November 16th, 2009
06:11 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain asks staffers to hold their fire on Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain asks staffers to hold their fire on Palin."]Washington (CNN) - John McCain asked former campaign staffers Friday to avoid engaging in a back-and-forth over claims made by former running mate Sarah Palin in her new book, CNN has confirmed.

On a conference call with senior campaign advisers, the former Republican presidential candidate asked them to hold back from responding – telling them, in effect, that "this too shall pass," according to sources familiar with the call.

Palin's book, 'Going Rogue', slams the McCain team – particularly campaign manager Steve Schmidt and senior adviser Nicole Wallace – over the rollout plan and overall media strategy for the former vice presidential candidate. He also told staffers on the call he was sorry they were coming under fire.

On Friday, McCain conceded to the reality of the media firestorm surrounding Palin's charges against his team, and told them he understood if they felt the need to defend themselves. But the Arizona senator called for a minimalist approach, suggesting that his former aides avoid television appearances.

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  1. Jake

    are we all just passing over the fact that all of this could have been playing out in the White House during one of the most challenging eras of our nation?

    folks who did not vote Obama are not really thinking about this, are they?

    i find it so frightening that nearly half of the country did vote McCain/Palin!

    November 16, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Big Ed

    I think Senator McCain is right in this situation. On the other hand, had he not brought this broad into the national spotlight, I think we would all be sleeping a little easier.

    Thanks a lot Sen. McCain!

    November 16, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. proud dem in nc

    don't agree with much McCain says, but I do on this. Don't go tit-for-tat with this bimbo. It only keeps her in the news. Don't stoop to her "Inquirer" mindset. Nobody will ever run with her again. If she loses she'll do another kiss and tell book. She's a joke. Go Hillary and Obama!!!!!

    November 16, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |