November 12th, 2009
11:01 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain official: Palin claim 'one hundred percent untrue'

Sarah Palin's book is officially scheduled for release next Tuesday.
Sarah Palin's book is officially scheduled for release next Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A former senior campaign adviser to John McCain is rejecting Sarah Palin’s claim that she was billed for the costs of vetting her before she was selected as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Palin’s book “Going Rogue” is set to hit the bookstores next Tuesday, but the Associated Press reported the claim Thursday after purchasing a copy of the book before the sale date. The AP reported that Palin writes about the legal fees she began to accumulate after returning to Alaska once the campaign ended, most of which were the result of having to defend herself from ethics charges.

The AP said that Palin writes about receiving a bill for about $500,000 from the McCain campaign to pay for expenses relating to the vetting process that took place before she was named as the vice presidential nominee.

"That is one hundred percent untrue," said the McCain official, who would only speak on the condition of anonymity in deference to McCain. "All those bills are from her personal attorney Thomas Van Flein, mostly relating to the Troopergate investigation and other ethics investigations. It is not legal to pay for those investigations out of general election funds, even if the campaign was so inclined."

Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton would not confirm the accuracy of the AP report.

"The book remains embargoed," Stapleton said in an e-mail to CNN. "The Governor will appear on Oprah first to discuss the book's contents.”

The Oprah interview, which was taped Wednesday, will air in its entirety next Monday. The memoir officially hits stores the following day, and Palin kicks off her much-anticipated book tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday.


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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Beverly in NC

    Palin has always been a liar and will tell even bigger lies to try to get more fools to buy her joke of a book we all know she did NOT write. When will America ever realize this woman is a total moron who has NO values, spreads hate, racism, and has abandoned her family to feed her pitiful ego.
    Let's all boycott Oprah's show with Palin on it. Haven't we had to listen to her lies and stupidity long enough??? She in no way represents the vast majority of intelligent women in America. She's a national embarrassment.

    November 12, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. James Baker, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Does anyone really care about Sarah Palin's views on anything? If so, they must be more interested in form than substance (no pun intended).

    November 12, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  3. Wise Latina

    This fits with state-controlled media's obsession to destroy Palin at every turn. We know, however, that "unnamed McCain sources" are useful tools desperately trying to shift blame from their and their impotent candidate's incompetence and onto Palin.

    Note to CNN: The more you keep trying this lame game, the more transparent your shameless bias and agenda become.

    November 12, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  4. KJ

    In the interview with Oprah, Palin is quoted as saying she had a bad interview with Kathy Couric. Yet, in her book, she states Couric was biased and badgered her. Her problem among a host of issues is that she takes no accountibility for her own actions. She blames everyone else.

    November 12, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. Shelley Dee

    Seriously?! Someone actually thinks Palin can be truthful? McCain's campaign needed have bothered with the debunking of Palin's claim. Everyone already knows she's incapable of telling the truth.

    November 12, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  6. Michele

    Hey Sarah! Quit makin' things up! It's getting far too easy to catch you in your lies. You can laugh all you want at Oprah's questions, but you are a liar down to your conservative core.

    November 12, 2009 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  7. Ex-NC-Pub

    I am shocked that someone would accuse Palin of being untruthful... absolutely shocked!

    November 12, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. Mauiharper

    What a surprise – another lie from Palin. We have come to expect nothing but lies and temper tantrums from the GOP and they never let us down!

    November 12, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  9. S.B.

    I have a feeling Palin's book contains plenty of lies or half-truths. I really think this lady belongs on "Entertainment Tonight," and not in the political arena. Her actions go from weird to bizarre, and she speaks the truth only when it's a convenience. I would not trust anything she says.

    November 12, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  10. Victor

    Palin, who?

    November 12, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. Ya betchya! (Yawn)

    So who do you believe? The old, senile guy or the looney, can't remember answers Sarah? It is a difficult decision isn't it? That's what Americans thought on November 4, 2008 and why we're so lucky that Barack Obama won the Presidency.

    November 12, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  12. Boston Guy

    Palin is a liar. Nothing she says is true. Only idiots will buy her book.

    November 12, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  13. txleadhead

    Sarah Who? I sure hope she's the republican nominee. That would be the final nail in the coffin.

    November 12, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  14. Proud American

    Come on the lady is a liar and would say anything to sell a book. You would have to be a complete Idiot, without a life to read it.

    November 13, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  15. kr

    I understand the anonymity and I can respect that but it only enables Ms. Palin to continue to lie. I believe that she is lying in reference to this and many other things that are in this book. I do know that a lot of people including the media will be buried under the bus. The only thing that she needed to add to her bus was 2012 and not try to be deceptive. To get to be president you need to offer more than a bus tour; she has done nothing since her VP candidacy but a tour to Hong Kong and write on her facebook in opposition to Obama who inherited a plateful. Sooner or later the truth always prevails. The whole world does not lean to the far right.

    November 13, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. Norm

    Did Palin's spokesperson just refer to her as "the governor"?
    Are we trying to make the public forget she QUIT that post for cash?

    November 13, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  17. Tom F

    This is the usual CNN trick: formulate the headline that puts Palin in the worst possible light.

    If they liked Palin, it would read something like this: "McCain Campaign Denies Billing Palin".

    November 13, 2009 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  18. Tom

    Sarah Palin has suffered a lot of criticism from people everywhere, but people need to give her some credit. She was elected to a Governorship which only a select number of people have ever done! She was also selected to be VP of the most powerful county in the world! So show a little respect and understand that she has accomplished more in her life than most of us will ever do! Also I think that we will see a very different Sarah in the years to come with no restrictions from McCain! Can't wait to read the book and am very glad she is launching it in GR!

    November 13, 2009 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  19. Brian

    Hmmm....integrity....McCain or Palin? I'm going with Old Navy.....McCain doesn't have to make a name for himself with all the hype, Palin however....

    November 13, 2009 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  20. Tom the Hollywood Liberal

    so if i understand this correctly: Her position is that she's miffed at (allegedly) being billed for the vetting, which should've uncovered all the unsavory stuff she did in Alaska, prior to her interviewing for the position for which she was grossly unqualified? Just wanted to make sure i got that straight.

    November 13, 2009 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  21. branedead

    Stapleton said in an e-mail to CNN. "The Governor will appear on Oprah first to discuss the book's contents.”

    Does a Governor who quits her elected position still have the title of "Governor?' Just asking..

    November 13, 2009 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. JF

    Standard operating procedure for Pailn with her nodding acquaintance with reality. Hey, when I was Governor of Alaska, I didn't behave like that. I gave everyone their own yacht and flew the entire state to Hawaii every year. Yeah, that's it. And I always tipped big, really big.

    November 13, 2009 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  23. Lamps

    CNN is at it again blasting Palin. Give us something new. Try that on Mrs. Obama or Hillary. See what happens. CNN is too liberal. Post this.

    November 13, 2009 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
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