November 14th, 2009
03:34 PM ET
5 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. dan

    Yea so whats new about a republican or democrat and lies???????

    November 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Good grief!

    loraine November 14th, 2009 4:43 pm ET
    Who takes care of her young children while she goes off gallaganting around the U.S.?
    ---------
    Could it be Grandma - you know, just like Grandma takes care of the Obama children while Michelle goes off gallavanting (yes! I know how spell it!) around the world.

    November 14, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. bobcat1a

    It's not Democrats or the media who are beating up on Sarah. In case any of you Palin loons can actually read, you will find that it's Republicans dishing the dirt.

    November 14, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Joe Thompson

    Can't wait for the day I can buy her book – I'm going to buy 100 copies and hand them out at the corner of 42nd and 5th Avenue in NYC. Sarah stands for: 1) the constitution; 2) drill for energy independence; and 3) financial responsibility. What's not to like? (And note – every Democrat virtually to a person stands in direct opposition to these three common sense, and simple, principles.) Can't wait for 2010, and then 2012? . . . nah, Sarah's too good to waste her talents in the cesspool of presidential politics. She can accomplish WAY more by doing what she's doing right now. I remember a time when liberals were afraid to even spout their rubbish (this would've been in the mid-80's) – can't wait for this time to come again in 2010.

    November 14, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Mary in NV

    No matter who she is or what party she belongs to, she has the right to free speech and to sell a book. If you don't like her, you are not forced to read it, unlike the health care reform that is forced down the throats of many. There should not be a double standard on freedom of speech, so get off your hate-mongering you Dems, and get a life.

    November 14, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Shawn S

    Ahh, liberal claims that Palin is too stupid, not qualified, not a danger the the rancid liberal agenda, Yet, the seek out every article about her and repeat the same lies about the airplane, the bridge to nowhere, the 15 liberal ethics complaints that were ALL dismissed including trooper"gate'.
    If she really was the downfall to conservatism and the GOP, they would be building her up to be nominatied, not calling her crass vile names.
    The strange thing is that the most vocal hatred is coming from the gay community, even though Obama is to the right of her on that issue.
    Obama is against gay marriage because of his RELIGIOUS beliefs. Religious beliefs are not bound to change. Palin and McCains postion is against for cultural reason, (that's the way they were raised)
    Culture standpoints do in fact change with the people.
    This make the gay community living in the dark even after Obama refused to support them in Maine in the recent vote.

    November 14, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Joe Thompson

    And by the way, I wish Obama's books were "fact checked" as well – we may even find out what he's hiding in his birth records, sealed away all these years in a vault in Hawaii . . . or in his college records . . .

    November 14, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. A.B.

    Sarah Palin's credibility is shot full of holes and is in the gutter. Her book will not revive any chance of her political comback. Firstly, the book seems to be a written version of Palin's whining, complaining and blaming others for her mistakes. Secondly, Palin is appealing to a small segment of the American public– extreme right wing social conservatives. The majority of the American public have already dismissed her as unqualified for the U.S. Presidency. Thirdly, Palin has demostrated that she is unfit for the job of U.S. President and its riggers. She cannot even withstand an ethics inquiry into her public conduct. How is she going to withstand those and other challanges if she were to be president?

    November 14, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. CHIPS

    You guys let that snake out of the box. And it has been slithering all over the place every since.

    November 14, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. good things are coming---S Callahan

    lol Oh yeah...forgot all about the call.....thanks CNN for being consistent in putting at least one article in a day that gives a good laugh. lol...you have to admit....that 'was' so funny.

    November 14, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. A.B.

    Sarah Palin's credibility is shot full of holes and is in the gutter. Her book will not revive any chance of her political comback. Firstly, the book seems to be a written version of Palin's whining, complaining and blaming others for her mistakes. Secondly, Palin is appealing to a small segment of the American public– extreme right wing social conservatives. The majority of the American public have already dismissed her as unqualified for the U.S. Presidency. Thirdly, Palin has demostrated that she is unfit for the job of U.S. President and its riggers. She cannot even withstand an ethics inquiry into her public conduct. How is she going to withstand those and other challanges if she were to be president? Most of the time, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression and Sarah Palin is no exception to this rule.

    November 14, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. clearmind

    For those of us close to the campaign, we started to distrust ol' Stevie-boy back in May 2008... his closest buddies rode with me in campaign motorcades and let me tell you... they were as sleazy as they come... filled with hate and vile as they talked on their cell phones... the next times they came to town, i declined to be involved... then the team McCain sent to us was filled with robotic amateurs who didn't know how to lick stamps and were clueless and pleading for help on how to build a coalition... ol' Stevie has seen his days and we in the Party hope we never see or hear from him again...

    November 14, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Shawn S

    And why is CNN using experpts from the Huffingtion post?? Didn't they just get burned doing that concerning Limbaugh
    The Huffington Post is just a blog that liberals use to rant on. They are not a valid source for anything

    November 14, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. ronvan

    It is so amusing & disgusting for me when I read these comments.
    The thought that ANYONE is so weak minded to "admire" or support Palin makes me want to puke! She is a total embarrassment to all those women that are successul in their careers! And now she will get rich on her book, which is best used for a lack of TP. Get real people, we have so many problems going on in this country, and we "feast" on the ravings of an idiot.

    November 14, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. inmypajamas

    My, my, my, the Palin-haters are frothing at the mouth again! I love how the libs' most treasured argument is "LIAR"!
    ,
    She scares the living daylights out of you 20%-ters (who ID as liberal) because you know she represents the end of elitist rule and the return to respect for life, the Second Amendment, our troops, limited government and America.

    "Who takes care of her young children while she goes off gallaganting around the U.S.?" – Sexist much, enlightened liberal?

    November 14, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Michael

    Is this book on the Fiction or Non Fiction shelf?

    November 14, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. usualone

    Is Sarah Palin ever going to take responsibility for her own actions. (Notice I don't put a question mark around this as she certainly won't.) She will trash everyone instead of facing the fact, that she is her own worst enemy. This man didn't have to think hard to know that she would attack him in her book. The "right" are so happy they think the liberals are squirming. In truth, she will help keep the "liberals" in power. What keeps the left commenting on her, is that the "left" contrary to words spouted by the "right" do love America...and they find her an embarrassment if she were handed a future in the American political scene. I should be embarrassed if I were those who support this lying, cheating person. It makes me wonder if those who support her have the same values?

    November 14, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. Sea.gem

    The 'lies' people are claiming are so irrelevant it is ridiculous...this is a story?...if you want real-world relevant lies just look to the House Speaker or Obama's campaign promises...

    November 14, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Nadeem

    I was hoping for a positive uplifiting book with a vision for America, not this blame game, Coric is evil, Schmit is evil everyone is evil. Common is this a political memoir or a tabloid.

    November 14, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. Steve in Kentucky

    How can anyone be so stupid?

    I don't know. But maybe Schmidt should have asked that of himself. He was part of the team who picked her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency after all.

    It's pretty hard to be any more stupid than Sara Palin and not be classified as mentally retarded.

    November 14, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    CNN, you will publish anything to bring down Sarah Palin. This guy Schmidt knows nothing. He has run a failed campaign for John McCain. He has no credibility. Why should you mention Huffington Post. Huffington is a discarded person in California. She wants to make money by posting liberal comments and news on their website. It is not a major media outlet.
    I jhave great respect for Sarah Palin and we need such a leader for our nation. Current president Barack Obama has no idea and no experience. Sarah Palin can do the job better than Barack.

    November 14, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Chris Salzmann

    Can Sarah Palin take responsibility for anything??? The only thing she's rogue with are the facts. As liberal, I sincerely hope she runs again because no one united liberals and independents like Sarah Palin. And with only about 20% of the electorate claiming to be Republicans, that really leaves Sarah Palin and her fans out in the cold.

    Heck, I'll even endorse her to run!

    November 14, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Max

    Come on CNN. ... Nicolle Wallace gave Palin the Phone & told her it was the President of France.

    November 14, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. SamSunny

    Wow, living around Sarah Palin must be a nightmare....she is never wrong. Even when you watch with your own eyes, she tells you that wasn't what you saw. Either this person is totally dillusional or a complete narcissistic egomaniac.

    November 14, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. Joe Berson

    OMG–now that my last nightmare is over I now have another with failin' Palin on the horizen. No no not yet since it has been reported that the unemployed former "first stud" has quit his job (seems that runs in the family). Heaven forbid but does that mean we could get another bantomweight to add to our already badly depressed spirits?
    "G-d BLESS AMERICA" under today's doom and gloom could aptly be changed to :G-D SAVE AMERICA!".

    November 14, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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