November 25th, 2008
02:54 PM ET
9 years ago

McCain says Palin has a 'very bright future' as a GOP leader

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain confirmed Tuesday he’s planning to run for a fifth Senate term in 2010."](CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate John McCain denied Tuesday that political considerations - a desire to appeal to Clinton supporters - played a role in his selection of running mate Sarah Palin, calling her “an energizing factor” and telling reporters the Alaska governor has a “very bright future in a leadership position in the Republican Party.”

"She did a great job of energizing our base. I'm very proud of her,” he said at a press conference in Phoenix, his first since losing to Barack Obama three weeks ago. “It's one of the great pleasures I've had to get to know her and her family, and I think she has a very bright future in a leadership position in the Republican Party.

"....I knew that she would be an energizing factor, because she energized me," he added. "Our base, and most Americans, viewed Governor Palin as a breath of fresh air."

Taking a look back at the presidential contest, he said his campaign was dealt a fatal blow when public focus shifted from foreign policy to the faltering economy. “The American people - and I respect that decision, I don’t in any way criticize it – [decided] that the economy was of vital importance. And it is,” he said.

He also told reporters: “We worked hard, and we inspired a lot of people, Sarah Palin and I. I think we look back with pride."

The Arizona senator said that he’s planning to run for re-election in two years, and that an official announcement would come “at an appropriate time.” He praised the president-elect for his cabinet picks so far, especially his reported selection of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano – long mentioned as a likely 2010 Senate rival - as Secretary of Homeland Security.

Multiple sources have told CNN that Napolitano is Obama’s top choice for that post.

"I have already talked with her, and look forward to moving her nomination as quickly as possible through the United States Senate," said McCain. He said he is also planning trips in the near future to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Even with his stiffest competition is reportedly taking a pass, McCain’s home state has been trending blue - he beat Barack Obama by just 9 points - and the four-term senator told reporters Tuesday he’s expecting a “tough race.”

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soundoff (801 Responses)
  1. Irene

    Wow, he just cannot admit what a horrible mistake he made! For once couldn't McCain just be honest.

    November 25, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. diane08

    I never would have thought to put the words "bright" and "Sarah Palin" in the same sentence.

    November 25, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. B.Vic

    This lady has no chance in hell of becoming a leader of any nation except where the majority of the people are brain-damaged Zombies.


    November 25, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |


    We Pray Sarah wins the Rep Nomination so Dems can whip her behind again.

    Bring it On.

    November 25, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Texas Teacher

    After reading all the other comments... I must say that I can't stop laughing long enough to spit up in my mouth!!! *LOL* Or I probably would join the rest of you in that activity!

    Poor, poor Sarah! Little miss barbie girl.... all dressed up to be a politician!

    November 25, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. Craig

    I'm sorry, but what??? Sarah Palin a breath of fresh air? I don't think so. She certainly is not qualified to hold any political position. She's pretty good at dancing around a question and never answering it ,and that's about it. And I certainly don't trust someone who takes money to be used to build a bridge and then uses it to build a library. Whether she was republican or democrat, I don't want her holding any position in the government!

    November 25, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. mike

    What a liar. His Sarah Palin choice was so obviously based on a cheap demographic gimmick. If he really considered country first he would have made a much more thought out and responsible choice. And if he honestly thought she deserved to be at that level of government than that proves that Mcain's judgement is ridiculous.. Thanks but no thanks, we've had a ridiculous president for long enough.

    November 25, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Phil in Ca

    John she's a idiot and so are you for picking her. But thanks America is greatful.

    November 25, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Obama08 but...


    Why John, why? We're not ready for beauty queen meets red neck meets over-achiever psychopath for a leader. She's not going to stop until she's queen of all of North America.

    I will respect John McCain when he admits he "screwed up" by "choosing" her just like he admitted to Dave Letterman he "screwed up" by standing him up. Come on John, give the Republicans a "get out of jail free" card.

    November 25, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. FL for Obama

    OMG...I had just a bad day today that this funny joke really made my day!!

    November 25, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. cobra

    The reason you left wing idiots are trashing Sarah Palin is for two reasons, one she is very smart and intelligent, don't know if you know what that means. Number you are scared of her. Oh and a third reason, she is a beautiful woman. It is no wonder the left has their panties in a wad, think of what they have to look at, Reno, Albright, Waters, McKinney, Hillary, Pelosi, and the monkey that will go to the White house. I have a deep and abiding sorrow for the left, not!!! LOL

    November 25, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Ernie

    Palin is dillusional. If she thinks "the good old boys" are going to move over and allow her to slide in, void of any national vetting i.e., 20 months of campaigning, the Republicans deserve what they get from her. Moreover, her base is minimal at best: cultural and social pandering is a dying breed.


    November 25, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Texas Teacher

    *LOL* Sorry, commentators.... I can't resist!

    Little Miss Barbie plays Soccer Mom! How cute!
    Little Miss Barbie plays Mayor! Oh, big girl!
    Little Miss Barbie plays Governor! My goodness, what a big girl!
    Little Miss Barbie tries to play Vice President!
    But she couldn't do it!
    Poor, poor Little Miss Barbie had to go back home, but she says she will try again! 🙂
    God help us all!

    November 25, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. FL for Obama

    Bob = dilusional.

    November 25, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. Aaron from Ohio

    A very bright future? You mean like a meteor that streaks across the sky and then quickly burns out?

    November 25, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Sholbo in Atlanta

    McStory better be grateful to Obama for Picking Janet for HSS.I guess that was why he had a meeting with Obama the other day.The conversation goes:
    Obama: How can I help?
    McStory: Just remove the 2010 obstacle for me my friend
    Obama: Which Obstacle?
    McStory: Janet Napo-Whatever my friend
    Obama: You mean Napolitano
    McStory: Whateverher name is my friend.
    Obama: I will see what i can do for you.Maybe HSS as she has been working on immigtation / border patrol for a while.
    McStory: That's a good idea my friend and thank you my friend.

    November 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Ernie

    To Love My USA: learn how to spell before you offer your comments?


    November 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Al Mellen

    A breath of Fresh Air,,,,,you have to be kidding. If you really believe that is fresh air coming from her,,,,,,,,,you would really love the fresh air we get here occasionally. We have a large dairy farm across the road from us. plus a few pigs and some chickens.

    November 25, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Joyce

    Sarah Palin has had her 15-minutes of fame in which she proved she is not presidential material. So, now, let's ignore her and maybe she will settle down on her porch overlooking Russia. Let's prove we are serious about the US's future and forget all about SarahNo more discussing, dissing, gossiping about her anymore, right?!

    November 25, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. Ed Word

    Sarah Palin – the gift that keeps on giving. Next she's off to Georgia to help sink SucksToBe Chambliss.

    If Obama does only half as well as expected, running against Palin in 2012 would be considered potential child abuse.

    If she's the best they've got, they're cooked.

    November 25, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Well John old boy, you didn't learn much from that whippin you got did you? Didn't the voters make it clear they don't like Palin? Democrats and Republicans alike. Didn't you watch the coverage of the Gov's. convention and see all those unhappy faces on the "boys" who want to be the new g.o.p. leaders?

    November 25, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. maurice

    my hats off to john mcain for being a stand up guy and not blaming palin for his lose of the election. i look forward to seeing what palin has to offer in the future of politics. and all you aters out there palin has done more than anyone of you losers so just go crawl back in your holes.

    November 25, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. kurt

    Is the Grand Old Party becoming (or has become) senile?? Surely their concept of a substantive force/player in the future GOP is more sophisticated than what we saw of Governor Palin. No doubt that she is a great 'soccer-mom' but certainly has not paid a lot of attention to the complex world outside of Alaska. If the conservative base wants a junior high school cheerleader as their representative then Governor Palin was indeed the right choice. Following the debate with Senator Biden and the few press interviews she gave, Senator McCain lost my vote then. The many post-election interviews/appearances that she has now given re-enforced my decision.

    November 25, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. Mark

    Dear Friends,

    It is typical of the elite, they want to kill off anything that is a threat, they still talk about Reagan like he was bad.

    Guess what, Jimmy Carter was a bad president, and if Mr Obama goes down the same path, he also will be a bad one.

    At this point Mrs Palin, is the only one that has given back to the people, and did was right an honorable.

    November 25, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. cleatus dasturdlee

    Hey John, are you shopping for another MILF?
    Give it up and retire. Please...

    November 25, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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