McCain Palin Campaign Reportedly Seeing Internal Strife

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

October 27, 2008

Spirits not dampred by cold temperatures and the rain, Sarah Palin talked to an invigorated crowd in Fredericksburg Monday, stumping for John McCain who's currently behind in the polls in a state that in the past has been reliably red. Warning voters against Democrats gaining too much power.

"If big government spenders control the House and Senate and, heaven forbid, the White House, they will have a monopoly of power," said Palin.

But McCain and Palin are also having internal battles. Recently reports have surfaced that there may be dissension amongst aides in the McCain camp. Some saying that senior McCain advisers have said that if he loses, they may blame Palin. The VP has reportedly started to distance herself from aides assigned to her.

"Presidential campaigns are won and lost by decisions made by the presidential candidate and his staff, this is not Sarah Palin's fault, if the McCain campaign loses," said Cordel Faulk, UVa Center for Politics.

And though many have criticized McCain's choice for VP, the center says that while she may not have worked as great as McCain may have hoped, she was not a bad choice.

"That didn't work for him in the way that he thought it would but by consolidating the base and making them excited about the McCain ticket, she proved to be a plus," said Faulk.

Faulk says that there are things that McCain could have done to gain more support, his lack of presence in Virginia just one example, saying the McCain camp may have taken some things for granted.

"John mccain obviously thought he could win Virginia without spending much time or energy here. Obama spent money and energy here and he's picked up a wave of support that john mccain is trying to, that may crest much too late," said Faulk.

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