John McCain admits tensions with running mate Sarah Palin - Telegraph Senator John McCain has admitted there have been tensions between him and running-mate Sarah Palin. A senior McCain adviser was quoted as describing Mrs Palin as "a whack job". Others called her a "diva" and complained she had been "going rogue". Mrs Palin has made clear she believes she was the victim of a botched "roll out" plan in which the McCain campaign initially kept her cosseted from the media. To the anger of senior McCain staff, she recently went off script to point out that she had not chosen the $150,000 (£95,000) of designer clothes. She privately blames the Republican National Committee for damaging her down-to-earth image.