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Revelations from Palin's new book

Palin was concerned about the cost of the wardrobe that was purchased for her during the campaign, according to the new book.
Palin was concerned about the cost of the wardrobe that was purchased for her during the campaign, according to the new book.

Peter Hamby
CNN Political Producer

Tensions within John McCain's presidential campaign boiled over on Election Night last November when Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate, repeatedly ignored directions from senior staffers who told her she would not be delivering her own concession speech.

Those fresh details on the conflict between Palin and members of the McCain team come in a new book – "Sarah from Alaska" – by Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe, two members of the press corps that traveled with Palin during the 2008 presidential race. The pair spent much of the following year reporting on the campaign turmoil and the vice presidential nominee's difficult return to Alaska after the election.

According to a copy of the book obtained by CNN, Palin's speechwriter Matthew Scully had prepared a brief speech for the then-Alaska governor to deliver while introducing McCain, before he gave his concession speech at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. But after conferring in his suite with senior advisers Mark Salter, Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt, McCain nixed the idea of having Palin speak before him.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Mary from Florida

    Can we say, "Narcisistic Personality Disorder"?

    November 3, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  2. lisa logan

    What was John McCain thinking when he picked her? I know...he was giving in to the extreme right. Some maverick he was! Ha!
    He only has himself to blame for the mess she created during the election. Let's keep her in the public eye-it helps all the Dem. candidates!
    She truly is one arrogant person.

    November 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm |