January 13th, 2010
06:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin calls book claims 'BS'

Palin is refuting a new political book's claims.
Palin is refuting a new political book's claims.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is slamming a new book about the 2008 presidential campaign that largely portrays the then-vice presidential candidate as wholly unprepared for the national stage and poorly versed in a range of pressing issues.

"These reporters were not any part of what I was doing there as the VP candidate," Palin said on Fox News Tuesday, her first appearance on the network as a paid contributor. "I don't know who they are. I haven't met these guys."

The book – "Game Change," written by political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann - alleges McCain aides quickly grew troubled with Palin's lack of understanding on key issues, including the job of the Federal Reserve, the difference between North and South Korea, and the purpose of the war in Afghanistan.

"It's a bunch of BS from [McCain campaign manager Steve] Schmidt and those guys," Palin said. "It's pretty made up."

But the former Alaska governor did confirm one of the book's allegations: not knowing exactly who was behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and falsely believing former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein played a role.

"I did talk a lot to Steve Schmidt about the history of the war….could there have been any connection to Saddam [Hussein]," she said. "So I admit that I asked questions about it."


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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. TBA

    C'mon, shes now working for Republican News Channel which use to be known as Fox News Channel. With the slogan Fair and Balance when it was only Fair and Balance for Republican. They basically giving her a plate form to present her self anti-Obama, TEA Baggers, Right Wing Extermist, and the Republican Party so she can run for President in 2012.

    January 13, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. mama

    Come on Sarah, everyone knows you are an idiot. John McCain even knew you were an idiot but he was desperate to get votes.

    January 13, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Tom

    Palin is as dumb as a bag of hammers. Period.

    January 13, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Nancy Houston TX

    For the love of god please CNN quit giving her space on your website. She is repug now on FOX. If we want to hear her dribble drabble we will watch FOX. Let her go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. vienners

    calling her dumb would be insulting to dumb.

    January 13, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Minnesotan

    Her stupidity is becoming epic.... mostly through her own efforts. Keep up the good work, Sarah. You'll eventually get that dream job at Wal-Mart.

    January 13, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Del

    I can't fathom that she was one election away from being the next person in line to be president. How can anyone in todays information age not know that Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11? That admission alone is enough to never take her seriously on anything she says.

    January 13, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Traj

    She's a friggin idiot X 10...... She makes my skin crawl and I am a female...

    January 13, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. LoLo

    Did we really expect any other comment from her? I think not. Of course she is going to deny it. Her goal is to divide and make a whole lot of money. This woman knows nothing. My 9 year old granddaughter knows more than this bimbo does.

    January 13, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Marie

    She is so clueless. I hope she just disappears.

    January 13, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Scott in Atlanta

    Sarah Palin looks like a right-wing Avatar in that picture...lol She'd have a hard time shooting a moose while flying on one of those giant bats in the movie...lol

    "I can see Pandora from my house!"

    January 13, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Bill K NY

    From my observations Sarah Palin appeared to be a "fish out of water" in the national political scene. It also set her up for the Alaskan progressives to force her out of office using the financial burden of false allegations. Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are just looking to cash in on the popularity of Sarah Palin. Had her book tour not been as successful she would only have been a footnote in the book – "Game Change."

    January 13, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. TwoBears

    Anybody that thinks this woman is clever is dumber then a box of rocks. McCain lost my vote the first time I heard Ms. Palin's gibberish nonsense.

    January 13, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. RichP the Pocono's

    Much more preferable to have a politician ask questions, admit ignorance on a subject and seek knowledge, unlike stupidity of the current administration, which can be resolved rather than pretend to know it all.
    Ignorance you can fix, stupid is forever.

    January 13, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. AEK

    One of Steve Schmidt's most compelling comments however was related to Mrs. Palin's apparent inability to accurately tell the difference between what is actually true and what she perceives to be the truth. I'm sure in her mind, and in the minds of her sheep, this is just another example of the liberal-biased media taking shots at her. Unfortunately she was repeatedly exposed during the campaign as someone who appeared to not have a very good grasp of even the most basic concepts in subjects like World and American History, Civics, and the subtle nuances of the English language. There is no doubt that she was successful in Alaska politics where these skills are probably not as important as a bubbly, roguesque personality!

    January 13, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Squigman

    It's been said (the cream rises to the top), so does the scum on top of a pond. Here's a good example of scum on top of the pond, and so far no one in the country has told the scum it's no longer needed or desired.

    January 13, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Right Leaning Independent

    Coakley is the Sarah Palin of the Democrat Party!! Her campaign can not spell her home state and she thinks all terrorists are gone from Afghanistan. How come the Libs are not screaming about her ignorance???

    January 13, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. John P.

    Excuse me? Asking whether or not Sadam had any connection with 911 is not the same as not knowing who was behind the war. Of course she knew about Bin Laden. Whether or not Sadam might have been involved is a legit question and one that many people have asked. There is no "confirmation" of the claim made in the book as CNN states.

    January 13, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. david

    every time someone clicks a palin article, a pharmaceutical giant somewhere sells a bottle of prozac.

    January 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. I admit to asking questions

    Questions are ok to ask Sarah. It's when you don't know that you should ask. So.... keep asking.

    Did you see where marriage is most unstable in statest that ban gay marriage? Ask about that Sarah. Ask about that.

    Alaska? first to ban gay marriage and the highest increase in divorces.

    January 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Angry Vet

    Please stop covering her. She is not news, and now she is on Faux network they can have her all to themselves. We are sick of Palin.

    January 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. marta-texas

    So why is her own book not BS, too? Don't gloss it over. Admit what the country already knows: you just were not prepared.

    January 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. CR

    News flash: Sarah Palin is a clueless dunce. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

    January 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Ash H

    She is so fake, that some blindly have fallen for her. A country like ours to be run by her. Ye when that cows come home. Every time she opens her mouth, it sounds like a school girl talking. Republicans need to pad up someone like Newt Gingrich, and not dance around Ms. Palin.

    January 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. Shi Wms in Phx AZ

    It's a bunch of BS from [McCain campaign manager Steve] Schmidt and those guys," Palin said. "It's pretty made up."

    "It's pretty made up" sounds uneducated!

    From what I've seen of sarah, I believe Schmidt!

    January 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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