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. Nancy

    I am not a Palin fan either. But I think she is being blamed for McCain's and his staff's failures. He ran a horrible campaign. The woman is clueless and dangerous in any political office, but let her go home and leave her alone. She is finished on the national scene anyhow. I haven't seen any articles about McCain's failures and he had many!! Choosing her was one of his greatest failures, choosing to pander to the far right and go so negative was another.

    November 7, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  2. c2

    This is a perfect example of "send negative energy out, you get negative energy back ". Obama is the corolary.

    November 7, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  3. Jane


    It's like I tell my two-year old, "It's hard to go forward if you keep looking back."

    Let her go back to Alaska, let's get on with fixing the nation, and resist the temptation to indulge in the gossip. It's not accomplishing anything, and there's a lot to get accomplished.

    November 7, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  4. Walt, Belton,TX

    To Logical:

    If you've never been to Alaska, then you just can't compare. Having lived next to the DOW Chemical sewer (Delaware) for many years, it was refreshing to see the wonder of Alaska. Take your sewer and leave the pristine country of Alaska to folks who love and appreciate it!

    November 7, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  5. Lisa

    happy that Obama is the elect president. everybody knew she was not bright( except those who voted for her ) now they are playing the blaming game that's what Republicans are about anyways ... For all those who says that it will be end of the world,babies are going to die just grow up I live in one of the most conservative state and abvortion is very popular and the worst practiced by very conservative republicans very hypocrite...

    November 7, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  6. DannyCali

    She not campaign for McCain at all that's why their lost. I think she just
    campaign for her seft and she thought that if they get elect she going to take over because McCain too old and sick man. Do Not dream about 2012 yet nobody support you anyway Ms. Palin. Keep fight with your own problem first you still have alot problem to deal with.

    November 7, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  7. Montana Mama

    To win a NATIONAL election, you have to appeal to a majority...including Democrats, however moderate and/or liberal, you have to appeal to women and to minorities...Palin lost by a landslide to these groups...her "base" is caught up in some fantasy that we will all forget how ignorant and childish this creature is...

    November 7, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  8. Claire

    Please please stop bullying Sarah Palin.
    I think in the long run,.the Repulblcan party needed someone to give their campaign a boost. It wouldn't take very long after meeting Sarah to know she has charisma and draws people to her..and ultimately, she was used by the repullcans for that reason. Now , there is no end to the slander and bashing of Sarah Palin . Sarah is a very stong person to take the beating up she has been getting from all fronts.

    November 7, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  9. Betty, Virginia

    It is not mean spirited to point out what a Diva Palin is. It is not mean spirited to point out that Palin doesn't know Africa in a continent. It is not mean spirited to point out that Palin applied for the job of VP and doesn't know what a VP does. It is not mean spirited.... sound familar girlfriend?

    November 7, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  10. Another Becky

    You know, Becky from the Midwest, I find it amusing that you manage to disparage a significant portion of the population (and I mean Men) by stating, without having spoken to or having even a modicum of evidence, that all men voted against Hillary and the McCain/Palin ticket simply because of their position in the reproductive cycle. It can't possibly be because they felt that Hillary Clinton was playing far too fast and loose with the truth (and getting her covers yanked), and after having suffered through 8 years of same, believed that the nation and the world deserved better. It couldn't possibly be because many felt that McCain had a much larger role in the current financial crisis than befits a person who's trying to convince the electorate that he knew what he was doing.

    Of course, this is all guess work. At least I am honest enough to admit that it is.

    November 7, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  11. Betty, Virginia

    Do you really believe that the McCain campaign would have let Sarah talk to a world leader had they known about the call? Do you really think they would be stupid enough to fall for the prank? They wouldn't even let her talk to the press. I believe she is a mean power hungry ungrateful witch. She saw a sinking ship and was going all mavericky preparing for a possible future run. Haven't you ever learned to never bite the hand that feeds you?

    November 7, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  12. J.C.

    It is hard to believe that GOP's CPAC invited Palin for their 2009 conference, but not McCain. That move just tells me the direction GOP has decided to take for the future.

    November 7, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  13. California Obama supporter

    To Becky, Midwest:

    Your comments are insanely ridiculous! Let go of the bitterness and be a part of the CHANGE that America so desparately needs. But I guess with an attitude like yours, you will just stay stuck in the past!

    November 7, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  14. Lydia

    Palin lobbied for the job of VP. She was not plucked out of Alaska; she offered herself up to be plucked. What is so dangerous about Palin is not just her lack of basic intelligence evidenced by her "sentences to nowhere," but the fact that she doesn't even realize how stupid she is.

    Sarah Palin is a liar ; remember her telling Charlie Gibson she didn't hesitate for one minute when she was asked to be VP she immediately said "yes," while telling another reporter she had a family meeting and the decision was a family decision.

    Sarah Palin is unscrupulous, charging the government a per diem for days she was at home.

    Sarah Palin is unethical, attempting to use the clout of her office to get her former brother-in-law fired.

    Please don't make Sarah Palin out to be some patriotic person who loves her country and was willing to make sacrifices for the common good.

    She is all about shameless self-promotion.

    Thank God she and McCain lost. They were not good for America. They were/are too mean, too evil, and too devisive.

    November 7, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  15. GregGecko

    What I really don't understand now is the blind trust that people who supported her still have. It's one thing to support your candidate, and that's admirable. It's entirely another to discount all evidence to incompetence, lack of truthfulness and knowledge, and continue to support someone who, while they may be very nice and personable, is not fit for the job they were presented with.

    Further, if she runs for President in 2012, all of this will be remembered and brought up. Supporting Palin for the next 4 years will certainly mean 8 years of an Obama presidency.

    November 7, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  16. Hillary

    Pam from MI

    CNN's sources are McCain campaign aides. They have to call their sources anonymous because that was the agreement. However, they know who these people are or they wouldn't report these stories. Also, how would the Obama's know what went on inside the McCain-Palin camp? Weren't they busy winning an election when all of this was going on?

    November 7, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  17. Liisa

    Thank you America. You have made the right choice. It has shown the progress you as a country have made. All other countries need to learn from you.

    November 7, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  18. Tina - Houston, TX

    Anyone who is a true Obama supporter (in my opinion) will see this as wrong. I voted for Obama, was involved in "getting out the vote" for him and truly believe in him as our leader.

    But, I believe the attacks on Sarah Palin are just as wrong as the attacks on Barack Obama. Maybe she was doing what the McCain camp told her to, maybe not. Too many people have their version of the story. Either way. Wrong is wrong.

    I see "invisible" people making comments to help themselves. This is not helping anyone, especially the Republican party. If it was wrong to attack Barack, then, it is wrong to blame/attack Sarah Palin. Morals??!! You have to be the change you want to see and show leadership even in the face of stupidity.

    Shame on the people that live by hypocrisy instead of REAL democracy.

    November 7, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  19. Matt

    Oh.. and BTW, to all of you who hate on Palin because she is a hunter. You need to move to alaska. Just for a moment. We wont bite. However you may find yourself in a real pinch when you see the gas prices, the oil prices, the food prices, ... everything costs more up here. Many Many Many... MOST people up here hunt and fish for a living. As a substinance for their family. Its a way of life up here. Dont hate people because they are different from you or have different views. I dont hate you because you voted for Obama. Or because your a vegetarian or animal rights activist. Its your choice not to eat meat or not kill animals. I dont hate you and will not share my Deer tenderloin that im cooking on the grill right now. It will be tasty. It is food. I live in alaska. It is snowing. It is cold. I LOVE alaska. LOL.. the reason most people are up is to get away from other people telling us what to do, forcing their beliefs on others..... Remember this, Alaska will continue to grow and prosper. There is no recesion in alaska, even though things up here cost a lot more. I wonder if good ol Sarah has anything to do with that. Good luck to you all.

    November 7, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  20. Parker Hutchinson

    Second-to-last sentence has no verb.

    November 7, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  21. edd

    Some may or may not like her, but it's over now and the best thing would be for her to simply go away.

    November 7, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  22. Former Republican in TX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Oh please– this woman was out just for herself from the get-go.

    Republicans should be ashamed that she was ever representing their party in the first place. She did the party NO favors.

    Don't be surprised if she forces Ted Stevens to resign as Alaska Senator and then appoints herself (or God forbid, her "first dude" husband") to the Senator's position. That way she can keep her name in the public and milk the taxpayers for some more money.

    November 7, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  23. Democrat For Palin

    I've been a Democrat all of my life, and I voted for Sarah Palin. Not John McCain, [i]Sarah Palin[/i]. It was the first time I have ever voted for a Republican. When it comes to voting for presidential candidates, it always comes down to the lessor of two evils. [i]Always.[/i] And Sarah Palin is the lesser of the [i]four[/i] evils this time around.

    November 7, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  24. Aaron

    Actually, Hillary is a great example of a powerful (and intelligent) woman in politics. Sarah Palin, on the other hand, has shown many times that her knowlege of world politics (and the world around her in general) is lacking.

    We're not attacking her for being a woman, we're attacking her for being so close to the highest office without being qualified. She should have recognized her inability to lead the country effectively and stepped aside for a more-qualified individual instead of ignorantly claiming she had the experience and foreign affairs knowlege needed. She wasn't humble at all.

    November 7, 2008 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  25. Aaron

    That comment was directed at "Becky" who thinks all men are sexist and that Palin didn't deserve the high scrutiny she recieved.

    November 7, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
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