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. Lou R

    “going rogue”??? Sarah Palin is and has been all about herself. She is becoming the campaign's "Maverick" which John McCain has championed, that is until the message was embodied by Palin and is now scuttling his campaign. The poor judgment side of McCain's choice glares brightly in the public's view. Palin will now be seen in the Republican Party as a non-team player, which she always has been, and blamed for the election defeat. Bottom line, she is a misfitted amateur playing in the big leagues. Maybe the Evangelical Christian will want to form their own Party with Queen Palin at the helm.

    October 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Johanna

    She is playing year 2012 already. It sad that she seems to be more interested in her personal succes than being a good team player. Not a good choice. Poor McCain.

    October 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Tony253

    So then, what are the Obama folks saying to the gaffe-tastic Biden side of the ticket? How about reporting that too...

    October 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Stone

    Mccain is to blame, he knew palin wasn't ready and yet he offered her the vp spot, and now the GOP are denying sarah palin of her freedom of speech, she cant even speak to the media alone... if palin is disagreeing so much with john mccain maybe there should be another debate between palin and mccain to see who the real maverick is...

    October 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. skeeter

    She has her own agenda and it doesn't include John Mc Cain. She is one sly fox!

    October 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Christina

    Wow! They can't even get their stuff together within their own party?! This should NEVER have come out of the advisers mouth. You wouldn't dare see an Obama adviser say something like this about Biden. Yet another area where McCain should take notes from "The Man"!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Beth

    This woman is obviously not qualified to step in as President at this time; however, she is a masterful politician and a skilled speaker. I think she is spot on to look out for herself. McCains dreams are gone; Sarah's are the future and I say...You Go Girl !!!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Curt

    Anyone who would seriously give this shallow woman credence for the Vice Presidency or leader of the Republican Party ought to have their heads examined. Starting with John McCain, of course. Her (and the cult part of the Republican Party) view of the United States and the world is so narrow it frightening.

    October 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. CJ

    This is astoundingly bad news for John McCain. Nobody in the McCain campaign likes Palin, and after this, I firmly believe that she will run for president in 2010.

    October 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Stephen

    Its falling apart!

    October 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Tony



    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. elaine

    We are seeing the true colors of Palin. Need we say more?
    Go Obama/Biden '08 !!!

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Stacy (PA)

    Looks like Sarah is becoming John McCain's worst nightmare. The bride of Frankenstein is breaking out as the campaign sinks.

    You independents better jump on the Barack ship. It's not to safe over there on McCain's sinking ship. As you can see everybody else – and yes even Republicans have already jumped ship.

    Obama/Biden 08
    The Change We "All" Can Believe In (not just small towns)

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    I appreciate Palin's efforts to derail the McCain campaign.
    And yes we know TAINOPWER:
    Obama was born in the US and is a citizen so don't even try to start it again. We all know you are off your meds and can't help yourself.
    Obama 08/12 for a better America

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Lois

    Governor Palin is highly intelligent, honest and "down to earth". She
    will make an excellent VP. Stop all the negatives from the Obama
    team. I want to hear who paid for Obama's clothes, who paid for his
    trip to see his grandmother, and, where did the 605 million in donations come from when America's economy is so poor at this time. Senator McCain will be "THE President" who will lead America to victory and save our economy. Governor Palin will be taught well
    from President McCain and will be able to lead our country if some-
    thing happens to the President. However, my 83 old mother says that
    President McCain will be around for a long time!! With age comes

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Tayo, NY

    How on earth can Mccain expect us to respect his judgment after picking this rookie as his VP.

    I wonder if he even plan to win in the first place.

    A lot of people do not plan to fail but they fail to plan.

    I see the end of the road for McCain on November 4th.

    Americans cannot be fooled.


    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Tracy McKeon

    If it weren't so sad, it would be funny. It is truly the "perfect storm." Everything they touch turns to crap. Divine intervention for a struggling nation. OBAMA!

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Victor

    Bush/Cheney were to Halliburton, what McCain/Palin would be to Exxon Mobil.

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Dennis

    There's the old adage "when you find yoruself in a deep hole, stop digging". Palin isn't smart enough to figure that out. If she becomes the standard bearer for the Republican party, then they are in deep, deep trouble. Most objective people with any measure of intelligence have figured out she perhaps reached her level of competence as the Mayor of Wasilla, if not before.

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |

    now it's time for Main Stream America to say,

    "I TOLD YOU SO!"


    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Larry

    Sarah's future is not as a politician. I guarantee she will get a nice fat contract at Fox....

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Joe

    As a conservative, I'm voting more for Gov. Palin than Sen. McCain. I can see why she would be struggling with his group of left leaning handlers.

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Dave in RI

    Hmm one MORE reason NOT to vote for this ticket.... like I even needed another.

    October 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Sophie

    When the ship is sinking – it's everyone for herself baby!
    Well I guess we have to give Palin a little credit, – she is a bit smarter than she talks.
    The sooner she is off the airwaves the better,
    She thinks Robo-calls are irritating. Has anyone honestly told her she is irritating.
    Good riddance. Not soon enough

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Houston Boy

    God save the Republican Party from Gov. Palin's leadership.

    October 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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