September 8th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain Palin fires back over book ban rumor

(CNN) - The McCain-Palin team is continuing its pushback campaign against stories about VP nominee Sarah Palin that have taken on a life of their own on the Internet.

Watch: Abbi Tatton on the Palin book ban rumor

On Monday, they sent reporters a memo in response to reports that the Wasilla, Alaska resident had tried to ban a lengthy list of books when she was mayor of that town.

“This is categorically false. The fact is that as Mayor, Palin never asked anyone to ban a book and not one book was ever banned, period,” McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers said, directing reporters to campaign research "debunking this smear."

Watchdog Web site has also debunked an e-mail that purports to include a list of books Palin tried to ban – several of which were not even published in 1996, when the message says her attempt took place. also published a lengthy list of rumors they had found to be false under the headline "Sliming Palin."

The language used echoes that of the Obama campaign’s “Fight the Smears” Web site and “Obama Action Wire” e-mails, which look to discredit false rumors about the Democratic nominee.

The McCain campaign has issued increasingly aggressive responses to rumors about the presumptive Republican VP nominee, including some detailed public statements denying sensational stories that had not previously been reported by any mainstream media organizations.

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  1. The Truth

    You can google the truth on Just type in Sarah Palin. It wasn't too hard to find the stuff on banning books. Do the research yourselves for the truth. Don't trust anyone else with this because it is too important an issue. It also talked about her husband belonging to an organization that wanted to separate Alaska from the U.S., and Ms. Palin was in support of that as well. Banning books–what next? Burning witches at the stake?

    September 8, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Schneider (I) - CA

    "Anyone who believes the Republicans can fix the mess they created also believes the iceberg could've saved the Titanic." — Hillary Clinton

    September 8, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. anyonmous

    they got a point lead and now there are firing at the internet forget it it isnt hapening

    September 8, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Hillary Supporter for Obama

    I wouldn't be at all suprised if this were true. The are so many things she wants to ban and outlaw because of her extreme right wing views she probably would want to make anything she disagrees with unavailable.

    What she would want available to the general public is how good it is to slaughter animals, including the Alaskan grey wolf by guns from airplanes, taking science back hundreds of years by teaching creationism in schools, the "sin" of teaching birth control in schools (we know where that got her), and the ridiculous stance that climate change is not man made. Not only is she stupid, she's a liar and her background is filled with scandal.

    And she sucks as a mother. Who would drag five children, one an infant with special needs and one teenager that is five months pregnant along the campaign trail. She is completely self-centered. I thought the conservatives were family first! She may come from outside the Washington circle, but she fits in with the nutty conservatives as if she were trained for their crazy views.

    Hillary supporters will not vote for Sarah Palin just because she's a woman. In fact, she's the extreme opposite of Hillary. If by chance some women do vote for Palin because they're angry about Hillary not making the ticket, they were never loyal to her platform in the first place. Shame on any Hillary supporters who do this.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 8, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. Answers?

    Why doesn't Sarah Palin answer these questions herself in an interview? What is she afraid of?

    September 8, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. redneck for obama

    she still 'attempted' to have the books banned.

    September 8, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. Cam

    As if CNN will ever post one of my replies: BUT

    Even if books werent banned, doesnt anyone find it odd that she asked the librarian about doing it......still weird if you ask me. Check factcheck to see that she did still have the conversation with the librarian about it.

    Also, if she would actually come out and tell people something besides her stump speech, maybe people could then focus on the real issues with her as a VP pick, namely her willlingness to deceive the American people about the bridge to nowhere and her religious-nut reputation.

    McCains camp saying she is not ready yet to be interviewed is lame...

    September 8, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Schneider (I) - CA

    I guess this means that all the right-wingers will go to and see all the Obama rumors were lies too.

    Somehow though I think they'll just ignore those posts.

    September 8, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. justsane

    a little more information please–you have provided information that indicates that the rumor is false, but what is the origin of it? is it true that she did inquire about how to go about banning books? when the librarian told her that she would have no part in an attempted ban, did ms. palin try to fire her? was there a public outcry as a result? is there kernel of truth to these claims, or are they spun of whole cloth?

    you do us as readers a disservice when you simply report what the candidates tell you and do no additional investigation.

    September 8, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. Anne

    How much does it cost to change a fact to a lie I wonder? McCain Campaign has plenty.

    September 8, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Community Organizer

    Sarah Palin is an idiot. Joe Biden is going to demolish her in the debates.

    September 8, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Another darn stinkin' lie... When is Abuse of Power Barbie and McSugaDaddy going to stop with the lies already and focus on the issues. The Librarian Palin tried fired but rehired after a huge out cry already spoke out on the issue as did the Libraies supporters....

    September 8, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. zuq

    Lies!!!! You book banner! You're full of lies!

    September 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Chris

    "Palin never asked anyone to ban a book and not one book was ever banned, period."

    I thought that she asked the librarian that if in the future she wanted to ban a book ,she could. That's not banning a book, it's asking that she might want to in the future, and if so, could she? Interesting how the GOP spin it to make it sound like they have now completely debunked the rumor, even though careful internet investigation have turned over the intricate details.

    September 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Peter E

    When it comes to unsubstantiated rumors about Obama it's 'outrageous' and 'underhanded' but when unsubstantiated rumors circulate about MCCain/Palin then all the Obama supporters keep parroting them as if they were facts.
    Yay for hypocrisy!

    September 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. Griff

    What does America need.... Security! Security! Security. Everything else is Second... A Health Bill is stupid!when your every-day-life, is invaded. Health-Bill for what. You have just lost your Country, to a Consumption...

    September 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. nellie

    Why not let Sarah Palin speak for herself, this is ridiculous! Why is
    the Rep party hiding this woman. All women should be outraged!
    Hid a book , burned a book , so what. If this woman needs schooling
    and preping , she does not need to be VP or anything else. Come on
    ladies and gentlemen, you know this is true. America is facing perilous times and this is how we handle our elections! Everyone should be outraged, the media, newspapers, republicans , democrats and independents. Enough is Enough! This is not whether you like Obama or not, that's the freedom we as Americans
    enjoy, to vote for whomever we want. But not at times like these.

    September 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. Cynthia - Arkansas

    You can't believe a word that come out of McSame or Palin's mouth. They have excuses for every truth that comes out. The story about her selling the jet on ebay...a lie. The story about telling Congress no thank you to the bridge to nowhere...a lie. She forgot the mention that she took the money. Her state, under her short tenor, has the highest per capita pork barrel spending of any state. REAL REFORMER! Just more Republicans trying to fool the gullible American public.


    September 8, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. steve dumford, Scotts valley ca.

    Facts aren't going to slow down the Obama bloggers from smearing Palin. I have aleady read dozens of comments saying she had books banned. They could be presented with all the evidence in the world and it still wouldn't deter them. They're afraid of her and fear does remarkable things to Obamabots.

    September 8, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. judy

    It isn't a rumor just more republican manuvering towards fascism!

    September 8, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Palin is a liar

    September 8, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Tim MN.

    Liberal media at it's BEST!

    September 8, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. Kim

    Uh huh, right. And Sarah Palin did not fire the Wasilla Police Cheif for no reason . Also Palin did not run up a twenty two million dollar debt for her tiny town that had no debt prior to Palin being Mayor. Debunk and deny but the Wasilla Librarian and Town council are sticking by their story. And keep threatening the Enquirer for exposing Palins extra marital affair. They are sticking by their story too.

    September 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Bob, DC

    How about asking the librarian about this. There are reports Palin did ask the librarian to remove some books. Let's get to the truth here! Eh?

    September 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  25. Iam4mycountry

    I never heard she tried to ban any books or that there was a list. But, she did fire the Librarian and there was a protest and she relented. She did ask about removing books. But, Nothing specific. But, it does make me wonder if given the chance she would be a book burner.

    September 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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