This Thursday, former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin responded to a New York Times report claiming that Senator John McCain stated that he regretted choosing Mrs. Palin as his vice presidential pick during the 2008 presidential election.
Sarah Palin spoke for The Daily Mail and told them that she was very surprised by the report and that it felt like a “perpetual gut-punch” every time she read it.
“That’s not what Sen. McCain has told me all these years, as he’s apologized to me repeatedly for the people who ran his campaign – some who now staff MSNBC, the newsroom there, which tells you a lot,” said the former governor.
“It’s not a real fun thing that part of my job is the requirement – is having to read the news every day,” she added.
Earlier this week, the Times reported that McCain’s new book, The Restless Wave, says that if he could do it again, he would choose Senator Joseph Lieberman, an Independent, over Sarah Palin.
It’s possible McCain’s ghostwriter added the claim, said Mrs. Palin, since it’s so far off from what he’s told her privately. “I attribute a lot of what we’re hearing and reading regarding McCain’s statements to his ghostwriter or ghostwriters,” she said. “I don’t know all the details of his condition right now. It happens to me also where people speak for me and a bell is rung, and you can’t un-ring the bell.”
Palin said that she won’t fully believe it “unless I heard it from Sen. McCain myself.”
The former governor also bashed McCain for his “no” vote to kill an ObamaCare repeal. “[It’s] still on the books after all the promises that the GOP would repeal [it],” she said, adding, “it’s not all on Sen. McCain’s shoulders’ because plenty of Democrats became ‘obstructionists’ over the high-stakes legislative episode.”
“I wish that he would have” voted “yes,” she continued. “And Sen. McCain and I, at least in the past, had a good enough relationship where if I had the opportunity, I would have told him that.”
Sarah Palin added that even if John McCain did say such hurtful things about regretting his choice in her, she still considers him a “friend.”
“In spite of everything that has erupted in these past days with his spokesperson – or perhaps he himself – saying that he regrets that they chose me to run on their ticket,” Palin said, “despite all that, he has been my friend.”