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. She did fine

    Enough already – its over folks – let her alone.

    CNN – report on how the market is doing since Obama got elected. He blamed Bush and McCain for the market – looks like he is doing even worse.

    November 6, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Bermuda Shorts

    No Republican.......I don't care who they were, was ever going to win this election! The country had more than enough of the Bush Regime, the Republican party and all the screw-ups....Especially the ENORMOUS financial mess & recession, that they gave us!! At this point, Iraq was almost irrelevant!!

    The Democrats could have run 'BUGS BUNNY' and won this election! And guess what.....Obama knew this 3 yrs ago and started preparing himself & his team!! The hard part was going to be overcoming Hillary Clinton. The Clinton's underestimated Obama's organization! That was Hillary's downfall! I honestly thought that Bill Clinton would have been more aware of this......After all, he is a PROFESSIONAL politician!! But, it's all water 'UNDER THE BRIDGE' now!!

    November 6, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. David B, Ashland, OR

    Not being able to find Africa on a map was a "miscommunication"? What...did they mean to ask her to find America? DUMB!

    November 6, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Ben in LA

    2012 ambitions? Delusions of grandeur...

    November 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Robin

    Alaska is where she needs to stay because they don't seem to mind corrupt and unethical politicians up there.

    November 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Lesley

    Can we please stop covering stories about Palin. She clearly had her own agenda from the very beginning, which she pursued toward the end of the campaign. Not country first, but Palin first. How she expected to deliver her own concession speech is beyond belief. She has no respect for protocol or John McCain either.

    November 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    Lauren-if the McCain campaign wants to offer it up, you can't blame the media. Its also a lesson for all future GOP/DEM campaigns, to be careful who you nominate for high office. Knowledge is Power.

    November 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Beverly, NYC

    John Mccain choose her, so throwing her under the bus because you lost is unseemly. Remember back to the convention when you and your talking heads were on every channel ramming her down our throats. Lying about how ready she was. Then the Katie Couric interview happened and the golden girl statrted to turn. Clue for 2012, properly VET your nominee, do not choose someone because they are anatomically correct, choose the most qualified who can get you more than the base !!! Bet you're sorry you didn't suck it up and go with Mitt .

    November 6, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. malclave

    "Let's bury the hatchet on this election. But first let me say this. Palin had no business being on the the national stage"

    Good idea. But first, let me say that Sen Obama is a socialist who will join foces with Pelosi and Reid to destroy the U.S, because he is too inexperienced and spineless to do anything but vote "present" without instructions from those above his pay grade.

    You want to bury the hatchet? Then stop making attacks. You libs are so pathetic... I've heard of sore losers, but you're sore winners... you can't even win gracefully.

    November 6, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. Jean

    It is a disgrace what the news media has done to Palin, much less McCain's people.

    November 6, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. Larry the lawyer


    Failin, Pailin.
    She deserves everything she gets.

    For all you sore loser Republicans, Demoncrats had to put up with Bush for 8 years and suffer through it. So enjoy a new administration and suck it up.

    November 6, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Josh

    McCain sources griped? Didn't they do the vetting also? I'm sure this woman didn't just turn psycho and stupid along the campaign trail.

    November 6, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. pam Eugene OR

    I know Obama wants us to be nice BUT
    I never want to see or hear this stupid woman again .She was so far over her head it was a joke to the whole world. Please Palin stay away. We don't want you and we don't care about your cheesy concession speech.
    You tried to set women back 50 years and there is no concession for that.

    November 6, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. Sophia in Canada

    To imagine America came so close....
    I am so glad Americans got this one right.
    Please keep this woman in Wasilla

    November 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Now if only she could see Africa from Alaska she would have know the right answer!

    November 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. obama fan

    I agree with Dana McCain aides job was to prepare her for interviews and whatever else she had to do. They did not do their job and now they are blaming Sarah. Don't get me wrong I did not like her very much but she cannot take all the blame. His aides are blaming her for their messups so they can hopefully keep a job.( not after his awful campaining.)

    November 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. mamacat

    This country's hope is on moving past the divisiveness that has haunted us for almost a decade. The election is over, in case people haven't noticed. It is now time for us to turn our attention to our country, which is going through a terrible time. The stock market is falling because the false high was built on sand and manipulation. The bubble had to burst at some point.

    Sarah Palin is who she is, and I personally am not brave enough to run for office and make myself a huge target. We don't have to deal with candidacies for three more years, now, so instead of wasting time and energy attacking each other for our differing beliefs, let's move forward, remembering that our country became great through unity and nearly failed once before through bitterness and in-fighting.

    November 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. oneofwethepeoplewhoboughtthiselectionandglad

    Deb M from Allentown. I don't like Palin, but South Africa is a country, south Africa is a region. Remember Nelson Mandela and aparthied?

    November 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Bill

    Gee, all the infighting, back-biting, name-calling, incompetence, stupidity, anger, ignorance, mistrust, etc., etc...

    Really sorry to miss out on all of that for the next four years.

    November 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Paula in the middle of the country

    You picked her, now stop complaining.

    November 6, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Harry, IL

    It is shameful for CNn that they did not get interview with sarah Palin. I want all Republicans to keep away from CNN which is biased Obama network.

    November 6, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. Art

    I am democrat and by no means am I a Palin fan. In another blog earlier this week we discussed, if McCain lost they (GOP) were going to throw Palin under the bus. As (McCain) said he is to blame for the loss and yes he is. They took a nobody tried to attract the Hillary supporters and keep her within their distance. No talking to the media but approved photo ops with world leaders. I seriously doubt there was any one as a VP would of made a difference. McCain can only blame himself for being a Bush twin!

    November 6, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Not Joe The Plumber

    I feel that Palin did the best she could, based on her experience level and education level. She was the star of the McCain ticket. Unfortunately, this DIVIDE that we see now would still have emerged even if McCain Palin had won.

    November 6, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. Anna

    From the time that she lied about selling her government airplane on eBay through all of the negative lies in her campaign events, good ridence!! Don't come back.

    November 6, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. ttMo2

    "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."


    Please explain, how do you "miscommicate" this? The report on Fox News stated that the aides said she thought Africa was a country! They also stated she did not even know the participicating countries in NAFTA. OMG! What if McCain had won and then croaked? We would have had a president who was less geographically literate than the average 4th grader and who didn't know that the NORTH AMERICAN Trade Agreement was an agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico! Scary stuff. I recommend that everyone should read one the best novels of the 20th century, Being There by Jerzy Kozinsky (or watch the movie by the same name). The movie starred Peter Sellers.

    November 6, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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