October 2nd, 2009
10:38 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain manager predicts Palin could prove 'catastrophic'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The man who ran John McCain's presidential campaign warned Friday that Sarah Palin could lead to a 'catastrophic' election result for the GOP in 2012 if the former Alaska governor captures the party's presidential nomination.

"I think that she has talents," Steve Schmidt, the former campaign manager of McCain's failed presidential bid, told CNN's John King. "But my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican Party in 2012, and in fact, were she the nominee, we could have a catastrophic election result."

The comments came during The Atlantic Magazine's First Draft of History Conferece, held at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

"I don't think it's inconceivable that she could be the Republican nominee for President of the United States," added Schmidt - who, among others in the McCain campaign, butted heads behind the scenes with Palin in the weeks leading up to Election Day. "I do think it's fairly inconceivable that she could be elected President of the United States."

Looking ahead to Palin's upcoming book - entitled "Going Rogue" - Schmidt predicted he would be portrayed as "anti-rogue in the running of the campaign."

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  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, let's see what we can figure... She is an unthinking ideologue; that is bad in a leader. She doesn't seem to understand many of the questions that were posed to her during interviews; that isn't very positive either. She quit her job and didn't complete full term as governor; does she plan on finishing anything? Unless she shows that she can be better than George W. Bush, there is little likelihood that she could be anything, but a boon for the Democrats.

    October 2, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Puddin'

    He's right, and I hope she gets the nomination so "perhaps" her big mouth might close permanently. Palin is all about money.

    October 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Ray

    No, no, no - Palin MUST run for president in 2012. How else will the GOP finally self-destruct totally and a new political party can form? Maybe even revamp all of Washington? Palin has as much sense as a tree stump. Having her run would assure a landslide for whoever is on the Democratic ticket. It would assure that the current GOP would not get their foot in the door and damage America like they did for 8 years straight.

    No, let Palin run. It's a done deal that it would be catastrophic for the GOP.

    October 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    People are afraid of Mrs Palin because she is strong and not afraid to take charge. PERIOD! A person that will say what she means and mean what she says. People are afraid of the unknown. I'm not a Rep, Dem or Ind. Evenr Hilary would o been better that Obama Clown.

    October 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Duck Fallas

    Please, oh please nominate this lunatic ( who we're all afraid of). I dare you.

    October 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Dan, TX

    Go Sarah! We love you! LOL

    October 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Steve Schmidt, is a smart man, the only people in love with Sarah are the extreme right nut jobs, people that only read the bible, and are blinded by luck of reality. But most importantly it would be a catastrophe for the country.
    Sad when in reality there are very smart people in the republican party, however the same people that love Sarah would not support a better candidate, because it would not fit their narrow view of the world..


    October 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    DUH.... of course Palin would be a catastrophe; she already is!

    She's yet another GOP phony more interested in herself than in this country's problems. Plus she's a LOSER.

    October 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Ruth

    rogue: "An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal." I think Ms. Palin should have realized the term was not a compliment.

    October 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. just joe

    Yeah, Steve, looing at the marvelous job McCain's handlers did, you ought to know.

    October 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Ruty

    Sarah Palin for president is truly a JOKE. Please tell me this is a joke. This country has truly gone to hell in a hand basket. Some body please save us from this idiot. Who in their right mine would vote for her? .Oh I forgot, John McCain would.

    October 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Kansan

    She would not be a winning candidate "EVER" the woman is as dumb as a rock. She makes G.W. look like Einstein by comparison. The Republicans need to start getting behind intellectuals instead of idiots if they ever want to be viable again. They need to quit letting the likes of Coulter, Rush, Beck, Hannity, Faux News and others tell them what to do and pull their heads out...The GOP is quickly becoming just another hate group instead of a politcal party.

    October 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Ann

    Heck! They are just figuring that out. We American's knew it from the beginning. Now she has a book entitled "Going Rogue" it speaks volumes to all what sort of person she is.... John and Schmidt is being held accoutable from unleashing this bimbo on America!

    October 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Big John

    Of course she would be catastrophic, she's a quitter only out for Sarah. She has talents all right but not the intelligence to be a leader.
    Just remember that a quitter never wins and a winner never quits.

    October 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. g

    he is right, her book should have been called -politic,s for dummies

    October 2, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Luke Brown

    Here's an idea: Next time Republicans pick a VP nominee ... pick someone you know and not just someone you think will give you a boost in the polls.

    God forbid McCain won and she became President.

    October 2, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Alan

    Please shut up, many of us, are sick of former Campaign Managers saying that it was the fault of the candidates. Mr. S. ran a very bad campaign and has injured the party so he should just go back and start again.

    October 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Felly

    Palin could see Russia from Alaska. Is this who the GOP wants as their leader?

    October 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Kevin

    Palin would get 32% of the popular vote. Which is about the percentage of the far right wingers out there.

    October 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. HirotomiTakemitsu

    Good for Mr. Schmidt! This is fair warning that Sarah Palin would be a disaster for the USA.

    If people think that George W. Bush was a catastrophic disaster as president (WHICH HE WAS), Sarah Palin would be a million times worse!!

    The disaster the country is in today (economy, health care, 2 wars) is the fault of Bush, Cheny, Rove, Limbaugh, and all the lunatic right-wing bible evangelical Christians like Palin.

    It would be the end of the USA if someone the likes of Palin became President.

    October 2, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. CATINA

    Mccain campaign is one of the worst people in the campaign ever.Sarah was the only excitement.

    October 2, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Bigskyman

    It might reguire that she read a newspaper or two, maybe actually see Russia.

    October 2, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. yuri

    And we feel that Palin has to learn a lot and mature carefully, before she takes the plunge. Else, she will plunge the country into a dreary and devastating darkness, that could prove deadly.

    October 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Sick of Palin!!!

    Sarah Palin is not a VP nominee anymore, she is not even a goverer anymore. I'm sick of hearing about her every other day on every news source known to humanity. The only reason CNN, MSNBC, and so on keep talking about her is because we keep reading. Please, if you're sick of her like I am, please stop clicking on links! That's the only way to effect any change.

    October 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, North Carolina

    So far as I can tell, the "silent majority" of Americans are as as tired of the extreme Left as they are of the extreme Right. The Presidential winner of 2012 will the one closest to the centre–and that includes neither Palin nor Obama. If that's the choice we're offered by the "major" parties, the odds go up a lot for a third party candidate to break the duopoly of American political power.

    October 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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