November 14th, 2009
03:34 PM ET
4 years ago

Schmidt calls Palin claims 'total fiction'

Schmidt told CNN Palin's claims in her book are 'total fiction'.
Schmidt told CNN Palin's claims in her book are 'total fiction'.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's former presidential campaign manager Steve Schmidt is the latest McCain adviser to cry foul over accusations Sarah Palin has penned in her yet to be released memoir "Going Rogue."

Excerpts obtained by The Huffington Post characterize Schmidt in an unfavorable light, particularly in reference to the prank phone call Palin received from someone pretending to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy. "Right away, the phones started ringing," Palin writes. "One of the first calls was Schmidt, and the force of his screaming blew my hair back. 'How can anyone be so stupid?! Why would the president of France call a vice presidential candidate a few days out?!'"

In a telephone conversation with CNN's John King, Schmidt said how he is described and portrayed in the book is "fanciful. [And] total fiction."

In the excerpts, Palin also claims Schmidt tried to put her on a strict eating regimen, and in a conversation with Randy Scheunemann, a McCain foreign policy adviser, he had blamed the campaigns problems on Palin's "postpartum depression."

"Schmidt started in again, telling Randy what an awful pick I was - the "postpartum" problems, the wardrobe "scandal," "legal exposure" for Todd on Troopergate, whatever he meant by that," Palin writes according to the published excerpts.

In October, during The Atlantic magazine's First Draft of History Conference, Schmidt predicted to CNN's John King that he would be portrayed as "anti-rogue in the running of the campaign."


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  1. Linda

    Oh yes, sure. Just like the clothes thing that you all spent and then leaked stories as if it was her.

    And....the skies open....Angels are playing....oh wait, wrong campaign.

    November 14, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. StevieB

    At this point, Palin talking is only news on the exceptionally rare instances whewre she tells even a partial truth.

    November 14, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Mona

    Just goes to show ya what a LIAR she is! Now her own party
    is coming out against her....as I previously said, "go home
    and take care of your children"!

    November 14, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Rob

    Sarah Palin is the gift >wink< that just keeps giving! ..for Democrats.

    November 14, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. German,Irish American

    To me, it sounds like if he "predicted" what would come out in the book, it must be true. How else could he know what would be said of him in the unpublished, unread book if it didn't happen?

    November 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Karen-phoenix

    The women is a total work of fiction!!! I'm scared to death of her and her mindless ideas!!! She has NO IDEA of reality in the lower 48. She lives in Alaska which is totally a Socialistic State! She get paid $1500 per person in her family every year and she has 100% health care through the Eskimo program!!! How can the women even relate to what we go through in the lower 48!!!!

    November 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. SensibleJoe

    And so now Sarah Palin's pathological lying is in print... All for a price, of course.

    November 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Darrell

    Anyone that would entertain the idea of buying her book is due back at their hospital for meds. The very idea that this will become a best seller tells a very sad story of how some can be duped by this cult like leader. She is part of the biggest scam ever in America, and how she maintains her fifteen minutes of fame, this should shame all that follow her. She is well known for blaming everything that go's wrong on everyone but herself. I can only dream that people should stand up for the truth and not purchase a book by a proven liar.By the way what pretal has she ever done that could be considerd "Going Rouge" ?
    Does that mean you leave Wasilla in debt ? Does that mean you had to have guidance and a forced administrator such as she did as Mayor ? Or does it mean you quit your commitment to the state you love by quitting to concentrate on your future earning potential ? Maybe it means you go to several community colleges for seven years to get your degree. I would never let my children believe this is a good person or a role model and buying her book to me means I am a sucker for all her lies and I won't go that low.

    November 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. charlie in Maine

    You hired a skunk as an attack dog and you are surprised she stinks. I blame her appearnce on the radar of American politics on your campaign so Mr Schmidt: you are just going to have to live with the monster you created

    November 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Bassman

    I have never seen anything like this. Rather then calling Sarah's book "setting the record straight" , the media call it vindictive. I thought the media wants to record truth, for history's sake. A lot of candidates have written books, but Sarah is not allowed. Was Pres Obama's book fact Checked? Sarah is not being vindictive, the media are. The immeadiate attacks on this book before it is even out proves what Sarah has been saying all along. They media were biased during the campaign, and it continues any time she makes a public appearance.

    November 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. PAUL W

    Yeah? Like anything said by a Republican isn't total fiction?

    November 14, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Charles A. Bishop

    Without having read the book it is unfair to pass judgment. However, I'm inclined to believe her Republican critics who were close to her during the run up to the election. It's doubtful that Palin actually wrote the book herself so it is possible that her ghost writer(s) interjected materials to make Sarah look better. But if this happened, she should have made corrections before the book was printed. Alas, we may never be able to distinguish fact from fiction. The controversy is more bad news for the Republicans, and just at a time when they were beginning to improve their ratings.

    November 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. wbn

    I wouldn't trust a McCain campaign aide one iota. McCain's team of advisors led him left of center on too many issues and kept him from trumpeting some of his actual conservative positions to try and be "respectable" in the eyes of the arrogant left, both media and politicians. No wonder they hated (and still hate) Palin, a forthright conservative.

    November 14, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. AJ

    They should have put Palin on a strict speaking regimen. Every time she opened her yap she underscored the HORRIBLE judgment McCain used in choosing her as his running mate. Can you believe the senile old fool actually picked her to run the country when his used up old carcass finally gave up the ghost? It's still astounding.

    November 14, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. They call me "tater salad"

    Yep........Once again Sarah Palin is exposed as the lying, fraud that we all knew she was! She never seems to let a little thing like actual proven facts slow her down at all when she's constantly trying to stuff her twisted reality down our throats! Maybe someday the few halfwit, knuckledraggers that still support this fraud, will finally catch up with the rest of us over here in the real world!

    November 14, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Susan in NC

    Look up the word "rogue" in your dictionary - fits Silly Sarah perfectly!

    November 14, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. JJ-Orlando

    Sarah Palin the perfect example of a republican on zoloft

    November 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. snowflake

    Sara Palin will put EVERY AMERICAN, in a depression, if she EVER gets her foot inside the White House! And it won't be post-partum, either!! We all will be "depressed", in either a casket, or a little box filled with ashes!!!

    November 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The best is yet to come, Palin will get sued and she will be exposed for many other things according to good sources. That's why she's in a hurry to make money before we find out the whole truth that will destroy her.

    November 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Brad

    I believe Schmidt.

    November 14, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. jtsilver2th

    These liberal media types should back off our Sarah Palin-

    She has every right to present her side and make up any facts she wants to- and she can make up just as gooder facts as Mr. Schmidt any day of the week.

    Why where would Scmidt be without Palin I wanta know you betcha.

    Poor Sarah if she hadn't been forced into putting that liberal McCain on her ticket by the RNC then I tell you she woulda been in the Whites House today-

    Go get'em our hockey mom- don't let these Washington DC types confuse you by asking for things like facts- who needs 'em. And those devil worshiping scientists too- do you know they want to teacj science in our schools and they claim the world is over 6000 years old too- what liberals!

    November 14, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. depotlady

    Palin is getting just what she wants............more publicity.

    November 14, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Mickey

    To Sarah Palin:

    Liar liar, your hip waders are on fire!

    GOP: Evolve or die...

    November 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Cile McNeese

    Liar liar pants on fire. If Palin took a lie detector test, she would eclipse the lying odometer. The sad part if a lot of ignorant people will buy this rag and believe it and here we go again with another lying Bush want a be republican. I am no longer a republican as of when bush came to town and never will be after the incompetent one. I just can't believe how stupid some Americans are. I have seen my son go to Iraq twice. Walk a mile in my shoes you stay at home republicans with no children in these bush debacles with your flag flying. You have no clue and no investment!

    November 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. JonDie

    We know, Mr. Schmidt, that everything that comes out of Sarah Palin's mouth is a lie, a mispresentation, fiction or ignorant tripe. Not all of us are as clueless as you and John McCain.

    November 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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