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. ST

    To Smooth Barry, What have you done to the Market?

    You haven't been paying attention, have you? The market has been crashing for 2 months now. Obama had nothing to do with it. People are just panciking when they shouldn't.

    As for the subject at hand, McCain is to blame here, not Palin. He chose her without properly vetting her and he got what he deserved. Maybe this will be a lesson to others, run a better campaign and surround yourselves with good, smart people.

    November 6, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. New England Blues

    I was always wondering, do hockey moms wear lipstick?

    Well since being able to see Russia from your porch qualifies you in world affairs. Now that I am flying Hang Gliders, do I get to fly a raptor?

    As far as market goes. How on earth do you connect a loss in the market to a man who will have no effect on the economy for a couple months yet? So who do we blame for the 40% loss over the past month? I hope he gets a hold of this 700B bailout. I dont know about other taxpayers, but I seriously do not feel like funding Mergers and Acquisitions when they are supposed to be lending my own money back to me.

    Loved the SNL skits... "Id like to use a lifeline".

    November 6, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. gpraz

    Can't make up my mind. Is she the dumbest person ever to run for VP or is the Republican Party even dumber for picking her. It won't even go away when it is suppose to! I feel kinda bad for her. She is making a fool out of herself. She does seem like a decent person but so glad we don't have to pray that John McCain remained in office. The thought scares the living heck out of me.

    November 6, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Former Republican in TX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Has this woman never even watched the TV coverage on a Presidential election night???? If she had, she would know the protocol is for the two Presidential candidates to speak– one to make a concession speech, the other a victory speech.

    November 6, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Clair

    People. The election is over. Palin was a good joke and I hope she goes back to her mooses and wolfs.... As someone told, if there is such a thing as Karma, she will be back as a wolf being hunted from the air.

    For the sore losers still crying over Obama's victory,:

    If you can't be gracious in defeat like your candidate McCain and come join the work to be done, go drown your frustrations in beer. Leave the rest of the people wanting to go forward alone.
    Hide in the shadows rooting for your new president to stumble or your country downfall if all that you wish for now is an opportunity to come back and cheer up in revenge.
    That's an idea too: Move to Alaska, take the Palin 'energized base' with you and join the separatist party. She can become your queen and you will live happy. Have a good trip!

    November 6, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. techilou

    how dumb can she be??? Standard procedure.s are the Presidental canidates make the speeches and not the VP's. did Biden speak?

    November 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. nate

    She didnt know Africa was a continent? (Fox News)

    November 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Shari, NY

    Here's an idea. The Republican Party should have a news blackout for the next few days while it conducts its post mortem and regroup its cadre. Airing dirty laundry and imbecility will only damage any aspirations it may have of redeeming itself. This to me is beyond comprehension.

    November 6, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Stu-Florida


    November 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Gregg - MD

    Poor Sarah, she got the end of a bad deal... She had no transition time herself to get up to speed on the endless protocols within politics. Though I am an Obama supporter, I really felt bad for her, because no one deserves the type of ridicule she experienced without being "trained"... But then again, it reflects the blunder of the Republican Party in this election.

    November 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Delihla

    Barry you are beyond an fact, I almost would believe your real name is TODD PALIN!

    November 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Kate

    I saw her press conference upon her arrival in Alaska lastnight. It's clear that she is happy to be out from under the McCain staff. It is absolutely a disgrace that the McCain staffers are only trying to do some CYA. These staffers are cowards making so called 'anonymous' comments to the media.

    November 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. FAYE, NV

    The night of her convention speech, which she read well, I and my sister said then that John got something on his hands. That Sarah would want to take over and not listen. She would be trouble for her party and some desparate ones would love her, however in the end she would prove her motives is self and John's party would be damaged.

    November 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Enjoying life to the fullest! :)

    What's the problem here?...I'LL tell you...Bush was elected not once, but twice by some of the sore losers here and now that the Democrats are going to be in control, they don't want anyone else to play with their toys. W-W-A-A-A-A-H-H-H!!! Just grow up...

    November 6, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. steve

    I really hope the Republican party wraps their arms around her and make her the poster child and the next Republican candidate for president. Would be the gift that keeps on giving for the Dems.

    November 6, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Greed is not good

    Good riddance Sarah! Go back to your village please

    November 6, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. California Gold

    I'm still amused by Palin. Watching her stand behind McCain as he delivered his concession speech was like watching a kid ready to snatch the piece of candy. I thought to myself "My God she's gonna give a follow-up speech" and the akward shuffle by both the Palins was funny. I thought if McCain hadn't turned to her and shook her hand she might have made a run for it (microphone). In the end she was still a source of amazement for her arrogance and ignorance of simple protocol. What a bozo.

    November 6, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. Jaye

    She had no business being chosen in the first place. She was a former beauty queen with no education or experience.

    November 6, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. crystal mitchell

    This is a result of a leader that can't lead. This whole campaign was full of confusion, and where there is confusion there you find strife. McCain did not vet her, he did what he normally do and that's to act first and ask questions later. He didn't know Palin, but he was willing to past her off to the American people as a possible VP. Crazy, well , I'm glad we as Americans did the right thing for this country,and that we did not allow properganda to deter us from what is correct and noble.

    November 6, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Michael, Houston Texas

    And the finger pointing begins. Funny to see all you McCain supporters now turn your back on him. For all you Palin sympathizers, she was never qualified in the first place. How she got elected Govenor in Alaska still baffles most of America. I guess they think differently up there. All this hype about Palin 2012 is exactly what it is, hype. She more than likely will not be re-elected Govenor so she best chance to stay in politics is to appoint herself Senator once they kick old boy out. She will not even make it through the RNC Primaries in 2012 especially if Jindal runs. And to the former McCain staff, it's your own fault, you and your boss gave in to the NeoCons and you deserve everything you got. This country is no longer controlled by the far right or the far left. We are a society of moderates some conservative leaning, some liberal leaning, but nevertheless in the middle. Until the Repubs realize that, you will keep losing.

    November 6, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    To Smooth Barry

    When a person goes into a coma, can you resurrect that person in two days? Our economy is brain-dead and Obama will need to spend some quality and decisive time, to RESURRECT it from the dead.

    November 6, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Ready to move on

    It would be great if we could all move on now. There is much to be done to get this country moving again and the longer we play the blame game, the longer it will take to get things on the right track.

    You did not have to vote for McCain/Palin, but you should respect the fact that millions of Americans did support them and are entitied to have a difference of opinion.

    November 6, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Alaska

    Everyone should give Sarah Palin a break. She is an honest person who made just one mistake. She trusted the American people to actually she through the political garbage that is Washington DC. She says what she believes and trusts people to actually do the right thing. And she proved she's just an ordinary person who cares about her country. Any body might have gotten pranked it just happened to be her because the Canadians knew that would make the news and they are just mad because she has stopped them from stealing Alaskan Salmon. As for me, I say the republican and democratic parties should let her lead, then we might get somewhere. She is making our state a great place to live and raise a family.

    November 6, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Amy

    What are McCain's aides trying to convey? That Palin was an egotistical idiot? Or perhaps that McCain lacked serious judgement by picking her as his running mate? Or that their own campaign was a joke? McCain's aides can bash Palin all they want, but it just makes Republicans look even more stupid!

    We all agree that Palin is an idiot. And we can thank God she wasn't elected VP. Now, it's time to quit talking about her and let her go on and live her life in Alaska. Seriously, the more you talk about her, the more her name will live on. I don't want to hear her screaching voice in 2012! Just let it rest!

    November 6, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. GOP Lost

    Can't believe the GOP is even mentioning her name for anything in the future how dumb are these people.

    November 6, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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