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. Deb, Allentown, PA

    In the event that Palin withdraws, let's not forget the horrendous judgment that McCain demonstrated with this pick. If this is the sort of low-information, knee-jerk reaction we can expect from him as POTUS, we should all be very very afraid.

    September 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    WOW! it's only been what, a week and theres already tons of scandals? This should be interesting. OMG is there going to be a bastard child in the white house??!??!?

    September 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Vincent Spaulding

    Another Republican mockery is in progress. This time around McCain is replacing Bush as he blesses and hand-holds the lying and the hypocrisy. His vetting team went to Palin the day before he nominated her and went through their conservative credential check list with her. Palin isn't the brightest contender in the field, but even she knew the answers. What a joke-joke-in-progress this convention has become.

    September 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |

    Republican Family Values V1.01 vs. Democratic Family Values V1.00

    The RNC platform appears to require a rather abrupt update to the Far Right and Conservative family values plank.

    Democratic Family Values V1.00

    My oldest niece completed high school, earned a college degree, married and is currently expecting her first “blessing” in November and my brother and his wife are thrilled and looking forward to being Grandparents and are very “proud” of this accomplished young woman. They have promised to be “supportive” as long as the required duties are occasional baby-setting!

    Updated Version Republican Family Values V1.01

    This updated version was sanctioned by all the Republican Party leaders and the Far Right and the Conservatives effective September 1, 2008.

    All parents are encouraged to teach “abstinence only” as birth control and never teach kids sex education in public schools. Then, when your 16 year old daughter partakes of pre-marital unsafe sex, which could have resulted in her catching a STD, in addition to the expected “blessing” . Advise her to marry the father, whether or not she actually loves him and do this all while both parties are only 17.

    Choosing a role model:

    Call me old fashioned, but when my other two nieces make such decisions, I hope they use their older sibling as an example, complete with the now outdated Democratic V1.00. Of course, should one or both chose the new Republican version V1.01 I am not sure “proud” would accurately describe my reaction, but I would be both loving and “supportive”. I just would never encourage them to adopt the Republican V1.01, they may miss a lot of the youthful experiences they would encounter using the Dem V1.00.

    September 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. PA for Obama

    Just what we need – another trigger-happy Republican who acts first and asks questions later. I hope McCain vetted Palin better than Bush vetted Iraq before we broke it and bought it.

    September 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Ell

    Of course, it completely thorough because Palin would replace McCain if he dies.

    September 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Bobby

    Does McCain know that in 2006, 3 years after the invasion of Iraq that Palin thought we invaded for oil. Does McCain know that they are still collecting evidence against her in her case. Does McCain know she wanted to secede from the U.S. Does McCain know she was charged before for abusing power. The list goes on and on. Im sure McCain knows, Im just wondering why he took this risk adn why he is putting our lives at risk.

    September 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Barbara

    He would defend his Vetting Position, but was he thorough, NO if he was he wouldn't be defending her time and time again. She has No Experience to be our president if anything happens to McCain. I don't think I want to risk my familys future on a Big IF or Maybe or even a ? I was supporting him until his judgement came in to play about picking her. Obama has my support now.

    September 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Danny from OH

    You nominate before you vet. County First My Foot.

    September 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Tom in Delaware

    We love you Sarah! You're the scorn of the Liberal Party and we wouldn't want it any other way!

    It's amazing how someone who is wholesome and stands up for what is right strikes terror into these poeple.

    Looking forward to hearing you speak on Wednesday!

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Stacy from Loudoun, VA

    I question a coach that throws in a 6th string quarterback into the biggest game of the year and "prays for the best". I scratch my head when people double park and get mad when they get a ticket. But this choice just leaves me flabbergasted. Sound judgment? Really? Unbelievable.

    September 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Pepou

    If this is the kind of judgment that McCain if elected president will exhibit, we are in DEEP trouble. Is he going to push the red button and THEN think about it ?

    September 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Spencer, Newport News, VA

    I wonder how many more surprises we are going to hear from the McCain camp regarding Palin. If this is his plan to try and steer the political and media focus off of Sen. Obama, he's doing a good job. This is allowing the public to see how bad his judgement is. Keep up the bad work McCain camp.


    September 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Denise

    This woman was not vetted. I heard on CNN that McBush wanted either Lieberman or Ridge (no surprise). McBush decided on Palin that first day of the DNC. He only met her ONCE! She was not a serious contender!

    September 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. ron

    liar , liar, pants on fire...

    September 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. joe kiloz

    T H E--V E T T I N G---W A S---R I G H T --–O N----

    N O--P E R S O N A L-N O R---F A M I L Y-I S S U E S--–

    P R E S E N T--–T O---D I S Q U A L I F Y---T O-–T H E--–

    C O N T R A R Y---S H O W S--A-–R E A L--–A M E R I C A---

    S I D E---N O T--B R O A D W A Y--O B A M A--A N T I C S

    September 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. vettederan

    Shows ya how very bad ol' Hillary must've been if she was vetted and got rejected.

    September 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Scott Tucson

    Who cares? Anyone has to be better than Obama and his sidekick Ol Joe.

    If you thought Bush was dumb, Obama has shown us that he has a hard time putting 2-3 words together without the aid of an telePronter.

    September 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    Doing things backwards as usual! This man needs to stop going with his gut and impulses, and make rational judgements instead. McCain is a nut!

    September 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Shelly

    I live in Las Vegas so this is my comparison.

    Sarah Palin was Mayor of a town the size of one of our medium casinos.

    Sarah Palin is Governor of a state that has less population than the city of Las Vegas.

    Her only foreign experience is when her plane few over Canada.

    She could be our next president.

    When will I wake up from this nightmare?

    September 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    I guess that is why he just sent a dozen folks up to Alaska so that when the Democrats try to investigate her all of the tracks will be wiped clean.

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

    considering Obama's camp picked Caroline Kennedy as one of their vetters, I would say Obama's vetters were not vetted. Being a Presidents daughter who did not even have all of her molars yet when he was in office is hardly vetting qualitied, now is it. We know why Obama picker her, her NAME, because when many Americans say the name Kennedy, guess what they think of MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Dont make me go to Ted Kennedy's famous bridge to nowhere

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

    What do you expect for this old man McCain....He didnt pick Palin with top head but his bottom

    September 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Tired of W, OH

    Yeah, like he's gonna say "Oops, we screwed up!" Everyone knows the republicans aren't good at owning up to their mistakes.

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

    I care most about the fact Governor Palin doe not believe in sex education;only in abstinence.I also would never vote for someone that is in favor of making abortions totally illegal for everyone.I am a registered Republican that is totally disenchanted with Senator McCain because of the choice of Vice President.I am proud to say that I will vote for Obama and Biden.My whole family and many friends all feel the same way!!!!!

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