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. Kati

    Sarah Palin lied?? SHOCKING!

    November 12, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Sam

    Vetting Fees and death panels...who lives in an alternate reality me or Palin?

    November 12, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. Harrold

    I am so SICK of the GOPers and their LIES!!!! Thank God for President Obama. Just imagine if McCain and Palin would have won! That would have been a complete nightmare! But don't blame Palin, she's only doing what she knows best- LIE. It's the Republican way.

    November 12, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. Blind Faith

    Listen and believe in this woman at your own risk. She is a walking jihad.

    November 12, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Bill

    I thought the McCain campaign paid for not vetting her.

    November 12, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Wow – Palin is some piece of work! Sending her legal bills to the McCain campaign – but then again, she took a housing allowance from the State of Alaska when she was living in her own home.

    Values? Morals? Intelligence? Character? This woman is completely devoid of all of them!

    November 12, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    I'm sure she'll just say this is another example of "gotcha" journalism.

    Gotcha – as in "cotcha in another lie".

    November 12, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. David, CA

    "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.”

    Don't you mean EX-governor Ms Stapleton? Remember Sarah QUIT.

    Or is she still pretending (among other things) to still be in office?

    November 12, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. g

    GRAND ODD PARTY is dead

    November 12, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Red by Choice

    Just copy to here the comments from the previous Palin ticker article. Anything that even remotely mentions her sends the tax and spend, do nothing, live-off-the-government liberals into a foam-at-the-mouth, irrational furry.

    OK, all together liberals, throw a fit!

    November 12, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. OH, please . . .

    The way the McCain campaign used this woman is despicable - a successful yet relatively unknown governor - who was picked because McCain needed someone "different" and "provocative" to save his sorry ass (and he/we knew that he NEVER stood a chance considering the slobbering love affair of the press for Obama).

    Notwithstanding his credentials, McCain's own boring personality was spiraling this race down,down, down - simple as that.

    After Obama's convention "Las Vegas show," who would EVER have watched boring McCain at HIS convention if it weren't for Sarah! And McCain knew it!

    THAT is the kind of country we are - we want to be entertained rather than informed! And we're now paying dearly for this delusion.

    McCain's campaign staff failed him miserably!!!!!!!!!! So now they go after Sarah?

    As for me, I believe Sarah over McCain's campaign staff any day. She has/had remarkable guts and gave it her all! As for McCain - SHAME ON YOU!

    November 12, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Georgette

    I am shocked. The rogue moron has lied about something?!? Say it ain't so, bimbo!

    November 12, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. kate

    Why are we giving any space to Sarah Palin . . . she is wacko .. . and the sooner everyone realizes that we will be a better country.

    November 12, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. SuperHiro

    hehehehehehehehehhehehehe..... Man. She's just sooooooo entertaining. I hope she gets that talk show she's gunning for. That would be COMEDIC GOLD.

    November 12, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. ralph

    cnn is so biased its pathetic, nobody takes them seriously anymore

    November 12, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Michael - Portage, Mi

    Wow.....Sarah Palin said something that's 100% not true......what a surprise. ;-)

    November 12, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. Frank, Las Vegas

    And why would anyone be surprised that Palin lied? REALLY!?

    November 12, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Todd's Mistress

    Most of the book is probably 100% untrue...given who the author is...

    November 12, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Kamal David

    That's it CNN...I've had it! I'm going to remove you from my favorites.

    November 12, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Way Over Sarah

    I don't care. This is just more information I ever want to hear about her ever again. Won't she just go away?

    November 12, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. babs

    So, she's a liar. How is this news?

    November 12, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. llc

    Sarah you are a pain in the tush!

    November 12, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. concerned coloradan

    Palin wouldn't know the truth if it bit her!

    November 12, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. Chandler

    Palin Lying? Say it ain't so, Joe! Of course she has a ton of lies in her book. Just like her lies about "death panels", and the government basing health care on a person's productivity. She will say any lie, stoop to any level, to get attention and smear other people. Sarah Palin has no integrity.

    November 12, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. Mary Kay

    Glad someone in the Republican Party is calling out this whack job. I actually LIKED John McCain until this crazy lady entered the picture. HInd sight is 20/20 and I am sure McCain would have picked another candidate. Frankenstein lives. Sorry Oprah, you lost a viewer for lifetime for giving into the ratings game. You could have "gotten" anyone to roll you into another media bonanza, but you compromised to someone who didn't want to meet with you as a candidate, but is happy to sell her book to your viewers. You are as bad as Sarah.

    November 12, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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