Sarah Palin Says John McCain’s Comments Were a ‘Gut Punch’ But These 7 Things Reveal Their Relationship Was Never That Good

The bombshell reveal that Sen. John McCain regrets choosing Sarah Palin for his running mate took Palin’s breath away.

Palin said hearing the news was like a “gut punch” and she didn’t completely believe he regretted his decision unless she heard it from McCain himself, USA Today reports. While she may not believe McCain really feels this way, hints from the past prove otherwise. McCain’s daughter Meghan reveals (hint page 5) some big reasons why Palin and her ailing father were never on the same page.

1. McCain admitted this was whom he really wanted for vice president

Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and McCain (R-AZ, left) had a strong working relationship for years. |  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

McCain originally wanted Joe Lieberman, a former democrat turned independent, as his running mate, The Huffington Post reports. However, advisors talked McCain out of the Lieberman appointment because of his liberal background, which led to Palin as his pick.

Next: Despite choosing Palin, McCain said this.

2. He was never truly committed to the partnership

Sen. John McCain quickly regretted not picking Lieberman. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

McCain insists not going with Lieberman was just another mistake he made, according to The Huffington Post. In his autobiography, McCain wrote, “It was sound advice that I could reason for myself. But my gut told me to ignore it and I wish I had.”

Next: Palin’s style clashed with McCain’s.

3. Palin approached politics differently than McCain

McCain and Palin had very different campaign styles. | Darren Hauck/Getty Images

While McCain spoke eloquently and thoughtfully during 2008 campaign rallies, sticking to the issues, backing away from personal attacks, Palin went for the red meat. She wasn’t well read, had limited policy knowledge, and enjoyed “whipping crowds into a frothing frenzy,” according to New York Magazine.

Next: She also went here when McCain would not.

4. He also wasn’t keen to how she did this

McCain was unhappy with Palin’s personal attacks on Obama. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

During the 2008 campaign, McCain maintained class and dignity, never personally attacking his opponent, Barack Obama. However, Palin often attacked Obama personally, which vastly differed from McCain’s style, New York Magazine reports.

Next: This may be one big reason why he has regrets.

5. McCain’s daughter said Palin did this to the campaign

Meghan McCain called Palin a “time bomb.” | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

McCain’s daughter Meghan spoke with ABC News shortly after her father’s loss to Barack Obama and said Palin generated “drama, stress, complications, panic and loads of uncertainty.” Meghan wrote that Palin was a “time bomb” who walked the “line between genius and insanity” in a book she penned shortly after the campaign.

Next: Her infamous appearance on this show only made things worse.

6. This interview drove the nail into Palin’s coffin

Palin blamed her disastrous Katie Couric interview on the McCain campaign. | Katie Couric via YouTube

Meghan wrote about the interview Palin had with Katie Couric and how it set Palin’s downward spiral in motion, ABC News reports.

“Katie Couric’s interview with her before the vice presidential debate had been disastrous. Unhappy with her performance, Palin seemed to blame the interview on the campaign,” Meghan wrote. “And she continued to blame other poor interviews and snafus on the campaign too. Sarah Palin. She was turning out to be somebody who leaves a wake of confusion and chaos — to the point of dizziness — wherever she went.”

Next: In the end, this is how Palin feels about McCain.

7. Palin holds steady to this opinion about her former running mate

Sarah Palin in 2014

Palin still respects John McCain. | T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

Even though she’s hurt by these comments, Palin maintains that McCain is still a friend and would “never disparage someone who has served our country and made a lot of sacrifices as a vet,” CNN reports.

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