Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Palin's off-script comments irk McCain aides

It's every man (and woman) for him/herself now in the McCain campaign:

Over the weekend, sources told CNN that long-brewing tensions between Palin and key aides to McCain were on the rise.

Several McCain advisers suggested that they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin "going rogue."

A Palin associate, however, said the candidate is simply trying to "bust free" of what she believes was a damaging and mismanaged roll-out.

McCain sources say Palin has gone off-message several times, and they privately wonder whether the incidents were deliberate. They cited an instance in which she labeled robocalls -- recorded messages often used to attack a candidate's opponent -- "irritating" even as the campaign defended their use. Also, they pointed to her telling reporters she disagreed with the campaign's decision to pull out of Michigan.

A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

"She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone," this McCain adviser said. "She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.

"Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom."


Palin's off-script comments irk McCain aides

  • Story Highlights
  • Gov. Sarah Palin made unscripted remarks about wardrobe controversy Sunday
  • Sources tell CNN tensions are brewing between Palin and McCain aides
  • Palin aide says governor felt like she had to say something to defend herself
  • McCain adviser: "She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone"
From Dana Bash

(CNN) -- Some aides to Sen. John McCain say they weren't happy that running mate Sarah Palin went off script Sunday and turned attention back to the controversy over her wardrobe.


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