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. Rush Windbag

    Smooth Barry, you ever heard of earnings and job loss reports? If I was your boss I would have fired you dude.

    November 6, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Lauren independent voter California

    mccain's choice of selecting palin was one (and I emphasize one, because there are many more reasons why they lost) of the reasons why he lost. They will never admit it publicly, but they probably know it is true.

    November 6, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Tomkat in Seattle

    Palin thinks Africa is a country and not a continient....ouch!

    November 6, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. AJKA

    @Smooth Barry, Its snowing like crazy here in wanna blame that on President Elect Obama too?

    November 6, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. S. Boatman

    For Those Of Us That Wanted Her Gone, She Is Gone! She Will Never Be Vice President Or President! We Dont Have To Be Afraid Anymore! We Can All Relax And Leave Her Alone! As A Nation We Have A Lot Of Work To Do! Lets Get Started!

    November 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. F.Johnson.

    President Bush is still in the White House , smooth Barry. You should at least wait until Jan 21 to start blaming our new President-elect for all of the Bush/Cheney bad judgements. That is Jan 21,2009. Maybe that is a difficult concept for you. But if you find a calender and a third grader. am sure they could help you figure it out.

    November 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Can't express how thrilled I am that Barack Obama was elected.

    That said, I wish everyone would let Palin and her family alone. Certainly–despite the millions of Americans who felt she was not experienced enough–she was indeed chosen by McCain to run as VP.

    The Palin family has to deal with the GOP defeat, and it is cruel of McCain supporters and others to blame her for the outcome.

    November 6, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. JAN

    Sarah...what comes around goes around...all the vile towards Obama is coming from your own...see that? What a shame and mighty appalling that GOP is doing this to her (including Fox News).

    November 6, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. LOL

    We should count our blessings.....

    November 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. James in Nebraska

    Don't worry, she will run for VP again in 2009. 😉

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

    This is hilarious! I heard on NPR this morning that she didn't know Africa was a contenent not a country and she couldn't name the countries involved in NAFTA! ...and she wanted to be the Vice President...

    November 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. SANTE

    IN McCain's election office was a person paid by OBAMA!!!!

    Obama is" baying "everything and everybody.

    Money tolks!

    November 6, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Skeeve

    While I have no love for Palin and ignorance she demonstrated during this campaign was appalling I think I would like to draw a line right there.
    I have a feeling that certain GOP operatives and supporters are trying to find a scapegoat. You know, it is always so much easier to blame a single simple factor (a single person's even better) then try to correct systemic problems.

    November 6, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Fred

    McCain's campaign people should've properly vetted Sarah Palin...

    November 6, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Mark T

    Pres Obama is the right person for the US and the world. I hope he uses the bottom up theory he professess during th campaign as this is the only way the world will move forward. The rich are so stupid dont they see then when more people are earning the richer they become

    November 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Agnes Fleming

    I honestly wish people would let Sarah Palin to go back to from whence she came. Far from the brightest star in the galaxy, let her read what has been written about her over these last few months and learn something about what leadership means; she simply does not have the qualifications. The more I have learned about sarah Palin the more I realized she was nothing more than a spoiled hooligan. While her father taught her and encouraged her how to hunt, he does not appeared to have instilled in her the finer qualities of interacting with individuals in a mannerly way. Take her first comment in the VP debate when she said to Joe Biden, her elder, "You don't mind if I call you Joe, do you?" and then "say it ain't so Joe. Where on earth did Alaska get this one out of, and it should not have released her before she learned that politeness is not to be confused with political correctness. That was President Elect Barack Obama epitomized and it is why he won: the dignity and poise by which he carried himself, and he had to need to be contemptuous toward his elders as he sought their advice and counsel. He certainly would have known that losing, failed VP candidates do not get to give concession speeches. My God, she didn't know that either.

    November 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Big Bob

    Biden said "jobs" is a three letter word at a rally in September, tells a wheelchair bound state senator to "stand up, Chuck", said Clinton is a better VP candidate than him, told us that FDR went on TV after the '29 crash (whoops – no TV and Hoover was Prez in '29) AND YOU THINK PALIN HAS NO CLUE???

    November 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Skunk Meat Anyone?

    And THIS is who McCain thought was qualified to run our country?

    McCain should be barred from entering the Senate.

    November 6, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Proud to be American

    Buh, Bye Pain-lin as you ignorance took women down a notch or two... now take your 150K worth of clothing back to Alaska and go hunting ....

    November 6, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Alaska

    President (Bush) + Reid (Senate) + Pelosi (House) = one messed up economy. I think President Elect Obama might be able to fix the mess as long as he doesn't listen to anything Reid and Pelosi (Country Dividers) have to say!!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. A New Hope & New Days

    What took the Republicans and McCain's advisors so long to figure out Palin?? Thank the Heavens that we don't have to worry about her now and hopefully not in 4 years either!

    November 6, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. Florida Joe

    She is just pathetic.............Go back to the snowbanks and stay there

    November 6, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. patriot

    Hey Smooth Barry–Since Obama was elected, the weather's been cloudy and rainy around here. I suppose that's Obama's fault, too? You guys just don't quit, do you? Please move along or get out of our way.

    November 6, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Just thinking....

    The GOP is going to have to re-define itself. If they choose the path of Palin, catering to the extreme right wing, they will not survive.
    The reality is – there is another choice. Supposedlly the GOP is supposed to be about "small government." They aren't. If those in the GOP studied the platforms carefully, they would find the Libertarian attends to those historic principles without the religious overtones. In fact, the Libs support the SEPARATION of church and state, as the constitution sets forth. Perhaps it is time for the Libertarians to rise and the GOP to fall.

    Obama's rise is historic – his time is here. There are many lessons for us and we will examine many things because of this election. the re-examining of the GOP.

    November 6, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Megan

    All you sheep voted him in and now life will be wonderful. Money will fall from the trees and gas will over flow. As for this McCain and PALIN supporter I will let history play out. I might not like Obama but he is ALL OF OUR PRESADENT and we should support him. Now that being said I must add if he messes up like I think he will I will expect all of you who backed him to admit you where wrong and like wise if he proves me wrong I will be the first to admit it, and back him in the next election.

    November 6, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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