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. Patrick

    I voted for McCain REALLY just because I like Governor Palin. I look forward to voting for her AGAIN in 2012. By that time most people will see what a horrible mistake it was to elect a State Socialist as president.

    March 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. uncivilized

    "I'm not sure we could have done it without her."

    Oh, but you're being too modest...Obama's a born liar, and a product of the Chicago Machine. He can do anything...raise the moon, calm the seas, give 95% of Americans a tax cut...can't he?

    March 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Limpet6

    Mention "Palin" and the liberals start to twitch uncontrollably. Immediately after her nomination the polls soared. She scared the heck out of them and the low ad hominem attacks were relentless. The made-up anecdotal nonsense was the jist of it. "Not our kind." The first woman in a position of authority must have attended one of the Seven Sisters.

    She's got my backing. She's got guts, and brains, and experience.

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

    Not surprising that he is very nervous about regulation. The Keating-5 scandal was a maneuvering against regulation

    March 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Cami Evans

    I hope that Sarah Palin will run in2012!! I pray for that day. She is the true change we need in this country! She demands accountablility from our government and the media!! unlike Mr. Barry O! who believes that government has the right to control every aspect of our is sickening what has happened in the first 100 days of Barry O's election, this country is going down the toilet thanks to him and all you who voted for him. I suppose the truth that Palin provided was hard for the majority (mostly media) to swallow. Our country is not ready for someone like Palin ... so i suppose we deserve to get what we voted for....communism here we come.....(for those of you who voted for Barry O, you can apologize now to our children)! That is all!

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

    No – People wanted to vote for you, but you forced our hand by offering us a total light weight. As a Independent, I waited to see both tickets and your choice for a running mate was not a serious choice, it was a gimmick. You need to just admit that. And the 5 or 6% of the idiots who want to run her out there to run in 2012 are doing nothing but creating a bigger train wreck for the Republican Party. Just imagine if you will the extra drama she and her family brings on this country in addition to this recession and wars. Just imagine!

    March 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Chris Harris


    Do you really believe people voted for that nicely dressed nitwit someone picked to run with you? A person who carried her child, not like a loving mother, but face away from her so all could see she was a special needs mother and I don't mean mother in a loving sense.

    March 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Dave

    McCain and Palin never did or say anything that should generate the vile comments that are in some of these posts. McCain has always been civil and a gentleman to everyone he encounters. He has the respect of almost everyone he works with in Congress and consistently has shown that he is anything but a "wingnut" including being a cosponsor with Kennedy on an immigration bill.

    I don't know what's inside of people like suzyku, but I'm sure it's pretty ugly to look at. It's really kind of sick people. Hope you all get well soon!

    March 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Jim

    Let me know how you feel when the tax-man comes. The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of someone elses money.

    March 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. marcellus

    suzyku or suzuki whatever it is, i would suggest having your head examined only if you had a brain to begin with.

    March 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Toni from Missouri

    GOP dream ticket 2012 Palin/Limbaugh! When we have our fill of Palinism? Perhaps the GOP dream ticket 2012 sould be Palin/Bachmann. Both white, female, and neither one has a lick of sense.

    March 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. thejoker_

    I voted AGAINST Palin.

    March 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. jeff

    palin can't do any worse then what Obama is doing

    March 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Michael

    A few years ago I actually thought he wasn't that bad of a choice for president, if I were to vote for a Republican. By the time the elections came around his appeal had seriously diminished. With Sarah Palin as his running mate there would have been no way in hell I would have even considered it. Everything about her is so wrong it isn't funny, and that doesn't have anything to do with her being a woman.

    March 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Pete

    No they didn't! With a more credible VP candidate McCain might have won, not that I am not glad he didn't, but Palin was the nail in his coffin.

    March 26, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. jimntat

    Oh yes, Palin for President, 2012! The dream of every liberal! Go for it, morons!

    March 26, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. ChiO

    American Voter...As a Dem who has never voted Repub, you voted for McCain because he DESERVED the presidency! I'm sorry to hear that because, unfortunately, Obama EARNED the presidency by working twice as hard and proving that he was better qualified. Now, I know you'll be quick to tout his war hero status and etc...I am proud of our kick@$$ veterans, but that's not the only thing that matters.

    March 26, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Dennis Knebel

    Is he INSANE or was he joking re Palin?? As far as his comments about Obama's efforts to repair the economy and get it up and running again, he's probably come the closest of all those pencil necked republicans in admitting that something had to be done, and Obama is doing it.

    March 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Walker

    What a load...just trying to set her up for a win down the road. Palin is one of the biggest jokes in our government.

    March 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. bobfm

    Man, maybe I should have voted McCain, Obama has done a horrible job so far, I remember studying Scocialism in school, I guess it is his new government, any President that is putting Billionaires over Military rights and medical attention is a huge failure to me, I am not saying Palin and McCain would be a better choice, but it is hard to see that they could be doing any worse a job then this guy. I appoligze to everyone reading this, for the fact that I help put this man in office, a mistake I will not make again, shame on me, and everyother voter. But, mostly shame on Obama

    March 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Barbara Campbell

    Actually, most people voted AGAINST Palin.

    March 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. philko

    I know it's another case of "woulda, shoulda, coulda", but I truly believe that McCain would be President today if only more people had voted for him.

    March 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. chelle

    More transparency...kind of like Keating Five huh Senator McCain?? Every one goes on and on about taxes owing by some of Obama's selections, but no one points out the error of Senator McCain's. Now which is worse – messing up taxes or deliberate fraud involving other peoples savings???

    March 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. John Galt's Ghost

    The American people have spoken, and they elected their beloved BO. Let them get what they deserve. Many are mindless, lazy, or looking for free rides from the backs of the rich. If you are the rich (i.e. work hard at all in your life), it might be time to shrug. Don't help anyone but yourself, let the lazy starve.

    March 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Mike

    What is it with you Democrats and your obscene hatred? You don't even know how to win an election with dignity. You come on here and post hate filled, partisan banter when not that long ago you were bashing Republicans for exactly the same kind of thing.
    Do yourself a favor. Look in the mirror and scream the word "hypocrite." That is exactly what you are. Can't you even agree with the man you elected and "come together" as a country and move beyond the past, wish for hope, and try to reconcile?
    I guess not. That is why I will always vote Republican. Not because they're better on anything, but because of voters like you people who have no common sense, no sense of respect for the opposing party, and have a sense of entitlement that the world owes you something. I also have a big problem with your "I'm always right and you're always wrong" attitude. The way Obama is reaching across the aisle to Republicans they might as well do whatever they can to do exactly the opposite of what he wants because he is not taking any of their recommendations or considerations into account.
    Don't worry though, what comes around goes around. Don't think we'll have a Democratic President forever. If Obama's lofty goals are not met you might be staring at a one term President right now.
    Good luck with your agenda, and the billions of dollars it will cost average taxpayers to fund (you don't honestly think his "tax the rich Robin Hood agenda" is not going to trickle down to the common man do you?)

    March 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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