November 14th, 2009
04:26 PM ET
11 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. ja

    sarah is what desperation get, despite much more qualified female vp canidates

    November 14, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Bob of Lompoc

    There you go again! We have another video of Palin with her mouth open. First you reported that she was thinking about writing a book. Then you reported she had decided to write a book. Then you reported she had finished the book. Then you reported about what was alleged to be in the book. Then you reported the book was on sale. Now you report that McCain got his signed copy. Why don't you show us a picture of her signature? We are all dying to see it. Yeah, the Republicans are right – "The Liberal Media". What a monster joke they are. You are not fara behind.

    November 14, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Terry from West Texas

    So the Republican Presidential team and the Republican vice-presidential nominee are saying that each other is a bald-faced liar.

    Now, how is that possible, Conservatives? Which one is lying? The one you voted for last November or the other one you voted for last November? Whichever one is lying about the other must be considered a traitor to the Conservative cause. The liar is probably a secret Liberal Communist who is a socialist sleeper, trying to get in office just so he or she can provide better health care for all Americans. Get the traitor out!

    November 14, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. doneb4u

    Palin is s-o, s-o far right , she does not have the other half of her brain,
    which does the thinking.

    November 14, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Roberta

    Oh gee, someone involved in politics lying about someone else involved in politics. How strange. And to McCain and his advisors, in the immortal words of Bob Dylan "how does it feel?"

    November 14, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. American Expat

    Why does CNN even report this? It is not news that Palin is AGAIN spewing out lies; it has become her sort of trade mark and just another way to get some headlines. CNN should not rise to the bait!

    November 14, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. kate

    I would not buy her book even if I only had to pay 20-cents when joining a book club and getting 5 books for a $1. And who would want to spend the time reading lies.

    November 14, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Eyes Wide Open

    This certainly beats the ticker headline on the front page from yesterday which said

    "Palin claim 100% false".

    I still find it curious that the media seems to really work hard to dig into Palin's claims and "fact check' them regularly yet doesn't seem to have the time to fact check books or movies by Al Gore – whose movie was held in a UK court to have something like 9 inaccuracies.

    I only mind the inccessant "Fact-Checking" because they don't do it across the board. Hillary Clinton's Kosovo story went unchecked on the campaign trail for months and she was in the process of running for President.

    Hard to believe McCain's advisors are disputing facts because it paints them in a bad light.

    November 14, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Palin is nothing but a quitter, a liar and a mooch.

    She connects with all the people out there who are not real bright, blame everyone for their problems, and justify all their bad behavior with their "faith."

    They love to scapegoat and avoid personal responsibility. They proclaim moral superiority while inciting hatred, fear and division. Their ends justify their means, including using violence against those they don't like or who dare to reveal their lies and prove their incompetence.

    Like Palin, they are self-centered, egotistical, terribly shallow, insecure and mean-spirited.

    It's so pathetic the way people follow this woman.

    November 14, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Find the FACT CHECKER that ran on Yahoo.... the books is nothing but lies.

    November 14, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    John McCain is either too polite or still wanting to save his political hide to give an honest assessment of what he thinks of Palin.

    Her lies are just insult to injury, after what she did to his campaign.

    How he can stay in the Party that so royally messed him over – from the 2000 primary through picking Palin as his running mate – is beyond me.

    November 14, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. charlie in Maine

    Hey tea partiers.

    If it is about the money where were you when George W thought it would be a great idea to spend 12 million dollars an hour occupying a country that never attacked us?

    I get why the health insurance companies are against Obamacare. After all wouldn't Federal Express or UPS do better if they could get rid of the Post Office and they could charge whatever the hell they wanted to send a package.

    I get why the GOP leadership is against it considering how long they were out of power after they failed to stop Social Security or Medicare. But what I can't believe that any regular person would be against this.

    So who is payin you guys. The GOP leadership the insurance companies or both?

    Patriots??? Thomas Jefferson is rolling over in his grave at the likes of you.

    November 14, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Ed Stack Sr

    To begin........I am Republican and have been all my life......McCain was a very poor choice to run for our country.......he is the reason Obama won the election.......McCain could not bring his case to the young people and the young voters went to an apparent "REFRESHING" change....young people think that way......they like to shock older people because they are spoiled and uninformed......Katie Couric I have watched for years....very attractive lady but she EXPANDS the truth and wants to be known as "number one" in her industry....she is overpaid and not for McCains advisers.....most of the dissenters are women and it is a woman thing to put down another woman....Palin....the advisers are jealous it is obvious......females are historically jealous of EVERYBODY......take it with a grain of salt........women are beautiful beings but should be born with zippers on their mouths......especially women of the media..........CNN has some REAL winners in that category........lots of physical beauty but........that is window dressing to hide the TRUTH regarding their lack of ability.........thank you

    November 14, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. normajean

    Anything Sarah Palin has said or done has always been infused with lies and innuendos. She is nothing more than a personality not unlike a product of Hollywood. She has neither the education,experience nor innate intellectual curiosity to ever become a viable candidate for any political office and should the powers that be push her in that direction,they will live to regret it{Which I think John McCain already does}

    November 14, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Richard L

    It is absolutely amazing how many of McCain's people apparently were actually part of the liberal media. What a sinister plot against poor Sarah Palin and the other beauty queen too! Guess liberals are a lot smarter than conservatives.

    November 14, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Ben

    Palin has just gone rogue.

    November 14, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Jim in Idaho

    I hope John McCain is proud of the Frankenstein he has unleashed, a Frankenstein now throwing him, his campaign, and the Republican party....all under the Straight Talk bus. Thanks, John, for turning a limited-intellect nobody into a dangerous, divisive force in America. I'm sure the party will thank you too as she drives a wedge right down the middle in 2012.

    November 14, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Joe Sr

    Sarah Palin lying............Imagine that
    Everything she says is either dumb, a lie or both

    November 14, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Mickey

    Palin lying?!? Say it ain't so, Joe!

    Of course she's's what she does best.

    GOP: Evolve or die...

    November 14, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. RTB

    The Alaskan Air Head just cannot take any responsibility for being the dim wit, muttering fool she presents. It is always' the other person' who is the wrong doer. Every Moose Dropping that comes out of her mouth is simultaneously redacted and rehashed by her same sad self. The outcome of her babble is either incoherent or a blatant lie.

    November 14, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. KarolAnn

    Sarah Palin lying to make a buck or further her personal ambitions? No, say it ain't so.

    November 14, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Sarah Palin is just another who will practice dishonesty for her "greater good" being selling more books. The sad testament to all this is there are those who will lap up anything this women has to say.

    Good job Sarah... you are better at telling us about your "Christianity" and "values" than showing us faith in action. People like you make Jesus look like a joke although He talked about your kind... wolf in sheep's clothing. This country is full of hypocrites.

    Truly sickening...

    November 14, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. K in FLorida

    Oh wow, wait a minute, I thought all of Sarah Palins supporters CLAIM that she's being attacked by the Democrats and the Media, I thought that they're all just making stuff up about Sarah Palin....?

    Turns out even Republicans working for the McCain campagne see's her as being a "LYER" and NOT HONEST...

    They even go on to say the Sarah Palins claims about the campagne make her appear NOT PRESIDENTIAL....

    So let me get this straight, all of Palins supporters refuse to look at anything Sarah Palin does or says and connect it with how she's viewed not ONLY by Democrats, but Republicans as well....

    I mean Rush Limbaugh has OPENLY stated Sarah Palins book is the most SUBSTANTIVE book he's EVER read, what a bunch a bolgne...!

    November 14, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. 30 Year Veteran

    Who the devil do they think they are anyway? Nobody cares for or wishes to hear about any McCain people or him anymore. PLEASE.

    November 14, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Joe Smoe

    Why would you expect anything less from the lipsticked pig.
    She lives in another world far different from ours.
    She has told so many lies and it has been proven that she lies.
    People like her believe they are telling the turth because they don't
    know the difference, it is truly pitiful

    November 14, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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