November 6th, 2008
09:19 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin camp fires back over claims by some McCain aides

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin has been the target of tough leaks from some former McCain staffers."]
(CNN) - The war of words between supporters of each half of the Republican presidential ticket escalated Thursday, as a spokeswoman for Sarah Palin called charges circulated by former campaign aides to John McCain ‘sickening,’ and the Alaska governor herself said the advisers spreading the rumors were ‘small, evidently bitter’ people.

Former McCain campaign aides have been sources for a string of embarrassing stories about Palin that have become public since GOP defeat Tuesday night, including the charge that she spent thousands of dollars more on clothing for herself and her family than the $150,000 that has been reported.

There have also been reports of a somewhat distant relationship between John McCain and his running mate.

“This is so unfortunate and, quite honestly, sickening,” said Palin aide Meghan Stapleton in a statement. “The accusations we are hearing and reading are not true and since we deny all these anonymous allegations, there is nothing specific to which we will respond.

“We have the highest regards for Senator John McCain. Governor Palin was honored to be chosen as McCain’s running mate. And as Governor of Alaska, Governor Palin looks forward to working with President-elect Obama on securing energy independence for America.”

Back home in Alaska, Palin herself said she would not respond to individual accusations.

“If they’re an unnamed source, then that says it all,” she said. “I won’t comment on anybody’s gossip, or allegations that are based on anonymous sources. That’s kind of a small, evidently bitter type of person who would anonymously charge something foolish like that, that I perhaps didn’t know an answer to a question. So until I know who was talking about it, I won’t have a comment on false allegations.”

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soundoff (462 Responses)
  1. leon Ma.

    Lets for the good of this counrty put this fool of a women back on
    ice in Alaska, and let the GOP thaw her out in about thousand years.
    to see if she's any smarter.

    November 6, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  2. Franky

    "And as Governor of Alaska, Governor Palin looks forward to working with President-elect Obama on securing energy independence for America.”

    I gotta say, I like that, I like that...

    O.K, I'm gonna confess. I ain't gonna lie but maybe, just maybve, if my boy does work with Gov Palin one of these days, not only that will help her perception but her future. You know, I would like that. Not so much about whether he can worj with her or not but maybe help her perception. No offense but the McCain aides are getting me ticked off of what they are saying about her...

    November 6, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  3. Karl

    Hey Bubble Head... Gotcha! Bye, bye, and plz return in 2012 to provide us with more entertainment.

    November 6, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  4. Chris

    I am a registered Republican who voted for Obama. And although I did not feel that Governor Palin was ready to be V.P., I do not believe she is stupid or a witch (or any of the other really demeaning and personal attacks). How many people can really take the pressure of being under a microscope.
    The fault is with the McCain advisors who supposedly vetted her and "prepared her". Now they are coming out and saying these things. So did they try and pull one over on the country (if so, they should be "outted" and get raked over the coals) or are they just now so bitter they are stretching the truth (like a marriage heading towards divorce)?
    We should be respectful of her as a Governor and as a person who stood up to her own party and Big Oil. Her goals may be larger than Governor of Alaska and if so, she deserves a chance to show that she was mishandled by an incompent run campaign.
    The only things worse than a sore loser is a (1) a mean winner and/or (2) a member of the losing team throwing a team member “under the bus”.
    Let’s be gracious and remember that we are the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    November 6, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. Peachy Keen

    Small, bitter person? Gees Sarah, you fit right in. Listen so your campaign speeches. Small and bitter.

    November 6, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  6. Pat in IL

    I'm in no way a fan of Sara Palin, but it's time to drop it and move on. Her ticket lost, so what more do we want? Also, just as a point of good sense.....why in the world is there any necessity to "give the clothes to charity"? McCain's campaign did not buy them, the RNC did, and they can do as they please with their funds. In this case they thought it best to bump up her wardrobe. So what? It's silly, and almost mean, to take them away from her – they should let her at least keep the clothes that they decided she should get. Anyway, at the very least, I think we should quit bashing her and we can all get on with our lives.

    November 6, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. Holly

    To Becky in the Midwest: Wow! Becky, you ARE the stupid one to be fooled by the McCain campain's use of Palin to get women's votes. She HATES women. She made women pay for their own rape kits as mayor, is against abortion even in the case of RAPE or INCEST, and the McCain/Palin health care plan would have allowed insurance companies to chose their state of residency and therefore exclude basic coverage such as pap smear and PREGNANCY! So with Palin could be raped, forced to pay for your rape kit to catch your attacker, be forced to have your rapist's baby, and then...the kicker...have a health insurance company that won't pay for the pregnancy. Wow. What a champion for women's rights (that's a joke Becky; I didn't think you would be able to understand sarcasm).

    November 6, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. LT

    Although it is a shame the way McCain used Palin to no avail, some of this is of her own doing as well. Even I know that when I am offered a job which is well beyond my previous skill set, that I need to make sure I study well, put on my game face, and scramble behind the scenes to make sure I know every thing I need to know when I start work the first day. Unfortunately, this was not the type of job that a person can step into and act the part while having only the basic set of skills. McCain created a national security threat to this country simply with his Veep selection. Country first? I am glad the country chose to put "a steady hand at the tiller". I am so very glad.

    November 6, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  9. Yawn

    She said she wouldn't comment - AND THEN SHE COMMENTED.

    Says it all, really. I'm grateful to her inner blindness for saying 'yes' to John McCain.

    Oops–can't say anything negative about a female, can we?

    You PUMA *people* have fun with your cats, and don't let your bitterness consume you.

    November 6, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  10. DenniseC

    I wasn't a supporter of palin due to inexperience and let alone I'm an obama supporter. To rip apart this woman and drop the hear say in the media is just down right nasty. TIme to close the chapter and let by gones be by gones. She's overall done some good for Alaska. The election is over and it's time to allow Palin to be Palin.

    November 6, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  11. Here we go

    Shows how small minded the McCain advisors are. Don't blame Palin for the demise of your campaign when you picked her and leaked the damaging stories about her.

    November 6, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. Ohio Independent who voted for Obama

    Becky, Midwest,

    Anyone who think Palin is more qualifed than Obama is stupid. You fit the bill.

    Get over it!

    November 6, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  13. zeppelin71

    LT> What is the capitol of Africa?


    November 6, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  14. Ronald Regan

    Someone shut this imbecile up already.

    It's over, she's over, the American people rejected her and everything she stands for.

    No more W.T. Cinderella stories for you, honey. Go back to to the South Wasilla Wal-Mart where you belong, and take your troglodyte husband with you.

    November 6, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  15. smith davis...

    Becky, Midwest..

    your an idiot ..... this is the reason why she should have been chosen
    not vote for a man again no one cares about your bickering
    its people get your facts straight woman.
    this aint about special needs..shut it!

    November 6, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. Skunk Meat Anyone?

    PIM.P Rules are in full effect!

    1. Make sure your trick is dressed in expensive clothes
    2. If the trick go against you take back the clothes
    3. If the trick refuses to give the clothes back send in the GOP Lawyers then snatch them off her back
    4. If the trick starts talking create a collation of 'leaks' then tell all the trick's secrets
    5. When the trick jumps off to the media hold up her crusty draws in a press conference then yell "Exhibit 1”

    November 6, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. Ryan

    Becky, Midwest, I think you need to get your facts. Heck, are you kidding me? Palin is a joke! She is no Hillary..

    November 6, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Duh

    Thank God she was not on the winning ticket.

    Stupidity knows no bounds.


    November 6, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. Brian

    I'm a liberal, and I really, really hope that the GOP picks Palin to be their future. She makes Dubya look like a Nobel Laureate.

    November 6, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. kravitz

    Anyone got a price on that Tiffany flag pin yet? Or know just where it is today?

    November 6, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. NYObamacan

    Although McCain/Palin did not win the election, before this story it looked like Palin was coming out the winner of holding the future mantle of the Republican party. If you think the Republican party is at rock bottom now, try having it led by Sarah Palin. Perhaps these insiders are trying to save their own party from this cardboard image of a leader.

    November 6, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  22. Margo - TEXAS

    O.k. I'm not a fan of Palin. I voted for Obama. But, they are being to hard on her. Yes she is stupid, but they chose her! We should be pointing fingers at McCain and his staff for being so stupid.

    Leave her along already!

    November 6, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  23. Linda K.

    I don't understand what the McCain camp thinks they'll gain by attacking Palin's intelligence. McCain chose her, so if he thinks she wasn't competent that reflects more on him than her.

    November 6, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  24. abel sterling

    bye byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    November 6, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. JC

    Palin was not the main reason McCain lost. McCain lost because his campaign was quite possibly one of the wost campaigns in about 20 years. No message, no platform, and changing strategy week-by-week. I am not surprised the aides and staffers are trying to point the finger to someone else to try to place blame. It is clear who is to blame. The campaign stunk from the beginning. McCain chose some very poor aides and staffers.

    November 6, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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