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. NIK


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

    Clearly the only reason Palin is in this race is to be in the spotlight and to gain more 'power', so that she is able to inflect more fear and 'control' the lives of more individuals. What the republicans forget is that for the 'American' people, this election is not about winning, but about building a better America, and doing what's best for the American people. McCain is focused on doing what's best for corporations and the wealthy, Palin is focused on doing what's best for her own best interest. Unfortunately for her, this is one beauty/popularity contest she will not win.

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Patriot

    These people can't even stay unified in a campaign. How in the world, then, are they going to unify the country?

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Cheryl Fontaine

    She's taking em down – go caribou barbie!!!

    You idiot.

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Nathan Riedy

    the beginning of the end.

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Cigma

    "Never allowed herself" to be vetted? That was PALIN'S fault?

    Then you shouldn't have picked her, you bloody incompetent morons.

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Jeffrey G. Brown

    Can't polish a turd!

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Brian for Business

    Just another biased report from a very biased group of journalist trying to create the notion that things are going to hell in a handbasket for the Republican party.

    The reality is that this country will be going to hell in a handbasket with the incredible increase in business taxes and government spending brought on by your artificially created Messiah.

    God help us as we are about to lose businesses and their employees big time under the Messiah, Nanacy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

    Liberals you win this time, country you are about to be the big LOSERS!!!

    McCain Palin and Hillary supporters 2008

    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Gary

    Sarah Palin is the best thing that happened to the McCain campaign.

    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Jim


    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Allen McBride

    "Off the reservation?" Seriously?

    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Cynthia for conseratives

    Palin is just a back stabbing dumb girl with no future in national politics. She might think she is gearing up for the future, but nobody wants her. She is too stupid. She should concentrate on raising her child for one. Then she sould spent more time her her teenage daughter so she does not sleep around like her sister. No one would hold anything against Palin for stepping down for these reasons. She has hurt McCain with her lack of knowledge. Just wonder what would happen if McCain dumped her and brought in Mitt Romney at the last minute. Romney would bring Economy knowledge and experience, something Palin lacks. But Palin won't bow out because she wants to mmake her mark for the future at McCain's expense. McCain...Send Palin back to Alaska and NOW! Results would be a win.

    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. leye ajanaku,the netherlands

    The selection of Sarah Palin is the dumbest decision that John McCain has ever made in the campaign trail.Sorry Mr Mccain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Adam

    The only thing that would surprise me anymore about these two is her poisoning Mccain and then trying to take over front runner but with no vice-president!

    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. the way 2 nc

    Confusion? Power Hungry? Reactive instead of proactive.

    Can't even run a campaign, let alone the country

    Wise up!! Obama wants to bring us forward, not backward.

    There is nothing conservative about wasting resources oversees.

    Sorry, but Palin is a total joke and McCain is no longer in touch with reality. We need someone who plans to be around for the next 30 years and has plans to make sure our county is #1 again.


    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Obama's Share the wealth in ACTION

    I went into a restaurant last night and there was a beggar out front. I sat down, had my meal and when the bill came, I paid it but did not leave the waiter a tip. The waiter asked why since he felt he had given me good service. I told him I was spreading the wealth and his tip was going to the beggar in the $ 150 Nike sneakers.

    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. DS

    "next leader of the party"!!!....she will disappear by Christmas...

    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th


    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |

    She's losing it and McCain is about to pop!!! This is the end of the Republican stooges as we know it. We can not get back to the things that mean allot to americans

    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |

    well you get what you pay for an out of contril pitbull in lipstick.

    OBAMA,OBAMA,OBAMA 2008/2012

    October 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Cigma

    Wait, no, that's a Dem strategist talking. Reading comprehension is fun. Never mind.

    (If it's true, though, they still shouldn't have picked her.)

    October 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Lisa

    From day one, when Palin so presumptuously implied that she represented all women, my impression of her has only grown worse. She is a self-serving, self-centered politician in the worst possible ways. To find that she is "bucking" the people that brought her to the national spotlight comes as no surprise at all.

    October 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. blesson

    signs that their campaign is collapsing....the straight talk express is coming apart – derailed !

    October 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Darrell

    Palin is so far in over her head, and it is so obvious.She has a record of bullying and trampelling over those who get in her way.This should be no surprise as her and Todd have been doing this for years.She has thrown many good people under the bus in favor of hiring school mates that agree with her ways.She has said some of stupiest things, and this happens many times a day.She contradicts her party and herself.Palin lucked out and used colleterall to get to be Govenor and she is miserably unqualified for VP.

    October 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. david

    Wow. I guess they have a real maverick on their hands,and of course, they don't what to do about that.

    October 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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