September 6th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Pushed by popularity, campaign keeps Palin with McCain on trail

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain is keeping Palin on the campaign trail with him longer than expected."]
(CNN)– What does a campaign do when its new vice presidential candidate brings unprecedented energy to their candidate's crowds? They keep her with him longer.

A McCain campaign aide tells CNN the Alaska Governor will stay on the trail with McCain through early next week, instead of campaigning solo.

The McCain-Palin ticket is expected in Missouri Monday, and likely Ohio and Pennsylvania through Tuesday and maybe early Wednesday.

Campaign aides made it clear, the decision to keep Palin on the trail with the Republican nominee longer, also gives the campaign additional time hammer out details as to where and how to best deploy Palin when she does campaign on her own.

Plans were originally underway to send Palin to Florida solo early next week. Then that was scrapped and aides started working on a meet and greet event in the Philadelphia area Monday, with potential for a fundraising component. But those plans for Palins have now been abandoned as well.

Palin is expected to travel back to Alaska mid week through at least Friday, before her son, Track, who is enlisted in the Army is deployed to Iraq. In her convention address, Palin announced he's going on September 11.

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  1. Mike

    Popularity can be fleetingThere are a lot of unflattering things coming down the pipeline about Gov. Palin. Although they may bury this Trooper Gate thing, it is just an indicator of what seems to be a pattern. When Palin was elected Mayor of tiny Wasilla Alaska. She fired the Police Chief for no given reason other than they did not click.
    Goggle search Anne Kilkenny, Palin Email for some very interesting insight.

    September 6, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. JN

    Not a suprise there when you pick someone who knows NOTHING about leading a country. All she does know is how to open her big mouth and spew lies!!!!

    September 6, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Alison, FL

    Well of course they do, it's not like she can answer questions or go off script or anything like that. Empty suit! The GOP are such hypocrites! They were all over Obama but now that their new pitbull is so popular, should we be calling her a celebrity since she will only grant interviews to People magazine?

    September 6, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Leah

    Palin is not ready for the campaign trail, she is not ready on foreign policy and is being tutored by the Bush folks, she is not ready to talk about issues without a script, she is not ready to talk to reporters, and she is NOT ready to be VP or President.

    September 6, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. KG

    Birds of a feather flock together...

    It's good for the voters to see those two together and realize that whatever McCain USED to be, he's now become a tool of the extreme right neocon movement.

    September 6, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |

    Anything to keep Palin away from the Press.

    As far as her son from what I understand is going to be in "the rear guarding high ranking officer's. He is getting special preferences.

    How come he isn't going to be on the front line with our sons? McCain wants to leave our wonderful military there for a 100 years! I also understand that Gov. Palin has the State of Alaska in a $22 billion debt. When she took over Alaska didn't have any debt.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 6, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. cecil

    "Spit And Run Palin"

    She Doesn't Know Policy, That;s Why There So Afraid!

    September 6, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. David R in Carlsbad

    Gosh if people could only ask them questions. Obama and Biden are taking questions every day from America, why not these two?

    September 6, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. McCain-Palin '08?

    Looks like his base would prefer Palin-McCain '08.

    Can you imagine the shots of Palin getting twice the number of people at her rallies than McCain?

    When's the last time a VP totally upstaged the top of the ticket? Will it start to make people question who's wearing the pants in this political relationship?

    September 6, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |

    Palin- sounds exactly like Karl Rove and Cheney together, She is really bad for this country.

    CNN, please investigate her thoroughly regarding ties to the Alaskan Independence party. I find her link to this Party to be very unamerican and unpatriotic.

    I hope Hillary can kick her to the curb. (i can't believe i am rooting for Hillary, that's what happens when people make fun of community organizing, very unchristian)

    September 6, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    I guess that's what you do when you can't run on the issues - Try to dazzle the electorate with a "hot chick" (according to the Indiana delegation's buttons). Didn't work on me, won't work on America.

    September 6, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. cecil

    She's Just Window Dressing!

    Spit And Run Palin

    September 6, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. john

    AWWW how cute she is staying around the feed Mcsame his ensure what a saint! Lol!

    September 6, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. leapfrog

    When the press FINALLY gets a hold of her, I'm hoping they will ask her the really hard questions about domestic issues, about foreign affairs, about her views on abortion, on the environment, on the economy, and about her past involvement with the AIP, and her Pentacostal religion that holds that Islam is a false religion and that the war on terror is a holy war for her. I want to hear her without her GOP muzzle on.

    September 6, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Cynthia

    It will be interesting to see how long they can keep Palin from the press. The McCain attacks on the press as I see it are unfounded, for example, trying to say that Campbell Brown went too far – that is a bunch of bull. At some point he is going to have to make her available and no amount of cramming is going to do – the real story will come out.

    September 6, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Poetic Justice

    People are not coming to see her because they believe in what she is saying. They are coming to pinch themselves to make sure this isn't a nightmare and is really happening.

    September 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    close is right.... GOP is afraid she'll say stupid things or shoot a moose.

    September 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. aaron

    Has anyone began to fact ceck this joke of a candidate. Read this artilce "Palin "bridge to nowhere" line angers many Alaskans" by Reuters to find out the truth about her. No to the bridge but thanks for the money. What was that about saying one thing in Scranton and another in San Francisco. I gues it is ok to say one thing in Alaska and another in St Paul.

    September 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Tamarra

    Why is it that the McCain campaign is so scared to leave her alone? Is it that she actually knows nothing about what is effect the American people and you are scared she will deviate from the script? Or is it if John McCain isn't by her side people will actually realize she is nothing but a puppet who read teleprompters and talk about other people who use teleprompters?

    September 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Luther

    How pathetic?

    Why are people concerned with popularity. Whether we are talking about Obama or Palin, I don't care who is popular. Obama/Biden have put out a specific plan and McCain/Palin have not. Do your homework people, our economy and jobs depend on it.

    Giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, does not make sense. Cutting taxes can only go so far until there are diminishing returns.

    That is why I am supporting Obama. Real Solutions not platform slogans.

    September 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Go Obama!!!

    I just wanted to extend my heartfelt sympathies and prayers to Jack Cafferty and his family (since comments are closed on his page), for the loss of his loving wife.

    September 6, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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