March 27th, 2009
08:10 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin's prayer remark angers former staffers

Palin's speech last week has some former aides grumbling.

Palin's speech last week has some former aides grumbling.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Some of Sarah Palin's former campaign aides are frustrated with the Alaska governor for remarking in a lengthy, freewheeling speech that she had refused to pray with them before last October's vice presidential debate.

Palin told the story in a speech to a GOP dinner in Alaska last Friday.

"So I'm looking around for somebody to pray with, I just need maybe a little help, maybe a little extra," she said of the moments before the debate. "And the McCain campaign, love 'em, you know, they're a lot of people around me, but nobody I could find that I wanted to hold hands with and pray."

As the audience laughed, Palin noted that she meant no disrespect to the McCain campaign and that ended up saying a prayer with her daughter Piper.

A handful of the McCain campaign staffers who traveled with the former vice presidential nominee nearly every day for two months caught wind of Palin's remarks on Thursday morning - and they aren't thrilled with her quip.

"We all talked this A.M.," said one former Palin aide in an e-mail. "This set off a nerve for sure with a lot of people."

"It's yet another example of the few staff still loyal to Palin questioning their loyalty and ardent defense of her over the several months since the campaign," said the aide, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly about campaign colleagues.

Since election day, Palin has publicly griped about the way she was handled by the McCain team and pushed back against some of the campaign advisers who attacked her anonymously in the press.

But another former staffer said that in doing so, Palin is failing to distinguish between the strategists at McCain headquarters and the people who were at her side every day from late August through election day.

"It's about us people who were on the plane, who showed extreme loyalty to Palin, continually getting thrown under the bus or slapped in the face by her comments, whether she means it or not," the staffer said, adding that Palin's remarks "cause you to question not only your loyalty but her judgment as a leader."

The former aides said they place part of the blame for Palin's post-campaign candor on the governor's staff in Alaska. Several have reached out individually to offer advice or assistance to the governor, but "have gotten only pleasantries in response," said one aide.

"Who is the one making the decision that she needs to be out there saying these things?," the second staffer asked. "Someone needs to be telling her, 'Listen, let's not talk the campaign any more.' We need to talk about what's relevant and thinking about her influence as a voice in the Republican Party."

"The people that she has, either working at her PAC or advisers in Alaska, aren't exactly making the best decisions for her," the staffer said.

Palin's office in Alaska did not respond to a request for comment.

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soundoff (450 Responses)
  1. jane

    Yes, the religous are the blamers, judgers and the closed minded. I guess religion makes them feel superior somehow.

    March 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. jason, tx

    isn't she just comical? stupidity reigns in her world, now doesn't it. You can't make this stuff up.

    March 26, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. jesse in Houston

    I noticed that she didn't say "no one that wanted to pray with me". This says more about how she felt about the campaign staff than they felt about her. She is like a spoiled child.

    March 26, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Shirley in California

    It serves them RIGHT. They are seeing the real palin (she doesn't deserve capitalization). All this talk about 2012 and we all know she won't even be on the ticket. I hate her and I hope she fails. She loves herself. Everything she's gotten in life so far has been with a wink and a fake smile. The American people didn't buy it in November and we won't buy it in 2012 either. More and more is coming out about this woman and none of it is good. By the time we vote again only the ignorant rednecks will support her and they might not either with the way she's going. Talk about overexposed. People are sick of her. She's done nothing, won nothing and is nothing. She should just go away-far away and take her lazy, good for nothing husband and unraised kids with her.

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

    I absolutely love it... This nut job just can't keep her mouth closed. You can take the girl out of the trailer park, but you CAN NOT take the trailer park out of the girl. I am so glad Mccain brought this Psycho path in. It shows just how desperate the GOP is. I used to respect these clowns, but they are now the actual Circus.... LMAO!!!!!!!
    Republican Party Leaders: Rush Limbao, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Sarah Palin, Joe the Friggin Plumber (still laughing at this one), and now some basket case gay woman whose challenge Our First Lady to an arm Wrestling contest.. First Lady did not even respond to that nonsense.. Republicans are IDIOTS!!!!

    March 26, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. North of Forty

    The democrats are wetting their pants again.
    Keep going, Ms Palin....

    March 26, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. julie

    Had anyone ever heard Palin take responsibilty for anything? It is always someone else's fault; the media's, the McCain staffers.....blah, blah, blah

    March 26, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Aurora Fam

    Obviously she was the wrong choice. McCain should've gone with his first choice.

    March 26, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Max in Arkansas

    keep Palin as the voice of the Republican party!

    If they want to make this bumbling hick who nobody even heard of 6 months ago their standard-bearer, by all means!

    LOL... great comment!l

    March 26, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Rich

    It's everybody's fault except for Sarah Palin, It's the Media, it's the McCain staff. It could not possible be Sarah Palin herself with her lack of knowledge ability. She fits right in with the New Republican Party – Take no responsibility, blame others and use Christianity to be vindictive, condescending and hurtful to anyone that disagrees with you.

    March 26, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Roy

    Boy...if no one on McCain's campaign was 'good enough' to pray with, what does that say about Palin's perception of the rest of the country???

    In MY prayers at night I give THANKS that this person is not the VP of this country. Now THAT would be punishment sent from above....or below as the case may be.

    March 26, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Gabriel

    She's a joke. Please stop encouraging her!

    March 26, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Will-South Dakota

    Boo Hoo

    March 26, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Rita

    So what now you can't pray with or for sinners? I am so sick of the conservative pharisees like Palin. If she was a woman of God she would've took her staff's hands no matter who they were and prayed out of her heart and been an example.

    March 26, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Rana527

    I live in Alaska. I didn't vote for Palin in the Governor primary in 2006 but I did in the general election. What a mistake ... and I'm a Republican! If you lived in Alaska you would see how she is slowly destroying this state. She states she is fiscally conservative but collects per diem while living in her home in Wasilla, Alaska and not the capital, Juneau. She recently had to pay back some of her children's travel expenses as they were determined to not be on "official business." The list goes on. She sees things one way ... her way and that is final. I'm hoping she DOES run for president so that she will not run again for governor.

    March 26, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Bettye, DallasTX

    I'm sure glad Jesus was willing to pray with and for sinners, outcasts and even politicians. Her holiness amazes me.

    March 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Alex

    I would be extraordinarily flattered if I found out that I was not the kind of person Sarah Palin wanted to pray with! These guys should be glad they aren't on the same level of ignorant, backwoods hick Jesus-love than Sar-bear, even if they're in the GOP...

    Barry March 26th, 2009 4:44 pm ET
    Have you ever noticed the most religiously overt are usually the least ethical?

    Why yes, yes I have!

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

    So was she too good to hold these people's hands.. What a Christian Lady....!!!!!!!!!! These religious nuts kill me... The most immoral people I know are the ones toating bibles and in church every time the church doors open... Give her an air balloon and send this braud out in spac somewhere..... GEESSHH.. Will she never go away????????

    March 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Sheri in Louisville KY

    Oh Palin please!

    If you want to pray, pray yourself if necessary , you don't have to join hands and pray. Girl you need to go away and stay for a while. Please CHANGE your image. You look like a FOOL!

    March 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. ROC

    Sweetie, did you hibernate well in Alaska? I haven't heard from you in over 4 months! How's the ol'cave and the snowfall this year?

    The issue now, (btw and also) *wink* is "how to revive the economy" and not the vice-presidential debate.

    March 26, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. To Vickie

    No, you got it wrong. Palin only states out loud publicly that she rejected almost 60% of the stimulus in order to compete with other GOP Gov'rs that have done the same thing with the stimulous money publicly. In truth, Palin accepted almost 69% of the money... conveniently leaving out all medicare funds. So she was basically for the bridge before she was against it. Or, in her way of being deceitful, openly states her objections to the money and how she is rejecting it as she happily accepts it to do her bidding.

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

    At what point does Palin take ownership of her missteps during the campaign?

    I don't remember seeing a McCain staffer sitting next to her and Couric. It was Palin who said something idiotic while waiting for a cheesesteak. And just so you know Gov. Palin, having a handle on the issues and an intelligent response would have taken you much further in the Biden debate than prayer (check out Paul's letters for some biblical insight).

    March 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Right Trash

    So, if Sarah prayed and she lost the election, doesn't it mean there is no god?

    Or, maybe it means that (insert the supreme being of your choice) a higher power did in fact hear Sarah's pleas and respond with a resounding "No Way"

    March 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. Eat the Press

    @ Mike "Say what you want about Palin, but she's such a breath of fresh air
    Yes, like the wind coming from the neighborhood rendering plant.

    March 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. The Bu

    You know, Gov. Palin is probably a really nice lady and as a Christian, I applaud her for wanting to pray before her debate. It's just sad that she felt that there was no one there that she could pray with. I wonder, did she ask anyone? Did she think that none of the staffers were Christian?

    She may be a good Governor for Alaska, but I hope, AND PRAY, that she is never elected to a national office. Sorry, ma'am, but...just stay in Alaska and look at Russia, okay? Bye-Bye!!!

    March 26, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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