Sarah Palin Takes Aim at McCain Staffers in Upcoming Book

"In early 2009, as our legal defense bills piled up, Todd and I retreated to my quiet bedroom office and sat down for a sobering look at our finances. By then, we were faced with attorney's bills that would grow to more than $500,000 -- a lot more than my total salary for all the time I'd served as governor. Then Meg broke the news that a large chunk of those bills -- nearly $50,000 -- was courtesy of the campaign," Palin writes. "It was our portion of the bill for having been vetted! I had no idea, nor was I ever told, that we would have to pay personally to go through the VP selection process. (If I had, I would have kept my answers shorter!)."

"Meg and Tom made polite inquiries with the RNC and the remnants of 'headquarters' to see whether the McCain campaign could help with these expenses. The word came back from on high: if we had won the election, they would have paid; but we lost, so the responsibility was mine. Looking on the bright side, though, if anyone questions whether I was properly vetted, at least now I can tell them, 'Yes, and I have the bill to prove it!'"

Campaign aides deny that they ever billed Palin for the vetting process.

Family Matters

Much of the book, written quickly by Palin at a kitchen table in a tiny apartment in San Diego, is dedicated to family.

Palin writes about standing in the bathroom of a hotel room and seeing the news announcing that her teenage daughter Bristol was pregnant.

"I nearly gagged on my toothbrush," Palin writes. "Oh God, I thought, here we go."

She was upset that the campaign accidently released a statement she had tried to revise, saying she and husband Todd were proud of Bristol's decision to keep the baby.

"In no way did I want to send the message that teenage pregnancy was something to endorse, much less glamorize," she pens.

Palin never mentions her grandson's father, Levi Johnston, who has criticized the Palin family for being too dominating. But in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to air next week, Palin suggested he would be welcomed at the Thanksgiving table.

"It's lovely to think that he would ever even consider such a thing," Palin told Winfrey. "Because, of course, you want -- he is a part of the family and you want to bring him in the fold and kind of under your wing. And he needs that, too, Oprah. I think he needs to know that he is loved and he has the most beautiful child and this can all work out for good. It really can. We don't have to keep going down this road of controversy and drama all the time. We're not really into the drama. We don't really like that. We're more productive."

Despite rumors of marital problems, Palin writes that her marriage to Todd is strong.

On watching a shirtless Todd hold baby Trigg, she writes, "Dang, I thought, divorce Todd? Have you seen Todd?"

Palin's Political Future

"Going Rogue" is not filled with policy prescriptions -- Palin does not spend much time on health care or Iraq and Afghanistan -- but she does suggest new tax cuts, more oil drilling, and says President Obama should not "project weakness to terrorists and tyrants."

While her harshest criticisms are reserved for Democrats, Palin also says Republicans have lost their principles.

"People look at the Republican Party today -- the supposedly conservative party -- and say 'what happened to the Reagan legacy?' And we deserve that criticism," she writes.

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