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. Tear Down the GOP Orange Curtain CA

    Wow did Sarah Palin even check the facts first before the authors (not her) published the book? Or will she do a Tom Ridge and claim the book about self is not even true?

    November 14, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Montana

    What Katie have a self-esteem problem? Go away and stay away Palin....I'm tried of your lies and your lack of knowledge!

    November 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Katie

    I called it!!! Just because a book's a best seller doesn't mean it isn't fiction! Sarah's laughing all the way to the bank. Get a grip on reality, you Palin-lovers – the woman just wants to make a buck and be adored!! She wouldn't know a fact if it smacked her, but she sure knows how to spin a story to get a lot of sympathy from you accolytes, you betcha!

    November 14, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. kj

    This whole idea that Sarah Palin is relevant cracks me up. It's really funny what people respond to. Well, we are in the land of the, anything goes!!!!. Good luck to all her supporters because it shows the level of what they perceive as been legit and substantive. What a joke!

    November 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. cathyinAZ

    Anyone who did not think this book would be a total "lie" was kidding themselves. I am waiting for everyone to figure this out so MS. Palin can then say, "I didn't lie, I didn't write the book".
    I am more angry @ McCain for hoisting her on the public and now we are stuck with her.
    If everyone would ignore her, maybe she would just GO AWAY!

    November 14, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Democrat Discust

    It's always the same scumbag liberals who attack Palin on every article CNN runs about her. The same few ACORN paid bloggers until they are finally shut down, or the "real" teabaggers from SF, or the welfare slugs waiting for their free checks, or the homely women who's husband's have left them for younger and prettier models, or the GLBT community who wants to convert our children. Gee, I could keep going on and on classifying the entire Democratic Party. You call your selves Progressives because Liberal is a tainted term now. Only 20% of the country consider themselves liberal; that isn't something to be proud of. You, Code Pink, ACORN, and George Soros make good bed partners. The rest of the country hates your guts, and there are 3 times more of us then you. Keep it up, please!!

    November 14, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. AJ

    I plan to read it AND enjoy it. It's good to set it straight. Take it easy everyone, a lot of you are so nasty. It's like you have nothing better to do. chill

    November 14, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. TexMilan

    Hey lefty,loony wackos,

    SARAH PALIN is making your heads explode.For over a year you threw
    the most vile,vitriol,savage,vicious and hateful attacks against this great woman.
    Not only she's standing,she's stronger,more popular,
    more admired and more loved then ever.

    SARAHCUDA TSUNAMI is coming.
    Libs and RINOs eat your rancid,hateful hearts out!!!

    November 14, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Chad

    There is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for someone, especially the VP candidate of a major party, to be unable to answer a simple question like "what do you read." She can blame and try to humiliate Couric all she wants, but the questions were not difficult. Palin simply lacks communication skills and intellect. She's an empty vessel, a void filled only with ideological zealotry.

    November 14, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Isn't a Rogue a thief?

    November 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Bizarro world news

    Lucky for us there is no other news to cover.

    November 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Mickie

    So, if I were to go to buy this book, would I look in the fiction section or the humor section?

    November 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. pat

    "The interview didnt go well"!!!
    It scared the hell out of the rest of the world with the thought that this dim wit had the potential to be President of the United States.
    And to think that this moron is still being considered for 2012 is a sobering thought and would truly be the demise of the USA as the leader of the free world

    November 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Jeannine

    Can only hope that all the Sarah Palin haters in the crowd, understand to some degree why conservatives also have very strong feelings against what President Obama stands for. It is a two way street that in all honesty does none of us any good. Somehow can we get back to issues?

    November 14, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. dbacchus

    Chris Desouza may or may not be an idiot. THAT doesn't change the fact that Palin is a liar.

    November 14, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. usualone

    If the people in the McCain camp continue to deny what Palin writes, combined with the other facts of her history, perhaps she will go away from our public eye (we should be so lucky). It will be interesting how those who continue to believe in her will make excuses this time. It is amazing - and appauling too.

    November 14, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Aaron

    I hope everyone who has complained about Sarah Palin doesn't buy her book. It's reminiscent of Madonna's controversial book "Sex" in the 90s where all of the bible thumpers were outraged but were the first in line to purchase it. One more thought: white trash is white trash, no matter how much money or with whom you are associated.

    November 14, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. good things are coming---S Callahan

    That is a downright dirty dig at Katie C. .....and this is a woman that is setting the example of someone of faith??? How dare you! This is definately not of the faith I subscribe too, and she claims to a memeber of...SHAME ON YOU SARAH PALIN!!!! Please read Phillipians 2:14-16....and monitor what you allow in the media.

    November 14, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Kathy

    Sarah Fan, I can see why you're her fan. You sound just like her–unintelligible. Sarah Palin is a ditz and she exposed her lack of intelligence when Katie Couric had her on her show. It was a simple as that. Before she was on that show, we didn't know whether she was qualified to be V.P. because the McCain campaign kept her under wraps. Maybe she would've pulled McCain through to win if they'd kept her quiet–who knows?

    November 14, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. Christine

    Sarah Palin has been viciously attacked since the first day she accepted the nomination for vice-President. BEFORE the book or Couric interview or anything. The liberals saw her as threat to the Obama, and the assault began. Keep attacking her, it will only make her more popular.

    November 14, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Mary in NV

    Wow, and the Dem Lib's call the Repubs HATE-MONGERERS! Holy .... they should read what they write and think about how they come off. She has the right to freedom of speech, much like clinton's book "My Lie" ...oops or was that "MY Life?"

    November 14, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Eric Wrote:
    "I love stories about Sarah Palin because I love watching the liberal lemmings foam at the mouth just to get a pot shot in. Most of you are educated by the media and are stupid, you know that right? You betcha!"

    "Liberal Lemmings," nice alliteration, but without any other literary or factual merit.
    Lemmings follow the one in front of them blindl, in many cases to their demise. "Liberals" actually think things through and consider the FACTS of a thing. Let's review:
    Sarah palin has PROVED HERSELF to be vindictive (going after her sister's ex husband and his boss – for starters, this book is another example), self serving (both in trying to take money from Alaska that she was not entitled to and in QUITTING her executive position, in the end, because it was better for her, no matter what LIES she tells). A (lousy) liar of magnificent proportions, about almost everything. Intellectually inept and/or lazy (look at her interviews, among other things). Disingenuous (the "death panel" stuff comes to mind).

    For "Liberals," any ONE OF THESE THINGS would be enough to make her a liability and unworthy of our support.

    For the "Right" wing(nut), like with Ollie North, all of these thingst become a badge of honor, somehow.

    Stop eating the paint chips from your window sills.

    November 14, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Palin not telling the truth......say it ain't so...............

    November 14, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. MarkRSM

    Sarah Palin is the one person when given a choice between looking the other way and making a lot of money and doing the right thing, choose the right thing. She did not turn in the other party for being courpt, she turned in her's. Anybody that is courpt will always be afraid of her,and attack her. We do not need a Harvard or Yale president we need an honest one.

    November 14, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Aubrey

    Why do we still care about a woman who couldn't even finish her *appointment* to the governorship of Alaska? She has no serious future in politics, and her book thus far seems to be an extension of everything else she has already displayed to the American people- stupidity and lies.

    November 14, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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