‘Top Line’ — Palin’s Book Behavior May Hold Clues to Future Plans

Nov 12, 2009 2:56pm

ABC News’ Kim Berryman reports: November 17th, just over a year since the former Alaska governor and current Facebook account holder wasn't elected vice president, Sarah Palin will release her book "Going Rogue: An American Life".  Politico’s Jonathan Martin told ABC’s Top Line today that he will be watching Palin’s book tour closely for clues about her future aspirations.

“If it’s a book that’s defined by score settling, by getting even, that’s not what somebody who wants to start a serious national campaign would do. And we’ll also see exactly what she does on this book tour. Is she collecting names and email addresses?” Martin speculated.

Palin has been the source of national attention since Senator John McCain introduced her as his running mate in 2008. Despite popular Saturday Night Live skits and countless late night jokes aimed at the former candidate’s credibility, Martin maintains “she’s not just a politician, she’s a phenomenon, there are not half-mile lines out there for (Minnesota Governor) Tim Pawlenty.” 

ABC News’ David Chalian and Rick Klein also asked Jonathan Martin about this morning’s announcement of a White House job summit as well as the President’s decision to travel to Asia in the midst of the healthcare debate.

Click HERE to catch all of Jonathan Martin’s comments today.

Also on today’s Top Line, ABC welcomed USA Today’s Joan Biskupic author of American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The abortion issue raised by the Stupak amendment last week continues to fuel debates on Capitol Hill. When asked about Scalia’s possible views on the issue, Biskupic felt confident that the justice would respond with “I told you so.” 

CLICK HERE to watch the entire interview with Joan Biskupic.

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