November 6th, 2008
07:04 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain sources gripe about Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Some McCain advisers were frustrated by Palin."](CNN) - Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin had prepared to deliver a concession speech before John McCain’s Tuesday night — and brought her remarks with her to his Phoenix concession - but senior McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt told her she could not.

Two McCain sources say Palin clearly did not understand the protocol of a concession speech, and expected she would have the chance to deliver one of her own.

Update: Palin camp fires back

McCain advisers were also upset with the Alaska governor for setting up what she thought was a call from French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The call, which turned out to be a prank from Quebec radio hosts, was not cleared with the McCain campaign and some saw the effort to set it up as evidence of her future presidential ambitions.

A Palin ally involved in setting up the call, however, suggests McCain advisers had ample time to object given the call was on her schedule for three days.

Two McCain sources also say Palin did not know Africa was a continent and could not find it on a map. A third source, a Palin ally, says that was a miscommunication.

Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (476 Responses)
  1. Smooth Barry, What have you done to the Market?

    Yes, but did you know that since Obama was elected, the Dow has had a two-day total loss of 928 points. The market has no faith in Obama to manage the economy. IS THIS THE CHANGE HE PROMISED?

    November 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Foxhole Atheist

    Good riddance.

    November 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Not To Worry

    Sarah, you had very little time in the "political arena," you rallied the base and in a short period of time, did what was expected of you.

    Sarah, you stepped into an uphill battle, cut yourself some slack, you did okay by me.

    November 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Barbara in NC

    Ha ha ha ha ha

    What does a hockey mom have in common with a pitbull? They both bite the hand that feeds them. (Sorry pitbull owners)

    November 6, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Haze

    The woman has no clue....

    November 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. dwayne

    She is a complete idiot! First: Traditional it's not the #2 that makes a speech when conceding defeat, it's the #1! The only thing she would of shoot her mouth off would be that President-Elect Obama pals around with terrorist! Also I heard that McCain didn't even want to bring up Ayers, but she didn't listen to his adviser and did what she wanted to do! Even after McCain made his speech and left with his wife, she was take photos. This election might of been closer if McCain never pal around this hateful idiot!

    November 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Marc PDX

    Ahh, sort of an encore performance for liberals. The election is over but it was so much fun for you to beat up Sarah Palin that you can hardly stop now, right? Go ahead! Take her out back and beat the carp out of her. You know you want to! (Nice, caring liberals... wink wink!) 😀

    November 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Hopeful for Tomorrow

    @Smooth Barry - You're kidding? The down dropped? Again? Oh, wait, it's been doing that for over a month now. Not Obama's fault. Deal with it.

    November 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. matt

    your rite smooth barry. cause george bush isn't still in office? and the market has been so stable latley. its obvious its obamas fault already.

    November 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Abby

    Blaming the President-elect for the market and not the president seems a little crazy. The loss today is totally attributed to the unemployment report due tomorrow which is expected to show 200,000 more unemployed this month. Hoping for the failure of our future president simply means sour grapes before country.

    God bless President-elect Obama and may he be successful!!!

    November 6, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Senator Obama has nothing to do with the Dow decline.
    Come on people stop trying to BLAME Senator Obama with all of the bad things in the world.

    p.s. Thank God Palin has gone back to Alaska!

    November 6, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Sarah the worst ever

    I must say she was the worst & weakest canidate I can remember in my 49 years. I thought the media was too soft on her. She earned this title all on her own. They pulled her in to be curte and Dumb and she was. Problem is her personality had zero redeeming quality either.
    Thank you John McCain for making my decision easy!

    November 6, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Sadie

    Goodbye Ms. Palin. I'm sure that nobody will miss you up in Alaska.

    November 6, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Wise White Guy

    This is exactly the sort of thing that I have a problem with the Republican Party in general. The attitude that it is everyone for themselves and if necessary just eat your own. That is the same attitude you see on football teams that never succeed. Guys who are out for themselves and are there for money and stats. If things go wrong blame the other guy. It was apparent through the entire campaign that they had no cohesiveness, no plan, no new policies, no control of the situation, and no teamwork. No wonder they got stomped. I have nothing against Republicans except that most of them exemplify this greedy, selfish mentality and i really hope they can get back to what the party used to be like before Reagan. I know everyone thinks he was great but this is actually when most of our problems started. Debt rose dramatically, both parents had to go to work, children became latchkey kids, on and on and on. I hope Obama can get us started again in the right direction and people will recognize where we need to go.

    November 6, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Bruce


    November 6, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Steve

    What a loon!

    November 6, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Never again!

    She wasnt ready! Simple she was not ready!, and actually she was a DRAG on the ticket. It wasnt the falling economy or Mr. Bush that made McCain lose the election, He lost because of his poor choise of V. p! and she was clearly mis Handled!

    November 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. observer

    Sarah should go home and raise her kids. Start by sending them back to school so they unlike Sarah can learn the English language.

    November 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Marc PDX

    @Smooth Barry: you are correct. The dimwits that thought they were going to get something for nothing by electing Obama are going to get nothing instead. Anyone who has anything (and that includes a lot more people than "the rich") are going to bail out of the stock market before capital gains taxes go up and before taxes on "the rich" and companies go up (thereby reducing their profits, thereby reducing the value of their stock). You have to be pretty ill informed to not see this coming. And we haven't even covered national security yet... Anyway, they'll get what they deserve and never understand why apparently. (Too bad the rest of us will get it too.)

    November 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Wise White Guy

    smooth Barry – That has absolutely nothing to do with Obama. If it drops the day after he is actually President you will have something to talk about. The economy is in the crapper now and the earnings reports are looking horrible. Naming someone President elect does not fix anything especially when he will not be in office for 11 WEEKS! Get a grip and if you can't get over the election you should seek some mental help.

    November 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Say what?

    Smooth Barry: Be patient, Rome was not built in a day and remember that Barack Obama will not be sworn in until January 20. Didn't your teacher tell you that?

    November 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Lara

    I can't beleive that someone is actually blaming our new President for the DOW being down.

    November 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Truth Be Told

    Smooth B, before this two day loss, the market lost...what...nearly 2,000? You wanna blame Obama for that too? Get a clue...

    November 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Angie

    I'm not surprised. That is the republican way. When they couldn't tear Obama down and he won the election. They then turn on each other. That is why they lost. But I guess they don't see or understand that yet. How sad.
    And for smooth barry. can you tell us why the market has been dropping before the election and what about the wall street mess? You should find someone else to blame. Not President-elect Obama.
    The problems didn't just start Nov 4th. Your president bush is still in ofc. it's probably because he came out of hiding for the last two day.

    November 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Meh

    The reason she thought she should give a concession speech too is b/c she was really running for the presidency. Let's be real.
    SO glad she's going back to Alaska. I'll pack her bags for her!

    Smooth Barry> Oh please. The market goes down every time a new president is elected since the traders don't know how the economy is going to go yet.

    November 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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