John McCain Finally Says Sarah Palin Did Not Hurt his Presidential Campaign


Symbolism as why McCain lost … the straight talk express and mavericky candidate was no where in the campaign tone.

After going in hiding since the Presidential Election night loss to Barack Obama. John McCain comes out and finally says that VP pick Sarah Palin did not hurt his Presidential bid. Really!!! McCain visited Jay Leno and The Tonight Show as his first appearance since losing his White House bid. However, his defense and personal accountability of his campaign and his handlers was less than “mavericky”.

In his first interview since conceding the presidential election, John McCain said Tuesday that Sarah Palin did not damage his presidential bid and he dismissed anonymous criticism aimed at her following their crushing defeat.

“I’m so proud of her and I’m very grateful she agreed to run with me. She inspired people, she still does,” McCain told Jay Leno during a “Tonight Show” interview taped for broadcast Tuesday night. “I couldn’t be happier with Sarah Palin.”

Asked by Leno to address griping about Palin from unidentified McCain operatives in the days following the election, the Arizona senator said, “These things happen in campaigns.

“I think I have at least a thousand, quote, top advisers,” he scoffed. “A top adviser said? … I’ve never even heard of … a top adviser or a high-ranking Republican official.”

Michelle Malkin seems to agree as well that McCain’s defense of his VP and the attacks of Sarah Palin by unnamed staffers was underwhelming. In fact, it was McLame.

The Jawa Report never holding punches gives some straight talk of their own.

Then McCain offers up one of the weakest and most lame defenses of Sarah Palin. A bit of advice to John McCain, this is exactly why you lost the election. Transcript of McCain on “The Tonight Show”

Jay Leno: Now, these aides that were criticizing her — and I think everyone agrees there were Republican aides who were criticizing her. I know you wouldn’t go for that. I know you’re an old soul. You don’t let people talk — but why?

Senator John McCain: One — these things happen in campaigns too. I think I have at least a thousand, quote, top advisors. “A top advisor said” — people I’ve never even heard of, much less a, quote, top advisor or a high-ranking Republican official. It’s — these things go on in campaigns, and you 6 just –

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  • Comments

    30 Responses to “John McCain Finally Says Sarah Palin Did Not Hurt his Presidential Campaign”

    1. gturner on November 12th, 2008 9:11 am

      It was because of her McCain LOST. He should have picked Romney !

    2. Michelle on November 12th, 2008 9:40 am

      I’m glad to hear McCain defending Sarah; I don’t feel it was her fault that they lost. The economy was the main factor in his lost because a lot of people think that it’s all the Republican’s fault when in all actuality it was both parties that messed up. He could have been more aggressive during his campaign. He’s not the eloquent speaker that Obama is BUT as most of us know actions speak louder than words.

      There is always 2012 for Sarah to make a comeback.

    3. Sarah Palin on November 12th, 2008 9:58 am

      I would like to quote on of my heroes:

      I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as, uh, South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our children.

    4. Brenda in Virginia on November 12th, 2008 10:09 am

      You are only speaking for yourself. if you are a man, you are probably just sexist.

    5. gturner on November 12th, 2008 10:55 am

      And if you are a WOMAN you are probably SEXIST !!

    6. Michelle on November 12th, 2008 11:09 am

      Ignore the trolls….Maybe they will go away….

    7. Carlos Echevarria on November 12th, 2008 11:34 am

      Gturner, what are you smoking buddy???

      Morris knows more than you about anything, moron.

      Oh yeah, Romney would have gotten 30,000 to 50,000 people out to his rallies, and evangelicals would have really voted for a Mormon…give us a break.

    8. gturner on November 12th, 2008 11:38 am

      SORRY, You are RIGHT. He made an EXCELLENT choice in Palin. Look how well they did ! LOL

    9. SUPER DAVE on November 12th, 2008 11:42 am

      Sarah scared the crap out of the democrats. they fear such a powerful woman. i find ti hard to believe that so many women voted for small change obama than Sarah Palin.
      there are a lot of men who fear a powerful woman, but that’s to be expected

    10. Paul Breiveld on November 12th, 2008 12:10 pm


      I wonder if McCain will divorce now that his wife has been caught kissing another man.

    11. Miss-Underesmated on November 12th, 2008 12:28 pm

      I hear more republicans would have voted if McPain was not the Presidential candidate.
      More men voted because of Palin and her no nonsense approach. 2012 Jindal/Palin

      Remember about distibuting the wealth, well Democraks in congress has been doing that for AIG, your money is making them (AIG) wealthier. LOL, hang on, it’s gonna get worse.

    12. da_wench on November 12th, 2008 12:32 pm

      Sarah can really spread the good will, huh?

    13. Joseph Bilello on November 12th, 2008 1:00 pm

      Why did he lose? McCain/Fiengold,McCain/Kennedy,McCain/ Lieberman.
      He did not lose because of Palin, he lost because of John McCain, refusing to go after Obama.He was
      a Hand picked candidate by the Media and a bunch of stupid so called Republicans (RHINO’s.)

      Palin 2012

    14. nurturer on November 12th, 2008 1:32 pm

      For all you gloating, childish, infantile, self-congratulating Dems. Unless you’re living in the fantasyland of the far left, you are in for a very rude awakening.

      I would be far more concerned with what President-Elect Obama is going to do, instead of bandying about what Govenor Palin did or did not do.

    15. Paul Breiveld on November 12th, 2008 3:03 pm


      Well, I doubt if it can go any worse then waht George W did…

      (P.S. I think I am surrounded here by White Trash Redneck Republicans… like in The Twilight Zone!)

    16. weasel on November 12th, 2008 4:45 pm

      yea # 15 I am from El Salvador and not White Trash. What do you think of that ? I think
      you are full of ****.

      go back to your fantasy now like # 14 says.

    17. Maggie on November 12th, 2008 5:13 pm

      Yep, Sarah caused the problems with Obama.. just like Beth caused Aruba their problems.

    18. Paul Breiveld on November 13th, 2008 12:37 am


      o.k. Surrounded by White Trash Redneck Republicans and a Weasel!

    19. Michelle on November 13th, 2008 9:43 am

      #12 da_wench

      PLEASE! Sarah is not responsible for anyone making death threats against Obama or anyone else. That is ridiculous. All she did was state the truth. I suppose you think she is responsible for the death treats against Joe the plumber also.

    20. Michelle on November 13th, 2008 9:46 am


      What is your definition of White Trash? someone who disagrees with you

      What is your definition of Red Neck? anyone from the South, anyone who voted against Obama

      DO NOT lump all of us here into one group. You do not know us, so therefore you can not possibly know where we live and how we live.

      P.S. If you don’t like it here…..LEAVE or stop being so judgmental.

    21. super dave on November 13th, 2008 9:50 am

      i thought all the obama slaves were not racist ? i think all the racist names you guys called Sarah
      not to mention calling her a bitch, claiming her husband is the father of his grandchild is exactly what we expected from you. throw the first stone if you are without sin .

    22. Paul Breiveld on November 13th, 2008 11:32 am


      Other people started with the namecalling (trolls) I am just talking in their way of speech back!

    23. Miss-Underesmated on November 13th, 2008 12:17 pm

      Super dave, we know by know that when the dems can’t battle the truth, lie, lie and lie some more.

      Jindal/Palin 2012

    24. michelle on November 13th, 2008 7:16 pm


      Well that’s all grown up…He started….I’m just doing it because he did it….

      I think people here can have conversations without the name calling….

    25. Paul Breiveld on November 14th, 2008 2:30 am


      I hoped you were right. But at least blame the one that starts more then the one that talks back in the same manner.

    26. Michelle on November 14th, 2008 2:13 pm



    27. WTF? on November 14th, 2008 4:20 pm

      Did someone recently troll a $20 bill through a trailer park?

      Yes? So THAT explains Paul Breivold posting on these boards!

      Hey Paul, Larry the cable guy’s been looking for you. Run along now, and see if you can track him down.

    28. Lisa on November 15th, 2008 6:51 am


      I 100% agree – Obama’s lack of patriotism came up way before Palin was even a consideration for VP and I am sure that we will see more of his laxity in patriotism over the next four years.


      Palin provided strenth to the campaign and drew the crowds because people believed in her not because she was pumping up white supremist groups – please.

      The information in the link, however, is one of my biggest fears: if an assassination happens, we will have a nationwide riot on our hands that will make the Rodney King riot look like Disneyland. I don’t like Obama’s policies, his associations with certain people that preach hatred, and I believe he lied the entire election with the press covering it up, but there are people out there that don’t like him just because he’s black.

    29. Paul Breiveld on November 25th, 2008 8:46 am


      You;re MISTAKEN. I did not visit your home community. My house is not on wheels, yours is!

      And please: your KKK outfit is only suitable for Halloween, not the rest of the year!

    30. Dolf on December 12th, 2008 5:18 am

      that lack of patriotism…

      does that mean he won’t blindly follow ppl going to war?

      we Europeans saw ppl talking about patriotism and waving flags back in the 1930ties…….
      SM: Actually that was not Patriotism they were waiving and who was it that bailed Europe out? That would be America and the “Greatest Generation”. Your Welcome.

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