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. Morgan

    Hey Lauren you forgot he's President-Elect Community Organizer that used his experience to win the election. Respect the skills.

    November 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Franky

    "Two McCain sources also say Palin did not know Africa was a continent and could not find it on a map"

    Are you serious?? I just came here and I see this?? PLEASE, don't tell me that...

    November 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Jean

    Come on Palin. Either you know where Africa is or you don't. Good god republicans, this is the person that some of you say will be the new face of the Republican party? God help us all if that happens. It does go to show thought that there are two 'Americas' - dumb America and smart America. Hmmm...which one of those "Americas" do you think voted for Obama?

    November 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |

    HEY, YOU GUYS ARE TOOL BAG FULL OF TOOLS – YOU CHOSE PALIN! Learn from your mistakes. Don't pick a dimwitted animal killer for your V.P. I was for McCain until her.

    November 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. SFLA

    Guess she's not smarter than a 5th grader!! Glad Obama won!

    November 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Joshua

    Don't let jealous, spiteful Republicans like SmoothBarry and PDX bother you. They were the ones spouting hatred outside of the McCain/Palin rallies and now they have nothing to do.

    McCain got what he deserved. Do your homework John. Your irrational pick cost you the election. However, Palin was not prepared and she thrust herself into this election.

    November 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. free

    Goodbye Ms. Palin. I'm sure that nobody will miss you up in Aftrica or USA!!... Only Cindy!!

    November 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |

    Thank God, Palin is finally going back to that providence where she can see her Russian neighbors, good reddens. Palin was clearly out of her league, not knowledgeable on the issues, lacked common sense, and she couldn’t think or speak methodically on her feet when faced with a question by the media. It just shows that anyone with a 4th grade IQ can become a Governor in the US, how do we set our standards so low, didn’t we learn anything from putting Bush in the oval office???

    Obama/ Biden 2008-2016

    November 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. No in 2012

    Even if she tries to run in 2012, so many other candidates that will be running along with her will have more substance in knowledge of the issues. They will easily blow her out of the water. So fear not. She won't make the Republican nomination in 2012.

    November 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. Elle

    Watch – now that the GOP lost we're going to see a lot of this stuff come out about Palin. I can't believe she wouldn't know Africa is a continent. Seriously? Is this the future of the GOP? If so, they're going to have to sit back and watch the Dem's rule for quite a while.

    November 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. ESTHER

    My goodness when you gonna stop yacking about PALIN... especially you Mr. Jewish Blitzer...what is wrong with you... don't you have anything to talk about why don't you investigate where all those money of OBAMA came from that shove your station and shut up.........and the rest except Fox god Blitzer shut up now...this lady deserved some respect after you all ruined her and still you all do not stop.... talk something else look at our economy with OBAMA sitting up as the new president.....just to know he won make me sick already....I know this will be checked but I hope you all read it and hope one day all these things going on with PALIN will bounced back to any of you or your family....

    November 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. DRAMA


    November 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Darren

    What a slap in the face of our troops it was when McCain pciked this incompetent person to possibly be their Commander in Chief.

    Thank God we made the right choice and sent that trash talking redneck back home.

    November 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. mkay

    LAUREN :

    I think you took one too many bitter pills this morning, maybe you and Joe the Plumber can hitch up yer wagon and head up north .
    You sound like the kind of person that would fit in perfect with a Sara Palin crowd. ( insert chant here)

    November 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Philly

    no surprise she went to 6 colleges in 5 years...How'd she even get to college??

    November 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. Griff

    Good-Night! To all those Idiots who pretend to Unite.. You are History.... Mister!!! Adam ate the Apple, and has been following it ever since. Barack Obama will be the next one to secum to a Women.... Men Are that Stupid... Remember Wolf??? "What could he have been thinking of"? NYC... He had a Name very similar to You!!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. Caligirl


    Obama is a Democrat. Democrats fix bad economies; it's the Republicans that always screw it up.

    November 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Bill

    Your show has moved me to comment. Isn't it time for CNN to focus on the real issues facing our country like a strategy to get the economy going instead of the petty mistakes all the candidates have made, Obama visiting all 57 states, Biden's 3 letter word J O B S, McCain/Palin infighting, etc.? Cut the side shows and help save the ship.

    November 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. G.R.I.T. - Girl Raised in the South

    To everyone on here who says that it is the campaign's fault or McCain's fault; that the Republican Party put her on a national stage when she wasn't ready, that "they chose her" – get a clue. The job of Vice Presidential candidate is optional, it is a choice that SHE made to accept an offer. Yes, the offer should not have been made and exemplifies the tactic of getting unthinking women to vote based on gender, but Ms. Palin accepted the job, didn't blink as a matter of fact, and failed miserably. This is not the campaign or McCain's fault. She wasn't ready and she should have known that. No one held a gun to her head and forced her to do something against her will. She was so sure of herself and her appeal to voters that she jumped at the chance to further her political career.

    November 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. djak

    In all honesty, the fault lies solely on John McCain and his vetting team. She did what they asked her to do, take on the "attack-dog role". She went about it poorly because she is inexperienced in national politics.

    Also, my mother taught me, if I can't think of anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. So on the subject of her character and views, I say nothing.

    November 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. Gij

    Yeah, BLUE baloons!!! Morons, all of 'em. Bwahahahahahah!

    November 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Reid

    Democrats can only dream that the future of the Republican party is the know nothing Bible beating Sarah Palin. Pretty, dumb, trophy wife with enormous hooters, just what those white male voters would love to have at home and voted for in huge numbers. 364-173 would be the Electoral College vote count every year an empty headed bimbo like Palin was on the ticket. Independents and Moderates, which voted for G.W. in 2000 & 2004 will not vote for a fundamentalist whack job like Palin.

    November 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. Jason

    Hey, if you ask me the GOP was simply running with what was a winning formula in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections when they put Palin on the ticket – that being a formula to put up a candidate who is an absolute and utter idiot.....

    Congratulations America on finally coming to your senses after not once but twice electing a man who, in my opinion borders on being intellectually retarded, to lead your country.

    Obama is someone who carries the vision and integrity to do your country proud.

    Jason, Sydney Australia

    November 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. rick

    I love this lady and hope she stays on the national scene for quite some time. Given the current state of things, we will need the laughter she provides. As a Democrat, I am praying that the Republican party congeals around her. If she is the best you got, you are in even worse shape than the election results suggest.

    November 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Keith in DC

    The mistake that McCain made was trying to be someone other than John McCain. I do not think that Palin was his first choice for the VP spot. One thing that this decision showed was that McCain did not have that much control over his operation.

    November 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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