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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I'm surprised Palin didn't give the "prank" call to "The First Dude" to answer because obviously neither are too bright.

    November 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. JamesNC

    The election is only two days old. Pailin did what she could. For someone to suggest that the market dropping has something to do with the election of Obama is wrong. The market has been dropping and will continue to drop as long as Bush is still in the White House (77) days.

    November 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. idm

    "Smooth Barry"- You realize, of course, being the brilliant financial guru that you are, that the market has been in 'free fall' now for about a month, and that Obama will not be 'managing the economy' until January? Besides, this is a comment section about Sarah Palin, not for your foolish interpretation of the stock market?

    As for Sarah, she was thrust into a situation far beyond her abilities and has been hung out to dry by the McCain camp. I'm not a Palin supporter by any means, but what they're doing to her is unforgiveable.

    November 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. John Rico

    Maybe they should have vetted her before saying she was "more qualified than anyone else in the country".

    November 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. laura

    Leave her alone, what's done is done. Election is over and she is in Alaska(thank gawd). I'm just glad I don't have to hear that voice anymore.

    November 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Irma in North Carolina

    Yes, I can see why they would of not let her speek, it would of been a hate speech. Although the speech Mccain was very gracious he did well on the speech. But I am sure America will rest much better now knowing that we dont have to worry about her possibly running the country.

    November 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Samuel

    Unimaginability or let's say Unbelievabilty.

    November 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Mr Independent

    Smooth Barry, What have you done to the Market?

    Hey clown...for heavens sake its only been two days. Why don't you give the new president a chance. I'm sure when you started your new job at fast food restaurant that you couldn't get those burgers out any faster?

    You clowns simply amaze me every time you open your mouths...typical.

    November 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Melanie

    MARC PDX..said:November 6th, 2008 4:29 pm ET

    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!)

    Hahahaha!!! Beat the carp out of her?? I knew there was something fishy about her!!!! That is hilarious!

    November 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Rita

    the DOW would have gone down if either president would have been elected. The excitement is over, people are going back to normal, the party is over, the economic reality is sinking in. A new president will always bring some unsurety to the markets. Smooth Barry you don't have a clue. Besides, what's wrong with being smooth? Its better than being a bumbling idiot.

    November 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. yes we did

    Very Smooth Barry. By your reasoning, it is Obama's fault that we are having flood inducing torrential rainfall here in Seattle. Get real.

    November 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. YourInsanity

    Well, now she has four years to read the Constituton! She was too busy shoppin' last two months, so I suppose she can take it easy and try to learn few things. There is no way for her to become a presdent, it is not a female issue, it is reputation. There is a lot of tape with her pearls, she only attracts conservative base. Conservative base is not enough to be elected. The problem with Republican party is that they became too old. They need younger people, but it will take time to raise new generation of Republicans. It won't happen before 2016. I also would like to see all negative adds about Obama removed from McCain's channel on youtube. It is time to unite. I thought republicans love their country no matter what, that must include case when their guy lost. It is still America and always will be. This is not a good time to fight each other, we have way too many enemies outside, I bet they would like to see us fight, but I hope they will be disappointed and American people will once again stand as ONE nation. Thank Gd we all have differences, thank Go we are allowed to have different political views, it keeps America moving.

    November 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. True Blue Ohio


    The market??? The market didn't vote for Obama. The people did. And Obama is the President-Elect, not the current President. If you really think that one person is to be held responsible for the fluctuation of market, then blame the CURRENT President.

    November 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. observer

    Oh come on people the economy turned to sh-t awhile ago. Please, in my opinion to use an analogy it's like Bush handed Obama a baby to take care of and the baby has a diaper full of sh–t.Now Obama has to clean it up starting in Jan.

    November 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Andrea-St Louis

    This broad is down right stupid.

    November 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. Mark Ferbet

    And that is why John McCain lost this election... at least one reason that is....

    She is a radical. Yes, Radical... I hope she stays in Alaska.

    And to Smooth Barry... the Market for the past two days has nothing to do with an Obama election, it has to do with the fact that unemployment numbers are going to be bad when released tomorrow, and that our country has "officially" gone into a recession.

    November 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. LaRine

    I think that Sarah Palin was a very good choice for John McCain as V P , as much so as Barack Obamam is for the Presidency.
    The decision was a good one as the people rebounded and became involved immediately but the problem continued to be that people saw McCain as a continued part of the establishment married to the Washington good ole boy group and they couldn't get past that.
    Sarah Palin now has the opportunity of when one door closes another opens and she should take it for the continued experience.

    November 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Tony

    She is unqualified and poorly schooled in History. If her son wasn't in Iraq, she would be the typical Fright wing candidate.

    November 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Al Nelson

    What I think is funny is the McCain supporters are the ones trashing Palin. However some of the postings suggest it is the Obama supporters.

    November 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. A Boston

    Sarah you shouldn't have accepted the offer knowing you're weren't prepared. Plz don't even consider a 2012 run. You should go back to school.. You're clueless!!!

    November 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Samuel

    Unimaginable or let's say Unbelievable.

    Question: How on earth did Sen. John McCain chose Gov. Sarah Palin to be the candidate for the GOP Vice-President? What was he thinking or what was he not thinking?

    Someone help me with this one. Thanks.

    November 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Craig

    If this call from "the president of France" was on the schedule for 3 days why did no one go through normal channels to make sure it was real.

    November 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Charlie B

    Smooth Berry, you just made Palin look smart. The Dow is down because of Obama? Do you not hear the Business news this morning. Job loss greater than expected and retail sales of Oct. was way down. This mess did not begain in the last two days but has been eight years in the making. Obama is not incharge yet, we still have almost 3 months of Bush!

    Once he is incharge it will take most of his first year to undo what Bushy Boy did.

    November 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. poo on a stick

    There will be more dirt that comes out of that campaign you keep you ears open.

    November 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Gene

    The squabbling is just beginning.. just wait.. this will turn into a republican civil war.

    November 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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