“I'm speaking out now because I do have conflicting feelings about her,” McCain told me. “I mean she brought so much momentum and enthusiasm to the campaign… you saw the crowds double and you saw a lot more women coming to the rallies.”
In her upcoming book “Dirty Sexy Politics” McCain wrote that Palin brought “drama, stress, complications, panic and loads of uncertainty.”
“It’s true,” McCain told me on “GMA.” “A lot of things happened but I think that is how campaigns are in general, no matter who comes. And you know I respect her as a feminist, a Republican feminist, and going out there and working for women, especially Republican women.”
McCain insists she was not fired from her father’s campaign but rather “was asked to leave and not come back or go on my own bus tour.” She chose the latter and called it a “blessing in disguise” because she had the opportunity to campaign on her own.
She wrote that she realized her doubts about Palin as she did interviews on the campaign trail – which made her not want to discuss the Vice Presidential nominee at all.
“It was a reflection on me because [Palin] was so celebrated in the Republican Party and again, it’s no secret that I am so unlike her,” McCain said on “GMA.” “And I thought ‘How am I ever going to fit in? How am I ever going to do this?’ And it is still something that I struggle with today because people see me as this rebel and this new Republican.”
Palin – who will headline a GOP dinner in Iowa in September – has indicated she is open to a 2012 presidential run. But McCain refused to say if she would vote for her father’s former running mate.
“It depends on the situation. You know I would have to hear more of what happens in the primaries,” she told me. “As you’re well aware anything can happen in the primaries and I would have to see.”
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