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. Anthony

    Sarah Palin 2012!!!
    And it begins!!!

    November 28, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Ryan

    I knew Mr. Reagen. Mr. Reagen was my president. Mr Mccain, Ms. Palin is no Reagen.

    November 28, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. sharon

    Is the comparison before or after he got Alzheimers?

    November 28, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Mike

    Palin is a political opportunist and gadfly....she was just lucky enough (for her, not us) to appear at a time when folks were looking for any type of alternative, legitimate or not, and took advantage of the situation. She is a talker, but if you listen to what she says in any detail, it is shallow and more inflammatory than in any way imbued with substance.
    I'm and independent and have no axe to grind from any part of the political spectrum, but this woman is as phony as they come. She quit her governorship, a position which had responsibilities, and took off flitting around in a capacity with no real responsibilities or requirements........tells you a whole lot about her own personal moral code, which is hidden behind some of the most flagrant hypocrisy and self-righteousness seen in our time.
    To compare her to Reagan, who we realize some people didn't like but who did, in fact, contrary to what some posters here say, right our economy after the incompetent Carter, provided us with prolonged economic growth and also was intrumental in the fall of the Iron Curtain, is a great disservice to Reagan and all legitimate politicians (of which there are actually some). Palin is shallow, ignorant, bigoted, and clearly a weak mind.

    November 28, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. zephyrwinds

    At last McCain is making sense. Sarah Palin has more guts and nerve than any politician around since Reagan. Although, Reagan is gone, thank God, his influence lives on. She tells the truth and walks the walk. She is not the "blue blood" that so many Republicans have been and not the " elite liberal socialist " that Obama is. She is real and honest and gripe all you want, she is and will be a force to be reckoned with for a long time. President or not, I would prefer she be another Glen Beck who lets her voice be heard with reason and intelligence.

    November 28, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    What else can he say? He released this ignoramus on us.

    November 28, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Peter

    McCain says that Palin "had a positive impact on the last election". What? Palin was the primary reason why McCain lost.
    People thought that the elderly McCain might need to hand things over to Palin, and Palin as President was–and remains–a showstopper for most people.

    November 28, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Bill

    Sarah Palin / Joe Arpaio 2012!!!

    November 28, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Dan B

    Who really cares? Two equally stupid people who recommend each other. Almost like the blind leading the blind. I wouldn't vote for either of these fruit loops for dog-catcher.

    November 28, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Dan H

    Sarah also reminds me of Reagan. Am I the only one who remembers the Iran Contra scandal, Ollie North falling on his sword and ketchup packets being equal to a serving of vegetables for the inner city school kids? Reagan was a criminal who supported Saddam with WMD in their war with Iran, then played the other side to win the hostages release with promises of arms before he even became president. And by the way, the U.S. policy is that we never negotiate with terrorists. You betcha. Wink wink.

    November 28, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    Kaz – she is not like other Americans. Other Americans know that Africa is a continent and that there are two separate countries on the Korean peninsula, and that the northern one is not our ally. And us Christian Americans believe in helping those less fortunate, not hating them. Do you want me to go on?

    November 28, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. The Big J

    The Sen lost in 2008. And for good reason! The man has no sense of judgement.In 2000, his war record was used against him by Rove to allow Bush to win. The man is nothing more than a cornball & a HACK!!! Retire this old horse to the glue factory!

    November 28, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. AAA

    palin doesnt understand details of her policies : small goverment , no rules (leave in jungle, the powerfull eats the powerless...) she doen't accept most sience facts.

    November 28, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. lachman

    Sarah Palin is a dead horse, the less she talks about politics its better for the Republican party.

    November 28, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Gumboz1953

    I always liked John McCain. After Obama was nominated, I considered voting for him even as a Democrat because I was worried about Obama's experience. If McCain had picked ANYBODY from the crop of Republicans who competed in the primaries - even very conservative ones like Huckabee - I would likely have voted for him, because they were known quantities. All of the GOP contenders had been battle-tested in the primaries. We heard them all speak.

    I was thrown for a loop when McCain picked Palin, but I said, "well, let's listen to her." After the Katie Couric interview - when she couldn't even answer the question of what she read - and the debate with Biden, where she rattled off talking point after talking point - I ran screaming to Obama. I couldn't let this bimbo get to within a heartbeat of the presidency.

    I suspect there are many people like me. Palin lost the election for McCain. He is blind if he doesn't see this; of course, the media and right-wing talk radio treat her like a rock star and The Annointed One (ironic, no?) so he doesn't dare say anything against her. He probably has nightmares about what he has inflicted on this country.

    November 28, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Sam

    I think those years in the Hanoi Hilton were used to brain wash Senator McCain into destroying the U.S. The Vietcong figured they couldn't win the war at the time, so destroy the enemy from within their own country. Now Vietnam is one united country, and the U.S. is dividing into 2. That would make Senator McCain the "Manchurian Candidate".

    November 28, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Josh in Sacramento

    Time to put him in a home it sounds like.

    November 28, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Foxglove

    McCain has dementia. Thank God he wasn't elected. We would be in one of the worst depression. This guy has absolutely no leadership skills and has lived his entire life off the Federal Payroll just because he managed to get himself shot down in a war that should have never happen. That has been his good fortune.

    American people continue to re-elected these people who couldn't pour pi** out of a boot with the direction on the heel.

    November 28, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Floyd

    Ryan: Ronnie's last name was "Reagan." Get the spelling right. Unfortunately, the rest of the stuff about Reagan is correct.

    November 28, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. John in Cal

    It's so sad to see McCain in the first stages of extreme old age. He is slowly slipping into senility. He needs to go home and take a long rest. I guess that we have over worked to poor old guy. To much stress from Working in Washington. let's all tell him to go home and rest in his rocking chair.

    November 28, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. stannardg

    One sick puppy two sick puppies . or three sick puppies, say anything to get power, deliver us from ourself, the real enemy is seen in our mirrors
    No conservative can rise above there fears , sad for them they don't beileve in there god, truth justise or the american way. tis a republic not a demo- crazy.

    November 28, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. deidre

    what else could he say ... he started this whole drama!!!

    November 28, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Clwyd

    By comparing sarah pathetic to Reagan I can see why this fool from Arizona was confused when he chose the bimbo as his running mate. He has unleashed this menace to society on us. A quitter who has never stayed long enough to gain experience and now thinks that N. Korea is our ally. What a fool! I can't wait till she returns to Alaska and finds Murkowski waiting for her!

    November 28, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin is more than just Reagan, she is vastly superior to him and every male president we had. Sarah Palin will be our greatest president of all eternity for she is God's Chosen One.

    November 28, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. TomInTX

    McCain had the choice to lose the election or lose his honor, and he chose both.

    November 28, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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