September 8th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain Palin fires back over book ban rumor

(CNN) - The McCain-Palin team is continuing its pushback campaign against stories about VP nominee Sarah Palin that have taken on a life of their own on the Internet.

Watch: Abbi Tatton on the Palin book ban rumor

On Monday, they sent reporters a memo in response to reports that the Wasilla, Alaska resident had tried to ban a lengthy list of books when she was mayor of that town.

“This is categorically false. The fact is that as Mayor, Palin never asked anyone to ban a book and not one book was ever banned, period,” McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers said, directing reporters to campaign research "debunking this smear."

Watchdog Web site snopes.com has also debunked an e-mail that purports to include a list of books Palin tried to ban – several of which were not even published in 1996, when the message says her attempt took place. Factcheck.org also published a lengthy list of rumors they had found to be false under the headline "Sliming Palin."

The language used echoes that of the Obama campaign’s “Fight the Smears” Web site and “Obama Action Wire” e-mails, which look to discredit false rumors about the Democratic nominee.

The McCain campaign has issued increasingly aggressive responses to rumors about the presumptive Republican VP nominee, including some detailed public statements denying sensational stories that had not previously been reported by any mainstream media organizations.


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  1. herold

    Matthiew 8:32 says that ye shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. First the bible tells that. in order to lead, you must be one in your own house and that start at home. If Sarah Palin was a real christian, no one would not have to tell not to accept the position, she would not have accepted Mccain's offer and I often wonder if her Pastor was in a place if or she will continue to preach. In essence what are we telling the young families in the world and we've already taken away their decency by letting them have their way because we are more into our carreers. Is the church selling our birthright as believers for a vote. When we are hearing Mccain says that God has anointed him to save the united states and everybody screams. Does Mccain return-home stopped the war or was there an accord signed based on Mccain release. This election is based on real issues(jobs, forclosures. price of foods and airline tickets, education, healthcare.
    I do not have a problem with her being vp because i believe if Europe, Canada and other places in the world and why not America. We are seeing and understanding what is going on and we are not dumb. One more thing Abortion, homosexuality, marriage are spiritual issues not political and let's give unto Ceasar what is due unto and to God what is due to to Him and i believe that Ceasar has been fair and gave the freedom of WORSHIP and I believe that we should give them some slack and in the end if we are a good witness we can win them.

    that is my two cent (it is not a mistake, it is written that way for a reason.

    God bless you both candidate

    September 8, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. Old Dominion

    For the Palin book-banning believers: You 0bama supporters don't have the intellectual capacity to discuss a coloring book.

    For the rest of you 0bama supporters: You're losers! Hillary will return!!!

    September 8, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  3. Rose

    I'm really not at all surprised by the recent turn in the polls. What with all of the networks obviously gushing over the new republican VP choice. Could your reporting, maybe be just a little less biased towards the Republican ticket. It is so obvious even a young child asked why your footage of the Republicans is always shown with applauding crowds and the Democrats are not.
    It's amazing how many Americans are prepared to allow this beautiful country to continue it's decline into mediocrity rather than vote for the only candidate who has any chance to bring about the change we need. I guess I'll take a line from Sarah Palin: It's God's punishment for all of the past sins committed by our great leaders.

    September 8, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. Valerie - North Carolina

    John McCane a maverick? He voted with the incompetent Bush 90% of the time. McCane is a good man and should have been the R candidate in 2000, but Karl Rove and gang sabatoged him big time to get W on the ticket. His time has come and gone. To energize his candidacy he selects Sarah Palin as VP. Lightly credentialed, mayor of a town smaller than the burg I grew up in and governor of our of our least populated towns. Not enough to pull her from the ticket. It is everything else that is so problamatic: Until last year, she had never been out of the country. Far right religious fundamentalist, No abortion if your 14 or 40, even if you have been raped. No sex education of any kind. No family planning. Disregards all the scientific material concerning evolution and supports thinking that the world is only 6,000 years old. Does not consider glabal warning as a problem. Feels God speaks directly to her, Tired to remove books from library but librarian refused. Does not want polar bears on the endangered lists – it might disturb hunters. Approves of shooting wolves from the air. And more. How can any intelligent, clear-thinking American citizen want someone like this woman to be one heart beat away from the presidency? If that doesn't scare you – you are already dead.

    Senior Southern Lady

    September 8, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  5. LS

    Bloggers are claiming that the media is bias. No – the republicans are bias. Why should Palin be treated any differently than any other person? She shouldn't. Her life is going to be revealed to the extreme. No matter if the republicans would like to keep her life top secert. That's what McCain and the republicans get for not vetting her.

    So far, everything about Palin, her actions, her character, her so-far knowledge, etc., shows she is not cut-out for the job. And this is only going to get worse, from what I can see about Palin. Get use to it McCain supporters. The republicans have lied and have turned their actions into selfish intents.

    And about CNN being in favor about Obama blogger's comments being posted. I don't believe CNN posts only Obama supporters and very little McCain bloggers by choice. I think that the moderators come across more Obama supporters than McCain, so there is no other choice.

    September 8, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  6. STILLBELIEVE

    IF U STAND FOR NOTHING U WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING .......
    MCBUSH HAD NO PLATFORM AND STILL DOESNT .....
    IT AMAZES ME HOW EASY IT IS TO FOOL THE AVERAGE AMERICAN. ITS NOT THE POLITICIANS FAULT WE THE PEOPLE CHOOSE THEM .. THEY REPRESENT THE INTELLTIGENCE LEVEL OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICAN VOTERS . MAYBE WE JUST DONT GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I PRAY THAT GOD WILL HELP US GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME
    OUR KIDS ARE COUNTING ON US

    September 8, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. ghandi

    McCain is a two-faced woman patronizing coniving fool. Being a POW doesn't make you fit to lead either. He's just fooled everyone into arguing about Palin when he himself won't let the media shred her for what she is, a pit bull Cheney endorsed hockey Mom who flipflops on bridges to nowhere. Get the picture voters?

    September 8, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. greatnessneverfellsofarfromthemark

    so, Americans, let's let Palin straighten out N. Korea, Russia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, using hockeye diplomacy? No, just horse hockey. Wake up voters, don't fool yourselves again.

    September 8, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  9. jules

    Obama himself said back off Palin. Let's make this about issues. Instead of spreading rumors online, let's read up and get facts. Let's make informed decisions.

    And CNN? Conservative and in McCain's pocket? I can't recall the last time I read something quite so paranoid and stupid. This ain't Fox News, buddy.

    September 9, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  10. Chach

    Such hypocrisy from the "Family" & "conservative" ""Values"" (please note extra emphasis on "values") Where do I start!? If she OR HER HUSBAND were focusing their attention on their family then maybe their 17 year old daughter (and her one-night-stand) wouldn't be expecting a child! If her Parants had taught her about BIRTH CONTROL!!!!! But that's against her "VALUES".
    And what about "Abuse of Power" with Troopergate? She put herself above the law to support her sister's divorce. Not to mention that family values do not include "divorce". She has abused her position as Governor. And the list goes on! Wake up people. This is Bush III. (Yes III as in 3 because of his dad).

    September 9, 2008 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  11. support d troops

    This sounds familiar Bush/Cheney = Mccain/Palin (the bulldog crew)

    September 9, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Funny how the pro-life VP candidate, Palin, is against after birth research that could save lives and favor the death penalty! So, what is it, Slapshot Palin?!

    While you're at it, explain how you stood up for the bridge To Nowhere until it became obvious it wasn't going to fly and then suddenly against it?!

    Why, that makes you a flip-flopper, lady!!!

    I'd also like an explanation on how you don't want your family and religion discussed when you brought it up in the first place?!

    Remember, Slaphot, if Obama chose Hillary as his VP candidate, you'd still be dazzling 'em at the Muk-Tuk Inn in Alaska and trying to figure out where your daughter "went wrong" and ended up with one of the "Hanson Brothers" for a husband!

    Utilize those Journalism skills you acquired at that top Journalism program at U. of Idaho, Slaphot!!!

    September 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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