November 14th, 2009
04:26 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain campaign adviser pushes back on Palin book

(CNN) -A former top adviser and spokeswoman to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign is pushing back against comments reportedly made by Sarah Palin in her new book.

Nicolle Wallace tells CNN that Palin's account of an ill-fated interview with CBS's Katie Couric during the 2008 presidential campaign is not true.

In excerpts of her new book "Going Rogue: An American Life" that were obtained by other organizations, including the conservative Web site Drudge Report, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate discusses her interview with Couric.

"From the beginning, Nicolle [Wallace] pushed for Katie Couric and the CBS Evening News. The campaign's general strategy involved coming out with a network anchor, someone they felt had treated John well on the trail thus far," writes Palin, according to excerpts obtained before Tuesday's release date for the highly-anticipated book. "My suggestion was that we be consistent with that strategy and start talking to outlets like FOX and the Wall Street Journal. I really didn't have a say in which press I was going to talk to, but for some reason Nicolle seemed compelled to get me on the Katie bandwagon."

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The Drudge Report says it obtained a portion of the book in which Palin claims McCain campaign adviser Nicolle Wallace pushed for the now-famous Katie Couric interview because the CBS anchor needed a self-esteem "boost."

"'She just has such low self-esteem,' Nicolle said," continues Palin in the excerpt. "She added that Katie was going through a tough time, 'She just feels she can't trust anybody.' Nicolle had left her gig at CBS just a few months earlier to hook up with the McCain campaign."

Contacted by CNN, Wallace denied the gist and specifics of Palin's account of the Couric interview, which aired at the end of September 2008.

Palin and Wallace do agree that the Couric interview didn't go well.

"I knew it wasn't a good interview," Palin tells Oprah Winfrey, in excerpts of an interview that is scheduled to run Monday, one day before Palin's book is officially released.

In excerpts of the book, Palin also writes that she thought there was something peculiar about the way Wallace would talk about her days as White House communications director for President George W. Bush.

"I had to trust her experience, as she had dealt with national politics more than I had. But something always struck me as peculiar about the way she recalled her days in the White House, when she was speaking on behalf of President George W. Bush. She didn't have much to say that was positive about her former boss or the job in general. Whenever I wanted to give a shout-out to the White House's homeland security efforts after 9/11, we were told we couldn't do it. I didn't know if that was Nicolle's call," writes Palin, according to the excerpts.

Wallace said Palin's account is completely false.

"It's not even like it's slightly wrong. It's like I feel totally the opposite. I would never disparage the president. I adored him then and I adore him now."

Wallace seemed mystified by Palin's accounts, conceding that there were enough strategy miscalculations during the campaign that Palin "didn't have to make stuff up."

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  1. Andy

    John McCain you need to denounce this woman now!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is taking our Party down single handed and no one will stand up to this silly woman who thinks she is presidential material.

    JM you will gain your status back if you admit what all has suspected you picked her because of her looks to gain the women votes. Do the world a favor and denounce this fool now!

    November 14, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. Heather in Seattle

    Still trying to blame everyone for her mistakes, thank goodness she's not in the white house!

    November 14, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. MJ

    Sarah Palin has over-extended her "15 minutes of fame" ad nauseum.
    Unfortunately, she doesn't have the sense or grace to go away . Her political career is like her "Bridge to nowhere" – a dead end.
    Hard-core, truly pathological narcissism in the opinions of many.

    Let's forget her and move on to important issues in the world and in our country.

    November 14, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. kd

    Well, of course she's lying. She can't think, does no research, believes in crazy stuff, and can't even write her own book, relying on a 'ghost' writer. This may as well be an approved biography. It's a lie to even say she's the author.

    I could dictate into a machine and let somebody else do all the heavy lifting but to call myself a writer or an author would be ludicrous.

    Palin does represent what the Republican Party has become, which is meaningless and dumb. And mean. And angry. And dangerous. And (again) oh, so dumb.

    November 14, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. kd

    and there go the uber-conservatives, claiming CNN is lefty. That's crazy, too. You people would claim a blank sheet of paper was liberal.

    November 14, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. KJL

    It's too late for her to try to weasel her way out of that embarrassing incident. She's a fool, and anyone with any common sense knows it, whether they're a Republican, Democrat, or Independant.

    November 14, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. arias

    I love stories about Sarah Palin because I love watching the conservative lemmings foam at the mouth and broadcasting the stupidity of one of their own.

    Most of you republicans are educated by AM radio and are stupid, you know that right? You betcha!

    November 14, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Marian in Pensacola

    Kathy, it wasn't just the young voters who put Obama in office. The moment many Baby Boomers heard Palin come onstage and call him just a "community organizer", and continue her snide sarcasm, we knew her energy wasn't "Commander-in-Chief " worthy. The cutesy is not cute anymore. Neither is the negativism.

    November 14, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Big John

    I wonder how many more lies are in her book. It won't be long before the whole thing is debunked. I hope it has soft pages, I need a replacement for the Sears catalogue in the outhouse

    November 14, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. swp

    When will John McCain just go away. He is one of far to many old men that just need to retire.

    November 14, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Doc in Virginia

    This is some seriously rich and entertaining blogging...I'm still laughin gat what someone wrote here, my favorite line.."..if you put her brain in a bird, it would fly backwards." Cant stop laughing at that and anything 30 Year Veteran says....
    Yea you 30 year. ROAD MF.

    November 14, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |

    Democrats are the self-proclaimed tolerant and big-tent party PROTECTING THE CITIZENS from the greedy and evil white men. According to libs, republicans care only for honky's. Those of us who are conservatives know the truth, which is everyone is welcomed no matter what your race, gender, religion, ect. Liberals know that in order to keep their control over the ignorant liberal masses, they cant allow a conservative woman to be successful. They know if they do, their party will be exposed as a fraud. Thats why the hatred towards Sarah Palin is so out of control. They are obsessed with every little rumor that comes out about her. They know if they dont destroy this woman, she will be our next president in 2012. It is never about debating issues with her. They have to keep it on a personal level, because they will be made to look a fool in the eyes of this country. This a woman, who has dared to go agaiinst what liberals think a woman should be. She is strong,smart,classy and indepentent thinker. Yes she is pro-life. Yes she is a traditional family woman, but that is unacceptable to libs. If the mainstream media spent a tenth of time on obama as they did Palin, Obama would not be prez. The hypocracy is so evident to us conservatives, but then again we are the independent thinkers. All the liberals are sheep waiting for their marching orders from their party bosses.

    November 14, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. mark

    I laugh when I read that Sarah Palin scares liberal, or drives liberals crazy, liberals love conservatives like Palin and Bachmann. During the presidential elections I heard from friends and relatives, who were on the fence in choosing McCain or Obama, it was Palin who drove them into Obama's camp. Keep her in the news give her all the headlines, as long as she is the face and brains for the conservatives and republicans, the party will continue to shrink down to a small regional party. More Sarah Palin please, this liberal loves her, and can't get enough of her, it's independent, well informed thinking Americans who are afraid of her.

    November 14, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. whitettrash

    Ifind it interesting that ppl who claim to be sick of CNN reporting aboutSarah Palin...The Ice Princess...continue to post on every story about her. I for one enjoy reading As Wasilla Turns.It is very refrershing to read about someone that is more screwed up and undereducated than Iam.

    November 15, 2009 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
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