March 26th, 2009
01:30 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain: People voted 'mostly for Sarah Palin' last year

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Speaking at the Heritage Foundation Thursday, Sen. McCain acknowledged the political star power of his former running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has no illusions about the 2008 White House race.

"God bless them," McCain said Thursday at the Heritage Foundation when reminded of the tens of millions of people who voted for him last year.

"Over 50 million people voted for me and Sarah Palin – mostly for Sarah Palin," McCain said to an eruption of laughter. But "there was a sizable majority of the other party returned to Congress. And, elections have consequences. Elections have consequences. And these consequences we are seeing now in full display."

McCain described himself as "very nervous" about the Obama administration's proposal for FDIC-like resolution authority over non-bank financial institutions like AIG in order to prevent another near calamity in the global financial system.

"I understand that we need some of these institutions to be taken over before they are total failures but I am very nervous about that . . . about the expansion of government oversight," McCain said. "But we have to do a better job of regulation and transparency. The status quo is not acceptable either."

McCain's speech Thursday at the conservative think tank focused on the country's economic crisis and dire long-term fiscal outlook. Before he spoke, the former presidential candidate was greeted by a standing ovation in an auditorium filled with people primarily in their 20's and 30's.

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  1. Jose, San Diego

    It's still sad to see Grandpa McCain having to shill for Rapture Barbie; given McCain's seedy history with the S&L scandal, he knows whereof he speaks with regard to banking failure. And Apocalypse Spice sure does know a lot about pork, government waste, and shredding the Constitution. Maybe the Gangrenous Old Party could run a flipped ticket in 2012: wheel out VP choice John "Saigon Rose" McCain and Der Furrier Sarah Youbetcha as "fiscal conservatives" and "Old Testament-style Christians." Nice.

    March 26, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Tom

    You know that Palin looks real good after 60 days of Joe Biden. The guy is an idiot.

    March 26, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Roxy

    It's sad that you, democrats, feel the need to continue to bash McCain, but yet, have no harsh words for your idiot leader.

    March 26, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Stripe

    Please please make these people go away! They LOST the election. Stop reporting on them. We don't care.

    March 26, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. bob

    McCain would have been a great president..and he would have won if it wasn't for Palin. I just think that this was not the time to give President Obama his first real executive role in government. Anyway, I did vote for McCain but I will support Obama and if he can get us out of this economic climate he deserves a lot of credit. Also, I'm tired of everyone putting down Bush, you can not determine whether or not a president was sufficient or not until atleast 10-15 years after they have been out of office.

    March 26, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. liz

    Sarah Palin did not cost McCain the campaign. This campaign was won by a man who was and is totally unqualified to president of anything, much less the USA. He won because of the delusion of so many people who thought that he was something that he wasn't, thanks mainly to the sad state of the press in this country. As a black person, I wish that black people could have waited to get the right black as president. As a Christian, I wish that Christians had more discernment and conviction and not fall for the world's hype. As a mother of adopted children, I wish that more people in this country cared about the life of unborn children. As a wife married to a white man, I wish more white people could have seen through this black man's hatred of whites, his bigotry, his anger and rage, along with that of his wife. So many people will rue the day this man became president. You people can say all you want to about Palin, Bush, and whomever else. But the truth of the matter is that none of them are president, and we are left with a man, and his VP, who have no clue, and we are all in danger. When a nation rejects the true God of heaven and decides that some man, any man, is their god, it is not good. Judgment will surely come. By the way, why can't you democrats ever engage in a discourse without being rude, insulting, angry, and just over-the-top livid?

    March 26, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Bill

    You got what you wanted, ameriDUH, a jugheaded empty suit who is a puppet for someone.

    March 26, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Chris

    Palin cost you the election her pick showed lack of judgment.

    March 26, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Nevada Independant

    Why is McCain "nervous" about the FDIC plan?
    He doesn't even understand it.
    Someone told him he should be nervous.
    So, he told the news that he's nervous.
    Please, someone, ask him to specifiy what he's nervous about.
    Ask any one of the Republicans to specify what they're "nervous" about and see if any of them can articulate a coherant opinion on the state of the financial system.

    McCain blew his cover during the election. We all know that he doesn't understand much about economics. So, why would any of us trust his "nervousness" now?

    March 26, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. marcus2

    Sarah Palin is counting on the extreme right wing fundamentalist religious "End of Days" voters and also on Rush Limbaugh's ditto-heads. No one else will vote for her and for good reason.

    March 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Niki Birdsflight

    Funny John McCain......many people who would have voted for you decided they either would not vote at all or vote for Obama when Palin came on the ticket. They are intellectual, intelligent people who were offended by the choice of a woman who had no qualifications for the job. All she had was the gift of showbizz she acquired as a "beauty queen" twenty five years ago. Her expertise in politics was overshadowed by her ignorance in general issues. She comes from a remote, backwards state that would not know the difference between a roach and an eagle. You thought putting a woman on the ticket would really help you !..,Well, you picked the wrong woman.

    March 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. bill


    It was emotional election, I have to say I have respect for John McCain as a patriot and man of honor. But you dont have to share that.
    I voted for him, but as much equally against Obama. As many of you voted against Bush or even against Palin.

    Now we all need to stop firing over the top of our trenches in a reactionary way, you won, OK he is our president now, but that does not buy a blind support of extremist policies. It is extemeism that does the damage you cant correct.

    Calmly, I ask you to answer if you really support a punitive tax code, a card check system, a trillion dollar annual debt to support programs that like cap and trade, a civil defense force, reducung the deduction on charitable giving while adding millions of tax dollars to set up mandatory volunteer organizations reliant on the govt to teach their message.

    Does it make sense that he says we as Americans have 2 sophmoric choices, blindly support his budget or do nothing. We are all smarter than that.

    He works for us, all of us, and all of us can and should be able to question and disagree with few or many individual policies without risk of being painted as obstructionists do nothings.

    As an example I am a pro choice Republican, and all us need to start arguing the issues with rational thinking by not attacking but discussing. Otherwise there is no hope for any of us.

    March 26, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. JLE

    As a member of the infamous Keating Five, which was intimately involved in the Savings and Loan scandal of the 1980s, John McCain should have some good ideas about regulation of the financial industry.

    March 26, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Take the comment with a grain of salt by keeping in mind that he is EXTREMELY snyde. I don't think for a second that he was at all serious. I think it was, in his wierd little munchkin way, his way of acknowledging that she killed his dream.

    March 26, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Dave in CO

    I know a lot of Republicans that left the party over Palin. I think more people are moderate than extreme right but the GOP can continue down whatever road of destruction they want.

    March 26, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Poor, deluded people. Who will these fools vote for in 2012-Joe the fraudulent Plumber? The GOP is in DEEP TROUBLE!

    March 26, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. SC

    Rene March 26th, 2009 5:15 pm ET
    I voted for Sarah Palin and will again. Obama is a great speaker and that is it. He is clueless on how to run this country and we will all pay the price for his ignorance.

    Rene, with all do respect, your ignorance is really out of bound. I can't find anyone that can't agree with me on the fact that Obama is way way smarter than Palin. Can you imagine how clueless we all would be as a people with having Palin as our leader, given your ignorance that Obama is clueless? Your logic is not just sensible. Go check if you have any head injury before it is too late like Natasha Richardson. If there is a genetic disorder in your head, consider a head transplant.

    March 26, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. LadySam

    If you people would do some research for yourself instead of just accepting everything you hear on CNN you would be much better informed. Do your OWN research about Governor Palin and her actual record in Alaska. Think for yourself, read/hear her words for yourself. Get facts!

    March 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. Kimberly in Arizona

    Man, this is almost sickening! The republicans are pathetic! They are the most un American group of yah-oos I have EVER seen. They are TRAITORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. JimBob


    March 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. HAT

    Of course, McCain doesn't want "businesses" like AIG to be regulated.
    His original campaign manager was Phil Gramm.
    Just google Phil Gramm and his wife. They were both involved in the Deregulation that led to the mess we are in now.

    March 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. LA

    I am still amazed that some pople have not figured out that Palin is just stupid. The only reason I can think of for this non-awakening is that they must be dumber than Palin.

    March 26, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. ron

    The title of the article should have been, "Old man yells at clouds". Palin is a complete joke, nothing more to be said there. While I orginally thought McCain a patriot, he's is just another typical rich, repub, entitled, daddies boy that accomplished nothing other than crashing a bunch of jets while flying around the US to pick up his current main squeeze.

    March 26, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. Mike - Missouri

    I for one love "Palin" when she did the speech @ the RNC convention I chg my vote to Ron Paul immediately. Women where energize with her at first because of HRC and that's it......but didn't see the fall coming to John McCain. We did the right thing..We rejected Palin's clueless brain over Beauty!

    March 26, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. Jon-Michael

    Hey Denise, we already had the lying duo as Prez and VP, it was called Bush/Cheney.

    March 26, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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