Palin: "Those Guys Are Jerks"

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Gov. Sarah Palin denounced anonymous criticisms leveled at her by former John McCain aides as lies, including allegations that Republican lawyers were traveling to Alaska to reclaim her high-priced wardrobe and that she didn't know Africa was a continent.

"Those accounts are not true," the former Republican vice presidential candidate said in her first public comments on the matter since the election Tuesday.

Palin returned Friday to her Anchorage governor's office and said she had no immediate plans to build on her newfound national name-recognition and popularity with the Republican base for a possible 2012 presidential run.

Instead, Palin said, she wanted only to get back to the governor's desk to advance a proposed pipeline tapping Alaska's vast North Slope natural gas reserves and to prepare Alaska's proposed 2010 budget.

As for the vice presidential campaign, Palin denounced criticism from unidentified McCain campaign aides as "cowardly." She said she found it frustrating trying to respond to false allegations when she didn't know who was making them.

"It's ridiculous," she told reporters. "You guys report based on anonymous sources, so it's hard to have a defense."

One report said she and her family went on a shopping spree, spending more than the $150,000 in clothing that the Republican National Committee had earlier reported.

"The RNC purchased clothes," Palin said.

"Those are the RNC's clothes. They're not my clothes. I never forced anybody to buy anything. I never asked for anything more than maybe a Diet Dr Pepper once in a while."

The RNC will inventory clothing it purchased for her to account for dollars spent, she said. She scoffed at reports that the RNC was sending lawyers to take back clothes from her home.

"It's not happening. Nobody's told me that they're coming to my house to look through closets, to look through anything. The belly of the plane that had clothes in it, and those clothes being packed up and sent back by staffers, perhaps that's what they're talking about, but these aren't attorneys."

She said she wasn't angry at the continued coverage of her clothing, but mostly disappointed.

"This is Barack Obama's time right now, and this is an historic moment in our nation and this can be a shining moment for America and our history, and look what we're talking about. Again, we're talking about my shoes and belts and skirts. It's ridiculous."

She also denied a report that she didn't know Africa was a continent, not a country, and that she didn't know the members of the North American Free Trade Agreement - the United States, Canada and Mexico. She remembered discussing both Africa and Obama's stance on NAFTA with people preparing her for her debate, she said. Anything reported as a gaffe was taken out of context, she said.

"That's cruel. It's mean-spirited. It's immature. It's unprofessional and those guys are jerks if they came away with it, taking things out of context, and then tried to spread something on national news. It's not fair and it's not right."

Asked if she felt muzzled by her limited time with reporters during the campaign, Palin said the media is a cornerstone of democracy and an important part of the checks and balances on government.

"Heaven forbid that a candidate or an elected official shy way from speaking to the media," she said. "So it was a little bit of a frustration that I didn't get to call more of those shots, and I guess that was sort of the 'rogue' criticism was, 'She wants to talk to more of the media' than perhaps some in the campaign wanted me to."

Palin backed off from calling for the resignation of fellow Alaskan Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in Senate history. Stevens leads Democrat Mark Begich by about 3,500 votes with more than 50,000 to be counted.

A Washington jury convicted Stevens on Oct. 27 of seven felony counts of failing to report more than $250,000 in gifts, mostly renovations on his home. Stevens is appealing the verdict.

"The Alaska voters have spoken and me not being a dictator won't be telling anyone what to do," she said.

Fellow senators have indicated they could boot Stevens.

"That's their baby," Palin said. "They'll have to figure out what to do there."

Palin said she was not interested in running for the job if it comes open.

"Not planning on that. Nope," she said.

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  • by Questionable NEWS Location: NC on Nov 11, 2008 at 11:42 AM
    This is stuipd. The other article on this site says that they were at her house picking up her clothes. She says its a lie, the other article says it happened. Which one is TRUE???????
  • by Luanne Location: LBG on Nov 11, 2008 at 11:01 AM
    AMEN to John in Mt. Olive. What you had to say pretty much sums it up! The ones that voted for Obama are in for a rude awakening and what he is going to do to this country will not be pretty at all! What a smooth talker Obama is and also what a fake he really is! I also agree with Obama Snake Oil on the blog he/she posted. It is a real shame people don't see him for what he really is and what he is all about!
  • by Walt Location: Jacksonville on Nov 10, 2008 at 04:32 PM
    Dwayne Your right about that. My question is, when are we going to know how Senator Obama is going to fix everything. He is just now talking to his economic advisors. I thought he was a Senator, should have fixed this before it got bad. Same with the rest of the Demo's in office. They new it was coming since at least 06 and did nothing about it. Just let it fester for the election. And when is the media going to start working for their money, putting a story out like that before they even know its true. Maybe things to come!!!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Nov 10, 2008 at 10:54 AM
    This is indicative of how lame the media has become. When America should be celebrating a historic moment and supporting our out-going and incoming Presidents; we are receiving important news coverage regarding shoes, dresses, and other wardrobe. My how proud those reporters must be.
  • by John Location: Mount OLive on Nov 10, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    OKAY! Its time to stop bashing Bush / Palin and see what the Great one is going to do. It will good to see if the media and entire country will critize him every step of the way as they have Republicans or if they will give him the pass as they have during the entire election. You have made your choice (those that were fooled to vote for him), now let's see The CHANGE! I got a feeling if those that voted for him (The most Liberal Senator in History)will come to realize they were just taken in my a smooth talking inside terriost! (the best way to conquer a nation is from within)Why do you think all of our enemies wanted him in office and all of that money that was donated (most was from outside the country. Wake up America; its okay to make the mistake of being taken in by a smooth talker, but now its time to see him for what he really is; a liberal inside terriost!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 10, 2008 at 06:20 AM
    I think that Palin is a breath of fresh air compared to those in either party. Some bloggers don't get that. She went after corruption in Alaska and won against the good ole boys. She was prepared to do that in the houses but I guess we need even more liberal agenda there. Mark my written word on this; oil is going to go through the roof again, yes, you will feel that pain. Obama doesn't want to drill for oil in the US, no nuclear power and no coal. He has been quite clear on this. He is going to repeal the Bush tax cut as well. As I maintained, at what cost were you willing to pay to have Obama as your president? Come Feb, you will know. Then I would like to see the expression on your face when you see gas prices between 7-9 dollars a gallon, inflation on the rise, taxes increased by 3-4 thousand a year and job losses like you cannot imagine. Well, get used to it, this is what pretty boy brings to the table. If you didn't know that, its your fault.
  • by Leslie Location: Pitt County on Nov 10, 2008 at 05:11 AM
    Sarah Palin was only a part of McCain's campaign for the last nine weeks. She certainly bears some responsibility for her own comments and behavior, but the brunt of the blame goes to McCain and his pundits for the running of their own campaign. The results of the election make a strong statement that America was ready for change and that the evangelicals hurt themselves. Don't agree? Read Cal Thomas's Sunday column from the Sunday edition of the Daily Reflector entitled: Evangelicals Need New Direction." First time I've ever agreed with him, but well worth reading.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2008 at 03:22 AM
    D.W. That's funny. I mean really funny. Look at what Obama is facing (clean up).
  • by D.W. Location: Goldsboro,N.C. on Nov 9, 2008 at 07:59 PM
    To ???--- I agree with you 2000 percent!!!! Could not have said it any better myself!!!! The Republicans better be ready because there is going to be a mess to clean up!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2008 at 03:30 PM
    Betty, that was a stupid comment. First of all I've heard Obama recognize both sides of his family. I've heard him talk more about this mother's side (white). But my question is, why does that mater? He's a human, just like you. As far as "the rap house." Get over it. Where are you from? I'm a middle age white woman and I even know just as many "white" people listen to rap. So if you comment was suppose to say because the Obama'a are black...........I don't know. I like some rap myself. Hate country music.
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