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. Baby love

    She is helping herself to run for 2012,not for macain.

    October 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Maddy's Pal

    John McCain began as a man of acknowledged integrity and is ending as a confused old man. Sara Palin began as a reforming governor and is ending as a selfish pretender. The future of each is a casualty of a campaign run by myopic handlers who haven't accepted the sea change in US politics.

    It's President Obama by default.

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

    Has she given up on winning? It seems like a prerequisite for being president is having a VP that you want to work with.

    October 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. JoanMI

    Sarah Palin is running for her next platform. She is egotistical,
    vain, self-serving and self-promoting. Watch out – she'll be back
    after all this. She us like a virus which must be shut down. You
    can't be that involved in your face if you have a well-defined

    October 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Cindy McLame

    she is a joke and will always be a joke.

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Jan C. in WR, GA

    What's the matter McCain, can't get a reign on your PitBull? I wondered how long it would take for Palin to bite the hand that pushed her out onto the rest of us. The thing is that even with all of the exposure that Palin has gotten during this election year, she still would not be a suitable candidate in 2012. Why, because she would need to beef up her creditentials, education, and foreign policy experience and the way things are shaping up that is not likely to happen. She must be myopic if she believes that after this election is over, that the RNC will select her for more/future grooming. At any rate......

    Obama/Biden 08 & 12!!!

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. andrea

    Well let the "Straight Talk Express" began. Whom ever told her she was a diva, THEY LIED.

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Granny Jo

    Hopefully Sarah takes her family and heads for home,and hope she still
    has a husband and a job when she gets back to Alaska.

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Steve

    I have lost ALL confidence in the press. Governor Palin has been just crucified by the press for every little thing that she does and they look the other way at Biden and Obama. It would have been nice to see a fair ball game, not umpires (press) with blinders on. Can you say a fixed game?

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Tad

    McCain is getting exactly what he deserves for this pick. If he had picked Chuck Hagel and maintained his centrist image, he wouldn't be having this trouble and he might even be competetive at this point. Palin in 2012 is a guarantee of Obama for 8 years. She is not qualified and - as the McCain aide points out - is untrainable. You can mold and cultivate a candidate, but you need quality starting material. Turning Palin into a qualified candidate is like turning Rosie O'Donnell into a Playboy model - there ain't no amount of digital enhancement that's going to cut it...

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. Stoplossed

    Why is it so hard to state the obvious? Palin is a backwater outsider who somehow managed to stage acoup in Alaska. John McCain is an old coot who, in a fit of madness, picked her because of her gender. Of course she is going to "go rogue." She has no respect for parties or politics, only a driving ambition for domination.

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Canadians4Obama-Biden

    It was only a matter of time for all this to start spilling out to the public however obvious it seemed from the day she was introduced to the public.

    Hopefully this will be a lesson learned for any campaign tactics in the future. The voting citizens should never be taken for fools by trying to create an illusion to sell a message. Be respectful to others and the respect will be shown back to you.

    I feel for Sarah Palin and hope she can be able to reclaim herself politically as well as a woman in a leadership role. I also see a book in the works before her said 2012 comeback...Good luck with that SP!

    For now Obama-Biden 2008 & 2012!

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Brian for Business

    Winner = Barack and Far Left Liberal Ideology

    Four Years of misery for business

    Winner = American People through their misery of living with high taxes and companies shutting down to go to a tax friendly countries, decide to rethink the anti-business liberal policies that have never worked and kick Barack and as many democrats as possible out of the Senate and Congress.

    American Business 2008 is the Biggest Loser this year.

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Navyboy

    Wow its so over for the Republican party. This is just another sign showing that not even Mccain's own people think they can win.

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. bjm

    This "rogue" and uninsightful behavior of Pailn's reminds one of what has been said about her by so many in Alaska. Couple this with her ability to smile broadly while relishing her role in attacking her opposition. I find this self-promoting woman's ability to whip naive crowds into a frenzy to be more than a little scary. Add in her exploration of ways to ban books from libraries, and I think I recognize this persona.

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. John in DC

    I blame McSame for all of this. Odds are that mot of us would have never heard of Sarah Palin of Alaska. "I can't believe that future of our party is several steps backward in time.

    btw...I voted Tuesday and crossed over to vote for the Democratic ticket. GOP, let's get our act together.

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Simmy

    P.S. McCain you and the RNC created this monster....LOL!
    God Love Ya!

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Lisa

    McCain should take the clothes back.

    October 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. TR

    Well, maybe she's a maverick after all...

    October 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. henry

    Sara Palin, will do anything to push her own political career forward, she is dishonest, a liar a self only political gainer, who will walk over her own nose if it hang far enough down. I hope they jail her for her wrong doings back in alaska, and the racial inciting in this campaigning, here inthis great USA.


    G.B. MI

    October 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Michael

    It is so obvious that Palin is prepping for a run in 2012, but she'll never make it past the first few primaries, not against Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Tim Pawlenty, who will all probably be in the race as soon as this one is over. The McCain-Palin campaign and their party are dying, there may not even be a GOP for them to be nominated by in 2012.

    October 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. anne

    Back to Alaska with you, Sarah the rogue Wolf Killing Liar!!

    Obama 08!

    October 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Tammy from Wisconsin

    Before John McCain starting running for office, I always thought he was a decent man. Between the dirty politics and the choosing of this woman as his running mate, I feel his judgement can no longer be trusted. I know women like her-they are in it for themselves and only themselves. Maybe for once in her life she will not get what she wants. She IS NOT qualified for office. Voters need to get the big picure and not vote one issue or we will continue to be perceived as an ignorant nation. I am a moderate who will be voting for Obama/Biden and the hope for our future-governing from the middle, not the extreme right.

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

    The way Palin keeps lying and getting away with it when Clinton was impeached for his one lie about his sex life is clear evidence of the abject hypocrisy of the Republican party. She repeats lies that McCain has even refuted, such as the ones about Obama's supposed connections with terrorism. She's allowed by Brian Williams on NBC to get away with saying that Biden claimed that Obama would cause an international crisis. All these lies and slander: Why doesn't McCain do something amazing and admit that it was a mistake to choose Rove to run his campaign and then to elect a running mate without any credentials whatsoever? Obama would be within his legal rights to sue for defamation of character for the Ayers claim alone.

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

    Well, what did they expect.????? One of the biggest things the Republicans gushed about when they introduced her at the convention was how she took on the old boy network in her own party in Alaska. Guess she's found another group of Republicans she's not afraid to take on.

    October 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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