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. Thomas


    If I really cared about this stuff, I would buy her book... But since I don't, I won't.

    Please don't start publishing more articles about her book.

    We know about the book, let us decide whether to buy it or not.

    November 14, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. karen

    Sarah Palin is a ditz. I can't believe anyone pays any attention to her much less would spend the money to read her book. Please please Sarah, go back to Alaska and live in the outback where you can live with the bears and other wild animals and shoot them when you want. We have had more than enough of you!!!

    November 14, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. John

    Gee, Sarah Palin lying. Who would have thought that.. The whole book is filled with them because she's a compulsive liar.

    November 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Observant1

    What did you expect for Palin?

    November 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Tommygunn

    Poor Sarah as she clears the records on her behalf, there is still an unbalanced difference of stories among her allies.

    Give her a break, she can only throw stones and can't take it with direct dialogue to none partician media (CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS). We all know the cable networks outside of CNN have slants one way or the other....

    November 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. roro

    It's just amazing how this woman can turn everything around with her lies. She is never to blame for anything. Everything is someone else's fault. Poor poor baby. Does she honestly feel that she is capable of leading this nation with her background and complete lack of intellectual curiosity or capability? Woe is us, if she does.

    November 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. victim of republican greed

    Which side should people believe?

    November 14, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Lee

    Gosh, what a shame these two didn't win the election. I'm sure their complete inability to get along would have spelled great things for our country!

    November 14, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. judecowell

    Going 'Rouge'? has the title changed from 'Rogue'? ;p

    November 14, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. betty

    S Palin is a person who FINDS IT NECESSARy to change the truth, In other words she is a story teller of untruths. I think one would call that a liar, She is not a model mother, she did not prepare meals the kids ran wild, and the oldest daughter was the mother figure in the family. If one checks things in Wasilla, there was a 20 million dollar deficit when she left the position of mayor, and there is a trail of a pretty woman who cuts down others, fabricates stories and uses others to boost her own self esteem. for God's sake America DO NOT ELECT THIS FANATIC into the political arena!!!

    November 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. judecowell

    what a hilarious bunch of people!

    November 14, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. don

    None this explains her total lack of brain power during the course of the interview with Couric. That is the relevant substance regardless of the book statements. The interview speaks for itself.

    November 14, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Donkey Party

    CNN – All Palin, all the time. Myself and countless others no longer view your network as an unbiased news source. Did Rupert Murdoch buy you guys out or what?

    November 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Vietnam vet

    If nothing else, this proves there is a God. She is not Vice President.

    November 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Just the facts

    Mrs. Palin still has the " deer in the headlights" approach to reality. Most Democrats are probably hoping, and for good reason, she'll be the 2012 Presidential nominee.

    Her new library will now include, in addition to "Fun with Dick and Jane" and her coloring books, her five chapter fantasy novel, " Going Rogue."

    November 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Rob

    John McCain's introduction of Sarah Palin into national politics is akin to the release of an evil Genie from it's bottle. Think about it.

    November 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    Wallace needs to understand that Sarah Palin cannot be satisfied with spewing bad news. She is most comfortable when she does it on the fly. She makes it up as she goes along. This woman is less Presidential than Russ Limpbrain........ooops Limbaugh. I think if you put her brain in a bird it would fly backwards.

    November 14, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. cg

    Hee hee hee. 'Going Rouge' is right. This woman needs to go away.

    November 14, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. iquitarod

    Sarah has become a parable of the manufactured hero, a paper political cut-out doll, a model that "success" is a matter of selling your "beliefs" to the highest bidder

    November 14, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. SensibleJoe

    And so now Sarah Palin's pathological lying is in print... All for a price, of course.

    November 14, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. larry567

    Palin , now Prejean, what has become of the Right that allows people like this to represent them. The fact that Palin even has support, and Prejean can lie on national TV (I was 17) just speaks volumes of the condition of the education system in the USA!

    November 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. They call me "tater salad"

    This nitwit needs to go back to clubbing baby, Harp seals in Alaska! It's funny how she cut's down the so-called liberal media, but never misses an opportunity to put herself out there in front of all the cameras and microphones whenever possible! See folks.......She's so retarded that she doesn't even realize that these "liberal media" outlets , like CNN, Fox, ect.... are saving her a fortune in book promos, and future campaign exposure, by doing all of the public relations legwork for her for free! And doing it willingly as well!!!!!!!!

    November 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Karen-phoenix

    The women has NO concept of reality!!! She has lived in Alaska which is a complete socialistic state and got paid $1500 per person in her family (7 times $1500 equals $10500 per year just for living in Alaska) and she has 100% health care through the Eskimo program!!! How can she relate to the "working poor" in the lower 48!!!

    November 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. robmarie

    Palin cannot admit that she is illiterate in the area of world events and news. That is the reason it did not go well. Stop blaming everyone else. A real leader admits faults no matter how how damaging it appears.

    November 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Madeleine Peckham

    "In excerpts of her new book "Going Rouge: An American Life" that were obtained by other organizations, including the conservative website Drudge report..."

    Palin does indeed seem to favor the color red, but I believe her book title may rather have been chosen to reflect her self-identified "maverick qualities" with the word Rogue.

    November 14, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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