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. Olivia

    For all of you that posted really nasty opinions of Palin on this site, based only on what some McCain campaign staff said......I think you should know that more info is coming to light and it seems that not all we've been hearing is true.
    The only real truth is that certain people is trying to make sure she is ruined enough not to be able to be a contender in 2012 or beyond. I've already heard 2 names...1 male, 1 female....who doesn't want her around in 2012. True? Who knows.

    Sarah Palin is a natural and is good for this country.
    She is a strong energetic woman who is not sitting on the sidelines as many of us are. She's involved, smart, strong, and beautiful.
    So.....I say take all the unfair critics who won't let her be even after the election is past.

    November 6, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. lisa ohio

    I truly believe Palin was not a pick by Mccain, I believe his advisors selected her, trying to use her after Obama picked Biden over Clinton for his V.P., Hoping that he would get all the Clinton votes. She is know where near the level of Clinton. Now that they are finished with her, they are going to toss her out like trash, knowing she was not ready to be a Vice President.

    November 6, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. lady phil

    My mom's name is Sarah ..what did she do to all the Sarahs of the world?. Abrahams Sarah meant laughter. i would like to think laughter in the lighter side. God Bless her and the baby. He needs her more than the country does..

    November 6, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. vtrah

    The country has moved on with the selection of Obama. Now let's move on past Sarah Palin. No good, only harm, can come from people sniping back and forth at each other when we have just elected a person to bring us together. There are big problems that man faces, and we face together. Don't make the job harder than it will be anyway. Move on past this!

    November 6, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  5. Maggie in SC

    Gov. S Palin. I am so very proud ot you. I admire you so so much. You speak your mind, you are against the same things I am and you are for all the good things that have made our country great but is fading fast. You need to continue going full steam ahead. Learn all you can ,to be presidenht and when that time comes for you to go for the highest position I will vote for you and do what ever I can to help you. I have already let my family and friends know that you are a breath of fresh air for this country and if more people would stand tall and for what is right our coun try would not be in the condition it is in now. Go get them Gov, Sarah Palin and I just love your family. Piper is a politian already. She is another Sarah.

    November 6, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. Barbara CA

    Although that verse about "reaping and sowing" is the first thought that comes to mind about this sticky situation, the thought coming in a close second is about the large number of republicans that end up used, abused then "thrown under the bus" every year.

    November 6, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. John in Boston

    Someone made an interesting comment here about Palin being the wrong pick because she didn't appeal to independents. Yet there's another story on CNN that says the turnout for this election was, surprisingly, only about the same number as in 2004. The only difference – this time more Democrats turned out to vote than Republicans. Despite Palin's flaws, I can't help thinking that a McCain/Lieberman or McCain/Ridge ticket would have put everyone to sleep and would have had trouble attracting anyone under 65 years of age to rallies. At the very least she gave the ticket some energy. These attacks on her now are petty.

    November 6, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. Art Michaelson

    It may be bigger than Delaware but has only 600,000 population less than Columbus, Ohio. She also practices SPREADING the WEAlth. Every child, man, and women gets a check for about $2000 each ear as a share of the oil wealth. So who is practicing SOCIALISM. Come on SARAH get real and tell the truth for once in your life

    November 6, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. 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 she turned to be just Tina Fey, whose fault is it?

    November 6, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Judy from PA

    I tried to submit one ealier but CNN wouldn't allow it because I criticized the media. What I said was, leave Palin alone. Go cover your Messiah Obama. You scrutinized Palin since she was put on the ticket. We couldn't find anything out about Resko, Ayers, or Wright, but we sure heard enough about Sarah's clothes and troopergate. Do you understand that there are people out there who don't do their research, don't look at the issues, they just beleive the media. And the media had annointed Obama about 18 months ago. You all should be ashamed of yourselves.

    As for Oprah wanting Palin on her show, I have some choice words I cannot write here. Apparently skin color is more imporatant than anything to Oprah.

    November 6, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. Art Michaelson

    It may be bigger than Delaware but has only 600,000 population less than Columbus, Ohio. She also practices SPREADING the WEAlth. Every child, man, and women gets a check for about $2000 each year as a share of the oil wealth. So who is practicing SOCIALISM. Come on SARAH get real and tell the truth for once in your life

    November 6, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  12. David

    Obama will be the GREATEST PRESIDENT yet!

    November 6, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. Why is the Spotlight Still on Sarah Palin?

    This is amazing-Sarah is back in Alaska as the Governor with the highest approval rating in the U.S. and the bashing continues-

    The election is over boys-get on with your miserable little lives-I can only surmise that all of these bashers, including Keith Olbermann, have always had the hots for her and only bashed her so they could hide that fact-

    Pathetic little people you are.

    November 6, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. Treat her Equal

    Campbell Brown tries to hide her envy behind her creepy smile, but all she has for Palin is hate in her mind.

    Just for a moment, think of Palin as an American, not as a rural American whom elistist find difficult to mingle with in afternoon parties and cocktail dinners.

    Palin has shown courage despite odds.
    It is not Palin but Bush and current economic turmoil that were the reason for McCain-Palin loss.

    November 6, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. Wendy

    I think we are a little angry still that Palin was allowed to get away with her daily smears designed to scare people into not voting for Obama because he was "not like us". Her daily harping on this subject has resulted in normal every day people who believed this and then voted for her ticket and are now going around saying "now the world is going to end". I am not kidding! I have heard people at work, at the dentist and in the store talking about how horrible life is going to be under Obama. Why was it necessary to divide the country so bitterly in order to win an election? The wounds on both sides may take a while to heal. Meanwhile, I find it a little comforting to have it confirmed that we were right all along. She really is a Whack Job!

    November 6, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. Dr. Roy

    The problem was in the McCain camp. They ran the show. When you look back, you'll see that the McCain camp overbooked her right before the Couric interview BECAUSE she was starting to upstage McCain.

    She has been tested by the national media fire. She should now focus on getting re-elected, then making a run in 2016. Historically, when the losing President or VP candidate runs 4 years later, they lose. When they wait for 8 years, they win.

    Of course, if Stevens resigns from the Senate, she could appoint herself to serve out his remaining term. That could then jab at some of the very people jabbing at her.

    It was not Palin – it was McCain's camp that tried to put her "in her place."

    November 6, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. Sarah Smith

    yep! I've learned to copy my comments

    because CNN deletes them...

    THIS IS an experiement of morons..

    and it failed!

    bring on the UFOs and the EXTRATERRESTIAL INTELLIGENCE !!!

    since this coment ALSO will be deleted

    I've copied it to post later elsewhere CNN BLAT

    November 6, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Tbone

    Big whoop on Alaska's size. Delaware's population is more than 25% larger. She doesn't own the land, she governs the people. The mayor of Columbus, Ohio governs more people than the Sara Palin does.

    November 6, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |





    Y A W N!

    November 6, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Sarah Palin

    Please, Please, Please!

    Just fade into the Alaskan twilight and get back to your day job.

    And locate your kids and start taking care of your baby. Don't saddle your older kids with your BIG GENETIC MISTAKE of having a child way way way too late in life.

    November 6, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. Katie

    No one should brag about being a first time voter unless they are a new citizen or under 20 yrs old. If you're 34 and a first time voter you make me really disappointed because you didn't care to get involved in YOUR DEMOCRACY to begin with. Think about how many people in the world don't get that opportunity...

    Sarah Palin scares the living daylights out of me in so many ways – but mostly she makes me sad that beauty on a woman beats brains and know-how. McCain had soo many choices and he picked her because she's religious and hot – he could have had Kay Bailey Hutchinson but he picked her Caribou Barbie.

    November 6, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. Sarah Smith

    SHE is

    NO DIAMOND in the rough

    she's a

    DEMENT in the rough !!!

    post this CNN !!! I DARE you

    November 6, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. John S.

    I may not liked Sarah Palin because I thought deep inside this woman was not qualified for the job of Vice President or even President if the possibility arrived. She was way beyond her league in National Politics. I stated that many times over the last few weeks. She accepted the offer because she thought it would further her political career. No one can really blame her for that because most people would do the same. I supported Barrack Obama like many others even tho I am not an American. That being said, I am totally disgusted with these people who picked this woman to be John McCain's running mate. They are now turning on her like wolves at a kill trying to save their own hides when in fact they are the ones totally responsible for what has happened, not Sarah Palin. The Republican Party lost. Okay, then let it go. No need to blame someone who had by far, the least to do with this lose. The race was lost because McCain picked an unknown who was under-qualified because his team told him she was okay. So who really is to blame here? McCain himself and his team. Leave Sarah Palin alone to lick her wounds. How cowardly these people have become to blame her for this lose. Shame on McCain for not coming to her rescue and standing beside his running mate. Come on John, be a man and do the right thing.

    November 6, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. Frank A. Magnani

    Of course McCain aides are blaming Palin for the loss Tuesday night, but they should look closely into the mirror at themselves. The strategy of bashing Senator Obama was incorrect. The failure of not properly briefing Governor Palin for press interviews, public meetings, and debates can squarely fall on the McCain aides. The failure of launching an appropriate response to the Democrats in the media, print and TV was a serious miscalculation. So, when you begin the blame game, you have only yourself to blame for first picking her, not preparing her, and not doing enough due diligence on the Govenor. She has 8 weeks to prepare, the McCain aides has four years to prepare. So, who is to blame?

    November 6, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. Charlie Bradley

    The woman who spread her fear-mongering message of hatred and divisiveness seems to be reaping what she sews. Grow a pair Palin and learn some things so that you don't make yourself the further laughingstock of the world !!!

    November 6, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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