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. Palin is a nut

    I'd like to see this bimbo running for President in 2012 and ofcourse the moronic republicans will vote for her.

    October 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Callie

    She has all way been for herself so what the difference?

    October 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. carol

    Go right ahead Sarah....we all know how power hungary you are and lets see McCain lose his cool totally......that should wrap up your journey to the White House.
    The McCain campaign is nothing more than a laughable fiasco......nobody on that team seems to know what is going on!!!!
    Please, please continue to amuse us, as we already know that the campaign is coming apart at the seams......and they want the American people to believe that they can run this country!!!!
    I think the end of the road is drawing ever closer for the McCain camp...and I'm sure McCain will be showing his true colours very soon.


    October 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |

    NO SAY IT AIN'T SO !!!!




    October 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Shane

    good to see her true self. she will do great

    October 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. nette

    not at all suprised, sarah palin is not at all hard to figure out..don't understand why mccain and others did not read her motives earlier, she apprears to be a very smart, savvy opportunitist and I believe mccain will very soon wish he has never given her a chance..remember her...she is a loose cannon...anyone that would leave their handicapped child and/or bring the child on campaign airplanes, what do you think she would do with someone she does not love. Principles are very important...she seems to still need to learn many things...

    October 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. renee

    finally!!!!! what we already knew is being confirmed...

    October 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. NyGuy

    Now that's MAVERICKY !

    October 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. julie in NC

    I guess it's time for the campaign to lie in the bed it made.

    October 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. waxwing069

    Ol McCain better watch his back, sounds like the Pitbull is playing a COUP.. We as Americans better be very worried and concerned if somehow the Repugs get elected. Palin might just cause mutiny, if she wants such power.. Vote Obama./Biden 08

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Capt. Obvious, Ames, Iowa

    Her nomination for VP has been a train wreck from day one.

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. DC observer

    It's funny...you would think during the long vetting process, they would have learned all the nuances and aspirations of Palin. Making a choice on a whim to steal the hillary voters sure bit McCain in the rear huh??

    Serves him right.

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. nadeem

    Selfish, Selfish, Selfish.

    This is how you repay McCain who took a big gamble and picks you to the second highest office in the land.

    My dislike for this person grows daily.

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Dante in Madison, WI

    Oooh... infighting in the McCain camp? I'm shocked I tell you. Shocked!

    If they can't pull their collective selves together and run a unified, on-message campaign, what kind of leadership would they exercise as President and Vice-President of the United States?

    The left hand would be fighting with the right and all the while our country would continue to sink deeper and deeper into financial ruin.

    You can bet the military and the churches would be doing great though.

    It's time we the people took back our government and our country.

    Vote for Obama / Biden on November 4th.

    They have the focus, the vision, the teamwork ability, and a solid plan to bring our country and our people back on track.

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. barbara

    Looks like Palin turned out to be the airhead everyone suspected she was – unable to learn enough about foreign and domestic issues to give a satisfactory press conference, and "not good at process questions". What's left?

    The neocons, in their incredible cynicism, thought the American people would buy into the Palin image they marketed. Instead, Palin's many shortcomings are coming back to haunt the GOP. What goes around comes around.

    Too late to replace her – ballots are printed and people are voting.

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. sophia nyc

    Can't wait until Nov.5 when all these aides spit out the truth on failing Palin.

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. The Scientist

    Palin doesn't care if McCain wins or not. She's got her eye on 2012...it'll be easier for her to run if she's not trying to unseat a Republican president.

    Let's be honest...Palin cares only about herself. So much for country first.

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Mark in Indy

    Cat fight! Cat fight!

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. jas60

    Oh, wow. Things are unraveling over there. One more reason to vote for the "no drama" Obama campaign.

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. White mother for Obama

    Bush Republicans should be held for treason for what they have done to this country the last 8 years. They are evil.

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    If so, it seems consistent with the "ego" and attitude of privilege already exhibited.

    We've seen signs of this side of Gov. Palin already in her handling and subsequent "spin" of the official misconduct "troopergate" hearings, and the more recent matter of travel expenses, and the Governor's reported favoritism in the pipeline bidding.

    I'm not a liberal nor a partisan on either side, I have no bias in this. But I see major danger signals in this candidate and in the whole Republican ticket. The arrogance, the sense of entitlement, all these things must be kept away from the further temptations of power.

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Jay N.H.


    Nice pick John.

    October 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Jeff M.

    Interesting how the GOP is just imploding. This woman is seriously delusional if she thinks she is the future of the Republican party.

    October 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Anthony Smith

    What a joke! Many people including myself were very concerned over McCain's senility and mindset from the beginning. When he picked Palin, he went over the line. It was the beginning of his demise. I'm glad that the party is in such dissaray, but I am very upset that Palin will be using this chance to further her career and that we will have to listen to her voice for years to come. McCain should have just let her be in Alaska to eat Mooseburgers.

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    October 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Jose

    Wow, simply wow. Can you say mutiny! The GOP ship is sinking and now they're resorting to cannibalism. LMAO!

    October 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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