They Ran in 2008 Together. Now, McCain's 'Gut Punch' to Palin

She says it's painful to hear that he regrets picking her as a running mate
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2018 1:32 PM CDT
In this Aug. 29, 2008, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, left, smiles as his choice for his vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, pumps her fist as she's...   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

(Newser) – John McCain promised he'd be speaking his mind more as he faces down his terminal brain cancer, and he has offered one such blunt insight in his new memoir: that when he ran for president in 2008, he should've ignored advisers' advice and picked independent Sen. Joe Lieberman as his running mate rather than Sarah Palin. That was "another mistake I made," he writes. But while Lieberman was said to have been "touched" by McCain's remarks, Palin, understandably, isn't feeling quite so warm and fuzzy over the comments.

"That's not what Sen. McCain has told me all these years," Palin told the Daily Mail Thursday, via People. And now, hearing the new report over and over again, Palin says, feels like a "perpetual gut punch." It's "not a real fun thing" to hear, she admits. Still she seems to be giving McCain a little wiggle room. "I attribute a lot of what we're hearing and reading regarding McCain's statements to his ghostwriter or ghostwriters," Palin said. "I don't know unless I heard it from Sen. McCain myself." (Read more Sarah Palin stories.)

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