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McCain Campaign Rep Indirectly Confirms Palin's Shopping Spree

Reported by Ellen - November 8, 2008 -

Despite Sarah Palin's recent statement that she never asked for anything more than “a Diet Dr. Pepper once in a while,” Rick Davis, chairman of the McCain campaign indirectly confirmed to Alan Colmes that Sarah Palin spent at least $150,000 on her campaign shopping spree. Davis never denied that that amount had been spent, he never denied that any clothes had been purchased for Palin's family and he defended her by saying that she didn't “understand what the parameters are.” With video

Davis appeared on Hannity & Colmes last night (11/6/08) in order to respond to some of the damaging reports about Palin that have come out in the media lately. Davis said he was appalled at the leaks, and called them “atrocious behavior” but claimed not to know who had done it.

At about two minutes into the interview, Colmes said, “Let's talk about the veracity of the stories... What about the decision to spend $150,000 on clothing? Whose decision was that?” Colmes also asked if it was true that more than that was spent and did $20-40,000 go to Todd Palin's clothes, as has been reported?

Davis did not deny any of it, other than to say that nothing untoward happened. “Well, first of all, I think that a lot of these issues are overblown... She was tapped to be the vice presidential nominee two days before the convention started. She arrived in the convention hall without having even been to Alaska to pick up any of her things. I think the campaign did the right thing and asked for somebody to come in and help her with her clothes.”

Davis continued, “We got some very smart person from New York... and they came into town and they outfitted her. And they outfitted her, obviously, with a lot more stuff than she was ever gonna use. And nobody had ever explained to her that this is stuff that, that it was being paid for by the convention, that it was going to be used at the convention for her purposes. And this is where the whole thing got overblown.”

Colmes said, “The story is that she was told, 'Get three suits and hire a stylist,' and that she went a little crazy.”

Again, Davis did not deny that Palin had overbought. He said, “I don't think she went crazy. I'm not sure she really understood what the parameters are. And, by the way, all this stuff is getting shipped back. It was exactly what we talked about when we released the reports on this a month and a half ago. And from what I can tell, this is an old story born again.”

The subject came up again during co-host Rich Lowry's turn. Lowry said, “My understanding is she goes to the convention in St. Paul and she's basically in the hotel entire time. It's not as though she's going to clothes outlets selecting these clothes. This stuff is brought in for her.”

Once again, there was no denial that $150,000 or more had been spent on outfits, no denial that any of that money had gone for her family's clothing. And just because someone else got the clothes for Palin and/or her family doesn't mean she had nothing to do with it. Davis answered, “You know those things are pretty busy. That's exactly correct. I don't think she's been in a store since this campaign started with her three months ago. And these are things that people have assumed that she was gonna need. Most of this stuff she hasn't even used and will be going back."

Davis added, “I'm not gonna sit there and say, 'Wow, this is really sexist in the sense that if this were a man and we were having this discussion, nobody would care.' The idea that this is a successful female governor of a state that very few people have ever been to is probably the root of a lot of these problems... There's absolutely nothing going on with Governor Palin that hasn't gone on, frankly, with every male candidate for president since the start of politics in the modern era.”

Unless you're, say, John Edwards and get a $400 haircut.