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. Headless

    I'm not surprised! Of course she is looking out for number one. that is what she did from day one.
    It reflects on McCain. His decision to bring her own after really not vetting her. McBush is sunk!

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. twoblueeyes

    If only it were that simple ... they picked a maverick and, dang, they got a maverick. Nor is the revelation that there's a politician who's keeing an eye out for her/his own future much of a newsflash. Most are, I'd guess, and probably need to in order to survive. It's not like Palin was a longtime McCain stalwart - she just met him a couple of months ago.

    No, what's scary about Sarah is that she considers herself *God's* chosen diva. See Alan Boras' thoughtful column in this morning's Anchorage Daily News about Sarah's weird Kenyan witch-doctor "blessing," the role of witch doctors in Kenya today (eleven "witches" burnt to death last May), and what it has to do with American religious history and contemporary conservative extremists.

    It is bizarre to me that people went hysterical for Obama to renounce ill-considered words spoken in a sermon twenty years ago, for which he wasn't even present (and which he *did* clearly renounce), but no one has called for Sarah to any way reject the profoundly anti-American ideology this guy was proclaiming, on tape, as he laid his hands on her.

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Jared

    Is this for real? Why are they talking about this now, with 10 days until election? Hmm, maybe it is because McCain's campaign is fundementally inept.

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Rick

    It's nice that the McCain campaign staffers have finally begun to realize what the majority of the country realized weeks ago. I'm guessing someone finally looked up from their nap and saw what was REALLY going on around them. That's the GOP for you, asleep at the wheel while driving our country and the global economy over a cliff.

    Maybe someone should remind Sarah Palin that after McCain loses on Nov. 4th, she'll have to return to Alaska to face another defeat in two years when the voters of Alaska also show her why she's not a "maverick". Gotta hand it to the GOP, if they really wanted to forfeit a presidential election, they couldn't have done a better job than they did with this one. But don't worry, somehow they'll still figure out a way, wrong though it may be, to blame the Democrats, Obama, AND the unbiased "liberal" media that took the time to vet their VP candidate when the GOP couldn't be bothered. The residents of Alaska should be thankful, at no cost to them the rest of the country showed how corrupt their beauty queen really is.

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Gary Chandler in Canada

    my post from a month ago >>>
    McCain and Palin are NOT on the same page on everything from reform to birth control.
    September 25th, 2008 11:31 am ET
    PT Palin depression The BIG question that SP was asked and HER answer are soooo being overlooked in the Media!
    Before whe was put under wraps, a reporter asked her about McCain's opposition to drilling in Anwar.
    Remember her response? She said she 'will try to change his (little) mind on that' Can you spell insubordination?
    What other issues are Tod and her going to 'change his mind' on?
    *He votes to fund pro choice groups.
    * She is against birth control and sex education in schools
    *Does he believe in shooting wolves from planes, that global warming is a myth, and polar bears are not endangered?
    *abortion for rape victims
    * as a maverick, he opposed Bush gun legislation
    * the list goes on Independence for Alaska
    McCain and Palin should debate!!!
    Try to find either of the Palin's waving an American flag before she was selected!!!!!
    Palin/Palin 2012
    (I still predict she will be dumped for Romney or Lieberman)

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Chloe

    The elite liberal media wants you to believe that Sarah Palin is a religious fanatic just because she's a spiritual warrior who believes in fighting demons and witches with prayer and that Alaska will be a refuge for believers in The End Of Days. But her praise of Joe The Plumber, who was registered with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Natural Law Party before he registered Republican, proves she's open minded and that her religious beliefs don't always dictate her politics.

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. DLD

    Well I say let her go! because the more she talks the more people see the real deal & it is not a pretty sight! Look below the surface & she has a dark soul...very little light at all. I was wondering how she could go do a policy speech on specail needs children, when she cut funding in Alaska for special needs children? Did any one ask her about that...She is nothing but a mouth peice for dirt. I find it very sad...I really hope the republican party see what she is before they make her a big deal in that party...it will only sink them...

    October 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Frank G Anderson

    From vogue to rogue might best describe this person.
    Opportunistic, stupid and misleading, she exemplifies the Republican mindset.
    If this is 2012 on the way, good thing the Mayan calendar predicts Doomsday...or is that the Doomsday they predicted?

    October 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Harry

    Palin's approval ratings are the lowest of any VP candidate in the history of our country,

    Her disapproval rating are the highest of any VP candidate in the history of our country,

    Sarah Palin is the most unpopular and disliked VP candidate in the history of the United States of America.

    Why do you think that is?

    October 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Cedric, TX

    I love it.

    October 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. NW

    She is not a maverick. She appeals to the base because that what she is. Mcain's is more of an ally to the independent voter to the moderates. She views are more in line with Bush and the religious right. So this wasn't going to work and she clearly wants to be the star. She said it herself 3 weeks ago, the "Palin/Mcain" ticket.

    October 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Ork

    Ah so here is a campaign that can't even get it's own house in order, and wants to take charge of the whole country.. I say No McCain Palin, No How, No Way!

    October 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Pennie Johnson

    When the children of Queen Elizabeth II were airing their marital problems in public, some of the papers in England and some of her advisers were asking her the question I'm about to ask the McCain campaign " My God, Sir..can't you get her under control?" Or maybe it just doesn't matter much anymore?

    October 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Jim

    This to me shows just how disgustingly superficial American politics can get. It confirms that McCain's choice of Palin was simply to get women and conservative voters, with zero regards to her capabilities (or incapabilities). And then they had to put up a show and fully contain her so that the TV viewer won't realize quite how incapable she is.

    This is not democracy. This is disturbing.

    October 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. JPMorganV

    McCains "experts" and McCain himself have screwed up his campaign... Sarah has a future and is right in not leaving it up to these dimwits

    October 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. guudboi

    My best line in the Bible is 'The truth shall set you free' now revelations are coming out on the level of McCains judgement, the truth is he simply lack judgement period dot! How on earth in a bid to win an election, he picked some one that is not ready and that never had a dream on becoming a VP in her life, Respected Senator McCain threw away caution and want to put America into a feeble hand of Governor Palin in case of an unexpected, that a poor judgemment. In our growing up years we were taught to seek knowledge when we are ignorant, but Senator McCain reversed that by choosing Palin as a running mate. Obama made up for his 'inexperience' on foreign policy by choosing an experienced Biden as a VP America think!

    October 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Jason

    Well i think this service John McCain right, he chose her without fully vetting her!

    October 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. David

    Good to see the Republicans are starting to eat their own.

    A good sign.

    And a frightening reflection on their organization. If they can't run a campaign– and clearly they can't– how to they expect to convince voters they can run the country ?

    October 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Fred Reyes


    October 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Niraj

    Uh h.. this is another lame attempt to make Palin look "good" and wise...
    it won't work GOP!

    October 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Anonymous


    October 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Independent

    As a law enforcement officer, let me be the first one to tell you that the people who are POWER HUNGARY, and abuse their power, are the ones who should NEVER be allowed to be in such a position of authority in the first place. It doesnt make any diffrence whether they are in public office, or in law enforcement. They always make horrible choices and make horrible examples of the rest of us who uphold our integrity and keep our oath to serve the public. Sarah Palin is a POWER hungary who already abused her power. She is vendictive, and only in it for herself. I can see that she would do anything to get MORE POWER!

    October 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Anonymous


    October 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. mike

    I really don't see how she could ever be successful as a presidential candidate. It would be tremendously hippocritical of Republicans who claimed Obama was not 'experienced enough' to even consider voting for her.

    October 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. Linda from Florida

    When Joe the Plumber gives out more TV interviews and press conferences in 1 week for John McCain than Sarah the VP nominee has done in 2 months, you know there is something seriously wrong with McCain's campaign. And if he can't run a campaign, I can't even imagine how he could run the U.S.

    October 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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