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. Maurice

    Oh goodness–go away American bimbo. I wonder what her IQ is? In the endgame, she killed the McCain Presidential campaign.

    March 26, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Matt

    The election is over, yes...someone let Obama know so he can stop talking like he's campaigning still.

    March 26, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. nate

    what a lot of people on the other side don't understand is that conservatives were not excited about McCain at all. Then, Sarah Palin came along, and all of a sudden the ticket had what conservatives were looking for : Someone that met their definition of pro-life, pro-family, pro-faith. You can bash her all you want, but when John McCain says that most of the Republican votes cast were for her, that's what he means. John McCain was not a particularly strong candidate. Beyond that, a lot of these comments are off-point and not particularly relevant.

    March 26, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Sarie Paylin

    That Sarah girl lost the election for McCain. She is an idiot!

    By the way, baby momma is doing just fine without baby daddy!

    March 26, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Brandon

    After Obama's showing of a complete lack of understanding the economy and his 3 trillion dollar budget that puts us even deeper in debt, Dems wont be in control for long. Thank you Barack for making it easier for Republicans to get elected. Can't wait for 2010

    March 26, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Greenie

    @Joyce Warren – there is no way in heck that the Republicans would have won with Palin at the helm. The only wacks that voted for the ticket because of her are the evangelical rednecks. If the Republican party continues to pander to these nuts, they are sealing their doom.

    March 26, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Tim

    "McCain: People Voted 'Mostly for Sarah Palin' Last Year"
    REALLY??? I do believe, Senator McCain, Palin was the reason you lost.
    That and Obama has "it" and you didn't.

    March 26, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. JonDie

    Obviously no sane persons were going to vote like a senile old geezer like McCain. But with the sexy but religious Sarah by his side McCain got the votes of 50 million crazies.

    March 26, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Prince

    Rene is clueless. Sarah Palin doesn't have a notion about how to solve anything, including how to raise children. For Rene to make such a dumb, dumber and dumbest remark that Obama can make a good speech and nothing else is so lame. Barack Obama will be President for eight years and Rene can like it or lump it. Sarah Palin will be Head Moose when the elections roll around again and won't be a candidate for anything else.

    March 26, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. ray

    If only someone would listen to the American people that they are not happy with the direction we are going and call it now Obamanization. He is so busy on tv and putting fear into the citizens and leading by intimidation that I think he is more like the President of Venezuela then the United States of America

    March 26, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Nelson

    It is terrifying that this country is now being run by an 'empty suit' with nothing but left wing dogma directing his every move. America is in deep trouble and the liberals posting here with their hate filled rhetoric toward an American POW, Sen. John McCain and the talented and poised Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, says oh so much more about the characterless left. The DNC "hate Palin talk" is so canned (that's program to the uneducated lefties in the ACORN crowd) that it is really sad they can't find anyone with 1/2 a brain to speak intelligently or read a book or magazine to come up with some new talking points on their own.
    The liberal media elected Obama this time, but they may not be so lucky in 2010. His intolerance to be questioned about his motives will soon be his downfall.........patriotic, tax paying Americans are taking note.

    March 26, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Kim

    Nobody I know did, Senator McCain. I did not vote for you, but many of my family did– and most of my family (all Republicans) voted for you in spite of Governor Palin. I know this is purely anecdotal, but then most of my family lives in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, so maybe not.

    March 26, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Lisa

    What a shame. Just shows how out of touch the GOP is is – they turned John McCain, a man I used to respect (and I am a Democrat) into a joke. But Palin is the much bigger joke – but not a funny joke. She's creepy the way Hitler was creepy.

    March 26, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. HPH

    Maybe it will make more sense in Republican speak:

    Obama is the 'decider ' now, so it's 'his way or the highway'.

    March 26, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. ObamaNation

    I dislike Marxist Communists, intensely.
    Especialy, those who do not even know what those words mean.

    March 26, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. ray

    what is scary is that you voted for a man that had less then 200 days in the federal system and look what the hell he is doing now raising our debt to a level that is higher then all presidents before him. He had NO Experience but hey he did vote Present.

    March 26, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Nelson

    Can' t take the truth can sorry.

    March 26, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Rhonda

    So much hate in our country. It's no wonder we're going down hill. I'm a life long Alaskan and while I did not vote for Palin – she is still our Governor and deserves respect. Respect for those who serve in the most thankless positions – serving our public. So easy to point a finger and judge someone else for the decisions they make. So easy for the news media to take something out of context for the sake of selling their paper. Now, all those who read this – you have no idea who I am but I'm sure I'll be blasted for commenting because it's "so easy" to do.

    March 26, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. Dave in CO

    To the republicans that think the popular vote was a tossup here are some numbers so you can realize how bad your party really did:

    Barack H. Obama (D)
    Electoral 365
    Popular 69,456,897
    John S. McCain (R)
    Electoral 173
    Popular 59,934,814

    I would say 9 million plus is a pretty darn good victory margin for popular vote too. Secessionist Barbie is making the GOP a pariah and you have tunnel vision if you don’t realize it. I guess that is why they refer to a vast majority of Americans as 'wackjobs".

    March 26, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. Brian Crooks

    Here we go, slam Palin around some more. While you're at it, why not take a few more cheap shots at her family. Have any of you geniuses ever done any real thinking or do you just let certain media talking heads form your opinions? Get a life! The election is over.
    I don't ever recall anyone taking a "cheap shot" at her family. People pointed out that it's awfully contradictory that she's vehemently abstinence-only but had a pregnant teenage daughter, but that's not a cheap shot. A cheap shot is more like taking a small part of a really inspirational speech and twisting it to say that a candidate's wife hates this country. And then to use that parsed and twisted sentence over and over and over and over for months on end, even after the election. That'd be a cheap shot.

    March 26, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. kent

    "McCain's speech Thursday at the conservative think tank..."

    There is the makings for an oxymoron here: McCain at think tank.

    March 26, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. kent

    "McCain's speech Thursday at the conservative think tank..."

    There are the makings for an oxymoron here: McCain at think tank.

    March 26, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. Chuck

    I freak out every time I think of those two running the country. God has truly saved us from this possible horror.

    March 26, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. Patrick

    I'm impressed that far right people like toddoncapecod still think Sarah Palin was a great choice for VP. Her presence cost McCain my vote. I've got nothing against women in power, but it took hours for me to realize Palin was dangerous, narrow minded, unqualified, and entirely too stupid to handle the job. There were a lot better female Republicans he could've chosen, but he didn't and sealed my vote that night. If she runs in '12, Democrats are guaranteed another win. Her campaign strategy was nasty, which turned me away from McCain even further, and her "facts" were easily shot down as fiction. Plus, after months of touting Obama's inexperience, McCain picked a 1/2 term governor who was mayor of a town of 5,000 people prior to that. Yeah...she had the experience, had McCain's health failed! Besides, the only people "experienced" to be president are EX-presidents!

    March 26, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. yoyolite

    Why do people still believe that Sarah Palin could be president in 2012. Stop eating the moose burgers. Mccain loost because of Sarah. Many people were mobilized just to vote AGAINST insanity in the white house.

    March 26, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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