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. gary davis harbor oregon

    so I see that CNN is now following FOX opinion channel what a joke LOL this bimbo has zero credability , only thing out of her mouth is self serving redoric about purist party agenda and she doesn't have a clue what she even speaks about . the republican purist chose this bimbo and now they have to deal with it .. best thing that ever happend to america . now we watch the republican purist eat each other and go down the drain to later become fertilizer . I hope Fox has her on every day . it will help creat jobs . probably about 200 people will have to set with the idiot every day and try and teach her about the world around her . and ( can I just call you JOE ) won't be good enough . then people will be able to see her for what she rally is . an anti american wanting the administration to fall and wanting ALASKA out of the union . then she can move back and be a dictator like sadam husien. the woman is a peice of garbage. much like glenn beck and the rest of FOX radical freaks 🙂

    January 13, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Cindy Hawkins

    Really apparently she didn't watch any of her interviews

    January 13, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. katiec

    Since practically every time Palin opens her mouth she is uttering a lie of some kind, would tend to put more credibility in what those have said who had fiirst hand experience.
    Don't worry people, with her ego, quest for the spotlight and capabilities she will self destruct.

    January 13, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Gerry

    Isn't her 5 minutes of "Fame" up by now?

    Stop talking about her and she will just go away.

    Why would anyone be surprised that she has no understanding about any issue is beyond me. Didn't anyone listen to her "pagent show" responses during the election?

    Shut her off!

    January 13, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Laurie

    Those nasty campaign managers and other professionals. Always weavin tales about Sarah. I'm a thinkin maybe there is someone involved who is tellin tales and it is not Steve Schmidt. Keep playin the victim quitter Palin. I think it's pretty appropriate that you are addressin the alcohol industry. All you real Americans can throw back a few and talk about high school basketball, as well as all the glory days in your past. You can stretch the truth like crazy! I betcha that they have a bar stool reserved just for ya. I am sure the people of Alaska continue to appreciate your fine work on their behalf. And after all.....John McCain is proud of ya!!!!

    January 13, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. miken

    I thought she won the vp debate against biden and she's smarter than her critics.

    January 13, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. dale in indiana

    everything she says is bs. why does the media even report this garb. bad news day or what.

    January 13, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. GT

    Modern medicine can do many things, but there is not a pill in the world that can fix stupid!
    The right is so fixated on Obama's lack of security knowledge yet would happy vote in a no-nothing who could not stick a pin in Iraq on a map

    January 13, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Tony

    Well Sarah knew it wasn't the Russians that attacked us on 9/11. She would have seen them coming from her house. And on and on we go.

    January 13, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. ravi dev

    From what I understand she was using KY to grease her relationshiops as well...Except for Schmidt who was not having any

    January 13, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. The Smart One!

    Sorry Palin, we ALL saw you on TV with Katie! Oh yeah, you had an excuse for that one too...she was out to get you right? She knew you didn't read, didn't know anything about the Supreme Court, Rowe vs. Wade, or even Russia!

    I hope you understand that you are a paid clown to the national circuit.

    January 13, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. Matt

    Let Sarah do what she must do while the serious politicians get about the business of running this Country. I think everyone is in their proper place atm.

    January 13, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Richard/ Naples Florida

    If she would close her big mouth I'll bet our temperatures would moderate a lot.

    January 13, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. BAM in Maine

    This lady should resurrect the old No Nothing Party – it would take on new meaning today. I think she's still around because she can't find he way back to Alaska. Somebody help her ... please.

    January 13, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    She is the BS. She should accept her deficiencies and make efforts to learn than make unnecessary noise on the media. Fox will expose her idiocy and make money out of her ignorance at the detriment of Republican party ageda. Its pathetic.

    January 13, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. Hugh Betcha

    There are entirely too many situations on record where she has said stupid things. She appears to be the true queen of BS. That the right wingnuts believe her only goes to prove their lack of 'that there schoolin' stuff.'

    January 13, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. mj

    After lenghty debate preparations for the Vice Presidential debate, Palin still did not know Joe Biden's name, calling him Sen. O'Biden, so I believe the reporters not Palin.

    January 13, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. Tram

    She ought to know what BS is since she spews it all the time.

    January 13, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Sarah made about $2 million this month....

    still think she's not a good business woman? Think again.

    January 13, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. Howard

    The pity of it is that there is still anyone anywhere who believes anything this woman says.

    January 13, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. Elizabeth

    Isn't there some way that Palin woman can be put away???

    January 13, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. Hugh Betcha

    Her followers are cannot be too bright, but what they lack in brains, they make up in fire power.

    January 13, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. Michael-SC

    Sarah, we know that only you speak the Truth.
    We, the believers believe every word that you say just as GOD has spoken from your mouth.
    You and GOD, the masters of the univers.
    Oh GOD thank you for Sarah Palin. You made W our president and now you gave us Sarah.
    GOD, why do you hate us so much?
    What have we done to deserve those?

    Please go to Veags and drink all you can.

    January 13, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Kathy Boesze

    Please let us keep Ms Palin talking – the more she says, the clearer her lack of intellectual curiosity, poor English skills and grasp of national and internaitonal politics becomes. It can only help the American people to recognize such clear incompetance. Maybe the Dems are paying her FOX salary....................

    January 13, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. Andrew

    Please let Sarah stay around long enough to get the (R) nomination in 2012. They need more like her on the Dark Side.

    January 13, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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