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. Senior Lilarose in Oregon

    My family is boycotting Oprah's Palin showing PLUS the next two weeks of Oprah's shows, in protest that Oprah would put Sarah Palin on Oprah's famous couch....for any reason.

    November 12, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Tom

    Palin's self-aggrandizing memory. I sure wish Levi J. would start shoveling that dirt he has on her so she would shut up and crawl back in her cave.

    November 12, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Mike O'Brein

    Give me a break. I'm on the floor laughing...

    November 12, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Rob

    The Sarah Palin Show Rocks! >wink<

    November 12, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. Jack

    So we knew she was a liar just with the "death squad" thing.

    November 12, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. TMAN

    Palin and Prejean are both idiots to think the public can't see through there lies and hypocrisy. STop giving them any more time. They are disgusting.

    November 12, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Sufra Gette

    Why is the american media stll mentioning this woman ? She is not
    important and never will be. Doesn't matter how many books some ghost-
    writer is going to spread in her name. Or do some Joesixpacks need more
    education in geographie ?

    November 12, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Headhog

    And this is a surprize?

    November 12, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Jim

    Palin's a liar, I certainly believe the McCain staffer.

    November 12, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. Dennis

    Again, why would anyone expect anything else out of this supposed Christian's mouth except a lie. Even her own party knows it. I wonder of James Dobson ever had second thoughts about cramming her down McCain's throat?

    November 12, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Greg

    Her book would sell better if it had vampire's in it.

    November 12, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. TCYB

    How can 500,000 = 5 minutes of vetting?

    November 12, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Shannon

    She seems to have a problem with lying.

    November 12, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Stu- SW Florida

    She lies???? I'm shocked!

    Actually, it may not have been her. Perhaps it was the person
    who actually WROTE the book. She has still yet to master the
    English language.

    I know I'm not inhalin' any Palin. Stunts your growth...

    November 12, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. carlos, THAT one

    she wolf lying???.....how could that be??.....a lesson to her followers: you looked on the outside and fell in love, however, on the inside, only bread crumbs..keep up with your adoration...

    November 12, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. Playing in traffic

    Palin/Bachman 2012 – I'm with stupid

    November 12, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. greyfox

    Big surprise. Truth and Palin are both five letter words; that's all they have in common.

    November 12, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. Nate

    When can a claim be anything other than 100% untrue or true? It's true or untrue. There is no middle ground. I could really care either way what she said. But when an official says something like that it makes me feel he is lying. Almost like a double negative. "I don't see nobody in Russia from my house."

    November 12, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Jeffrey in Wisconsin

    and for all of you who voted "McCain/Palin" should be ashamed of yourselves!

    just think of how these bickering fools would have dug us into an even deeper hole than what Karl Rove started!

    it's going to take Obama's first term to patch that one up!

    November 12, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. Phil

    The fact that so much investigation was needed in order to concider her for the nomination should have been a clue to Mcain that she was going to be a problem for his run at president. I sure wish that Mcain would not have brought her on to the national political stage. She has been nothing but an embaressment to herself and the republican party since she was chosen as a vice presidential candidate.

    November 12, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. [R]s are Dumbasrocks

    The picture shows Dumb and Dumber. And those mental twinkies that come on here to actually defend and worship the empty rightwing principles of Dumb and Dumber are Dumbest.

    November 12, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. Gentwelve

    Now wait a minute.... Sarah, and her fellow neo-cons are better than everybody else and ya just better be careful cuz ya know ya mitght just get mistaken for a moose and maybe get shot.

    November 12, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. JonPeter, Hartford, CT

    Typical Palin behavior. Doesn't get her facts straight and blames everyone else for her problems. Did she reaaly expect the Mccain organization to cover he legal expenses in Alasjka ?? I certainly hope the Republicans run a better organized candidate for president in 2012 than Sarah.

    November 12, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Susie

    Why am I not surprised. Everything that comes from this womans mouth is a mistruth.

    Go back to the wilderness Sarah. Your days of fame are well and truly over.

    November 12, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. PAUL W.

    Really? This is news? Find me a Republican who's telling the truth, about anything. That would be news!!

    November 12, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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