Last week, former vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin launched a book tour for Going Rogue: An American Life in which she heavily criticized the 2008 Republican campaign. However, Senator John McCain, who faced Barack Obama in that election, spoke out to defend his team.
McCain did not condemn Palin’s book, but did express his gratitude toward campaign manager Steve Schmidt and senior advisor Nicole Wallace, who were both attacked by Palin in her book and on her national media tour, according to Reuters.
The former Alaska governor accused Wallace of pushing her to do an interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric, a public appearance that proved detrimental to Palin during the campaign, said the news source.
Despite the controversy, McCain has remained positive and has continued to compliment his former running mate.
"I’m still really proud of her and the campaign she ran and I think it’s pretty obvious that she has a substantial base and interest out there," McCain said, quoted by Reuters.
Meanwhile, GOP pollster David Winston believes that Palin needs to transition her discourse into more policy-driven discussions, CNN reports.
"If she spends all of her time talking about her infighting with Steve Schmidt and that’s all she talks about for the next couple of weeks, then she will miss a major opportunity," he told the news provider.