer before appointed VP. Took over for Garfield after he was shot. – NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE.

    5. Warren G. Harding – Ohio Senator and US Senator – NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE.

    6. Herbert Clark Hoover – NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE

    7. Gerald Rudolph Ford – US House of Reps, took over for Nixon after he resigned. – NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE.

    Do you still think EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE matters? OK, how's this:

    George W. Bush – Governor of Texas and a COMPLETE AND TOTAL FAILURE.

    Seems to me, that your argument of how precious executive experience is, doesn't really hold any water. Try again, Buh-Bye.

    September 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Shirley-Ohio

    John McCain would rather win an election than to make sure Americans are safe in the event something happens to him. He had a great short list to choose from but went outside the box to someone with absolutely no proven experience. McCain used reckless judgement in picking Palin. I though this election would be close with McCain losing by 5, but now because of his reckless judgement, he is going to lose by a landslide.

    September 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Lies

    If she was fully vetted as they say its scary to think they still wanted her after they found out all of her cons

    1. Supported the bridge to no where until others denounced it
    2. Approves earmarks for her state but does not approve earmarks for other states
    3. Has clearly stated she'll favor alaska if she is vp
    4. Teaching abstinence only -that worked for her daughter huh
    5. Troopergate
    6. baby gate
    7. Wants to drill ANWR and have polar bears removed from endangered species list just to drill... what about alternative energies
    8. left her town 20 million dollars in debt
    9. Have you seen the pictures of her town hall? running a campaign is more complex than running that town

    Come on she obviously was not vetted and is a terrible politician good luck with her

    September 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. David in Illinois

    McCain is truly losing his bearings. Obama had it right all along when he first said that months ago, even though he wasn't speaking about his aged state. But now, in so many ways, it's becoming crystal clear that something is amiss in his decisionmaking. It's scary.
    I don't want his "experience." I don't want his "judgment," or lack thereof. McCain should be retiring, not running for the highest office in the land. He's just no longer up to the task.

    September 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Linda31

    Seriously doubt it, because even the idea of her being a reformering is being questioned.

    Leaving her town 26 million dollars in debt, the earmarks she took, being for the bridge to no more in the beginning, wanting Alaska to be split from the U.S.?

    Are you serious? That was known is was still the best pick out of all his choices?

    September 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Patty, Big Bear, CA

    Interesting that Rove is now openly speaking for no one would care

    September 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Tim


    Let's see, less than two years as governor of the least populous state in the country.

    Being investigated for firing a state commissioner who refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law.

    Run out of the town where she was mayor with a $20,000,000 debt.

    Promotes abstinence but can't get her eldest daughter to buy in.

    Likes to shoot animals after chasing them in a helicopter.

    (And this in just 5 days).

    Sounds like someone with lots of executive experience that every republican would want as the 2nd in command.

    OK, enough on this Palin woman.

    What are McCain's plans for the country, other than another hundred years in Iraq?

    September 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. S. Boatman

    Everyone Knows You Did Not Vet Her Mccain! Now The News Media Will Do It For You And You Will Regret That For Sure! The Cover Up Group You Sent To Alaska Is A Few Days Late! You Lack The Judgement It Takes To Be The President And You Yourself Have Proved It!

    September 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. sharon

    Just wondering...If Gov Palin and Reps stand on a platform of abstinence only,no sex ed in schools,no discussion in schools re stds, no birth control ,no do they feel about Vascetomy?Can you imagine how men (and woman) would react if there was government interference surrounding that issue? What is Gov Palin's position on that form of birth control and on a man's right to choose the big V?


    September 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. quent97

    Does anyone else besides me think that maybe John McCain really does not want this presidency? I mean this veep pick is waaaaaay off the chart for bad judgement. I'm just saying....

    September 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Jennifer

    It's not her experience (or lack there of) that is a problem it's her jdugement. As a woman, I am insulted by the choice of Palin, due to her lack of experience and/or judgement and because she is determined to speak for me (as a woman) and dictate the choices I am able to make. I defend her right to make the choices she's made even if I disagree with them. She, I fear, will not return the same respect to me.
    Obama '08

    September 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Tim C

    People say that this shows hypocricy on Palin's part. I disagree. It shows that she's on the wrong side of the argument when it comes to abstinence-only education. It doesn't work, and this is a typical result of abstinence only education.

    People say this shows McCain's poor judgement. I disagree. The fact that McCain is a republican shows his poor judgement.

    September 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. Linda from Minnesota

    I have been listening to the Republicans praise Sarah Palin for "making the choice" to have her developmentally disabled child. Ironically, if Sarah Palin is elected, she wants to take that choice away from other women.

    September 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. John

    "I see nothing wrong with Gov. Palin. She has executive experience."

    Yeah as mayor of a town of 9,000 and as governor of a state of 660,000. Saying that is executive experience is like saying shift supervisor at McDonalds is managerial experience.

    She can't successfully manage her house, her town, or her state, and Republicans want her a heartbeat away from the presidency? Are you kidding me?

    September 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. E. Albrecht, Geneva, IL

    I am curious to know what the age of consent is in Alaska. Is it possible that Ms. Palin became pregnant at the age of 16? If so, legal ramifications could be part of the equation.

    September 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Adele

    What kind of dumb questions is that. Of course he didn't vet her. If he did why did he just send 12 lawyers to Alaska.

    September 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Ken K. Kiloz


    September 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. bill mullis

    just another of mcains dumb picks is really who we want and need as president if you liked last eight years then vote mcain paulin its simple as that and ENOTHER THING I DONT LIKE BUSH TALKING TO REPUBLICAN CONVENSION FROM OUR HOUSE either go to convension or crawford tx

    September 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Lying to the public as usual. Thanks!

    September 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Sacto Joe

    Look, "liberal blogger" or not, Governor Palin is a poor choice compared to Senato Biden. And that doesn't even deal with the issue of FLIP-FLOPPING by Senator McCain in choosing a person with little experience after lambasting Senator Obama for far more experience!

    Senator McCain will obviously say or do anything to get elected!

    September 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Independent-Minded American

    Thanks McCain !!!!!

    For destroying this young girl and her boyfriend's lives by thrusting them into the national media spotlight for your selfish political pandering!

    September 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Carol

    I agree with Joyce in Florida. The McCain camp believed all the hype about the Hillary supporters planning to throw a fit at the convention, and he thought they'd vote for him if he chose Palin.

    Unfortunately for the Repubs, Hillary stepped up to the plate and gave a great speech. Obama also gave a great speech and the Dems are coming together.

    Sorry McCain – I know your opinion of women is low, but we are not as dumb as you think we are. We are not falling for this crap.

    September 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. KFLO Muncie, IN

    It is obvious McCain knew of all these horrid things about Palin... but he didn't care, he just needs to pander. FAIL!

    September 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. AP

    Wow-As stated in the the movie "Undercover Brother", "White woman–Black man's kryptonite." How could the GOP be so naive as to think we wouldn't see through this one?

    September 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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