October 25th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain aide: Palin 'going rogue'

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) - With 10 days to go until election day, long brewing tension between Sarah Palin and key aides to John McCain has become so intense, it is spilling out into the public.

Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin “going rogue” recently, while a Palin associate says she is simply trying to “bust free” of what she believes was a mishandled roll-out that damaged her.

McCain sources point to several incidents where Palin has gone off message, and privately wonder if they were deliberate. For example: labeling robo calls “irritating,” even as the campaign was defending the use of them and telling reporters she disagreed with the campaigns controversial decision to pull out of Michigan.

A second McCain source tells CNN she appears to now be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

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  1. Brian Rich

    Wow. This is the obituary.

    October 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Rj

    Next time properly vet your running mate. That's what happens when you don't! It has become so obvious that she's always wanted to be famous. At any cost.

    October 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. shan

    Seems as though McShame's pet project has abandoned COUNTRY FIRST and is looking out for SELF FIRST. Hmmm how about that maverick.

    October 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. lexel

    Amen to Peter Hart.....

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |

    finally , its about time that people of her ,,own ,,party see her for what she is ; a supervisual snow girl who should keep on watching her,,dude,, sleigh around and hang your fancy clothes up as a reminder of what could have been and please don,t ever leave alaska again..another week and it is OBAMA,s time

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. BC

    The whole Republican party seems to be full of mentally ill people. Those people looking for the anti-christ, keep your eye on this woman...

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Obama is at teacher and bullies hate school

    Lol, the American public saw this fickle, viscious woman for what she was when the McCain campaign unveiled her at the RNC. Well Repubs, you get what you pay for. What are you going to do with this monster you created?

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Teresa, Georgia

    This is indicative of what a McCain-Palin administration what be like...ongoing tensions and divisiveness. Both are putting themselves first rather than "Country First". The American people deserve better.

    Vote Obama/Biden 08

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Carmella

    That's the result of only having one or two meetings with the person you elect as your VP. McCain may have observed her overtime, but he really didn't know her. If McCain has no control over her, how can you expect him to have effective leadership in the White House?

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. ED FL

    Sarah destroyed any possible interest or respectability she might have had when she threw her own daughters pregnancy out and into the faces of the public. As a 79 yr old man whose life has covered many aspects of people and life through years cannot ever remember a mother throwing an in your face an attitude about an error in judgement or mistake about her teenage high school daughter[student] being with child. Telling the world with a big smile on her face, like a badge of honor about the situation.I nor anybody I knew felt that that was not somehing a family member ,much less a mother would brag about. She lost any credibility she was hoping to get and it has shown that in everything she has said or tried to accomplish since.SAD SAD SAD

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Courtney in Vegas

    Queit as its kept, She has really been on her own from the beganning.
    McCain has been out of touch and Johnny Come Lately on just about all fronts. The only reason of her selection as well as to the way she was rolled out; was because John McCain put himself FIRST. He wants that JOB more than anything. So he'll do anything and everything to get it . Just look at the facts; he was drawing 600 to 1200
    people to his THM, now in appearing with her their over 10,000 at each event. It's his platform, she doesn't have one(yet). But that's not stopping her from getting the BIG HEAD about her own electability.The bottom line she is still on a bridge to no where. John McCain is at a DEAD END.

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. orshan smith

    Sarah take your kids and head back to Alaska ,run don't walk. This election is over. Obama&Biden

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. tina frey


    It is clear now that the end is near for these two un-hopefuls.

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Even Governor Palin's own ticket seems to hate her. How does she plan on running in 2012, exactly?

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Dandelion.

    ha.ha.hahahahahahahaha, etc.

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. coop

    Why are we not surprised? This is Eve Harrington. She will step on McCain to get to the top. She and her husband – AIP Todd- have an agenda, and they're going to stop at nothing to achieve it. She fooled McCain with her winks and aw-shucks manner, but she didn't fool the American people. She's intellectually-challenged, but calculating enough to reallize that she can go far on her looks. What she didn't count on was the scrutiny of the national spotlight. But it doesn't seem as though Alaskans are willing to give her another chance, if the McCain ticket loses, so it seems as though Sarah-All About Eve-Palin will never get a chance to get her close up.

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. katiec

    Palin is looking out for palin. She has the ego to think she
    is accepted by intelligent people and shooting for 2012.
    What a bubblehead she is.
    Can tell by Mccains expressions when with her that he
    is not too thrilled, Well, John, you reap what you sow.
    You threw away all judgement, security of our country
    and honor thinking by picking her you would win.
    You cannot campaign on lies, distortions, attacks,
    trying to divide our country with hate, anger and
    fear and expect the American voters to have any
    respect for either one of you.
    You have no one to blame but yourselves.

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Patricia Tharp

    All things come around, and Sarah Palin, who knows nothing, will end up with nothing.

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. john

    Not only was she unqualified THIS year, she will be less so in 2012 or in any intervals therof. Her thinking is not clear, nuances of interactions are lost/not there, from a personal level to an international level.

    She has been wowed by crowds that are oblivious to her real persona and beliefs. Opportunism and selfish amition rule the day, and the country will rue the day when her unbridled ambition ever comes to fruition. She knows not the word altruistic.

    And those gol-durned, good-for-nothing, pork provided fruit flies....not good for anything....except maybe helping autistic and other special needs children. We don't need more misunderstood and unsupported science.

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Joe the Boxer

    Regardless of Sarah Palin having a Diva status within the GOP or not. The fact remains that she's a represenative of Socialism for the rich....who caused or economic problems to begin with. It's rather alarming to see her oil executive husband constantly on stage with her. Sometimes, I don't know if she's the vice presidential candidate or him.... I don't constantly see Joe Biden's wife on stage with him... Is it any coincidence of special interest that her husband is constantly "looming" in the background like a fly at a barbeque ??? The GOP represents special interests ( not Joe six pack or Joe the Plumber)...and Democrats represent the people....

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. James

    Uhmm, that is just the way the cookie crumbles...... Palin 2012 and not McSame 2008..... That says a lot for McCain's judgement....

    October 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. elsie

    If Palin has a future in politics then the Right Wing Republicans are scarier than ever. (Not to be confused with the real conseratives). This women is a liar and cheat. She put her small town of Wasilla in millions of dollars in debt for her own agenda. She abused her power as Governor. She has no ethics, other than her own agenda. I doubt she will be re-elected in Alaska and there is currently a recall being considered. There is a good website that is following and reporting on what is going on up there call mudflats.wordpress. Not to mention she does not have the intelligence to be a world figure. The rest of the world is laughing at this good country.

    October 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Frank Miller

    Expect more of this "eat their young" to happen after McCain/Palin lose the election. The Republicans will come apart faster than you can enumarate what made up that party in the last years (right wing nuts, military nuts, religious nuts, greedy nuts, corporate nuts, real conservatives). If you have to resort to fear tactics you KNOW there is something wrong. As long as you're in power everything is great. After that it's not so great...

    October 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Zee

    Um, as funny as it was, I don't see it being good for your cause if you call Sarah Palin "Plain" as in "Tracy Schmitt, Plain's press secretary..."

    October 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Joshua

    wow. You know after reading all this I will certainly be changing my vote. Sorry but if this is how Palin will treat Mccain I will be voting for Bob Barr and if he is not on the ticket in my state then well I guess Obama will get my vote. The ONLY reason I was not voting for Obama was because I make more than 250,000.00 a year. lol I guess Ill have to deal with it, I guess it wont be too bad.

    October 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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