Category Archives: 2008 Presidential Election

McCain Adviser: Sarah Palin Uninformed on Hispanic Issues; Quits Interviews Twice

Sarah Palin, feeling unprepared, pulled out of a Univision interview that John McCain wound up doing by himself in Colorado Springs.

Sarah Palin, feeling unprepared, pulled out of a Univision interview that John McCain wound up doing by himself.

A top adviser on Hispanic issues to John McCain’s presidential campaign said Sunday that a joint interview with McCain and Sarah Palin planned for Univision last fall had to be canceled because Palin was unprepared to discuss Latin America policy.

“She did not feel comfortable speaking about issues regarding Hispanics and Latin America,” GOP consultant Ana Navarro told Univision anchor Jorge Ramos in an interview. “Those are not topics that come up frequently in Alaska. So she asked to cancel the interview and, unfortunately, you were already there.”

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Sarah Palin’s Lost Speeches (Text)

The Daily Beast has obtained the speeches Sarah Palin planned to deliver on Election Night 2008—win or lose. Read the words the McCain camp didn’t want her to say.

"Sarah from Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar."

"Sarah from Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar."

One year ago Wednesday, the McCain/Palin ticket suffered a resounding electoral defeat. But for Sarah Palin, it was still only the beginning of her reign as the most talked about Republican in America—a title she can rightfully claim to this day, as her very name continues to elicit emotions ranging from abhorrence to adoration.

In Sarah from Alaska we uncover new stories and insights into Palin’s ascent from Wasilla to the governor’s mansion and bring to light how her unhappy return to Alaska led to her abrupt resignation in July. In addition, we go behind the scenes of Palin’s 2008 vice presidential run, where we illustrate how internal tensions led to an all-out civil war on election night in Phoenix. We reveal the minute by minute details of how Palin turned her back on top campaign staffers and fought behind the scenes to deliver a concession speech that had been written for her in advance. John McCain and his senior aides blocked her from doing so, leading to a dramatic showdown between the candidates and their staffs that has remained untold until now.

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Sarah Palin’s 2008 Victory and Defeat Speeches Leaked

Leaked copies of two speeches Sarah Palin prepared for last year’s US election night have revealed she planned to salute her husband Todd as the nation’s “first ever Second Dude” in the event of victory.

Sarah Palin: The undelivered speeches she wrote for US election night have been leaked.

In defeat, which she suffered with Senator John McCain at the hands of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the Republican vice-presidential candidate wanted to tell Todd to “get ready for the Iron Dog snow machine race!”.

A new book, Sarah from Alaska, details how the then state governor fought tooth and nail to introduce Sen McCain on stage in his home town of Phoenix, Arizona, in the early hours of the morning.

She decided not to tell her own staff members that permission had been denied by senior McCain staff hours before the candidates took the stage, apparently in the hope of a last minute reprieve.

After formalities were over, authors Scott Conroy of CBS News and Shushannah Walshe, formerly of Fox News, who were “embedded” with Palin’s campaign, revealed that McCain aides “literally turned the lights out on Palin when she retook the stage later that night to take pictures with her family, fearing that she would give the concession speech after all”.

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President Bush: Governor Palin “Not Remotely Prepared” For National Office

George W. Bush

George W. Bush

According to a new book — excerpts of which are to be published in the next issue of GQ Magazine and detailed Tuesday — former President George W. Bush was incredulous upon learning that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was having trouble drawing a crowd and called his campaign a “five-spiral crash.” He also asserted that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was “not even remotely prepared.”

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Levi Johnston: Lot of Divorce Talk in Palin Home

Johnston says Palin neglected parenting and governorship duties in favor of money

Sarah Palin, holding son Trig, greets Levi Johnston

Sarah Palin, holding son Trig, greets Levi Johnston

He almost became a member of the Palin family, but Levi Johnston — who fathered former Gov. Sarah Palin’s grandchild with her daughter Bristol — isn’t holding back when it comes to spilling the Alaska clan’s secrets.

“There was a lot of talk of divorce in that house … times when Sarah and Todd would mention it and sound pretty serious,” says Johnston, who turns 19 this year. (Last month, the couple denied Internet rumors of a pending divorce.)

But that wasn’t all. In a wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair in its October issue, out nationally Sept. 8, the teen says that the onetime vice-presidential nominee’s frequent self-description as a “hockey mom” who put family above career was far from the truth.

“Even before she was nominated, there wasn’t much parenting in that house,” he says. “Sarah doesn’t cook, Todd doesn’t cook — the kids would do it all themselves: cook, clean, do the laundry, and get ready for school. Most of the time Bristol would help her youngest sister with her homework, and I’d barbecue chicken or steak on the grill.”

But it was the people of Alaska who might’ve suffered worse, according to Johnston. Palin often complained that her job as governor was “too hard,” and after spending a couple weeks of being gloomy about losing the vice presidency, she focused on making money instead of the needs of Alaskans, he said.

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Palin E-mails Show Infighting With Staff

Spat Over Todd Palin’s Membership In Secessionist Party Was Major Distraction On Critical Day In ’08 Campaign

The tension between Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and top McCain campaign aides in the closing days of last fall’s presidential campaign is elucidated in a profile in the new issue of Vanity Fair. CBS News’ Scott Conroy and special contributor Shushannah Walshe, who are writing a book about Palin, reveal just one example of how the mutual frustrations went even further than what has been disclosed so far.


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during a press conference in Anchorage, Alaska on August 13, 2008.

Internal campaign e-mails exchanged three weeks before Election Day offer a rare look at just how frustrated then Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin had become with the manner in which top McCain campaign aides were handling her candidacy. The e-mails, obtained exclusively, also highlight the power struggle and thinly veiled acrimony that pervaded the relationship between Palin and the campaign’s chief strategist, Steve Schmidt.

The episode in question began when an investigative report published on the left-leaning Web site raised questions about Palin’s relationship with members of the Alaska Independence Party (AIP) when she was mayor of Wasilla. The AIP’s platform calls for a vote giving Alaskans the option to secede from the United States. It had already been widely known that Todd Palin was a registered member of the AIP from 1995 to 2002 and that Governor Palin had taped a recorded greeting at the party’s 2008 convention.

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John McCain Aides Trash Gov. Sarah Palin in Vanity Fair

Republican presidential candidate John McCain names Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain named Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008.

Longtime friends and campaign workers for Arizona Sen. John McCain have been talking to Vanity Fair about what Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s candidacy as vice president did for the GOP ticket in 2008.

“A Little Shop of Horrors,” said one unnamed aide.

Perhaps they want to keep the governor — still a hot-button favorite among social conservatives — off the ticket in 2012?

In a just-published piece by Todd Purdum in the August Vanity Fair, McCain aides said they still suffer a kind of survivor’s guilt. (An earlier version of this post misspelled the author’s last name as Purdam.)

“They can’t quite believe that for two frantic months last fall, caught in a Bermuda Triangle of a campaign, they worked their tails off to try to elect as vice president of the United States someone who, by mid-October, they believed for certain was nowhere near ready for the job, and might never be,” Purdam writes.

A former reporter for the New York Times and husband of former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers, Purdam has a few nuggets of news. Reports of tension between Palin and McCain are, well, true.

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