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. Paul

    I'll bet Sarah knows how to spell "surprise", "campaign", and "God" (Elliana).

    Hate, bigotry, and negativity are trademarks of the left. Anyone who actually listened to Palin (and not the rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth lefty echo chambers like MoveOn, DailyKos, etc., where you'll find the *real* nastiness) wouldn't make such a patently ridiculous comment.

    November 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. Cathy

    I don't believe these insipid attacks for a minute. Sarah Palin didn't get where she is by being stupid. Any news outlet can edit an interview to make the guest look any way they like. Can't you just hear an edited interview with Obama with endless uh,uh,uh.
    So – she's not a lawyer and hallelujah for that. . .she's got more common sense and understand America better than any inside the beltway politician.
    Governor Palin is the ONLY reason I was able to vote for John McCain. I hope to support HER in a national election in the future.

    November 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. Eugene

    Let's be nice to Sarah. Yeah, she wasn't real nice to Barack and Joe, but why return fire with fire. If she runs in 2012, great!

    November 6, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. Donna

    She'll develop a "bullet proof resume?" Come on–it's too late. She's already been shown to have abused her power by appointing unqualified friends to positions of power (the solo practioner who was made attorney general, the friend put in charge of agriculture who "loved cows"). She was shown to be fiscally incompetent by her actions at Wasilla. She now has been discovered to have played fast and loose with the bids for the phantom pipeline. She is completely incompetent and you can't erase her performance.

    November 6, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Art Michaelson

    Thank God I will not have the hear that shrill ranting, lieing voice anymore

    November 6, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Brit in Japan

    Is this really still an issue? Sarah Palin strikes me as such a lightweight, more of an annoyance factor for Democrats than a prospective leader of the GOP. Now that the damage has already been done and she has lost, it will be almost impossible for her to recover her credibility. Just ask Dan Quayle. I think a more moderate and cerebral leader like Charles Crist, Jr., has more of a future in US national politics.

    November 6, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |

    Palin does not have my permission to represent my country with foreign leaders! She only has authority to govern Alaska. PALIN DOES NOT HAVE PERMISSION FROM THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE U.S. WITH ANY FOREIGN LEADERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PALIN STAY IN ALASKA!!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Tiff of lithia springs

    Jack Clack,


    November 6, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Dorothy McKain

    Hi Larry,I feel absolutyy NO pity for Govenor Palin. I watched her attacked Presedent elect OBama's character every day. It Seems that she forgot that what goes around comes around.

    November 6, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. sabs

    I am an Obama supporter,.I don't think McCain lost because of Palin, I think it added to the reasons of him being not elected, but it wasn't the main reason. As for Palin, I think people should give her a break, maybe she's not so smart, but who cares, she lost , the better party won, and that's what matters.

    November 6, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  11. vespucci

    An unprepared candidate, poorly vetted, and incompetently introduced to the world in the most closely watched political contest in our lifetimes! I am glad McCain and Palin lost, and sincerely hope that Palin's brand of conservatism stays in Alaska. I do think that Palin was thrown onto the stage too quickly, asked to perform, and then thrown under the bus when her act didn't bring in the required voters. Perhaps Sarah Palin has learned her lesson and will confine herself to Alaska. My greatest fear is that the ultra-right portion of the Republican Party will encourage her to run for national office again, and we will ALL have to be PALINIZED again.

    November 6, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Where are the clothes?

    When are the homeless ladies getting those clothes? Did we get back little whoo-zit's dress? How about first dude's duds?

    November 6, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. nerakami

    wow... this sure would've been some kind of Presidency... America, you done good this time.... I shiver to think what could have been....

    November 6, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. November Surprise

    This election is so negative...don't they know they can stop their campaigning?

    November 6, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. a concerned citizen

    This is a completely unprofessional display by these "aides." These people deserve to be blacklisted. As a campaign worker, you stick by your candidate, win or lose, and you always show a strong and united public front. The fact that they are attacking one half of their ticket shows that they lack loyalty, good judgment, and any semblance of basic moral character. The aides who are attacking Sarah Palin are concerned solely with their own interests. These accusations are ridiculous and unfounded anyways. There is no evidence to support them, and the people who are propagating these baseless rumors refuse even to give their names. One would be foolish to believe these claims without a shred of evidence. It has been obvious though, in the past several months, that Americans are more than willing to accept what they are spoon fed through news-media and entertainment sources.

    November 6, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. rich

    No fan of Sarah Palins divisive politics, but the bottom line is this: John McCain picked her, and no one can argue that she did not work her heart out for the Republican ticket. Without her, McCain was dead man walking. It's a shame they have decided to throw her under the bus and run her over and over trying to blame them for their loss.

    November 6, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. Art Michaelson

    She is going to appoint herself Alaska's Jr. Senator after Stevens goes to jail and vacates his seat. We haven't heard the end from this SHRILL BANCHEE

    November 6, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. Skunk Meat Anyone?

    Why haven't her Mavericky friend McGimmick come to her defense?

    November 6, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  19. McChange In Alobama

    Let IT GO!!

    November 6, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. Seblé

    It was big mistake for Macain the maveric to pic Sara as his vp other than that Macain is very much negative against his opponent he wasnit Learn from Hilary negative campain his campaing wz so much negative way costing his bid

    November 6, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |

    Palin, you were used. You are never going to be president. Take care of your kids!

    November 6, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. nerakami

    for those who are ripping the media for reporting these issues... besides it being their job, it is also critical for us to realize the behavior and attitudes of some of these people... we may very well see them come around again in four years...

    ignorance is not bliss

    November 6, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. Sharon

    Sarah Palin is getting "just revenge" for what she has done so many times in Alaska to others up there. Tell her to accept the criticism, she wasn't prepared. Yes, she hired a strategist to help her campaign for and get asked to be Vice President. he thought she was ready but she wasn't.

    National political stage is not Alaska political stage. You can not pretend and bluff your way through on the issues.

    Sarah Palin is polarizing figure. And she started going against McCain Campaign two+ weeks ago. Her whole political history in Alaska reveals exactly what we are seeing today. She attacks her allies when she sees it is to her benefit. This time she is the receiver of the criticism. Nice to see her get a taste of what she has done all along to others .

    November 6, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Andrew

    I work in an educated office environment and I can tell you the republicans I work with did not vote for McCain just because of Palin. She only appeals to lowly educated whites. You cannot win a general election with that and the republicans know it this would be the reason they are going after her right now.

    November 6, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. anuskita

    What are you Republicans kvetching about? You picked her. You tried to sell her to us as the best, the most qualified, the mother of all candidates. You even had the gall to introduce her as if she was a mixture of Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher and Hillary Clinton put together. If the turned to be just Tina Fey, whose fault is it?

    November 6, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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