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. branbeth

    I have read these comments for a while and I see that most naysayers of Obama are still a little salty from his victory and that will always be. I also know what every intelligent american knew about Sara Palin and that was the reason for the interview questions and the naysayers were going to be mad about that as well. I also know that because naysayers will are not very intelligent and because they are a bit bigoted, racist and very partison they are not worth reacting to their comments. I am just estatic about an Obama/Biden Presidency. America we are now in capable and steady hands. don't worry be happy.

    November 6, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Palin Hater

    Can you imagine if for some reason McCain would of have won.. and since he is old he had a heart attack or something... and this Ignorant woman becomes the president????

    I am soooo happy she got sent back to Alaska... maybe there she can be happy being a hockey mom with her pregnant daughter!!

    OBAMA!! 08-12

    November 6, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Carrlette


    Check your spelling.

    Accept the fact that the American people voted for their choice. McCain probably would have won if he had let "Tinker Bell" (Palin) stay in Wonderland. Even the Republican Party said she didn't even know where Africa was on the map – DOH. All those years in college, I guess she skipped Geography 101.

    Regardless both parties did an outstanding job for campaigning and again the people made their choice. Also God don't like ugly!

    November 6, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Bermuda Shorts

    Michael in Houston....You make an excellent point!!!

    If it smells like a RAT, looks like a RAT....Then guess what we have folks....A big dangerous RAT!! It's going to be REAL INTERESTING to see how a bunch of 'Tax & Spend' Liberals try and restore our ECONOMY and our 'Standing' in the world!!

    I bet after 3 months, Obama wishes he had NEVER run for this office at this time!!! If we are almost bankrupt, with no money, how on earth are the democrats going to fullfill all their campaign promises??

    Who is going to pay for all these Social Ideals'?? Guess what folks...You & me. The average "JOE THE PLUMBER"!! Or are we going to ask China for a GIGANTIC LOAN!!! Ha, Ha, Ha!!

    November 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. From Mississippi

    She is not stupid or miss informed but she is dangerous and would have left McCain in the dust if given the opportunity. Because she herself has such poor judgment on her own qualifications, she is not qualified or vetted or informed or educated enough to be in National politics. Please keep Sara Palin in Alaska, and preferably out of politics
    Thankfully the rest of the nation also felt the same way.

    November 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. ttMo2

    Apparently she can't see Africa from her house.

    November 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Lyndon,CA

    All that counts is her ability to hunt moose, caribou and salmon fish.

    November 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Tony

    Yes, asking Gov Palin to find Africa on a map was a miscommunication. It was one of those 'process' questions she is unable to answer. "Wait," Gov Palin says. "Isn't Africa a suburb somewhere in Montana?"

    November 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Griff

    Lou Dobbs.. Boy do you get around! What the hell are you doing in the Ladi'es Toilet I keepsaying you are hard to find... But I Never expected to find you here??m Myabe you need to find a new Websight... I can hear you. But you must still live in the nineties...

    November 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. Tonya

    Go home and prepare for the wedding.

    November 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Joe in Chicago


    A black man didn't win, the best candidate won.

    Race was a factor for only a small fraction of voters and it sounds like you were one of them.

    November 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Undi

    A few days before the elections, Sarah Palin declared that she's sure God will give wisdom to the American people on election day and they will elect the right man. Well, she was right. God never misses. Except for 2000 and 2004.

    November 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. obama supporter

    Its Obamas second day after being appointed next president...He isnt sworn in yet...Bush is still the main man in the White House..

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

    Lay off Palin.......I admit, I did not think she was a good choice for VP.......however, I suggest people lay off her, as she only answered the call from McCain to serve.....if there is blame–and their should not be–it is for the person who chose her.

    This happens all the time in business...take someone who is great at their current job and promote them too quickly or to a position beyond their current capability, and then get angry that they could not do the role....

    For all you well would you have done in that spotlight.....while I disagree with most of her positions.....she did amazingly well considering her lack of national experience....most of us would have been laughed off the stage....

    November 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. adam

    yes nutjob indeed. if this is representative of the base, please come try in 2012. 2016, hell well even give you a chance in 2020. you can try base tactics im sure youll win then.

    November 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Sophia in Canada

    My mother always taught me to be nice and kind to dumb animals, so I won't say anything bad about Gov. Palin.

    November 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Nj in FL

    I see the dems are still just as nasty as before. What happen to unity?
    If Obama being president elect can't help you let your guard down, what else is it going to be that won't CHANGE?
    Let the young lady alone and pick on the new VP, he made quite a few blunders himself. You should be worried about him.

    November 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Lesley

    Did she really return the clothes? Why don't you report on that?

    November 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. David Evan

    Paulin is the scapegoat for a party that blames her rather than seriously examine its false values and immoral ideas. In terms that Christians understand the party needs to be repent and ask forgiveness from God and the people. It should have recognized in Hurricane Katrina the defining moment that dispelled the fallacy of a nation that could manage itself without government help.

    November 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Goat Roper

    It's so great watching the Republicans eat their offspring.
    Or are they gnawing off their limbs?

    November 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. Dixie AZ

    Earlier, on CNN, I heard that Palin was not authorized to purchase 150,000 dollars worth of clothing. She was told she could purchase several suits and some things for her children. Please Republicans, don't let this woman be part of your future.

    November 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. mla

    The main reason to keep critical perspective on Palin is that she does have eyes for the White House.

    Remember, most folks expect Stevens to stay convicted after the appeals, and the Senate will kick him out. It wouldn't be surprising for Palin to resign as governor – automatically having the Lt. gov replace her. Then, have the new gov appoint her to Steven's position in the Senate.

    Also, remember that Palin went rogue on McCain and set up the call with the now known fake French president – without McCain's approval. She was totally in this for herself and her ego is huge – especially compared to her knowledge level (tiny).

    November 6, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Kim

    Shame on you CNN. I saw your story on HLN with that reporter from Newsweek saying Sarah Palin was a Diva and a "whack job". You don't even know if some of these campaign stories are even true. Some these stories come from people close to Mitt Romney who clearly has an agenda. for the 2012 campaign

    Be a real news organization for once and get Sarah Palin on to defend herself instead of finding every crack-pot journalist you can find to discredit her now that the election is over.

    I hate CNN. I'd rather watch Al Jazeera. I'd have a better chance at getting some really un-biased reporting.


    November 6, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Charlie Bradley

    OMG who does this woman think she is? a VP has never given an acceptance speech or a concession speech. I think this woman is tryin' to single-handedly re-invent not only the republican party but also the entire political process and ceremony of the office of President and VP as we know it. This woman has now landed back in Alaska and lets hope she stays there or either learns what is and is not acceptable and comes back as a horse of a different color.

    for "Smooth Barry what have you done to the market", this is just the way the market is, its got very little to do with the President Elect. the markets are volatile now waiting on the bonds to take effect for the banks next week

    November 6, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. John Q. Cynic

    I'll say something off subject; when you leave a comment, use spell checker. Self-editing. i before e....I know I need it, but I'm not the only one, as we all can see.....

    November 6, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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