October 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain: Don’t buy reports of GOP ticket friction

 McCain and Palin rallied together today in Pennsylvania.

McCain and Palin rallied together today in Pennsylvania.

HERSHEY, Pa. (CNN) – John McCain unofficially declared this fair city a diva-free zone Tuesday.

In his first joint rally with running mate Sarah Palin since tension between their aides spilled into public view, McCain opened his remarks by declaring, “By the way, when two mavericks get together, you don’t agree on everything – but that’s fun!”

McCain has previously made similar comments at rallies about how he and Palin do not agree on everything, such as drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (McCain opposes, Palin supports).
But this time the comment had particular resonance with a large crowd here in Pennsylvania, coming just days after a McCain adviser privately charged to CNN that Palin is a “diva” who’s not staying on-message, while Palin advisers fired back that McCain aides botched her rollout to the American people.

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  1. PAUL

    McCain and Palin act like a highschool couple trying to convience everybody they "didn't really breakup".

    October 28, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Stupid is as stupid does

    yeah, ok. And I have a bidge to nowhere to sell you ....again.

    October 28, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Alexandra - ND

    Why isn't CNN reporting on John McCain's comments about safe nuclear energy?!?

    He said:
    "We talk about offshore drilling and he said he would quote, consider, offshore drilling. We talked about nuclear power, well it has to be safe, environment, blah, blah, blah."

    Blah, blah, blah?!?! He seriously doesn't care about nuclear energy being safe or environmentally friendly?

    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. AZVoter

    So, Senator McCain, when your adviser calls Governor Palin a "whack job", they mean it in a good way, right?

    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. josephine

    I thought that joe the plumber said that obama's tax plan was better than McCains, so what 's he doing endorsing McCain now? what a hypocrite!! and he is not even a licensed plumber.

    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Will-South Dakota

    All she is doing is out-smarting McCain and will be the new face of the GOP, move out Mitt, Rudy you just been FIRED!

    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. rob


    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. ray

    remember america , sara palin and john macain are both terrorist , both racists, both bigots, bot red necks, both kkk's so dont be fooled

    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Frank in NC

    I went to early voting today. There was a long line, longer than I expected. Based on the demographics of the people in line, I would say the McCain/Palin ticket is going to do pretty well.

    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. ConsciousAmerican

    Maybe he should alert his staff! Sounds like these biting comments from both McCain and Palin camps are intentional distractions. Leave it to McCain to set us all straight by calling a press conference to discuss it. GIVE ME A BREAK. or should I say GIVE ME YOUR POSITION ON ISSUES McPalin!

    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. sandee in Portland

    I would like to know what, if anything, McCain has done to help his own state of Arizona since he's been in the senate, particularly during these last 8 years. I know that he's not taken or lobbied for any earmarks, which by the way, provide jobs for your state in the form of roads, bridges, infrastructure.

    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    We won't buy what you won't sell.

    McCain messed up by picking Palin in the first place.
    He then botched her roll out to some degree in terms of not letting her speak to anyone.
    Then, when we saw the Katie Couric interviews, right after the John Gibson interviews, it played into WHY Team McCain didn't let her speak.
    She hasn't given us any reason to believe she's ready to really handle the duties of VP. For that reason, it was a mistake by McCain.
    Susan Collins out of Maine would have been another woman which could have persuaded a lot of Indies to go to Mcain. Heck, even Kay Bailey out of Texas could've worked if he wanted a woman (although two older people on GOP side probably woouldn't hve gone over very well with younger folk).

    With economy as bad as it has been since first part of September, and knowing that Obama would run "I'm not an expert on the economy" ads, wouldn't Romney have been the smart pick? Just asking.

    October 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. CM in AR

    Vicky the Voter October 28th, 2008 3:24 pm ET

    Funny, I went to the Palin rally today and there were signs ALREADY MADE UP with things like "John the Chocolate Maker" and "Judy the Waitress" and they were giving them out to have people hold them.

    Now why does that not suprise me? Thanks for letting us know Vicky.

    I can not wait for Nov 5th!!!

    Welcome Prez Elect Obama!!

    October 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Frank,MO

    McCain: Hi Maverick!

    Palin : Hi Maverick!

    McCain/Palin: We are so mavericksy !

    October 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. hurriCAIN PALIN

    the only friction there ever was, during the democratic presidential race in 2000,2004, and 2008. the repubs just sit back and laugh at those democratic clowns craving for power, now thats idiocy
    nobama democrats = kinda like lemmings of a pack following the false prophet messiah saviour right over a cliff because their brainwashed. "barack the vote", "vote early","vote straight dem". maybe that one guy was right, america becoming a nation of whiners wanting to depend on the goverment to pamper 'em.

    October 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Zaley

    If I hear McCain call me "my friend" and Palin say "you betcha" one more time I'll scream. Enough already!

    October 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    McCain is kidding

    October 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Tired of the Nonsense

    Please.....does he think the American public is totally stupid? This news was leaked by members of his own campaign staff.

    And to add to their problems....

    In its endorsement of Obama in the presidential contest, the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska's largest newspaper, called Palin "too risky" to be one step away from the Oval Office. "Like picking McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time," the editors said.

    The newspaper's editorial board concluded that Obama "brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand."


    October 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Ron , West Coast

    John McBush does`nt buy anything, Cindy does all the buying, after-all, she bought him.....
    She always saw him as a ticket to the " First Ladyship ".......
    I`ll bet now she has " Buyers Remorse ".......

    October 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. liz for hillary clinton

    wonder what is going to happen when MCCAIN/PALIN win...geez I can already hear the news....

    October 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. terry wells

    Mr. Maverick/Mrs. Maverick...when will you understand that oil and water do not and will never mix...... gamble all you want but no tricks and grandstanding ....lead , follow or get out of the way!!

    October 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. dave harlow

    Don't you folks have jobs.... oh thats right need to get back to mine...O gets in i will need every penny i can get

    October 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Rob

    What is really sad is the number of people who will vote for this ticket. This election may be too close for comfort. Everybody vote and make sure your friends do too.

    October 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. David

    Does he not understand that such comments are being reported by his own team?

    Does he have his head in the sand or what?

    Really now – no friction? Interesting comment. He always looks so uncomfortable when he is with Palin even when doing a joint interview. I am sure I saw him grimace and wince in his chair when Palin had to answer a question – worried that she will come out with another "stupid" answer perhaps?

    I do not believe that their is no friction in the McCain camp. If his ads are based on misinformation if not outright lies how can you believe the man himself. I'm sure McCain is a nice enough guy and all but he really should retire.

    Obama just feels like the right way to go this time around. The Republicans had eight years to prove themselves and whether or not it is Bush or McCain I do not believe they deserve another term in the seat of power.

    October 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. Joe

    Please please go out and VOTE. We dont need McCain and that lady to win this election. We need a Smart THAT ONE!

    October 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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