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. Greg FL.

    looks like the pitbull with lipstick has turned on her master. It's McCain's own fault really. He had no idea who she was or what she stood for and now it's coming back to bite him in the butt.

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. marlene

    Palin is very ambitious woman. I pray that she will not succeed her evil desire.

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. max

    This is fun, watching the bushbots bicker and blame ... they also keep bringing up Joe 'the unlicensed, tax dodging' Plummer .... keep up the good work, Barack Obama and Joe Biden can start getting the people together to fix mcstain's and the chimp's colossal destruction of our proud nation ...

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. verbzz

    thisis the exact reason the shouldn't havemade her into a puppet in the first place... as a stunge democrat, i'm not shy to say i admire the lady... but when she first burst onto the scene it seemed as though she was being remoted around by McCain'saidesand not McCain himself cause as much as they like to call him a rebel or maverick, it's clear`that he's doing things that nancy pfotenheir (i know that spelling's wrong) etc is telling him... i like teh guy but they ruined him!!!

    andrepublicans, ya'll know you would vote for elmo if he was ur nomine no matter how wrong he would be for the country and the world!!!

    palinshould do her she can run all she wants in 2012...

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Michael, Portage Mi

    Go home Sarah......and, please, stay there and don't resurface in 2012! You've probably got at least four years of legal and ethical problems to work through.....

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Independent W

    I think its pretty obvious that Palin is looking out for herself. I hope my GOP buddies realize the mistake Mccain has made and Mccain needs to drop her from the ticket NOW. I would admire and respect him more if he admits he made a bad choice and chooses someone else. A true leader realizes his mistakes and bad choices, he admits them openly and corrects them wisely. Mccain has until Nov. 4 2008 to get my vote 100% right now he's at 50.5 % I think alot of people will respect him more and vote for him if he admits he made a bad choice.

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. jay

    i say let her go...let her go by herself and get interviewed by anyone but sean hannitym and ket her make a fool of her self as a national figure...2012...give me a break....do we republicans want to lose agin in 4 years?

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. William Shipley

    The campaign's handling of Sarah Palin has been inept. They have shouted to the world - she's not ready to be a serious political player. It is a direct result of their strategic choices that the only one of the presidential candidates with any real-world executive experience is considered too inexperienced for the executive branch - incredible!

    Their advice to stonewall troupergate has made it much worse than it would have been if Governor Palin had continued to cooperate as she intended.

    Frankly the best chance McCain has of winning in the last 10 days is for Palin to shake off the handlers and communicate their message at every opportunity - and if she occasionally disagrees, then it proves she actually things. (I doubt therefor I think!)

    As far as 2012, her best option is to win in 2008. I think the campaigners are trying to build a case for not blaming them so they can have a job in 2010 and 2012.

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Gia in Los Angeles

    Hey, if Palin runs against Obama in 2012, Obama is all but guaranteed a second term!! Palin can rally the ever-shrinking Republican base, but no one else.

    Go Obama/Biden '08/'12

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. John

    I was for McCain until he picked this person. It is not her sex that I deride, there are many capable intelligent women that I would have voted for. It is her complete and utter ignorance wrapped inside complete and utter arrogance. This is George W in a skirt.

    I greatly fear a democratic whitehouse coupled with a democratic congress, but not as much as I fear the possiblity of this women as the President. She doesn't handle process questions well? Give me a break. John McCain has pushed a complete incompentent on us and for that alone I must vote for Obama. Although I do it with almost equal reservation.

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Archie Haase

    Millions and millions of Americans knew she was not a good choice. Republicans have only themselves to blame for their stupidity. But I guess after the Bush years republicans have been dumbed down.

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Michael Fisher

    good for saerah...its a bad ticket and she should have the least to do with it as possible

    but if they bring up joe the plumber one more time im gonna snap

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. minka from Missouri

    It is apparent that Sarah Palin is not a team player or ever intended to be one. She is in this presidential race for herself and envisions herself as a "great president" rather than a V.P. Did you not hear her the other day saying that she was in charge of the Senate?? She better start reading the Constitution of the United States rather than her own "dream books."

    Go Obama/Biden

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. New Day

    awwwwww she's just like Cheney!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Matt.G


    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Jackie Powers

    Remember a "Divided House House Cannot Stand" It may be time for McCain to regain his dignity and tell Palin to tone herself down. The retoric is not doing him or the party any good. In McCain case it seeems to be why should a man lose his soul. And lose a race.

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Ha Ha Ha

    This is what happens when you panic and pick a running mate that you have not vetted. A half hour together is not enough to really get to know the person when they are a complete unknown.

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Barbara, FL

    And this is a suprise to anyone?! The only reason she ran for political office was to replace the "old boys" club with her own. I honestly believe that she imagines she is the top of the ticket!
    Well, it's official, the republicans have chewed off three legs and they are still caught in the trap, 10 days before the election and they are already making excuses for their dismal campaign!

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Dave From Ohio

    "They insisted she needed time to get briefed on issues on the national and international stage she was not familiar with and has never dealt with, and on McCain’s long record."

    How does this not negate McCain's "experience?"

    No candidate in either leading party has experience being president. The best we can look for are presidential qualities.

    Just go vote already people!

    October 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Joe

    A Maverick against a maverick – does that make her an anti-maverick?

    October 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. andy

    i am a life long republican but why should i vote for this mess? this is like a joke to me.

    obama 08

    October 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Anthony

    we all knew this. its just coming out now.

    god save us all if she ends up in the white house.

    October 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. julie

    Good. Let her cut her own campaign's throat. Her self-centered behavior is a harbinger of what could be in the White House.
    No thanks.

    October 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    Palin "going rogue" LMAO!!

    I'll make the popcorn. This is going to be GOOD!

    October 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. john ny

    what a joke palin is and mccain

    October 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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