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. Robert

    This book will soon be known as the "Conservatibe Manefesto".

    Who cares what it says?

    November 12, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Wynter

    Nothing new here.... Palin=Lies... but in this case... Book=Libel..

    Palin better save her receipts next time. She might need them.

    November 12, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. mike d

    a phony and a quitter who doesn't tell the truth. that's what we need in 2012!

    November 12, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. tee

    We all know the book she didn't write will be full of lies......but if your going to defend yourself with any credibility......you need to nix the anonymity...man up or women up....that will shut her up....unless...

    November 12, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Andrew

    Well duh. I question the judgment of anyone who would buy this book given Palin's tendency to disort the truth and out and out lie. Why would you reinforce that behavior by buying her book?

    November 12, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. zap01

    Palin again? Ok, let's hear what a wonderful person this girl is on the blog. Quitting a people's elected position to do non elected work to better the lives of elected people... What am I saying!?! She is in it for the money, you can not justify her words and actions any other way. But the bloggers will try. Have at it.

    November 12, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. tonyt

    That's What Quiters Do.........LIE!

    November 12, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Ron

    Does it surprise anyone that Palin would make a "100% untrue claim?"
    Her continued claims about death panels were and are 100% untrue. The tragedy is that if you repeat a lie enough times, some people will believe it. Even when the source is unreliable.

    November 12, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. midwest mom

    dear Sarah, i REALLY hope you run for the GOP nomination in a few years....the material you give late night comics is priceless...and this will guarantee that i will not have to get out and canvass as hard as I did to get Obama elected! Hmm, I may even send you $10....LMFAO!

    November 12, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Sarah is now......

    loaded with money and is not encumbered by the job as Governor of Alaska.....

    She can free wheel it and they can't touch her.....

    It's Sarah Palin/Liz Cheney in 2012'

    Obama is ONE and DONE. Let's hear the drumbeat.

    November 12, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Susan - Canada

    Do you Americans realize that McCain created a "monster"! You have him and his staff to thank for her. No wonder the United States has no credibility in the world. She will never go away....

    November 12, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Tom L

    Hat trick! 3 stories on Sarah Palin in one day. But, she's irrelevant, right?

    November 12, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. hrrrmph

    People are simply giving this woman too much credit. I don't think she's lying–I think she simply doesn't have the intelligence to know what she was billed for. When she spoke about the Katie Couric interview and claimed that Katie was badgering, she probably thought those simple questions were tricky. This woman has very limited intellect, and everybody is assigning all these motives to her.

    She's simply a dolt, people.

    November 12, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Palin lied?

    As the parrot said in Aladdin, I think I'm going to have a heart attack from not surprise.

    November 12, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. soak these corks

    Palin lying??? say it 'aint so!!!!

    November 12, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. ML

    It seems all Sarah Palin does is lie. She's just a big fraud.

    November 12, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. Fred - MO

    McCain you lose my respect when you put this ding bat front and center to watch with laugher.

    Didn't you guys know she was a liar.... Duh!!!!!!!!!!! This woman truly is a piece of work in a very bad way.....!!!!

    Anyone who reads the book should know it will be full of bull crap and made up stuff!

    November 12, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. John from California

    Gee, Sarah Palin lying? If you want to know for sure, see if her lips are moving it's a sure clue.

    November 12, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. snowflake

    And this woman thinks she could be a possible candidate for the President of the United States of America???? In many respects this whole fisaco is a HOOT! John McCain, you know, the one with 12 houses, 5 cars, TONS of $$$$$ cash, and HEALTHCARE COVERAGE FROM THE GOVERNMENT, has now been cast as the LIAR! Because if his staff was the target, John McCain would also be the target of Sara Palin!! It is sooooooooo funny--All of it is about the MONEY!!!! Sara Palin NOW has written this BOOK OF LIES, and is going to make TONS of $$$$$, and take a bus tour throughout the USA, in many of the same small towns she campaigned with John McCain in 2008!!! MY, MY, WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES!! In the meantime, LORD help ALL OF US, should SARA PALIN EVER set foot in the Whitehouse! NONE OF US will ever live to see OLD AGE!!!

    November 12, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. NCBrent

    There was a vetting process? Hard to believe.

    November 12, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Proud to be a Liberal American

    I fear that the truth has never been of much importance to Sarah Palin.

    I am concerned about this person's aspirations. If America would ever take seriously any desire on her part for the Presidency of the United States, I would realize that our (once?) great country is nearing its end.

    We have become a nation that rewards corruption, mediocrity, dogma, false values, and many other ills. If we continue along this path, the price we pay will be bitter.

    November 12, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. Diesel

    Sarah, YOU are such a lier ...... I really wanted to believe in you.
    Now all I can think of is the Boy Who Cried Wolf.
    I want my money back for your BOOK!

    November 12, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. AJ

    I'm no fan of McCain but don't think Palin would recognize the truth if it walked across her dinner plate so I'm going with his version on this one. The McCain camp needs to come up with some documentation and bury Palin once and for all. McCain started this whole mess by choosing this unstabe nut job. He now needs to finish it.

    November 12, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. cker

    Palin is a dangerous deceptor of truth, this is really scary people. If anyone takes her seriously, this country is going to the wolves.

    November 12, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. Lisa R.

    Sarah Palin and truth have never been compatible. This is news?

    November 12, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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