Skip to comments.McCain Admits Campaign Tensions Between Palin, Aides
Posted on 10/11/2009 8:23:33 AM PDT by Saije
Former presidential candidate John McCain (R-Ariz.) acknowledged on CNN's State of the Union Sunday that tensions flared during his campaign between senior strategist Steve Schmidt and those allied with his running mate, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
"With a high-pressure situation, there's always tensions that develop within campaigns," McCain said in a video excerpt posted online. "And there were clearly tensions between Steve Schmidt and people in the Palin camp."
Schmidt has recently become a vocal public critic of Palin, predicting that a presidential run by her in 2012 would prove "catastrophic" for the Republican Party. McCain did not criticize Palin and called her an overall asset to his campaign for whom he still has affection.
"There are fundamental facts ... that cannot be denied," McCain said. "When we selected or asked Sarah Palin to be my running mate, it energized our party. We were ahead in the polls, until the stock market crashed. And she still is a formidable force in the Republican Party."
"And I have great affection for her," he continued. "Did we always agree on everything in the past? Will we in the future? No."
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So be a man McCain, and stand up for the lady.
You spineless dork.
With Sarah’s #1 best seller book coming out, mccain is in CYA mode.
Jeez - as bad as Obama is proving to be, about the only thing worse than him winning would have been McCain winning. And I worked on the McCain/Pailn campaign.
No more wasted nominations!
Can’t wait for my book ... Find out what kind of man McCain isn’t.
You’re so right - 100%! Juan’s shartting hisself.
Maybe he should retire— for the sake of the country. Or maybe he should have spared us his candidacy. Or maybe he should be a REAL conservative.
And of course there never has been tensions between the President and Vice Presidential candidate aides in any other election. /s
Steve Schmidt is the Walter Mundale of the Repub Party. Never understood why he was so important.
Pray for America and Gov Palin
#clip & save*
Well, thank you John McCain. Music to my ears. It's the most positive thing you could possibly say.
McCain is following Obama’s playbook. Have your minions trash your foes, then stand above the fray and look like the adult.
WOW! Capt obvious, leader of the idiot rino brigade talks and proves he is fricken clueless moron.
Remember the name Steve Schmidt. He is a negative for the conservatives....He will be floating around attached to someone in the upcoming elections and should be shunned and tossed aside when considering anyone he is attached too. I will send this article to Rush. It is important that these people are flushed out and to the serface of all Conservative’s awareness. Steve is a piece of the corruptive force that is trying to destroy the conservative movement and drive it to RINO thinking!
Exactly what I was thinking. Best thing he could do for her would be to repeat this as much as possible.
IT WAS McCAIN WHO PROVED DISASTROUS FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!
Without Palin McCain would have been even more soundly whooped.
What is more disastrous for a party to lose ALL THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT after 8 years of a supposedly conservative president?
This whole sentiment that Palin will be disastrous for the Republican Party is ridiculous. I’ll take my chance with someone whose heart is in the right place about her country, instead of someone who is Democrat lite.
After 4 years of Obama ruining this country the electorate will be ready to vote for Donald Duck! Sarah can make a real killing.
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