Fact Check: Palin Contradicts Her Own Version Of Events With Oprah
By special contributor Shushannah Walshe and CBS News' Scott Conroy, co-authors of the book "Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise And Brutal Education Of A New Conservative Superstar"
In a segment of her interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was posted online but did not air on television, Sarah Palin was asked whether her family had voted on her decision to accept John McCain's offer to join him on the Republican ticket in August of 2008.
"This time, there wasn't a family vote," Palin told Winfrey. "Other steps in my political life, I've polled the kids, and I have abided by some of the results of the polls that the kids have partaken in. This time, no."
But in September of 2008, Palin told an entirely different story to Fox News' Sean Hannity.
"What was your family's reaction?" Hannity asked. "Was there time to huddle and have a hockey team meeting?"
"It was a time of asking the girls to vote on it, anyway," Palin told Hannity. "And they voted unanimously, yes. Didn't bother asking my son because, you know, he's going to be off doing his thing anyway, so he wouldn't be so impacted by, at least, the campaign period here."
"So asked the girls what they thought and they're like, absolutely. Let's do this, mom."
In our book, "Sarah From Alaska," we reveal that Palin actually instructed the McCain campaign's chief strategist, Steve Schmidt, to tell her children that she was running for vice president, which Schmidt subsequently did.
"I have an announcement to make," the broad-shouldered senior strategist said as everyone in the now crowded room looked on. "Senator McCain has asked your mother to join him to be the Republican candidate for vice president."
This version of events has been confirmed by two people who were in the room at the time.
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