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. Chris CA

    Really Marc? Disconnected? I believe Palin had no clue Africa was a continent. I believe she couldn't find it on a map. Isn't she the same person who seriously proffered the following as support for her claim that she had foreign policy experience, "Russia is next to Alaska". Why wouldn't I believe it? She is also the same person who took the most tenuous of relationships (if you can call them that) and tried to discredit the President-elect. I hope for her sake she is smarter than she appears, but I am not confident that is the case.

    November 6, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Kina, A Veteran in NYC Gov. Palin couldn't locate Africa on a map, huh!!!, why ain't i surprised?...hahaha...and she didn't know Africa was a continent?..i can only say that i'm relieved that she ain't the VP of this c'try...


    November 6, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. kdrr


    Do you have any idea what a community organizer does? They get things done, help the less fortunate with little or no financial backing, they work tirelessly and often without pay and they do a huge service to our communities, cities and our country. Shame on you for degrading such incredible people. Better than taking a town with a population of 5000 and running up a 23 million dollar debt.

    November 6, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Norma Bretz

    I am very disappointed by the way the News Media and the McCain campaign staff has treated Sarah Palin. I admire and respect this dynamic....AND if she should ever decide to run for President I would VOTE for her & volunteer to work in her behalf. I would like to see someone elected who is NOT connected to the OLD CRONIES in Washington. Also, I have a question "Why do Senators stay on & on when a president can only have 8 years"? We need a LOT of new blood in Washington D.C. ....... that is the main reason we are in such a mess, the Congress we have now has done nothing for the small families.......just "bail out" more wealthy companies.

    November 6, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Tim

    For the last 2 months, all we've heard from the GOP is that Sara Palin is competent and qualified to be VP. She's a maverick. She's a great campaigner. Now, she's a moron whi can't find Africa on a map, and doesn't know which countries are in NAFTA. Well, GOP which is it? How can we ever believe anything you say, ever again?

    November 6, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. cbertel

    Thankfully those people did not win and we all need to move on.

    November 6, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. A Canuck

    So this is news ???? The Republicans screwed up badly and got what they deserved !!!

    November 6, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. RLG

    Like he could control that. Get real.
    remember when Bush was "appointed" in 2000? The market tanked bigtime. He's only responsible for what happens after he takes office. Not that the Kool Aid drinkers will ever accept anything he does as positive. You can always join your boy Todd Palin and secede- there's still time!

    November 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Meg from Colorado

    Oy vey! First she did not know what a VP does. Then, she wrote a concession speech? Duh!

    November 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. JB

    I thought this picture was a joke at first. Is that really her office?? With the bear skin rugs draped over the couch?? The best part: the giant crab on her desk? I honestly thought this was a picture making fun of her, and it's real!!! Honestly though, a wonderful finishing touch on what has basically been a joke the entire time.

    November 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. ran

    AK do not reelect this person Palin. For the good of this country just let her fade away.

    November 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Bob

    Come on who is writing this stuff. Let's put the blame where it belongs.

    Either John McCain (doubtfull) or the Republican party advisors told him to pick Palin in the hopes (ha ha) of picking up a lot of HIllary's voters. NO ONE looked at her qualifications (typical Republcan). Come on Alaska! a major of a town while some high schools have more students and prinical's with more responsibilites. Governor of a state with 650,000 population! THe mayor of many cities (L.A. for example) have a MUCH larger population and MUCH more responsibly. Next time they might pick a V.P. for the right reasons.

    This was a stupid choice and it cost the Republican party. Glad it happened for the sake of the country. Yea, Obama.

    signed an Independent.

    November 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. thomas Otterbine

    Well, now that the election is over, and Obama is our new "president to be" I have to say I am VERY pleased!! However, John McCain gained an enormous amount of respect from me, taking accountability for his own loss.
    However, Sarah Palin now is whining and crying like a spanked baby!! It just proves she was nowhere near anyone we needed, or wanted one heartbeat from the presidency. Thank god, John McCain did not win, not because of him, but the little spoiled whiny cry baby Palin!!!

    November 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Lee M

    Why wouldn't the McCain people tell us the truth about her BEFORE the election?

    Was this really "Country First"???

    Was this just another example of republicans thinking the American people would be too dumb to see through this crap again?

    November 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Brent PDX

    @Marc PDX... I didn't know non-thinking ignorant people like you existed in Portland. Maybe its time to unite and try to solve our problems together, not work against the ones that are trying to make a selfless effort. I wish that you wouldn't be so selfish and only think about your bottom line. You are probably the guy that doesn't tip when you go out, drives a Hummer and makes fun of the homeless. Its time to think about unity and WAKE UP! There's many global issues that we ALL need to address TOGETHER.

    November 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |

    As a young Republican voter it is sad and disheartening that the McCain and Palin campaigns are arguing like teenagers. The lack of tact and need to justify and blame the loss is immature. I am not sure what the gripping would do- other than make one second guess all the support that we had for them. I am a proud Republican and believe in the McCain platform- but am ashamed at the recent behavior of the campaign and hope that no one uses it as a direct reflection on McCain himself. I support Palin and wish her well in the future. She has had such a rough time in the public eye.

    November 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. LAVoter

    Geez....this makes Bush look smart!!! This level of intelligence definitely quailifies her to run on the Republican ticket...

    November 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Pinay

    Stop bashing her. She tried her best.

    November 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. Jim

    Sarah puts the ick in maverick. Good riddance and I hope you donate your fancy clothes to a homeless shelter in Alaska. Time for her to move on and get an education for her children, instead of travelling around with her at taxpayers expense. The stories about her won't end, I think the media will be hearing more about her rage and having to be in control.

    Good riddance!!!!

    November 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Ok everyone. It's over now. Palin has gone back to Alaska and McCain will be like Kerry before him and go back to the senate.

    It's time to get behind our new president and start getting our country moving again. If your guy lost accept itand move on. If he won then take a moment to enjoy but then its time to quit arguing and move on.

    November 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Les, Utah

    Most of the comments above fall into the categories 'sore losers' and 'gloaters' as is ti be expected. Too bad they cannot follow the leads of their two leaders, I really lost of respect for McCain for his 'low road' tactics, but regained some of it for the obviously most-gracious concession speech, and Obama's acceptance speech should be required for study by students trying to learn what America should be.
    As for Sarah, she wasn't and isn't even way out in left in the league she was drafted into. She was outside the park (way out) in all facets of her abilities. And to say she is a decent person stretches the facts as much as she did re Obama, all the lies and innuendos she ranted endlessly.

    November 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. Rosemarie

    To McCain/Palin supporters: We've been eating feces for 8 years. I didn't order pizza and beer. I ordered champagne and caviar and I got it. Pull your heads our of your butts and get an education. You might even be able to find Africa on a map.

    November 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. Morgan

    How can you miscommunicate whether Africa is a continent and pointing it out on a map? haha I could only imagine this conversation much like the Katie Couric interview. The sad thing is that this is a smear from republican to republican. The media is just reporting the new reality show "Maverick vs Maverick".

    November 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Erik

    I'm more then disappointed to here the accounts of Sarah Palin not being ready to be Vice President. My issues is this notion of Country first. I respect John Mccain and what he has done for this country, but him knowingly trying to sell this country a lemon. Thats not putting country first. Dressing her up teaching how to sit and covering up inabilities. Thats just scary. To those that bought it not totally your fault you trusted in his commendable heroism. It one thing to misjudge its different to knowingly mislead. I just think of what could have been and thank GOD what has come to be.

    November 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. rk

    Why blame Palin? Palin was being herself, she is jovial and vibrant woman and yeah she is not upto being a potential VP candidate in 2008 but she is probably fine as Alaska Governor. It is totally McCain and McCain’ team ‘s fault to recruit her, it shows their bad judgment and the so called Mavericks did not put country first but their greed to win the election by taking low road. So, leave Palin out of this blame game and toss McCain to the top of the list!!!

    November 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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