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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Sarah Palin has a problem with the truth - that's the explosive charge coming from John McCain's top campaign strategist.
Steve Schmidt tells CBS' "60 minutes" that Palin was dishonest as the Republican VP nominee, saying things that were "not accurate," which opened the door to criticism that she was "untruthful." Schmidt suggests such comments by Palin have done long-term damage to her public image.
For example - he talks about Palin's reaction to an ethics report from Alaska... which she claimed completely exonerated her. Schmidt said it clearly didn't... and that Palin's comments were the equivalent of saying "down is up and up is down."
Schmidt also says when John McCain tapped her to be his running mate, Palin announced: "It's God's plan."
There's more. The authors of a new book called "Game Change" describe how McCain's aides realized there were serious problems with Palin very quickly. Even after staffers gave Palin crash-course sessions on different topics after the GOP convention - she was still extremely uniformed. They claim she didn't understand why there was a North and South Korea... and regularly said Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11. Schmidt told Palin's tutor's in foreign affairs: "You guys have a lot of work to do. She doesn't know anything."
This from a woman who still may want to run for president in 2012 - and who has just signed on as a paid contributor to the F-word network.
Palin's people dispute the version of events in this new book - instead saying the governor has given "accurate" depictions of what happened in her own recent book.
Here’s my question to you: Do you believe Sarah Palin is dishonest?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Chad from Fresno, California writes:
I don't think she is dishonest at all. I think she is completely ignorant and self-absorbed, which means that she is unwilling to get an education to stop her from being ignorant. This is very different and far more dangerous, in my opinion, than being dishonest.
Kay from Chicago writes:
I think it's clear that she's not only dishonest, but dumb. Fortunately for her, though, those characteristics appeal to the Republican base.
Albert from Los Angeles writes:
Jack, The real story is how this all reflects on the dishonesty of John McCain because he knew it all but tried to hide Palin from reporters just for a chance to be president even if it meant she, who "doesn't know anything," would be a heart beat away from the presidency.
Pete from Oshkosh, Wisconsin writes:
Is Palin dishonest? Do the Packers wear green and gold? You betcha!
Jack from California writes:
Wow, Jack! You have a Sarah Palin question today. You never have questions referring to Sarah Palin.
Barbara from North Carolina writes:
Jack, If it was God's plan, then he truly does have a sense of humor. I haven't laughed so much at one single politician in all my life. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a 6:30 appointment with my Death Panel.
This woman is an opportunist. She no more believes the flap that froths from her mouth than we do. Indeed, Jack, she is right at home with the 'F-Word' Network. Good riddance.
Paul from Ontario writes:
Yes, she's dishonest. But she can see the truth from her house.
Tripp from Dallas writes:
Jack, Sometimes I look at questions that you ask and think they're a joke. Then I look at your face and think, "There is no way that THIS guy has a sense of humor."