WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she meant no disrespect by blacking out the name of Sen. John, R-Ariz., from a sun visor she wore on vacation in Hawaii.
She was just trying to "be incognito" and shield her children and husband, Todd, from paparazzi, the former Republican vice presidential nominee told the news Web site Politico.
The celebrity news Web site TMZ said the blotting amounted to "a frontal attack" on McCain, who lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.
"Sarah chose to wear a visor from her campaign -- a visor that was emblazoned with the former presidential candidate's name ... that is, until Palin redacted McCain's name with a black marker."
"I am so sorry if people took this silly incident the wrong way," Palin said in a statement to Politico.
"I adore John McCain, support him 100 percent and will do everything I can to support his re-election," she said. "As everyone knows, I was honored and proud to run with him."
The Palins were taking a break in Hawaii from a 3 1/2-week book tour promoting her memoir "Going Rogue," currently No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list for hardcover non-fiction.