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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  1. CommonSense09

    Sarah – you are BS. Go away. You may return when you grow a brain....so I won't be expecting you back any time soon.

    January 13, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Jim, San Antonio

    Palin is a joke. As a life-long Republican, I'm amazed that anyone can say with a straight face that Palin was and is qualified to be President. I guess I just haven't drank the Kool-aid!

    January 13, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. eric

    First of all, she was, is and would be ill-prepared for the national stage. She is incompetent and not well versed on the issues. It's difficult to teach someone to be interested and involved in international policy / affairs. Sarah Palin is not qualified to be in office and those, middle-america, god fearing conservatives that believe she is should have their right to vote revoked! If I had a small to medium size business and was looking for a manager, she wouldn't even make it to the interview, yet she's looked upon as the Republican candidate for president...God Bless the United States of America.

    January 13, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. NO MORE PALIN!

    Seriously! Quit reporting on Sarah Palin at least until she has the balls to do more than "safe" interviews. We get it! She's a moron! Why the heck is the press so obsessed with this chick!? There are plenty of stupid people in the world.

    January 13, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. PT

    She seems to have a little queue card reminder to look at every time she can't or refuses to answer a question that has been asked of her she smiles bigger. That reminder card must flash the words, " It's not important” “It’s irrelevant” The American people” “America, America, America! Does she think we can't see her trying to get out of answering what we already know?

    She has narcissistic traits: a grandiose sense of self-importance, is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, and brilliance, believes that he or she is "special" and unique.

    She is irrelevant.

    January 13, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. White Picket Fence

    Two words... Caribou Barbie. Nuf said.

    January 13, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. JR

    whew....and just think that she was a heartbeat away from leading this country! Boy did we dodge a bullet. What was McCain thinking????

    January 13, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. David

    Palin is Bush with lipstick, that's the difference. Just amazing she got a job with FOX, just amazing.

    January 13, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Doc In Va Bch

    She wouldnt know truth if it came up and whacked her. She is the epitome of BS. And not high grade BS...just BS.

    January 13, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Rigging

    Who cares. She is not in office or running for office. I would like to hear about what they said about Obama acting like a petulant teenager.

    January 13, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Chris from San Antonio

    Sure, Palin. The people who were deeply involved in your entire election campaign are making stuff up.
    Riiiiiiiiiiight.

    As far as I'm concerned, voting for someone that believed Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11 is rather telling for the Republican Party.

    January 13, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. George

    Alaska is such a distant land; so far away; how would anyone from way up there be expected to know anything about world events?

    Sarah 2012????

    January 13, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Daniel Sacramento

    The only TV show that she should be on is "Are You Smarter Than a Sixth Grader." Then the truth will come out. But nothing much will change because it is my firm belief that people vote for people that are a little smarter than them.

    January 13, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. concerned

    Every time she speaks, we are reminded how true the statements these reports made are.

    January 13, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Anon

    She is such a clueless, lying moron, I wouldn't believe this idiot if she said the sky was blue. Only a stupid redneck like her would believe anything she says.

    January 13, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. RobertY

    Very simply put, Sarah Palin is an "empty vessel sailing aimlessly on the sea." Only in America, can you have one dummy to become President of the United States and another dummy who came very close to becoming Vice President of the United States. By the way, Sarah wants to thank rural America, birthers, tea party people, etc. for buying her stupid book which her made her millions to put into her bank account. Now that you did that for her, what exactly has she done for you??? Let me help you with your answer.........Nothing!

    January 13, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Thomas H.

    Aaaaaahhh, Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. Please continue to claim ignorance. It's one of the few things people will still believe coming from you.

    January 13, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Mike

    Steve Schmidt lost the election here, poor planning on his part all the way, now he is trying to hide behind lies.

    January 13, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Ann Lord

    Yeah, right....empty headed idiot. Hold on to your looks baby, cause that's all you got going for ya...

    January 13, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Chad

    It seems that 90% of the stuff the mainstream media reports on Palin is BS. For some reason the manstream media and the lefties are scared to death of Palin. Not sure why but it's true.

    January 13, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Brian from Texas

    Yeah, those claims sound about right from what I witnessed during the election.

    January 13, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. KC

    Shes an real winner! Please oh please let her stay in politics and not join Rush as just another blow hard who would never get elected. I smell a 60 minutes story on Sarah titled, "Is she really this stupid?". Cant wait.

    January 13, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. Paul

    What a nit wit !

    January 13, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

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

    Can Mrs. Palin speak better than this? Although words don't matter for most people, I would expect more for a potential candidate. You don't have to be rich to speak better, you just have to read a little more even if you are not interested.

    January 13, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Mcloose

    It is time to know the facts that this lady is not for the main isssues but always on the negative smears and fears.

    January 13, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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