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)


    November 6, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. republican voting for obama

    stop talking palin. you are making it more worse for your self.

    you are a total disgrace.
    you can't even run your family, let alone alaska.

    you should resign your post and stay home with your son and daughter.

    your intelligence level is worse than my 5 old year boy.

    November 6, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Eltonjames, Oxon Hill, MD

    You people!!!!! You are so full of hate. You are adding an insult to injury. Why can’t you put your shoes in hers. The poor woman was offered to run as a VP and with all honesty not prepared. She even forgot to bring her clothes all along. Just like you when you were cramming for the examination. Blame it to McShame and his campaign engineers for getting this poor woman as VP

    November 6, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Truth Hurts

    I heard Bill Maher is going to be Drug Czar for the new Obama Administration!

    November 6, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. End Of An Error

    And I Can See Russia From My House!

    To think that the GOP hoped to have her a heartbeat away from the presidency?

    Country first, indeed.

    November 6, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. LineMountain

    Why wont they give the names of the people saying these things? Why dont thye put them on TV ? I think these are lies or else these are cowards.

    November 6, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. carol

    We all knew she wasn't qualified from day one, it showed more and more as time went on.
    McCain trying to convince himself after trying to convince us that he knew so much about her and how she was READY.....we all knew that was far from true.
    You would have thought thoughif he was COUNTRY FIRST he would have known better than to willingly let me woman become maybe President if anything happened to him.
    It just showed again his lack of judgement and that he was more interested in winning for himself than for the good of the country.

    November 6, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Admit It Boys--You've All Got the Hots for her.

    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.

    November 6, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Drey

    She doesn't matter: focus on the now. Barack Obama.

    November 6, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. michael

    Oh God, her come the PUMAS again crying foul cause the woman running for the vp slot, a person who can not name the countries in NAFTA or does not know Africa is a country is being sacked by the press. Hey goofballs, Its the republicans doing it to each other. Please stop blaming the press. Face it, Palin was a bad choice and the person who states Alaska is 225 times bigger than Delaware, are you actually comparing Palin experience to Biden's? Please stop. You are making yourself look foolish.

    Palin 2044(after I'm dead)

    November 6, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Ed

    John McCain should have run his campaign in the same manner as he gave his concession speech, instead of coming across as arrogant, angry, and promoting fear.

    November 6, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. AnxD

    Palin is a failure of a human and is not qualified to be running any area of jurisdiction. She should be more concerned with the allegations of embezzling, abuse of government power, and etc. What a disgusting creature.

    November 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. Bridget

    Please tell me Palin's fifteen minutes is almost up.

    November 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  14. Jim Jam

    Ms Palin is, IMO, going on the junk heap of history. A small and useless foot note to bigotry and the politics of fear gone where they finally deserve, back to the snow and ice of Alaska, hopefully, forever. She's done, get use to it. Dems only hope and prey she heads the Rub ticket in 2012

    November 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. Farhana from ATL

    I find it ridiculous that all the while during the election campaign, these same people bashed the media for attacking Palin, and how they are reducing her into a political pinata! I wish they had the guts to speak the truth while it was still important for the American people to know. I wish they would stop acting like a bunch of least have the integrity to come out of the closet if you have something to say!

    November 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. Deb

    I never was and never will be a fan of Sarah Palin's however she is being used as a scapegoat by the McCain campaign. He picked her as his VP for the wrong reasons and tried to control her. He basically used her, so whatever she did to get back at him and save her own political future, kudos to her. McCain lost this race, she helped, but ultimately it was his campaign. And this woman, love or hate her, really was a pitbull with lipstick!!

    November 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. db

    Another sad footnote to a VERY poorly run campaign.
    I'm sure the die-hard Sarah fans hearts are bleeding for her, and I don't feel the need to be mean- because the best man won.
    Bottom line: she wanted to play in the big leages, and this is what happens when you have such a lust for power- that you are willing to join forces with the likes of Karl Rove.

    America chose hope over fear; unity over divisiveness, and

    The people spoke loud and clear, and THANK YOU all who voted OBAMA/ BIDEN!!

    November 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. logical

    To Jack Clack:

    Alaska may be bigger in area than Delaware, but Delaware has 20% bigger population!!! Last time I checked, you don't govern tundra – you govern people.

    Developing a "bullet-proof resume"??

    Shaking hands with world leaders does not a leader make – deep thinking, a grasp of issues etc does!

    4 years from now, she will try to start undoing all of the good that Obama will have done with the country and with briinging people together.

    Thanks but no thanks.

    November 6, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  19. michael

    Palin was the main reason McCain lost. Honestly who voted for him because of Palin that was not going to vote against Obama anyway?

    November 6, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. Michael watching from Canada

    She should have never been selected as VP. She was too green for Washington. She was thrust into the spotlight.....very little time to prepare for prime time. Although she is naive in many ways, McCain used poor judgment in selecting her.

    November 6, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. David

    I have little sympathy for this woman. She actually believed her own hype, that she was skilled enough and bright enough to be Vice-President. Honey, if you dive into the pool you can't complain that the water is cold.

    November 6, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  22. activistmom

    O god. Can we PLEASE stop talking about that shrew?

    We have a government to rebuild, 2 wars to end and an economy to try to right.

    I agree with MF-I dont have to see her or hear her awful voice again. Dont make me

    November 6, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. Yeswedid

    Who cares. It's over now and we never have to hear from this lady again! (At least for the next four years).

    November 6, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  24. logical

    Can people please stop quoting "the most popular governor" statistic.

    Have you seen the latest stats?

    Obviously, when the McCain camp was getting ready to propose Palin, they manoeveured some survey-majic that they could then use in their "back story" about Palin.

    Smoke and mirrors.

    November 6, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  25. Jim D

    The only people that hate Palin are the liberal media working their magic to keep her from running again, and the brainwashed glazed over the eyes while smiling Obama supporters (yes, I watched his acceptance speech -yes you can! -let's hear it again, and again, and again, please). What next Obama supporters, branding your foreheads?

    When the United States goes into hyperinflation mode under his presidency, I wonder what his supporters will think when everyone is starving?

    November 6, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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