November 12th, 2009
11:01 PM ET
2 years 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. Anonymous

    Let Sarah Palin make her money, she needs it like we all do. Let's see what she does next!

    November 12, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  2. Stephen

    No surprises here.

    November 12, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. The Ultimate Realist

    Leave Sarah alone and let her make her money and let's see what she does next!

    November 12, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Darryl Pierce

    Stapleton says that Palin's book "remains embargoed". Which particular meaning of "embargo" is she using in this sentence?

    November 12, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  5. Ellie

    I guess Sarah Palin is still riding on McCain's Crooked Bus Express. Talk about her constant twists, spin and lies to try to make herself out as the "victim". I guess when you're a QUITTER and a marginal journalist, all you do is constantly find folks to blame, blame, blame for your incompetence and lack of integrity and credibility.

    What more can you ask for from Caribou Barbie?

    November 12, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    Thank you CNN for the all the free Press for Sarah.

    Your Liberal friends despise her primarily because they realize that she threatens their Big Nanny Government, "take care of me" desires. The simple fact is that Palin has more intelligence and guts in her little finger than most of the quasi-elitist bloggers on here who viciously belittle her daily.

    The clock is ticking for the Dems and their poll numbers continue to plummet while unemployment ascends. Sarah looks pretty good in comparison! Tick tock tick tock!!!

    November 12, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. Rick

    What IS one hundred percent true is Sarah Palin is truly a nut case!

    November 12, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Shelly CO

    Get your gloves on....it is war for the Palins and the McCains.
    IMAGINE IF THESE TWO HAD BEEN you know what ( sends a sick feeling in my stomach)......USA WOULD HAVE BEEN IN BIG TROUBLE!!!!

    November 12, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Laura

    $500.000 to vett this bimbo? You were robbed.

    November 12, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. USA

    Palin is untrustworthy.

    November 12, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. nardofree in va

    funny lady... and i don't mean ha ha . it's all about the money with this lady.

    November 12, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  12. Archarito

    The AP disseminates 100% inaccurate information.
    Sarah Palin did not claim the bill she received for vetting her was $500,000.00.
    She did claim it was $50,000.00, but; not the $500,000.00 as the AP claims!
    The intentionally false AP report is just more Bilderberger controlled mainstream media propaganda attacking freedom and liberty loving Americans...

    November 12, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. Patsy, Texas

    This is the third "ticker" you have posted regarding Sara Pain.
    When is this disgusting person going to leave your radar?
    PLEASE, PLEASE, DUMP HER!

    November 12, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Joe

    Paylin would fit right in with Obama. 100% untrue.

    November 12, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. Terry Gloege

    Who cares?

    November 12, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. David

    Sarah... you should have called your book "Pulp Fiction II"

    November 12, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. Wolfen

    I feel sorry for anyone pathetic enough to read her book, much less care about what she has to say.

    Except for the comedic value.

    November 12, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  18. CJ

    She said, He said that is all we are going to hear. Who cares? This woman need to shut up and go away. Religion is entirely independent of facts and knowledge and thus should be private not a public matter and a women's body is her's not for politicians( man or woman) to think that they can make decisions for that person so she should keep her opinions to her self even if she thinks different. Mrs. Palin needs to think things out and speak later.

    November 12, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  19. A.B.

    I think that the Republicans should forget Sarah Palin and focus on rebuilding their party and its future. The future of the Republican Party and its leadership must preclude Sarah Palin and any prospect of her running for any political office. Palin has proven that she is not cut out to be a serious political leader. She is merely a distraction and liability for the Republican Party. The party must become a big tent and become tolerant of ethnic diversity and diverse viewpoints. It must be inclusive of both and must be moderate and practical.

    November 12, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  20. Casey Jones

    I believe your characterization of Palin complaining about $500,000 in legal bills from her VP vetting is itself, 100% untrue. According to the AP copy I'm looking at right now, she says that part of her legal bill was $50,000. Quite a difference, and one that, of course, the McCain camp would deny. Why are the media utterly incapable of reporting anything factually accurate or fair about this woman?

    November 12, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. JIlli

    Notice that nothing negative regarding the campaign was Palins fault? The disasterous Couric and Gibson interviews...they were badgering her, and Gibson was looking down on her. Asking what publications your read is badgering? Did the woman realize she was running as a VP candidate of the United States, not the Wasilla school board?

    I find her inability to accept responsibility for her ineptitude and lack of knowledge and experience to be stunning.

    November 12, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. boogaloo

    Fundamentalist Pharisees like Sarah Palin are a scourge on society. No way would I buy her book. I might check it out of the local library, though, for a few laughs.

    November 12, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  23. Larry

    What a joke

    I can not believe Oprah spoke to this attention seeking brain dead female

    I LOL every time I read Palins whining that she has somehow been mistreated

    Palin is a sad joke that we as Americans must contend with

    November 12, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. Larry

    Much anticipated book tour ????

    Much anticipated by WHO ???

    Palins Mother ... ???

    What an absolute joke ....

    She did not even write the book ...

    Probably can't read it either

    LOL ... LOL .... LOL .... LOL ... What a JOKE ...

    November 12, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  25. ken sanders

    This Lady is a waste of bandwidth. Surely there are other more important things for us to deal with in to-day's world.

    November 12, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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