November 28th, 2010
11:01 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain compares Palin to Reagan

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain helped catapult former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to the national stage and now he's equating her to former President Ronald Reagan.

He made the comparison Sunday when asked if Palin is "divisive."

"I think anybody that has the visibility that Sarah has is obviously going to have some divisiveness," McCain said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I remember that a guy named Ronald Reagan used to be viewed by some as divisive."

The former Republican presidential nominee called Palin "an incredible force in the American political arena" and said she's "keeping her options open."

"I think she's doing great job," McCain told CNN's Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I think she's motivating our base. I think she had a positive impact on the last election and I'm proud of her."

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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. JR

    McCain gets more senile every day.

    November 28, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. King

    Why is McCain distroying reagan's legacy. If he was alive to see how extreme the repug party " headed by palin and her tea bagging crew," had gotten, he would wish he was dead.

    November 28, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Are you in the first stage of dementia? Reagan wouldn't recognize not only his party but you!! He is turning in his grave every day. He and Lincoln and Eisenhower!
    @what I really . . . . . . about the quitter – you really think anyone is scared of someone who STILL doesn't know the difference between our ally, South Korea, and NOT North Korea? They asked her a question and she went on about something about the white house that made absolutely no sense. Even beck sounded exasperated (look it up if you don't know what it means)!!
    Let me explain it to you in reality show time (since it's all you probably, maybe, understand). The half term's show drew 5 million people the first week, the gawkers. Three million, I think, the second week and tonight it will probably be around 1 or 2 million. Those are the voters she might get if she were to run for president which she won't because she is a coward and a quitter and perseverance is a word somebody told her would sounded good to tell her fat daughter when she was a "star".

    November 28, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Eric

    She did have a positive impact on the last election – her mindless comments ensured Obama won.

    November 28, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Ben Ben

    Well it is obvious McCain is officially senile. This idiot is NO WHERE near Reagan.

    November 28, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Tedco

    McCain's decision of Palin as his running mate cost him the election. He lost the independent vote that he was counting on. That will be his legacy. Also 25 years from now when the republican party is just a shell after a tea party spin off historians will look back at the McCain/ Palin team as the beginning of the end of the party.

    November 28, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Kris Jackson

    In 1980, I was glad when Reagan won the Republican nomination because I felt there was no way the American people would be stupid enough to make him president. Boy, was I wrong. We could be wrong about Palin, too.

    November 28, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. rocky

    when will a qualified politician just come out and say Sarah Palin is a stupid moron and please do not vote for her.

    November 28, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. The Latino Doctrine

    First, Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell! Now, Palin picks up the ball! Republicans... The gift that keeps giving!

    November 28, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. over it

    I can't pay attention to politics anymore. Just when you think Republicans have done or said the stupidest, evilest, most indefensible thing you can think of, they come out with another one. This barrel has no bottom. Just when you thought the standards were low or non-existent, here comes someone with less intelligence and accomplishments to lower the bar. They aren't even trying anymore. Just blab incoherent, directionless anger and hate and you're in. It's unwatchable and I'm out.

    November 28, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Stu

    Ms Palin has become a play toy for the media. She sets the bottom of the bar which is usually what the press wants to print. Unfortunatly, many people engourage this circus act by buying a ticket.

    November 28, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Susie

    Well he has to say this....remember...his legacy has now been boiled down to introducing this ignorant, blabbering, hate-filled, narcisistic, hypocritical woman on this country. The only question is whether he is saying this in a fruitless attempt to save-face, or if the reality of what he did is so horrifying that it finally led him to crack and he really believes what he is saying.

    By the way John-here's one way to tell the difference between Regan and Palin. An intelligent adult could disagree with what Regan was saying but still respect his intelligence and experience. An intelligent adult can't do much but gasp in shock at the idea of Palin in any leadership position.

    November 28, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Guest

    McCain made a colossal mistake in selecting Palin without any vetting. Not admitting that for the mistake it was, does nothing except PROVE that McCain is not only an idiot, but an egotistical one with his own agenda. Period.

    I think McCain's daughter Meghan would make a far better president than either her father or Palin. Not only is she smarter, she's more honest and not as ego-driven.

    November 28, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. A female in Wyoming

    This is proof that McCain is delusional and no longer fit for public office. Most people know Palin is a whack job and if McCain would get his head out of his butt, lick his wounds from losing in 2008 BECAUSE of Palin, he could admit it too.

    November 28, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. johnrj08

    This article is proof that John McCain deserved to graduate 896th in his Naval Academy class of 898 midshipmen. The man is truly a dope. Sarah Palin has stated that her most admired Founding Father is George Washington. First of all, George Washington was NOT one of the Founding Fathers. He was a general. Second of all, Washington, unlike Ronald Reagan, favored a strong central government and even wanted to establish a national bank. In other words, he symbolizes everything that Sarah Palin has been attacking for the last two years. Ronald Reagan did more to grow government and intrude in "we the people's" lives than any president we've had since. He instituted one of the largest tax hikes in US history and doubled the deficit. Ultimately, his successor was forced to raise taxes again to address the huge national debt he had been handed. Reagan printed so much money that Paul Volcker, who is now an Obama economic advisor, had to tighten the money supply in order to slow spiraling inflation. Basically, John McCain is comparing Sarah Palin to a man he obviously knows NOTHING about. Almost as little as he knew about Sarah Palin when he inflicted her on us at the 2008 Republican Convention.

    November 28, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Dan

    Hilarious watching Republicans try to desperately grope for ways to support Palin, who has become their spokesman.

    She and oxycontin addict Limbaugh are the face of the New Republican Party – money-grubbing imbeciles.

    Here's hoping Palin and the current crop of Republicans run against Obama in 2012. He will win in a landslide.

    November 28, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Jack Cardwell

    Brain Dead is not a new item in the Republican Party. John should check and see if he qualifies for Agent Orange disability with VA.

    November 28, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Liz the First

    A sad commentary on life in America today. Idiots used to be pitied and kept in the shadows of society. now, they're elevated to celebrity status and every verbal excrement is treated like it was handed down on stone tablets. Palin is definitely part of the problem, not a part of any solution we so desperately need to clean up the mess her and McCain's party made of this country and the global economy. morons can't govern.

    November 28, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Can anyone tell me one thing this loser has done for the country. Other than crashing four planes?

    November 28, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    For those who do not view the Reagan years favorably, comparing Palin to Reagan is NO compliment.

    November 28, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. lcasey

    Why compare her to just Reagan? Why not MLK, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Lincoln, .........heck, go all the way.....even Jesus!
    After all, some do think she's the second coming.
    McCain..................three words for you.........SHE'S AN IDIOT. Shame on you for defamation of Reagan's character.

    November 28, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. kaz

    I wish Sarah Palin becomes president one day, she is like us average Americans. She will be far better president than all the other republican front runners. Sarah Palin's introduction to national stage is McCain's a big service to this country.

    November 28, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. grapevine

    For a majority of us (who only occasionally bother to comment on idiot blogs such as this), Sarah Palin is the REAL thing – as was Ronald Reagan – TRUE Americans who believe in our country's exceptionalism and inherent goodness, rather than tear it down. These latter should spend just ONE day living in Cuba, North Korea, or Iran!

    Perhaps it is just as well for your health that you "only occassionaly bother to comment on idiot blogs such as these". You apparently haven't the stomach for truth ... or reality.

    November 28, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Bill...

    Now I know why tigers kill their young...And shame on you CNN for vaguely misleading headlines...

    November 28, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Liz the First

    Oh, and 'what i really like about sarah palin,' did you notice yours is the only post in favor of these itiots? so much for being the majority.

    November 28, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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