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. thomas

    Obviously John McCain failed to put country first. Knowing what he knew about Sarah Palin, it was a little more than irresponsible to name her and run her as his vice-presidential candidate. With the fate of a nation in balance, this was a totally reckless and inexcusable act. John McCain should resign his senate seat in disrepute.

    November 7, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  2. Tom

    You sound like that whacked out EMO kid saying "LEAVE BRITTNEY ALOOONE"

    rich November 6th, 2008 9:27 pm ET

    Leave Sarah Palin alone. The GOP used her and she used them to get whatever she wanted included a brand new wardrobe for her family, plus international name recognization (for bad or for worse). She is back in Alaska. As far as I am concerned, that's all that matters. John McCain picked her for VP like a man picking up a woman on a one night stand, and we all know how that turned out. So people, move on. The election is over.

    November 7, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. Charlie Bradley

    People are saying that Palin energized the that code for Palin is a pyramid scheme for the party.... only those at the bottom are the ones who really count while the others are left out in the cold?

    November 7, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  4. Bill, ca

    More experience then Obama , what a bull !

    November 7, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. Dollar Bill

    I have no sympathy for Gov Palin, soon after she got on the ticket she started bad mouthing Sen Obama. Her nasty campaigns sounded more like klan rallies. No I have no sympathy for her, she brought this on herself.

    November 7, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  6. Robert Cannon

    I think we should hear it all. Palin caused me to give contributions to the Obama campaign and to work for them. Palin did more to help us Democrats than John Mc Cain. I hope the Republicans keep her front and center. She energizes.... the Democrats base.
    "In what way.... Charleeeee?"

    November 7, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  7. Obama 08 :)

    They are all getting what they deserve. The campaign was built on lies and deceit from the beginning. And, some of you are right...John McCain should have known better. He was thinking with the wrong head.

    November 7, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. Pat from Canada

    PS: I like Palin, but I think that McCain campaign did her a dis-service by throwing her in prime-time a minute before she was ready or even inclined to doing so. They should have thoroughly vetted her instead of making a pick to "win" an election. McCain lost because he did a bad job selecting, managing and directing his campaign staff and message. He lost the election, Obama won it fair and square. I for one am glad that the country did not elect a person who couldn't manage such a relatively small span of people in his campaign because that is a pre-cursor to what you would see in the country. Disaster! I wouldn't hire a CEO who performed this badly to head my project muchless for the most powerful nation in the world. So, McCain supporters get over it and learn from your mistakes.

    November 7, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  9. Charlie Bradley

    She has her own camp now??!!! …uh oh

    I can only hope its at Crystal Lake 😛

    November 7, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  10. VETS4Obama

    How dare the Repugnantcans think that all they have to do is put some "eye candy" on a ticket and they will get all the women's votes! If that alone does not show you what that party is all about you are about as smart as Sarah Palin! It is so nice to see most women and especially the intelligent and informed ones reject this hate spewing pig in lipstick!

    November 7, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  11. Butch Dillon

    And she's the future of the Republican party?????

    November 7, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  12. Voted for OBAMA in Louisiana

    Boo CNN on anything resembling Palin! Let her go back to governing Alaska. She's old news – and I'm actually starting to feel sorry for her – no wait she's probably enjoying it. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity...

    November 7, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  13. Tim

    These rumors are obviously true. I hope she's at home crying, this hate spreading barbie deserves much more.

    November 7, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  14. don

    To even think that the Obama camp is leaking these stories is an absolute joke, the Obama camp could probably care less now. Palin should have been smart enough to see this little game from the start, afterall, isn't that what the Republicans are masters of? Not smart on her part, on the Repubs part, and the biggest game player was John McSame who has now gone down in flames.

    November 7, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  15. Jack Jodell

    This idiot has a college degree and doesn't even know if Africa is a country or a continent? She doesn't know which nations are signers of the NAFTA agreement? And she thinks she's qualified to be VP or President? Get the straitjacket and padded cell ready, folks-this one is truly insane!

    November 7, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  16. Bob

    Sarah qoute facts which have been proven untrue....and you can't spell......but you have the nerve to call other people stupid?

    November 7, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  17. jaratenG


    November 7, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  18. janine

    Will people stop blaming the liberal media? Accusations have been aired by Fox News also. Is that liberal media? I can see some Republicans haven't learned their lesson yet. Stop blaming everyone else.

    November 7, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  19. Jim Hill

    Don't take this the wrong way: I have -1000 use for Sarah Palin.

    BUT: We are seeing a form of backbiting here that usually occurs in private. Staffers who were frustrated by losing, and who may blame Sarah Palin for the loss, are spreading rumors about her. Those rumors may be true – and we on the left are very receptive to them.

    Then again, they may be lies. These rumors are being spread by people who have been habitually and professionally lying for at least the last year, if not most of their lives.

    I'd say we let them squabble it out, and we get on with the job of trying to steer the Obama administration in the right direction.

    November 7, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  20. Jaberwokie

    sitting here yillions of miles away from the USA i am happy to feel comfortable that we will see no more of the woman who came from nowhere and will return to nowhere.
    Stupidity is a praisworthy word I would not use for Palin.
    She has about as much intellect as a dead born newt in a pond.
    I would think that she faces a lot of trouble in the future in Alaska.
    What amazed me even more are the idiots and fool who thinks she is still someone great.

    November 7, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  21. Charlie Bradley


    Heartfelt commitment to patriotism??? This banshee is a TERRORIST who chose time and time again in her "speeches" to call President Obama a terrorist, socialist, and other derogatory names. How in the name of Holy Hanna Marie Louise Jones is that PATRIOTISM? This woman has NO loyalties to ANYONE except herself and her husband and the members of the AIP.

    She's not fit to lead the drunks to their cars/cabs after last call at any nightclub in America, let alone lead the country!!!

    November 7, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  22. Harry, IL

    CNN, you shoudl talk about Obama. You have no right to talk about Sara Palin. Fill your pages at ticker box with Obama. CNN does nto desreve to come to Sara Palin'e level. You remain with Obama. That is it.

    November 7, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  23. Mark Kahle

    Where are all the clothes, its time to give those Back Ms Palin, all of them, including those you bought for your husband, and children!!

    Time to do what you said you would do, and donate them...

    the press better be on top of this one, I have a feeling the taxpayers just bought her , her husband, and her children a new wardrobe!!!

    November 7, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  24. sara, mesa, az

    Guys and Gals:

    Sarah Palin doesn't deserve your pity - afterall, she wasn't in this race "for naught" - nope, she was in it for everything she could get: clothes, jewelry, attention, national media spotlight.

    She didn't care if she lied or took advantage of someone else's money - she didn't care if she was divisive and negative - she didn't care if she incited the crazy fringe and put Obama's life at risk.

    You betcha - this woman plays by her own narcissistic, sociopathic, self-serving, ambitious rules. In fact, she's probably so sociopathic that none of this criticism even fazes her - it just keeps the focus on her and she's loving it.

    Frankly, she belongs in lawless Alaska where lack of ethics doesn't seem to be a problem and electing felons is ok.

    November 7, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  25. Jon

    Does anyone actually believe this crap about her?? Is anyone that hateful?

    November 7, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
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