October 2nd, 2009
10:37 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin camp's Schmidt response: Wait for the book

Palin is remaining silent about a sharp jab directed at her Friday by former John McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt.
Palin is remaining silent about a sharp jab directed at her Friday by former John McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sarah Palin is remaining silent about a sharp jab directed at her Friday by former John McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt, who predicted that a potential Palin presidential bid in 2012 would be "catastrophic."

A spokeswoman for the former Alaska governor said Palin is holding her fire until her new book is released next month.

"The governor will write about all of this in her book," Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said in an e-mail, referring to the internal fighting that marred the final weeks of McCain's president bid. "There will be plenty of time to talk about it then."


"I think that she has talents," he said of McCain's former running mate during a panel discussion with CNN's John King. "But my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican Party in 2012, and in fact, were she the nominee, we could have a catastrophic election result."

Schmidt was speaking at The Atlantic's "First Draft of History" Conference in Washington, D.C.


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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. this balck liberal hates Obama

    Hey did you all know that David Letterman publicaly admitted last night that he had an affair with a few of his female staffers while he's married and has a dowry son?

    Like to see him go after Sarah Palin and her Daughter now.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    October 2, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. marcus2

    Sarah Palin is a religious fanatic who is obsessed with gaining political power.

    And just like followers of the Taliban in Pakistan, there are millions of religious fundamentalist crazies in the US who follow her. Fortunately, the majority of Christians are more sensible and know she's a self-serving Elmer Gantry in a dress.

    October 2, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Your Daddy

    What a pathetic, envious bunch of loser commenters here. When are all of your multi-million-dollar books coming out? Losers.

    October 2, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. this black liberal hates Obama

    You know what, I don't blame all of you for not wanting to read Sarah's book. I wouldn't either if I was also DUMB and RETARDED, who couldn't read anyway!

    October 2, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. usualone

    I truly wonder what people see in her except that she is an attractive woman. She only demonstrates the ugliness in the human character. Her followers don't understand she is doing all this for the "money" and the "fame." She will use anybody for her own personal gain. I'd be completely embarrassed to believe in her. She spouts such hateful, divisive words, it makes me leary of many of our citizens because of this "talk."

    October 2, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. this black liberal hates Obama

    Hey did you know that David Letterman admitted last night that he had an affair with his female staffers while he's married and has a dowry son?

    Like to see him go after Sarah Palin and her daughter now.

    October 2, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. this black liberal hates Obama

    Hey today Obama and his city of Chicago lost their chance to host the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Ginero? In fact Chicago was eliminated in the earlier round.

    Who's the BIGGEST LOOSER NOW!

    October 2, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. Tim_CA

    Looking forward to the read – should give us some insight into the disaster of a campaign that the cranky old RINO gave us, which, in itself was fascinating to watch. Must have been a real rollercoaster ride – the old RINO couldn't draw flies, while Ms. Palin was filling halls.

    Don't know much about Ms. Palin, but I like her attitde, and she certainly has more experience Governing than a certain "present" voting Junior Senator from a certain Northern city known for "pay to play" and abject corruption – and he made it to the top office.

    She might be "better", but this country needs "best" REAL bad – our current President (who campaigned as a moderate) took a sharp left and hasn't straightened out the wheels yet (gee, who'da thunk it?) – after 4 years of soaring debt (faux pork-laden stimulus bills, rampant entitlement spending, fairy-tale energy taxes), we're going to need someone sharp to straighten out the mess. Both houses will retain D majorities in 2010, but they'll be crippled badly, and the Blue dogs are at least rational – that'll slow things down.

    Hopefully we'll get some insight into Ms. Palin with no MSM spin or blogger drooling worship, and settle the issue early.

    As always, I'm absolutely flabbergasted by the lemming-libs obvious fear and hatred of this woman. Further the supposed "party of tolerance" has no problem hurling the most mysoginistic, sexist, demeaning insults at both her and her family (simply scroll-up if you doubt this) – yet cry like little babies and scream RACIST at anyone who has differences in opinion with thei holy messia...but I digress...looking forward to the book.

    Signed – An Informed Independent

    October 2, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. this black liberal hates Obama

    Hey GI Joe, your IQ went down the minute you were born. It's called being a RETARD!

    October 2, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. Jen

    Is anyone not rolling their eyes at this?

    October 2, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    I will vote for her for POTUS whether she is on the ballot or not, and if she should decide to not run, I urge all of you to write her name in as well.

    October 2, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. al

    Man you peaple have so much hate .I hope palin runs and wins.
    O and by the way if have not noticed ,the democratic party is now the
    comunist democratic party.

    October 2, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. Doug

    CNN can't get enough of Sarah Palin. They write about her every chance they get. Why are they so afraid? She has made (2) Facebook blogs in the past 6 months, and the press goes in a tizzy.

    If she was so unimportant, so uneducated, so imperfect. Why does the media grab any negative story they can and post it as fast as they can?

    She controls her message unlike anybody in recent history.

    Like her or not, but the media salivates over a good Sarah Palin story.

    She will have plenty of Power in the coming years, there is no doubt.

    How she uses it will be interesting to watch.

    As she said..........wait for the book, and i'm buying.

    October 2, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Doug

    Those saying she is incoherent on the issues, try listening to Obama without a teleprompter, talk about incoherent!

    October 2, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    "See spot run. Run spot run...." now THATS going rogue

    October 2, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. filbert

    The ignorance and hate in the comments here are a wonder to behold.

    Keep it up, everyone! You're doing CNN proud tonight!

    October 2, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. big papa

    Sarah Palin...

    ...and ALL who support her...

    ...are dog excrement...

    ...may they all suffer hell on earth...

    ...then hell in hell...

    October 2, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Axey

    Bill Clinton's book was written by someone else. Hillary Clinton's book was written by someone else. And according to Andersen, Obama's book was written by someone else. Not sure why Palin having someone write her book is a negative to liberals.

    October 2, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. bellablue

    Anyone can write a book! And I would bet the "honeymoon" will be over very soon for Sara Palin! Most likely the Repubicans are the ones buying this book. And it won't be long before it will be a "Bargain Book"! I think there are many, many Americans who truly believe that Sara Palin having ANY role in Washington, whether it be a Senator, Congressman, Cabinet member, of Vice President/President, would indeed be DISASTER, Oh, and by the way - I wonder who's taking care of Sara's kids, these days?????????????????????? Super Mom turned into "Money Grabber"!! Plain and simple!!

    October 2, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. Carramea

    I am not a liberal but I think Palin is a joke. Period. I wont buy her ghost written book, I am sick of being said I feel threatened. I consider her as substantive as a puff of smoke. I laugh at people like the Obama show who cant even spell Hussein right. Ignorant uneducated people are what scare me

    October 2, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. bob in LA

    Only Palin could think she could wirte about the comments being made today in her book about to be released.
    Is she planning adding pages just before its released?
    I have to assume it is being printed at this time.

    October 2, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  22. AlecJ

    Unbelievable- Sarah Palin has 10 times the accomplishments of Obama and is absolutely as smart as him. How many stupid things does the guy have to say off teleprompter to shatter the idea that he is a thinker. He is a typical politician who cant figure out the push/pull door but can regurgitate a bunch of campaign slogans and empty platitudes.

    Name one accomplishment or success of Obama's outside of using the corrupt Chicago political machine to get elected to office. He is an empty suit with no ideas. If he had to put up with 1/100th of the media assault Palin did, he would have never made it out of the Illinois Senate. Every time something negative is said about Obama he cries and then tries to sick his bullies on them.

    He doesnt have half the guts or spine that Sarah Palin has– she is a much cooler person.....have you seen him throw??,,,,in mom jeans?? He is a product of packaging with no substance and horrible judgment.

    The grovelling to the Olympic Committee was a debacle and embarrassing....

    She would be a better President then Obama....although its obvious thats not a difficult task.

    We have 3 years until 2012....i imagine Americans will pick anyone over Barack Obama by then.

    October 2, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. carlos, THAT one

    "The governor will write about all of this in her book," Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said........so the book hasn't even been finished and the insignificant non IQ'ers are already ordering it.......it figures, it is their mentality.............

    October 2, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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