January 13th, 2010
06:29 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin calls book claims 'BS'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/11/art.palin.flag.jpg caption="Palin is refuting a new political book's claims."](CNN) - Sarah Palin is slamming a new book about the 2008 presidential campaign that largely portrays the then-vice presidential candidate as wholly unprepared for the national stage and poorly versed in a range of pressing issues.

"These reporters were not any part of what I was doing there as the VP candidate," Palin said on Fox News Tuesday, her first appearance on the network as a paid contributor. "I don't know who they are. I haven't met these guys."

The book – "Game Change," written by political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann - alleges McCain aides quickly grew troubled with Palin's lack of understanding on key issues, including the job of the Federal Reserve, the difference between North and South Korea, and the purpose of the war in Afghanistan.

"It's a bunch of BS from [McCain campaign manager Steve] Schmidt and those guys," Palin said. "It's pretty made up."

But the former Alaska governor did confirm one of the book's allegations: not knowing exactly who was behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and falsely believing former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein played a role.

"I did talk a lot to Steve Schmidt about the history of the war….could there have been any connection to Saddam [Hussein]," she said. "So I admit that I asked questions about it."

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  1. csh

    Feel very sorry for anyone simple enough to think this woman is in any way qualified to be President.

    January 13, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. spongebob

    An honest Politician who wants to set the record straight. What a concept! It is no wonder the left thrive to find fault with her to attempt to save their crumbling party. More Americans are no longer interested in Parties and are uniting as Americans for what's good for the country. Palin is such a rare find who teeters on neither party. She is truly a rare find. We need more true patriots like her because Dems and Repubs have burned the people out!

    January 13, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Gumby

    Unfortunately she has become just another publicity seeker wanting her 15 minutes of fame, much like a Paris Hilton. Sarah Palin might have had the platform to do some good but she forgot the golden rule and instead loves herself as herself and is out for what she can get, which includes keeping oneself in the spotlight. Talking heads have nothing good to offer our country, They appeal to only the people who are angry, but don't know what they are angry about, What we need are people who will roll up their shirtsleeves and work on helping the USA, not sit back and tell us what is wrong.

    January 13, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Ed in Oregon

    Its nice that Fox News can give her a microphone and a friendly atmosphere so that she can voice her side of the story without having to muss around without any pesky "facts" getting in the way. She and Fox make a lovely couple.

    January 13, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. hooverguide

    That she was even considered for the position placing her a heart beat from the Presidency remains one of the strangest decisions in American politics.

    January 13, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. George

    She is so full of crap. Maybe she'll learn something by being on Fox News.

    January 13, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Jackie

    These people should leave Sarah Palin alone!

    January 13, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. awesome

    ok, we get it, she's completely clueless. If anyone hasnt realized this by now, they are living under a rock. Just listening to the VP debate, Biden had to remind her the limited powers of the VP role. She thought as VP, she would work with the senate! Biden taught her on National Television the VP role with the Senate is limited ONLY to break a tie in a vote. She clearly doesnt undertand the separation of powers in our government.

    January 13, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Mike

    When she refuted these claims, did she give her little wink?

    January 13, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. GOPer

    Everybody is lying and Palin is telling the truth. Everybody is out to get Palin because she is so honest, everybody is picking on her. Poor Victim.

    Unfortunately for us, Palin is a drag on the GOP. We already voted in one dense GOP President (Bush), the country is not ready for a sequel any time soon.

    January 13, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. PDXChick

    So now *everyone's* a liar, including McCain's own staff. You're supposed to live your life 'righteously', Sarah, not SELF-righteously.

    January 13, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Pat Wohlfarth

    If this woman is ever elected president, I am moving to New Zealand. She is as big an idiot as "W" and that's saying a lot.

    January 13, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. ron

    Another CNN hack moment. SNL and the John Stewaert Show show more balance than the CNN ticker. This has become a Dem party propaganda section.

    January 13, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Tony

    This should not come as a surprise to anyone. Of course she had very little understanding on foreign or even domestic issues. She was a newly elected governor from a state that fails to make national news, unless that news has to do with Palin. Until she got the nod to be a VP candidate, she would have never had to have opinions or knowledge of those issues. Certainly her schooling had nothing do with foreign affairs – she was a sports reporter. Also, her government experience centered around a town of less than 10,000 and a state with less than 1 million.

    I have yet to find evidence that she has taken the steps to learn about key foreign and domestic issues and how she still makes national news is beyond me.

    January 13, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Wes

    And this comes from the BS queen herself? She's a sick puppy and needs mental help in several areas.

    January 13, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Terry in Iowa

    Right, the key points of “Going Rogue” have been shown to be fiction and she couldn’t answer the most basic and simple questions that professional journalists asked, but we’re suppose to take her word. Anyone who believes Sarah is qualified to represent them, at any level, is an uninformed, ignorant idiot and doesn’t deserve the rights and privileges of citizenship.

    January 13, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. todd

    Uh, Sarah, we all saw that interview with Couric. You thought being able to see Russia from your home meant you knew foreign policy. You couldn't remember any magazines you read, and you had no idea why we were in Afghanistan.

    You were the governor of a state that has a smaller population than many cities, and felt that was enough to run the entire country.

    You may be able to appeal to your teabagging base, but you won't win many converts.

    January 13, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. urbantexan

    This woman does not
    like the media yet she gravitates over to Fixed News to spread the rest of her peas out of her pea brain. If this doesn't show the entire world what an opportunist money hungry hieffer this woman is and a liar to boot.
    She's as dumb as a rock and looking out for the almighty which is herself.

    She will quit this job like she has quit every school or job she has ever had. Screw her and Fixed News !!!!!! CNN you just love you some Sarah dont 'cha

    January 13, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Mitch from Omaha

    Well, she IS an idiot, and she WAS wholly unprepared. Is she upset that people are calling her on her utter failure as a person?

    January 13, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. 1776

    Palin your 15 minutes are way overdue. You're done; let be honest. You are a right wing religious fanatic you really doesn't know much about anything.

    January 13, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Max

    What an airhead.

    January 13, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Dex, Houston TX

    And Palin would know BS, she's been shoveling crap since she was nominated for VP.

    what a joke

    January 13, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Aspen Professor

    Why does any intelligent person pay attention to Palin and her "new" found buddies on the Unfair and Right-Wing-Extremist-Unbalanced News Channel? Their values seem to include: arrogance, hypocrisy, and lying.

    January 13, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Jake

    People don't move to Alaska because they want to "connect with the rest of the country" yet alone the world. More likely the opposite, i.e. they want to get away from the rest of us Americans with our crimes and multi-cultural ways and all. That's why it's ironic when you have someone who talks about their independence and moves to places where they think they should not be under the US governement's jurisdiction and have to pay taxes and all then talk about how they qualified to manage that very same government. But that's conservatives for you. They get to slam society and all it's "liberalism", but then they don't want to live in the cities in the middle of where it all happens-the violent crimes, poverty, population and pollution that the institutions that contribute to their campaigns perpetuate....they don't want to live where the bulk of Americans live.

    January 13, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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