Sarah Palin Blasts McCain Camp, Media in New Book
Former VP candidate's new book tops Amazon, covering politics, media, family.
Nov. 13, 2009 — -- Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin takes aim at running mate John McCain's staffers and big media names in her new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life," which is already at the top of Amazon.com though it won't be released until Nov. 17.
The Associated Press was able to buy a copy of the 413-page book, which takes its title from words spoken by presidential candidate John McCain's staff whenever the former Alaskan governor went against McCain camp strategy. It's a friction between the two camps the book spotlights in earnest.
Palin writes about jaded campaign aides who kept her "bottled up" and away from reporters, according to The Associated Press. And Palin details the events of election night, when she was informed by McCain staffers that she would not be permitted to give her own concession speech.
According to the AP, Palin claims in the book that the campaign later charged her $50,000, what it cost to vet her as a vice presidential candidate. Trevor Potter, general counsel for the McCain campaign, told the AP that Palin was never asked to pay a legal bill.
"To my knowledge, the campaign never billed Gov. Palin for any legal expenses related to her vetting and I am not aware of her ever asking the campaign to pay legal expenses that her own lawyers incurred for the vetting process," Potter said.
Palin also writes that she did not like how the campaign revealed that her teenage daughter, Bristol, was pregnant. She believed the campaign's statement glamorized and endorsed the pregnancy, the AP reported.
The former VP candidate didn't mention the baby's father, Levi Johnston, in her book but she told Oprah Winfrey, in an interview scheduled to air Monday, that he is "part of the family" despite the apparently strained relationship.
"It's lovely to think that he would ever even consider such a thing, because of course you want -- he's part of the family," Palin said. "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."
Tune In: Barbara Walters sits down with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for a five-part series which will begin airing on "Good Morning America" Nov. 17.