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. lou

    Only an idiot would think this woman is qualified to be president. And we know there are NO idiots in this great country.

    October 2, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Brian

    Sounds like pre-emptive damage control to me! This guy is a loser and his opinion doesn't matter. McCain's campaign was one of the worst run political campaigns in history. Sarah Palin's book wll most likely expose this turd for what he really is!

    October 2, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Reformed Republican


    Falin' Palin is in fact an embarassment to her party, her state, and this country. Betcha' she quits – any takers?

    Hey rethugs, some advise – dump this airhead PRONTO...

    October 2, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Schmidt the Clown

    Schmidt is the clown who sabotaged the McCain-Palin ticket. He is throwing out mud before Palin's book comes out because he knows he is going to get the dirt he deserves thrown on him

    Schmidt's actions during the campaign will likely result in him never managing another national campaign. He let his personal feelings for Palin get in the way of his responsibilities and loyalty to the campaign, and he injured his client, John McCain, in the process.

    Schmidt is a clown.

    October 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Chris

    This would be great counsel if it weren't coming from a loser.

    Maybe this guy needs to figure that what "was" catastrophic to the Republicans is that they lost, and he led the way.

    October 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. cell

    Sure, conceivably she could be a canidate for the Republicans. THis is about all they have. WHICH is so telling, when Palin is the best you got. The Republican party always shows their true intelligience.. Go ahead put her on for 2012. Would love to see this complete catastrophe play out.

    October 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Scott, Tucson

    I would imagine that any candidate running against Obama in 2012 stands an excellent chance of winning. I'm waiting for Hillary to throw her hat back into the presidential ring and start slamming Obama's lack of real leadership, any debates between those two should be interesting.

    October 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Jordan

    Glad to see some Republicans finally admit the obvious.

    October 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. eveewonder

    Does he mean catastrophic like the 08 election where he was managing the GOP candidate?

    October 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. bush league

    Gobama we love ya!!!!

    October 2, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. No More Incumbents

    Can I have a Giant DUH for that man?

    October 2, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    I'd LOVE it if the republicans voted her as their presidential nominee in 2012. She'd have support from her base, which is only about 30-35% of the country, and no one else!

    October 2, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Peoples Voice

    She proved in the last election she is catastrophic. Please, do not discourage her from running.

    October 2, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Island girl

    Why all the buzz about Palin these days. Is she warming up in the bull pen readying herself for a comeback? It sure seems so.

    October 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Peter (CA)


    So, Republicans, PLEASE nominate Sarah Palin.

    October 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    It is refreshing to hear someone speak candidly about Sarah Palin – Yes she is attractive – speaks well – but she is a complets airhead when it comes to having an understanding of the issues that the President of this country must deal with – I don't that she will even read her own book. But, for purely selfish reasons let the republicans have her – she is the only person on the planet that I would not welcome as a democrat.

    October 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Julie

    The only people who believe Palin has a snowball's chance are the minority that follow her on Facebook. Truth is, she couldn't carry the ticket to a win in 2008 and it would be the same in 2012. She's just not that smart.

    October 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Steve in Vegas

    So let's see... the McCain team picks her as the running mate, and then completely trashes her during the campaign (behind the scene), sets her up to fail, blames her for McCains loss, and now continues to attack her... who looks like the fool now?

    October 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. TLDSR

    The Republican Party is a disgrace and abomination. There is something putrid about these guys and gails. The parties of past decades did not make me want to shower after I hear or see them speak on issues. I think it started with the Newt Gingrich Crew.

    October 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. evman

    An honest and sane Republican !!!... Thank G-d,... finally...

    October 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Obama supporter

    Question: Why do we still care about Palin? I don't. Some publisherr gave her 7 million.. I wouldn't give her 7 cents.

    October 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. LouAz

    Never thought I would hear a current day Flat Earth Republican make any sense. Of course no one will listen to him. He is telling the truth !

    October 2, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Olive

    Palin's book-title should be - GOIN Rogue – An American LIAR... verses "Going Rogue – An American Life"

    October 2, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Barbara Gwin

    I absolutely think that if Sarah Palin won the republican nomination for president it would energize democrats and independents like nothing else. On the far right Sarah Palin's supporters have a definite blind spot when it comes to the abilities of Mrs. Palin, but democrats, and independents too, can see very clearly the deficits she brings to the table. I believe her inadequacies inspire fear in the minds of many rational people. I, for one, could not get to the polls fast enough to cast my vote against this women. Any president confronting the issues that Obama has had to face is doomed to merciless criticism, but the appearance of a Sarah Palin in the 2012 election would inspire many votes against her, it would give those democrats and independents, who may be disheartened by Obama's performance, the inspiration they need to get up off the couch and make it to the polls.

    October 2, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Mary

    Jealous much Steve???? Are you a little nervous Steve?? It is all coming through!!! LOL

    Take a deep breath Steve – nobody cares about you!!! You are toast!!!

    October 2, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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