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. Alex

    In addition, to banning women's right to abortion under any circumstance she also have plan what everybody should read and do not read. All I can say is god save us before she sends militia around to make sure there are no banned books in everybody’s house.

    September 8, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Cecil

    Gov. Palin, Sen. Obama Been Dealing With This Stuff For 19 Months And Counting.

    Still Here Still Strong!

    Come Out And Fight, Your A Pit Bull Remember.

    Not A Toy Poodle!

    September 8, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. James

    It is truely amazing that the people who think they are the base of the republican party (low and middle income blue collar, church going whites) continue to think that voting the same type of people into office is going to give them a different result.

    You're anti choice or pro life?

    You just had a Republican President for 8 years, a Republican Congress for 6 years, and a moderate to conservative court for that entire time.

    I dont' remember any hard republican push to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Every four years they try to get the so called "base" to turn out to vote for prolife, pro gun, less government, anti gay presidents and representatives and they never deliver.

    You are all being used.

    The sad part is you don't even care as long as someone you think you can't stand doesn't win. What is that phrase about cutting off your nose to spite your face?

    And now you're considering voting in someone more hawkish than Bush to send your sons and daughters off to fight thier corporate wars for the sake of patriotism?

    McCain was just in clips about expanding markets for American products. Wake up. He was talking about CAFTA without naming it. One of his first trips as a candidate was to Columbia, a nation one of his staffers is a lobbiest for. Say goodbye to more American jobs.

    When are you all going to wake up and realize that the true base of the republican party really does have an income of several hundred thousand dallors to several million dallors. Look at his tax cut proposal.

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results

    September 8, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Jeremy

    Yes My name is Sarah Palin...when i was a mayor i turned a surplus of money into a deficit...Do i sound like a some one named bush to you. I also got selected to this thing called Vice President, Because Mr. McCain thinks women voters will flock if they see a woman on the ticket! Because he feels women are that gullable forget about the issues i am a woman so come on! By the way did i mention that he is a P.O.W. The best part is that i get free training for this job that is why i am not allowed to talk to Reporters until now. Can someone tell me What does the Vice President do anyway, can someone tell me!

    September 8, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Anthony Caudill

    This doesn't make any sense. I read in TIME Magazine about this. Something's up. I expect TIME to stand by the story and reveal their sources.

    September 8, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Republicans For Obama

    Why is CNN chasing down rumors to make Palin look better instead of holding her accountable for the lies she has told and giving the American people an accurate picture of her flip flops, half-truths, and misstatements?

    Oh, that's right. They're in McCain's pockets.

    We should ALL boycott CNN next week until they stop the bull and give us UNBIASED coverage of BOTH candidates.

    Wolf Blitzer and the rest of the biased crew are PATHETIC.

    September 8, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. Hillary supporter for Obama

    This is funny. So Palin DIDN'T ban any books, she only TRIED to ban books. I feel so much better about her now.

    September 8, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. Barbara

    Awww – the lipstick wearing pitbull whined to the campaign staff.

    See how it feels No McPain? See how it feels?

    No stop the lies about everything !!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Was it?

    Was it Obama's books? Because thats his experience. Two books and no Laws. NObama.

    September 8, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. anyonmous

    mccain is not change and neither is palin

    September 8, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. Laura in OH

    But will Palin ever speak other than through press releases and carefully arranged, pre-screened interviews?

    September 8, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. anyonmous

    mccain= bush

    September 8, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Douglas Marshall Jr.

    Until Palin gives the media free access for questioning on the issues that every AMERICAN (especially those like me who are in uniform and deploying all over the globe) then no legitimate news source should be chasing down rumors and dispelling them for her.

    CNN should be pressing Palin to go on the record clear and simple in an open interview, and unless she does that you should STOP covering anything about her, and you certainly should not be her watchdog hired to debunk any negative statements about her.


    September 8, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Michael Guilmette

    Looks like McCains regime is getting a
    taste of what they have been doing to
    Obamas group for months now.

    September 8, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  15. John 64 years old Independent

    Sarah is starting to develop a taste for the truth like Bush/Cheney.

    September 8, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. Dave-o, Honolulu HI

    Its funny watching the Republicans whine about "smear" campaigns when they themselves have mastered that art to shameful degrees. If Palin and McCain can't stand the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen. This is nothing compared to some of the Republican lie machine ala Karl Rove and even Bush Sr. with the Willie Horten debacle. Republican self righteousness makes me nauseous.

    September 8, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. Cindy

    Hmmmm... this needs further scrutiny. Maybe ban is not the right term? Maybe the entire list is not correct, but maybe something on the list, or maybe something not on the list? Was there an incident that involved a specific librarian that pertained to book removal?

    Can you clarify this, Gov. Palin? I hope ABC asks the right questions so we can get to the meat of the matter, once and for all.

    September 8, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. The truth please

    Could the media please call her out on the rest of her LIES. Bridge to nowhere whole truth, her little town of Wasilla go $27 million in earmarks. Firing the chef, selling the plane on ebay. Reformer when she clearly went out and works just as all other politicians and shop for earmarks. The McCain campaign is playing the media and the American people like a bunch of fiddles. Hillary and Obama were called out on everything. Even McCain has gotten some scrutiny. C'mon what is the phrase "Man up"? Well, report up.

    September 8, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. DMC

    I just find it hard to believe that Time Magazine and other reliable sources got it all wrong. And also a neighbor, Anne Kilkenny, who lived under her supposed Executive Experience as a citizen of Wasilla.
    Are they also going to say she doesn't believe Alaska has something to do with the biblical end times, that she encourages the shooting of wolves and bear because they compete with her gun buddies, that she wants to take Polar Bears off the endangered species list because they are inconvenient to her drill, drill, drill, that the gas pipeline she is bragging about will not be completed until 2018 if at all, that if we were to drill in ANWR there would be no possible discovery of oil for at least 5 years if not more, that she believes Global Warming is a Hoax, that she didn't take the money for the bridge to nowhere even though they didn't build a bridge (I guess it's ok to take earmarks as long as you don't use the money for what it was originally intended), that she is actually GW Bush in a skirt. Just read her resume... Do I need to go on? I guess I should fall in lockstep and vote for her because she is a woman. Issues, we don't need no stinkin' issues.
    I guess if they would let her be interviewed by the press, we would know more about her. But, when you hide your candidate behind the Republican Iron Curtain, than you get what you deserve. And this exclusive, bogus, interview on ABC where McCain's cronies call the shots. What a sham. If she wants to be VP she should be out in the trenches like all the rest, not behind the suits of the McCain's team of manipulating lobbyist.

    September 8, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. Beth

    Then why the hell did Palin try to fire the local librarian in Wasilla? It may not be the list of books that has been rumored but local citizens have reported she did try to fire the librarian in Wasilla and a bunch of citizens stuck of for the librarian defeating Palin. And she was not happy. So while this rumor may not be entirely true, it is true that Palin tried to fire the librarian and she LOST.

    September 8, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. Carl Justus

    Palin certainly lied about selling the state plane on Ebay for a profit. It was listed on Ebay, but when it did not sell they used another source to sell the plane at a LOSS or 600 thousand dollars and now the person who bought the plane says the state needs to spend 50 thousand dollars for repairs the plane needs.
    If she will lie about a plane then she will lie every chance she gets. Certainly, if she is half as smart as the republicans say she is, she should have known that would story would not fly and it would be found out in a hurry, which it was.
    I am betting there will many more lies she tells that will be corrected.

    September 8, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. John 64 years old Independent

    I don't believe her.

    September 8, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  23. Sammy

    Brave new world.

    September 8, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. katiec

    You know, there cannot be that many rumors going around
    without some having substance.
    Did anyone question the librarian she tried to get fired?
    Some have been proven true, now waiting for more.
    The woman has no qualms about distorting the
    And this hockey mom has the nerve to run down and tell
    lies about dedicated, honorable politicians, when she
    is a nothing but an attack pit bull,

    September 8, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. Sarah Palin hearts Fed. $$$$

    Wasilla intermodal facility $1,000,000 Transportation FY2000

    Kids are People, Inc. for a transitional living program for homeless youth and an emergency shelter in Wasilla, Alaska $500,000 VA-HUD FY2001

    Life Quest Community Mental Health Center in Wasilla, Alaska $500,000 Omnibus FY2001

    Girdwood to Wasilla, Alaska, commuter rail project $15,000,000 Transportation FY2001

    Wasilla Regional Dispatch Center in Alaska for technology and communications upgrades $1,000,000 CJS FY2002

    Federal lands: Mat-Su Borough/Wasilla, Alaska $500,000 Transportation FY2002

    Bus and bus facilities: City of Wasilla bus facility $600,000 Transportation FY2002

    New starts: Wasilla, Alaska, alternative route project $2,500,000 Transportation FY2002

    Wasilla, Alaska water and sewer improvements $1,500,000 VA-HUD FY2002

    City of Wasilla, Alaska for a regional dispatch center $750,000 Omnibus FY2003

    Wasilla Airport, AK $800,000 Omnibus FY2003
    Wasilla Intermodal Facility $900,000 Omnibus FY2003

    Mananuska-Susitna Borough for an agricultural processing facility in Wasilla, Alaska $450,000 Omnibus FY2003

    Wasilla, Alaska for water and sewer improvements $900,000 Omnibus FY2003

    Total $26,900,000

    September 8, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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