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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  1. pam Eugene OR

    OOPS forgot to mention that Palin is NOT an energy expert and I hope she sits by the phone waiting for that call that won't ever come from the Obama administration.
    Who needs an extra bimbo???
    When she learns the 3 countries that make up North America she might give Obama a call.
    She brings out the very worst in me and I am not done hating on her.

    November 6, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. bob

    waaah! I would let Palin work in my yard let alone anything as important as energy. She used up all her energy trying to de Americanize Barack. She needs to stay in Alaska and keep an eye on Russia.

    November 6, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. Where's Bill

    I see that the markets are having a tizzy fit of buyers' remorse with the reality of Obama going to the White House...

    Since no one under Obama will any longer be making over $200k, just who is going to pay all of our taxes (and that idiot lady's gas and mortgage) now??

    November 6, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. mystyc

    honestly though america you really see sarah palin as the VP...... come on now.... maybe she has been there longer than abama but atleast he has the smarts... look at palin's track record when it comes to schooling........ i think america has spoken and if it wanted palin to be there sho wold have..... so suck it up and move on the way..... even though you are the president... becky , midwest... you stil have to listen to your advisors and maybe your lack of knowledge in the political arena has not thought you as yet that america is run by congress.... not necessarily the give the guy a chance and let him do what he has to do.... after all you give bush 8 years.... its only been hours for obama

    November 6, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Becky, Midwest November 6th, 2008 10:18 pm ET

    It's sad and sickening the way people, and by people, I mean men. Actually, I mean the boys club. Men absolutely can't stand strong, powerful women. It happened to Hillary. It's happening to Palin.

    Sarah Palin has more experience being IN CHARGE and actually getting things accomplished than Barrack Obama has! I will NEVER VOTE A MAN AGAIN! They're too stupid. His followers are stupid to fall for the media's push of the inexperienced Obama. What a waste. I see he's wasted no time changing his tune. Politics as usual.

    How ridiculously asinine to promote a two year, junior senator who showed no substance. Americans are a laughingstock. He can't change anything when he has to rely to Washington DC insiders, as he's already started to do.

    Becky, crazy, emotionally unstable loons like yourself are the reason most men will never consider voting for a woman. You are the laughing stock, because America has made their choice, the world has made it's choice, and we chose hope over fear, and competence over experience. Now get back to your trailer and make some more kids with Uncle Dad, you backwoods, latent racist.

    November 6, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. go away palin

    you were and are an arrogant and overconfident lady, madam governor. not sure how you can't prepare for a national interview and blame couric for asking questions you didn't know.. like which paper you read! you were successful in painting your image negative alright trying to waste money, energy, air time and our time claiming false things one after the other. republicans would do better by trying to get someone more in touch with the common person.

    November 6, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  7. Fritz

    Palin was put in a bad position – but then again she accepted this position which many many people wanted. I question whether she was running to better the country or running for her own personal quest for power.
    Palin was put under a lot of scrutiny throughout the process and was found wanting. She preached hate, made false accusations, and came off as a total moron on the times she spoke to the press. I do not respect her actions when she was given this wonderful opportunity. So many people could have done so much more.
    John McCain and his staff should have done a better job vetting this governor.

    November 6, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  8. Richie

    Someone should convince one of those hi-end stores to open up in Alaska so Palin doesn't drop down here in four years pestering us for fancy duds.

    November 6, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  9. Voter

    GOP's loss was NOT Palin's fault... it was whoever "vetted" her

    I don't even like Palin but this is not her fault

    Obama '09!

    November 6, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  10. Fritz

    Palin said I and millions like me are not "real americans" and suggested that we do not love our country. Why should I stand up for this evil person who preaches hate and divisiveness?

    November 6, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  11. Boomer

    Becky, put a sock in it.

    November 6, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  12. Peter (CA)

    Modicum of respect for Palin? Would have been easy if she had shown the same for her opponents. She was cast as the attack dog and relished the role. Sens. Obama and Biden stayed above the fray but how could their supporters do so while listening to the lies and distortions coming from her mouth at every stop. Let's not forget the hate she inspired at her rallies, leading to shouts of "Kill him".

    Politicians are where they are because they think differently and behave differently than most of us. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. However, the behavior of Sarah Palin for the last 2 months has been reprehensible. So, no surprise when even those in her campaign turn against her.

    November 6, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. karen canada

    Well Sarah, Welcome to Federal Politics... Still want it???? Stay home with your family and have a happy life.
    I am an Obama supporter and I believe that he would not approve of 95% of these comments. Rise above it all and don't be dragged down into this pit of recrimination. Focus on the economy it needs your help.

    November 6, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  14. Bob

    Just because a candidate receives the republican nomination, that does not mean he or she automatically receives the conservative base and republican vote in November, it has to be earned. Palin was actually a very wise choice for VP because she brought some conservative votes to McCain that he would have otherwise been unable to obtain. Ask your conservative friends and they will agree. McCain is a good man and would have made a great president. Unfortunately, he never found his base of support.

    November 6, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  15. ron

    at least they could get original... this one came out in 2001

    Why is it that the current Sarah Palin rumor about "africa is a country sounds so similar to the Bush quote
    "We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease." —President George W. Bush, at a news conference in Europe, June 14, 2001

    I think this one should go down as another dirty politics rumor...

    November 6, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  16. Sarah Palin

    Hi Y'ALL!I can see Alaska from my house. Thanks ya folksey Americans!

    November 6, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  17. Va Guy

    Can't blame Dems for this. Seems that SP is being thrown under the bus. City mouse trying to con the country mouse. Then placing blame.
    She fought with them and now they are blasting her.

    I wanted to give her a chance, now the infighting/backbiting is foolish

    November 6, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  18. Greg, Atlanta

    This is what happens when you sow have to reap it. The McCain/Palin campaign riled up a lot of negativity and now the snake is starting to swallow its own tail.

    I do wish the best for Gov. Palin...I am simply glad that she will not be in the White House to drag the entire country through more of her ethics violations, lies and inability to function on the national/international stage.

    November 6, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  19. David in KC

    Poor pitiful failin Palin runs headon into reality. Go back to your compound in the Arctic dear and we all just might forgive you.

    November 6, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  20. bob

    There is a lot of people that like Sarah Palin but what is mind numbing is that they don't realize how un-qualified she is, they just think she should run for President because they like her. I like Maxwell Smart but not enough to making daily decisions that would effect me and my family.

    November 6, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  21. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Palin should just stay in Alaska and read some magazines and take care of her family...

    November 6, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  22. Donkey Party

    Admit It Boys–You've All Got the Hots for her. November 6th, 2008 10:12 pm ET

    There doesn't seem to be any real reason to keep
    demeaning Sarah Palin—but yet it continues—-

    Reminds me of grammar school when the guys went
    around pulling girl's hair to show that they didn't like them—
    but underneath they were eating their hearts out because the
    girl would pay them no attention—

    Too bad boys–this dynamite woman is untouchable by you—and it kills you.

    Umm, yeah. We all got the hots for a 44 year old married mother of who actually knows how many kids. Fornicating with her would be like trying to push a hot dog down a hallway. Thanks, but no thanks. Plus, I prefer my women to have some smarts, and this woman is a dolt. Personaly, I'm sure she's a nice woman and would make for a pleasent neighbor, but to have her anywhere near the White House would be like praying for Armageddon.

    November 6, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  23. Letana

    It is very sad to hear bad things about Palin from Mc Cain camp ! The only person to blame is McCain & his camp ! McCain is a big gambler, he gambled and then he lost ! His Camp knew what they got into when they chose Palin.
    So guys.....wake up..... and admid that you had made a mistake ! Beat your chest 3 times and said "me cuppa", "me Cuppa". Don't blame anyone for your defeat !

    November 6, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  24. Kate

    That's the thing. I don't respect her. She's offensive to intelligent women. I think its sad that she's so shallow and so self absorbed. She's not intelligent because intelligence would require curiosity and I don't think she wants to know anything beyond Alaska. She can't even admit of anything hateful that's she done which shows she doesn't learn lessons or would grow as a person. She as deep as a rock.

    November 6, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  25. scott

    sarah who?????

    November 6, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
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