The running mate of John McCain during his run for the presidency in 2008 was Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska. Despite this close political and likely personal tie, Palin has been excluded from McCain's funeral. Palin was not only denied an invitation but told through back channels in no uncertain terms to stay away from the ceremony.
Carla Eudy, the McCain fundraiser confirmed that Palin had not been invited, it is speculated that the McCain family is behind Palin's barring from the funeral. The news was revealed on the 10th anniversary of McCain's announcement of his pick for Vice President.
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When news of McCain's passing was announced, Palin said, "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. My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family."
McCain was reported to have said he regretted choosing Palin as his running mate over Sen. Joe Lieberman, news that Palin described as a "gut punch." Palin may be in headlines over being barred from attending the funeral, but she isn't the only one who was told to stay away from the event. President Donald Trump was is also on the banned list to McCain's funeral.
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Despite the harsh comments from McCain regarding their campaign for the presidency, the Palin family told a source close to them: "Out of respect for Sen. 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."
McCain is set to be buried Sunday in Annapolis after several days of planned memorials and events.
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