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. aughhhh

    This woman is very dangerous. She needs to be stopped. She's beginning to make Dick Cheney look nice. It's a frightening time if she is allowed to get any further politically.

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. jojodancer1119

    Palin, so if another question asks you a question about their questions you wouldn't be good at answering those process questions? Yes, I can't see how she could ever be the leader of the Republican party. How would that be working out for ya?

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

    Who would have thought something like this would happen? Oh wait, many people did.

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

    Thin line between "rogue" and "maverick", huh? Words are funny.

    I hope everyone is enjoying their Gas Bribe. We like to say "Take the bribe and vote for the left." Karma, baby.

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Steve from Somerset

    Is Gov. Palin defying the instruction of Sen. McCain? Well, that's what you get for choosing a MAVERICK.

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

    If she throws her hat (along with rest of her $150,000 wardrobe) into the primary mix in 12, she will get her clock cleaned. She's not a primetime player. I've read some reports that her Alaska approval ratings are falling, and that she will get some serious challenges for the governorship next election. Things won't be so smooth when she returns to Juneau in 11 days.

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. rosangel..change that im waiting for

    wow what a team...do not put that woman in the white house please

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Ethan the Student

    I knew she was a rogue from the day she complained to McCain about having to pull their campaign out of Michigan. Is she a diva? Of course she is. I have no argument with that.

    Palin doesn't know what it means to be VP, she instead is trying to greedily suck up more power for said position. Thank God she won't ever be in such a role, let alone president of the United States.

    October 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Eric

    “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.”

    ENOUGH SAID!!!!!


    Yep, thats a Reformer for you. Seems like John shouldnt be looking to work across the isle so fast, he cant even handle his own running mate. Could you imagine the things that would be going through her head if she were to win the VP office?

    Troopergate must have been true. She is power hungry!


    October 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Tom in CA

    ..., so she's not good at process questions. That means that she's not a critical thinker,...she can't digest input from competing points of view, policy, etc.

    She needs to return to Alaska and continue her efforts at being the "Defender of the Northern Frontier."

    October 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    This woman is a loose cannon, folks.
    Egomaniacal to the extreme. Please do not vote for this ticket.
    You will doom us all.
    I really think she is psychotic. Get her some help and get her gone.

    October 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. JD in Moraga

    Guess that's what happens when you have 2 "mavericks" on the ticket, both of whom have been found guilty of ethics violations...(oops..was that my out-loud voice?)

    October 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Sarah is the Winner

    Without Sarah Palin, they would have crowds of about 2,000 like Joe Biden and John McCain get. 60,000 turned out to see Sarah in Orlando and 70 million watched her debate. Sarah is beloved by millions of people in the U.S. and when Obama fails, as he will, she'll run for President in 2012.

    The RNC are a bunch of idiots who handled her terribly and she should break away from them. And by the way, Sarah is much more accomplished than her critics-Mayor, Governor with the highest approval rating in the U.S., member Alaskan Board of Energy and Conservation, Degree in Journalism, all by the age of 44 and all while raising 5 kids.

    October 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. abel sterling

    10 days left for palin and McCain to get out of my sight

    October 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. G*O*B*A*M*A

    I predicted this the minute I saw her. I knew she would be the downfall of McCain in the long haul. Thanks Sarah! All the lies and manipulation have finally caught up with you. You claim to be a Christian but I don't think I see mean, lying, and vicious under the word Christian.

    October 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Independent White Woman

    .Palin.... “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser,She take money from the RNC to buy Expensive Clothes ,Lies And WINK you Betcha!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. JB

    If true, this can't be good news for McInSane.

    Obama / Biden ... landslide 2008.

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Obama/Biden 2008-2016


    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. dharmas

    Mccain did not vett Palin , had he done that he would have known she is all for herself , she can use you and trash you . Alaskan politicians are wary of her , she is vengeful and power thirsty, she commits the same crimes she calls out others for .
    fashion shopping , power abuse, unethical billing and the list goes on
    Well by picking Palin Mccain dug his campaign's grave

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. JimInTenn

    Ah, the self-destruction of the GOP ticket. Wonderful. These reports only serve to confirm what most American's already knew: that McCain nor his advisers knew much at all about Palin before her selection VP running mate. MAYBE, she's smarter than we give her credit (or maybe more naive) because it appears she's jumping off a sinking ship, and positioning herself to be the "new face" of the GOP.

    Sen. McCain should have vetted Tina Fey, as she seems to understand completely who Gov. Palin and first dude Todd really are.

    John, a lot of us thought you had better judgment, including Tom Ridge, who, in a self-centered moment, suggested PA would be yours if you'd picked him.

    Happy retirement, John.

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Keep it up!! Love it!! The GOP has created a monster...can you imagine her as the VP? She'd bully McCain.

    Get rid of these clowns.

    One Vote.

    One Team.

    One Vision.

    Obama/Biden '08.

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Ryan

    Does this really surprise anyone? This campaign is going down like the Hindenburg – in flames.

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Let's hear it groupies

    Palin is a Diva. She hasn't got any sense and shoots off her mouth like she's shooting moose.

    Biden is so intelligent and so misunderstood. If the scary angry republicans would quit looking for things to be critical about they would understand. OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    Palin is so bad for McCain. She is power hungry, but doesn't have near the experience of our beloved community organizer. Now she is causing a riff in the campaign. She's a loser.
    GO Obama!

    Joe speaks the truth, the McShames just won't stick to the real issues. Like Sarah's wardrobe, and stuff like that!

    Looking for the second comming! 08

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Paula Lacey

    We don't know who Palin and McCain are because they change every week. They should stop saying we don't know much about Obama because we don't know who they are. At least Obama has been consistent and constant.

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Butch Dillon

    With the McCain/Palin factions infighting in full swing we've reached the most interesting point in the campaign. The best thing about watching it from afar is that both groups will be losers when the dust settles. A better outcome one cannot imagine.

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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