November 14th, 2009
03:34 PM ET
13 years ago

Schmidt calls Palin claims 'total fiction'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Schmidt told CNN Palin's claims in her book are 'total fiction'."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – John McCain's former presidential campaign manager Steve Schmidt is the latest McCain adviser to cry foul over accusations Sarah Palin has penned in her yet to be released memoir "Going Rogue."

Excerpts obtained by The Huffington Post characterize Schmidt in an unfavorable light, particularly in reference to the prank phone call Palin received from someone pretending to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy. "Right away, the phones started ringing," Palin writes. "One of the first calls was Schmidt, and the force of his screaming blew my hair back. 'How can anyone be so stupid?! Why would the president of France call a vice presidential candidate a few days out?!'"

In a telephone conversation with CNN's John King, Schmidt said how he is described and portrayed in the book is "fanciful. [And] total fiction."

In the excerpts, Palin also claims Schmidt tried to put her on a strict eating regimen, and in a conversation with Randy Scheunemann, a McCain foreign policy adviser, he had blamed the campaigns problems on Palin's "postpartum depression."

"Schmidt started in again, telling Randy what an awful pick I was - the "postpartum" problems, the wardrobe "scandal," "legal exposure" for Todd on Troopergate, whatever he meant by that," Palin writes according to the published excerpts.

In October, during The Atlantic magazine's First Draft of History Conference, Schmidt predicted to CNN's John King that he would be portrayed as "anti-rogue in the running of the campaign."

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  1. stacy

    The hypocrisy of the liberal left and the liberal left media is just unfreakinreal!!! During the campaign the seriously biased media flocked to Alaska and searched under each and every rock hoping for some dirt on Palin, who was a VICE Presidential candidate! But, shamefully, they failed to even do a minimum of vetting on Obama, who was a Presidential candidate! Palin is an intelligent, beautiful, conservative wife and mother of five. Her and her family are an all American, bible-clinging, gun-toting, Constitutional loving, fiscal conservative, Country-honoring, middle American family and are an asset to this Great Country. As Governor, she began by rooting out the corruption in her own party, before moving on to the corruption in the opposing party. From the moment she stepped on the national stage, the media began their savage and unprecedented attack on her, her husband and her children and through it all she showed an amazing grace and determination. After the campaign, left wing liberals began to attack her in the courts, filing 15-20 bogus lawsuits that, one after another were dismissed, none "stuck".

    On the other hand the media ignored, or never bothered to look at Obama and his past or present. Had they taken a few minutes and done a google search they would have easily seen him for what he is. He is an American hating, marxist loving, social justice, redistribute the wealth, corrupt Chicago machine politician who has spent 1.7 million dollars in lawyer fees to keep from having to produce ANY of his personal records. He has in his administration more than 30 unelected. unconfirmed czars that We the People pay and yet they answer to him and him alone, not us. He gave to his union buddies the car companies, bypassing bankruptcy laws that have been in place from the start and at We the Peoples expense! He has labeled half of the people in this country as terrorists while bringing actual terrorists to this country, giving them full rights and a show trial that will cost We the People millions of dollars and decrease our national safety.

    I could go on and on and on, listing dozens and dozens things this man and his administration, czars, fellow democrats, union buddies and ACORN cronies have done to We the People and this great Country, things that done by any conservative or republican would have landed them in jail, but it is pointless to try talking about the truth to a liberal, as there is only their way and no other. Most liberals won't even try telling you that what you are saying is not true, but will immediately resort to name calling and personal attacks. so please continue your frenzied attack on Palin and other conservatives and ignore the destruction of this great Country by our Marxist-in-Chief.

    The only thing I ask is that you keep your crying and whining to yourself when you wake up and find that YOUR Freedom and Liberty are gone, the same as mine.

    November 14, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Wanda

    I don't care how much money she makes as long as She doesn't step a foot in the white house.

    November 14, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  3. whitettrash

    Oh my! How can anyone believe anything sara the ice princess says? It is apparant that everyone is out to make her look bad. The poor misunderstood little 'ole gal from Alaska. Governing a state that has a populace smaller than the county I live in makes her more than qualified to govern our great nation.

    November 15, 2009 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
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