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. Joe

    There are things of certainty in this world. Taxes, Death, and taking sides based exclusively on political ideology.

    We can't know for sure on this story unless we have substance of the claims. Records, recordings, ect. We do, however, have claims that are neither incomprehensible nor surprising of a campaign boss. The inner workings of campaigns are notorious for these sort of figures. Perhaps Schmidt is being honest. Schmidt, however, is in a position where he has to defend himself. Schmidt has much more to lose.

    Even now, I see the leftist in this comment section are simultaneously calling Palin a liar, while running with some of the statements she accused Schmidt of making. Not surprising, but funny nonetheless.

    And I am assuming no one here was bothered by the lies told about her or the fake quotes attributed to her. They even got into the hands of the great liberal intellectual Matt Damon. :) Did anyone concern themselves with those lies? Hmmm...

    November 14, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. Mary A. Fiori

    I commute via train each day to work, and I am anxious to see how many folks will be reading Palin's book. My guess is NONE.! I wouldn't even borrow it from my library nevermind pay my hard earned money for such trash. I almost feel bad for John McCain...this woman just won't go away!

    November 14, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. vic nashville , Tn

    After AARP endorse the health care bill she said health care bill is death panel

    She doesn’t read the news paper now she can move to moon , moon has water thanks to NASA

    November 14, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    JIlli-because things are so great with a meglomaniac in charge?

    November 14, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. I am the flacid and powerless wizard of Rush

    She will be the 2012 Rebirther Tea Party candidate for President.
    She has a group of true believers who will never accept anything other than Sarah is a 21st century Joan of Arc.

    She makes a lot of idiots proud that even they could be famous one day.

    November 14, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. Colorado is listening

    Palin is fiction!!! And I just love those that still think she is great!! What fools!!!

    November 14, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. Bob Dog

    This is wonderful entertainment! Its great to see Sarah get herself into more trouble, Why did she need to lie in the book? She could have sold nearly as many without making up the truth. Did she read the work by the ghostwriter?

    No matter how you slice it, Sarah continues to make herself look like an idiot! Fantastic!

    November 14, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. DocinMPLS

    Hey all of u tingly legged lunatics, grow a brain morons

    November 14, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Bob

    The hate spewed on this page is unbelievable! Do you people actually read what you write? Most of you are simply mean and nasty name callers. And for what purpose? Do something productive today and send a donation to one of the charities supporting our troops. And grow up.

    November 14, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. TangledThorns

    Steve Schmidt is lying slime and those within the campaign are using Sarah Palin as a scapegoat. She is a real leader and I'm glad she is calling these people out. Let's vote for her in 2012 instead of the coward that we currently have in the WH.

    November 14, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. donate conservative GOP 2010

    purported Sarah Palin comments seem SPOT ON about the elitist McCain campaign managers, and totally explains philosophically WHY THEY LOST.

    and it looks like the McCain staffers that WERE settling scores do not like it when someone hits back, LOL

    what the Wash elites and the Liberal Socialist Democrats hate about Sarah Palin is Palin's awe shucks goodness that they just can not smear goodness.

    Sarah Palin will not go away despite the attempted smears and the more Americans that see it for what it is change to Sarah Palin voters so keep it up losers.

    November 14, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Chris R

    Palin is a proven liar? That's news to me. It seems the people who continually claim Palin is lying offer no proof except their word. I guess you believe what you want to believe.

    November 14, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    worriedmom, think again. No nervous breakdowns here. We liberals are cheering on Sarah Palin as the President candidate for the GOP in 2012. Believe me.

    November 14, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. pat

    This guy has no credibility whatsoever. A complete dolt that has spent the last year attempting to blame everyone but himself for one of the worst run campaigns in modern times. And because of him we are burdened with a President who is an ignorant narcissist.

    November 14, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Patty

    I find these comments by you Palin haters amazing. Not one thing anyone of you have said on here is based on "fact." If you would put your high and mighty know it all energy into something more important you might learn a few things. Try reading real facts, not just what you read on these blogs. Try for once to put your hatred aside and learn. And oh by the way, why do you waste your time even commenting if you hate her so much. You really must have more important things to do.

    November 14, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Doc in Virginia

    Wow! There are some seriously deranged people blogging in here.
    Do you right wing knuckleheads truly think she is some puritan advocate of your party & values? She's a liar, period. Takes blame for nothing, period. Has no idea of what a true work ethic is, period. Is a hateful inciter of peoples' most base bigotry and ugly natures, period.
    Will probably make a few million dollars, yes for sure, but will have no credibility ever and will never face any tough questioning or face to face conflict with those who seek to ask her hard yet fair questions. If she were a man I would call her a punk. I have no clue what title she should have as a woman. The B-word is too lenient.

    November 14, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. james ramsdell

    Love reading the comments of all the terrified liberals here. The fact is we'd be in much better shape right now if Palin was President ( forget Mccain) instead of the Chicago Phony. No wasted stimulus bill, no cap and trade, no healthcare reform, our free-market economy would be REALLY emerging from the recession, private sector jobs would be coming back, deficit would be about a trillion less, and no bowing to foreign leaders. 2012 can't get here soon enough.

    November 14, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. Palin Not

    If Sarah Palin was older and overweight, she would have never been chosen, and would still be sitting in Alaska, with no book, no Oprah interview, a grandchild, and perhaps a son in law named Levi.

    If John McCain wanted a woman for VP, there were many smart women he could have chosen that are Republicans. The GOP too a calculated risk on her and lost.

    She is a joke.

    November 14, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    I hate to be one of the millions to say I told you so ..but I will tell you
    this PALIN creater is a life force that will suck the life out of anything around it .and take everything it can to make money money money
    she (it ) is good a lieing and blinking its eyes a boo hoo ing at a drop of a hat if some one backs her into a corner .. even though she has been educated in school ..all that did for her is make her better at the con game .. and right now she is at the top of her game .. people will purchase the fiction rag that is being printed . and whom ever wrote it should be ashamed .. but it appears the republican big shots are going to wake up and see what she really is .. makes me laugh .and makes me sick at the same time , what our nation will allow some people to lie about...:(

    gary davis
    harbor oregon
    proud to be an american
    proud of our president

    November 14, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. stephen marr

    I thought we sent her back to the Alaska and the Russian front line. It seems like the GOP is going to create the same oil slick they created in 2008.

    November 14, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. Travis

    Liberals are scared to death of Sarah. Can she be president? You Betcha!

    November 14, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  22. ynot4tony2

    Oh my God! The comments on a CNN news story are still open! Now that Hot Air has linked to it, the influx of conservative posters will cause CNN to quickly close down the comments so they remain dominated by Sarah hating neo-comm liberals.

    Democrats fear Palin, plain and simple. Otherwise, they wouldn't viciously attack her like they do.

    Look at Joe Biden. Conservatives don't throw vitriol at him constantly like the left does Palin. Why is that? Because it's obvious to all that Joe Biden is a complete moron. We don't need to point that out. However, neo-comm liberals feel the need to desperately try to convince everyone Sarah Palin is dumb and harmful to our country.

    You neo-comm liberals haven't even convinced yourselves, let alone anyone else. You fear Palin, just like you do Beck and Limbaugh.

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

    Of course those in the McCain camp aren't going to own up to THEIR mistakes, because afterall they need to get jobs and don't need anything that could show that they were at fault. It is much easier to put the blame somewhere else. They want to stake claim that they ran a good campaign so they can screw someone else's campaign later.

    November 14, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  24. Lee Bartholomew

    So can someone at the bookstore make the proper thing and put it in the fiction area. Do we even know she wrote the book?? At least she's not the dumbest person on the earth. Both Carrie Prejean and Glenn Beck take those honors. Unfortunately she is no leader. She just does whatever someone else tells her to do.

    November 14, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. Marie Laveaux

    My god, that woman is so pathetic. No one in Mc Cain's campaign staff had to do a thing to make her look bad. All she had to do was open her mouth and utter her inane falsehoods to expose herself. to get back to the "pig" analogy, remember that you can't turn a pig's snout into a silk purse. She's a liar and a quitter.

    November 14, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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