Palin Says Oprah "Gracious"; Book Details Leak

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On her Facebook page last night, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said that Oprah Winfrey had been "very hospitable and gracious" during Winfrey's interview of Palin, which is scheduled to air on Monday.

"Willow, Piper, and I are in Chicago and just wanted to let you know that I had a great conversation with Oprah today," Palin wrote. We taped the show for Monday, November 16th, and enjoyed it so much that we went way over on time. The rest will air on Oprah.com. Oprah was very hospitable and gracious, and her audience was full of warm, energized and (no doubt) curious viewers."

Audience members told NBC Los Angeles that Palin's response to a question from Winfrey about whether she would be interested in a talk show "suggested she was considering the move," though Palin did not offer a yes or no.

One member of the audience suggested there was tension between the two women, though Palin's Facebook comments suggest otherwise. Winfrey supported Barack Obama during the presidential campaign.

"We talked about inside the campaign, about what it felt like when she was first asked to be Vice-President, the candidate," Winfrey said in a video posted after the interview, which you can see at left. "We talked about Bristol, the pregnancy. We talked about Trig, her baby. We talked about Levi Johnston. We talked about her marriage. We talked about everything. There's nothing that we didn't talk about."

Palin sat down with Winfrey to promote her book "Going Rogue," which comes out the day after the interview airs. Time Magazine's Mark Halperin spoke to associates of Palin's who have read the book in advance, and he says the book includes "a hearty bashing of the national media" as well as "some score settling with McCain aides she believes ill-served her (names will be named)."

The book is reportedly five "very, very long" chapters, and includes "an account of how her upbringing shaped her maverick sensibilities" and "a testimonial to the importance of faith in her life."

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Halperin also writes, in ready-for-the-book-cover language, that the book has "a warm and personal tone, written in Palin's own voice." Palin wrote the book with Lynn Vincent, an evangelical writer and editor.

Reportedly not in the book, which has an initial printing of 1.5 million copies: "hefty policy prescriptions."

"Going Rogue," for which Palin was paid an advance of at least $1.25 million, is rumored to exceed 400 pages. As Mark Silva notes, the "score settling with McCain aides" isn't surprising, seeing as the title of the book comes from McCain aides' complaints about Palin.

Palin's book tour begins November 18th. She is largely avoiding liberal-leaning cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. Instead, she is stopping in Sioux City, Iowa; Noblesville, Indiana; Washington, Pennsylvania; and Rochester, New York.

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