Palin Planned Concession Speech

McCain aides turned her down, script in hand, at final rally

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 6, 2008 8:31 AM CST

(Newser) – Sarah Palin arrived for John McCain’s final rally with her own speech in hand, the New York Times reports, to be told, firmly, by McCain’s top advisers that VP candidates do not get the microphone on election nights, win or lose. Her ambition to take the stage reinforced the McCain camp’s festering certainty that the Alaska governor has had her eye trained well beyond 2008, the sorest of many grievances that poisoned relations between the running mates.

There were major flaps over her fashion spending, her ill-prepared and ill-fated Katie Couric interview, and even the prank phone call incident. Many staffers believe a top Palin aide was leaking “a constant stream of poison” to New York Times columnist Bill Kristol. The columnist, a staunch Palin cheerleader, objects. “I wasn’t writing poison,” he protests.

John McCain is joined by Sarah Palin during a rally with supporters on election night in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.
John McCain is joined by Sarah Palin during a rally with supporters on election night in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin greets supporters after returning to Anchorage, Alaska, Wednesday Nov. 5, 2008.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin greets supporters after returning to Anchorage, Alaska, Wednesday Nov. 5, 2008.   (AP Photo/Al Grillo)
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., looks at Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska,  during an election night rally in Phoenix Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., looks at Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, during an election night rally in Phoenix Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
John McCain embraces Sarah Palin during a rally with supporters on election night in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.
John McCain embraces Sarah Palin during a rally with supporters on election night in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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