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10 Years After Being Picked by McCain, No Invite for Palin

According to a 'People' report
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2018 6:11 AM CDT
Updated Aug 30, 2018 6:48 AM CDT
In this Sept. 3, 2008, file photo, Republican presidential candidate John McCain, center, joins vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, left, and her family following her speech at the Republican National...   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

(Newser) – Article after article has made mention of the fact that Sen. John McCain's wishes were that President Trump not be invited to his funeral. Sarah Palin apparently didn't make the cut, either. People reports the Palin news by way of several unnamed sources and quotes family friend Carla Eudy, who had a hand in planning the memorial services, as confirming "invitations were not extended" to either the president or McCain's 2008 running mate—who, Axios notes, was featured in the New York Times' lead story exactly 10 years ago Thursday. The headline: "Alaskan Is McCain's Choice; First Woman on GOP Ticket." (Palin was named as his running mate the day prior, on Aug. 29, 2008.)

NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O'Donnell tweeted a sort of confirmation of the report, writing that Palin "is not expected to attend memorial. The McCain family has not commented on the invitation guest list." She went on to quote a Palin family source as saying, "Out of respect to Senator McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point. The Palin family will always cherish their friendship with the McCains and hold those memories dear." Palin herself had this to say upon the announcement of McCain's death: "Today we lost an American original. Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life—and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self. John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times."
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