No Recent Videos from Palin
By Garance Franke-Ruta
A spokeswoman for Sarah Palin's political action committee denied a blog report today that it released and then abruptly withdrew a Web video that seemed to suggest President Obama terrorized New Yorkers by permitting Air Force One to fly into the city's airspace earlier this year.
"We did not," SarahPAC spokesperson Meghan Stapleton said in an e-mail, responding to a query about whether the PAC had released and withdrawn a video featuring the Alaska governor and Obama. Stapleton added that the PAC has not released any recent videos. "The only one I can think of was the Governor and Trig for Special Olympics - months ago," said Stapleton.
Andrew Sullivan, a high-profile blogger for the Atlantic, linked this morning to the apparently user-generated and rapidly withdrawn video as "Sarahpac's Independence Day Message." He later speculated under the title "The Sarahpac Ad," after the video was removed from YouTube, that its "mixture of lies and racism alerted some in her camp."
Reached by The Post, Sullivan quickly said he would update his blog and then corrected it.
Palin has been hard-pressed to escape public attention of late. Todd Purdum's lengthy Vanity Fair piece on Palin, just out this week, featured plenty of unflattering remarks and anecdotes from those who worked with her last fall as Republican presidential nominee John McCain's running mate.
Palin has also engaged in a public scrap with late-night TV talk show host David Letterman, whom she accused of maligning her children, and recently sat for an interview with Runner's World for its motivational "I'm a Runner" series.
In the Runner's World interview, Palin said she'd jump at a chance to run with the athletic president -- "I would, absolutely" -- and also thought she'd have more endurance than him in a long race.
"I betcha I'd have more endurance. My one claim to fame in my own little internal running circle is a sub-four marathon. It wasn't necessarily a good running time, but it proves I have the endurance within me to at least gut it out and that is something, if you ever talk to my old coaches they'd tell you, too," she said. "What I lacked in physical strength or skill I made up for in determination and endurance. So if were a long race that required a lot of endurance I'd win."
Posted at 1:48 PM ET on Jul 1, 2009
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