McCain Doesn't Denounce, Explain Anti-Palin Rumors

Posted: Nov 12, 2008 8:16 AM

John McCain didn't have much of an answer for all the rumors members of his campaign are peddling about Sarah Palin in his first post-election appearance.

Palin's name didn't even come up in his "Tonight Show" interview until after the first commercial break and McCain's first segment was nearly seven minutes long!

"These things happen in campaigns. "I think I have at least a thousand, quote, top advisers," he said. "A top adviser said? I've never even heard of ... a top adviser or high-ranking Republican official."

McCain never said the rumors were untrue or denounced the people pushing them.

Aside from that, McCain did have some kind words for his vice president.

"I'm so proud of her and I'm very grateful she agreed to run with me. She inspired people, she still does," McCain said.

"I couldn't be happier with Sarah Palin," McCain said. He later described her a enterprising young leader for the party like Bobby Jindal and Tim Pawlenty.

McCain did reveal that Palin may have gone "rogue" sometimes as some anonymous sources have told reporters. "Do you expect mavericks to stay on message?'' McCain joked.