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. Clint,Wa.

    “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser, “she does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.”

    This scares the living hell out of me.

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

    This is exactly in line with the warnings from people who worked with her in Alaska after McCain announced the pick. She seems like a person driven by a lust for power: the talk of "taking charge of the Senate" comment, the drive for power that compelled her to "not even "blink" when picked for VP, and the sense that she is already trying to overtake McCain and the people running her campaign. The thought of what a person like this would do if they became president is horrifying.

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

    Palin is a diva? On whose stage? who is her audience? I think she is a right-wing lunatic who would be more effective being surrounded in her true element. She needs to wear hunting gear from Wal Mart, and lay off of her fat smoothing cream around her neck. She would simple be more powerful if she showed her true, unworldly, barbaric self.

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

    Winner = Barack

    Loser = many of us soon to be unemployed by his anti-business liberal policies.

    Thank God we can kick these guys out in two and four years if we don't elect Palin this time.

    Palin 2012

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

    Only in a Republican America can man who is a Harvard Educated Constitutional Scholar, with 8yrs as State Senator and 4 yrs as US Senator and member of the Foreign Relations Committe deemed not ready to lead yet an ultra conservative woman, with 20 months as Governor of Alaska and a Bachelor of Journalism considered ready on day one.

    Republicans held control of Congress for 12 of the last 14 years. They had the White house for 8. McCain has been a US Senator for 24 years! And now he talks of change?

    The old guard is the problem. The republicans held our trust and lost it. It indeed is time for change!

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

    Nobody shoud be blame except John McCain for selcting he without investigating her records. She think that narrow minded republican like her and she will be presedent 2012. The thing she does not know that if a monkey was selected insted of her for the vice president still narrow minded republican vote for it. with this thinking she does not have a chance to be president at all.


    October 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Christopher Bates

    When a ship starts to go down, its human nature to have the every man ( or woman) for themselves attitude. Mc Cain made a historical error in judgement in picking Palin. If she is looking ahead to 2012 she can forget it. Palin will be a faint memory by 2009.

    October 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. 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 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Julian Etim

    Come 2012, if this Hockey Mom comes out as a Republican or Independent front runner against OBAMA or Hillary Clinton......the ice will melt below her feet. She will be smoked.

    Take an advice beauty queen, you are better off in an igloo back home in Alaska. Leave Washington alone for the next 10 years....go for Senate run first and some grasp of the reafl issues.

    October 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Joe the Janitor

    Sara Palin out of control. I don't think anyone could have predicted that.... LOL!!!!

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

    How much more evidence does anyone need to be convinced that Palin is wrong for McCain and America? She and McCain hold to the philosophy (much like Bush) that the ends justify the means. The Republicans have had their chance(s) and they blew them. Give Democrats a chance now.

    I'm a registered Independent who voted for Obama.

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

    And just when you thought that Obama was the celebrity!

    October 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. dennis from pasadena ca

    If Palin thinks she's the next leader of the republican party, then I'm the next nobel laureate in astrophysics.

    And "not good at PROCESS questions"? That is digging deep to simply find an excuse for sticking foot-in-mouth...

    Looking forward to 11/4 and beyond....

    October 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Fed Up Independent

    Palin's aide admits Sarah is not good at answering process questions? Hell, Sarah is not good at answering any questions. People, this person is woefully unqualified to be VP let alone President. She intends to "run the Senate". The title of President of the Senate is for all intents and purposes a ceremonial tag. The ONLY time the VP has any say is for a tie braking vote. Fortunately she will be dangerous only if elected and again fortunately enough Americans will invoke their common sense and not vote for this poor ticket. There seems to be little good left in the Republican party with this ticket representing them.

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

    It is just what they deserve.
    You pick a pretty face and a vacuous intellect for the most powerful position in the country, maybe even the world, and the mis-spent confidence inflates them.
    McCain should have had the wisdom to seek advice from wiser people.
    Has he ever heard of "Gamblers Anonymous"?

    October 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Tom - Denver

    Not enough brains or charisma to lead the RNC. Sorry Missy.

    October 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Peter BC

    It is clear there is no family connection – she has not looked any of her family in the eye once – including her young daughter who is being traipsed around like campaign tinsel.

    She doesn't even look at them when she kisses them or touch her mouth to them.

    She will resent her mother in future life – guaranteed.

    This woman is beyond just being a diva – she is a megalomaniac of the likes we have not seen in a log while – well not since Cheney – not so long – but just as dangerous.

    October 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. bk

    John King, Peter Hanby, and Dana Bash all Obama supporters. CNN likes to make things up and report it even if they know its a lie. Just like Drew Griffin did the other day and no apology to Gov. Palin. Is this article true CNN or are you just making it up? CNN has no credibility anymore.

    October 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. APS in Hawaii

    I would like to know what sources John King is using. Funny how this comes out now and when Biden was going off on his own, CNN never covered that. Get a life and report why Obama has yet to discuss the specifics of his "TAX" cut and plan. You people are insane. There is NO way OBAMA can pay for the tax plan and you let him walk without having to explain the plan. The debate questions were terrible, not once was Obama asked to explain his plan which every paper has stated that cannot happen the way he described. Yet, no coverage about it from the NEWS you can trust site.

    October 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Kurt



    BETWEEN ALASKA AND RUSSIA................

    October 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Raymond J.

    thats not all she is
    Child abuse with draging the kids around like that

    October 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Jack

    This is what you get when a candidate is not properly vetted!! McCain use to have integrity, but when you sell your soul to the devil, your campaign burns up in front of you.

    October 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Erdie



    October 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Gordan

    She's a loser. One need only look at http://www.bofads.blogspot.com to see the long long list of her gaffes and lies. If she's the leader of our Party, we're done for.

    October 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. AIB

    Sarah Palin appears to be the worst VP candidate ever. She is a selfish woman, who thinks that she achieved the top of the mountains. Her arrogance and ego are detrimental to Mccain's candidacy. The only executiveposition that a president is allowed to pick without congress' scrutny is the VP. McCain really blew it. I hope that the republican party will not give Sarah Palin another chance.

    October 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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