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. Tim from Canada

    The more people see of this air head the worse it gets for the repiblican party, when someone does not know what the Bush Doctrine is, what a V.P. does, what pre conditions are, does not read newspapers or magazines, wwhat would you expect?

    October 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Robert, Miami, FL

    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 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Observer

    I have never witnessed so much chaos in a campaign before. I'm not just talking about the Palin Insurgency, but also about the total lack of cohesion in the structure of the campaign. This thing is falling apart and no one is in charge. I think a major meltdown may be imminent. By contrast, the Obama campaign is surprisingly chaos-free, and this perception may be driving voters his direction. After all, do voters want the same people who cannot run a political campaign try to tackle America's tough issues?

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

    Sounds like trouble on the home front, that's what happens when you select a VP on emotion!!!


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

    I'm so sick of the Philip j Berg lawsuit posts. His sources(wikipedia, inside edition)wouldn't even be acceptable in a high school research paper much less a presidential lawsuit.
    Read the actual filed lawsuit people! Wikipedia says blah blah blah? Wikipedia is not accurate! Not a legitimate source. This lawsuit is frivolous, childish, and illegitimate. Obama is American and the American dream. Hillary isn't coming back. Give up, its not an "America issue" its a non-issue. Seriously! Wikipedia as a source on a lawsuit! It be laughable if so many werent ignorantly tryingto push it.

    October 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Pit Bull with Lipstick for Obama

    Wow. This is getting more and more interesting by the day....better than a soap opera.

    I have a mesage for the Republican party.... If Governor Palin is the next star of the GOP, it's no wonder your party is in so much turmoil right now.

    October 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Ruth Jordan

    Who knew? I could've sworn that the MCain people promised us that Ms.Palin has been thoroughly "vetted".

    October 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Candice, Texas

    Good for her! In my opinion the McCain campaign has been more sexist in their treatment of her than any of the so-called "liberal media." I don't like Gov Palin, but she should have as much power/independence as Biden is trusted with.

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

    What an arrogant woman! Not surprising from a person who thinks she knows better than scientists on global warming and genetic research on fruit flies for human diseases (a standard practice in science). She is just a self serving, corrupt, lying, IDIOT! She is totally using McCain. Some women use their looks and charm to obtain things they do not deserve. She is definitely one of them.

    As for her wardrobe ... you can put lipstick on a pig, but she is still a pig.

    Vote early and vote OBAMA!!

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

    I don't sense any discord between Biden and Obama.

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

    while i have no doubt this report is accurate in claiming palin is a self serving "diva", it bugs me when they use unnamed sources. give your name and give the story cred!

    October 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. tony baba

    a crack in the wall is a sign of a faulty foundation.....that a sign Republican are lossing badly
    Obama......for president for sure

    October 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Bob Stephens

    You got a redneck lady on the loose, so you better watch out guys, she's a gonna get ya.......

    October 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Lee from FL

    let the blame game begins.

    October 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Shannon

    wow, a strong woman who has her own opinion, we can't have that. Fist Obama trashes that, and now McCain, what's with men trashing women with a mind of their own.

    October 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Michael - Phoenix

    Hmmmm, they said "They insisted she needed time to get briefed on issues on the national and international stage she was not familiar with and has never dealt with, and on McCain’s long record."

    I thought she was qualified and ready to step in the top spot if something were to happen to McCain? The irony here is thick.

    October 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Ron

    I think she is trying to highjack the McCain campaign.
    Palin wants Alaska to secede from the union, so now she is seceding from the McCain campaign.

    October 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Independent Voter

    The Republicans will be sorry they ever heard the name, Sarah Palin, before this is over. No doubt McCain already regrets his preposterous choice.

    October 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Witness, the McCain/GOP implosion.

    No one in the GOP wants to be part of this.

    Especially not the GOP candidates.

    And they wanted to run the COUNTRY??????

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Sal

    HaHa, it will all be over in 10 days, you can then go back to Arizona and Alaska and watch how the country is suppose to be run.

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. mb

    Sarah and Todd went into the campaign with their own agenda. It just so happened that they out smarted the mccain camp and the RNC. Although she was told to attack Obama, she herself is responsible for the race baiting of this campaign. The last straw was the intentional made up false story of the attack, which caused many hours and money to the police force in PA. Not to mention the embarrasement to good and decent Repulicans and also the woman's family.
    President Bush as Commander in Chief of all people of the United States, should step in now and denounce all that is going on at palins and mccains rallies and ensure safety for all citizens at rallies and on election day. This is the least he can do for America.

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Rackhouse

    If she's the next leader of the republican party, it will be a lond run for the democrats.

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Candice, Texas

    If she's as trustworthy/competent/experienced as the McCain campaign claims she is, then this should not be a big deal, right??

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Matt: honestly

    Pretty funny how even her own campaign says she knows nothing about foreign policy, national issues, or even her running mate. ....scary.

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. philly

    if the GOP can't get their own campaign under control...how do we expect them to lead a country??

    Obama '08!!

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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