Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin pushed back against the growing number of negative leaks coming from John McCain’s former campaign staffers Tuesday, calling those who have spoken on condition of anonymity “cowards.”
”Unless they're going to put their name and face to a false allegation like that, any allegation, then they're cowards,” Palin said in an interview on NBC’s “Today Show.”
The Alaska governor defended herself from details that have emerged regarding the Republican National Committee’s purchase of $150,000 worth of clothes for her and her family. In one report, a leaker characterized Palin and her family as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast.” Another suggested that she ordered McCain staffers to buy her clothing on their own credit cards.
“I did not order up these clothes,” Palin said in her defense. “I'm flabbergasted that anybody would say that I spent any money on clothes for me or my family.”
“It's been reported that, you know, I insisted on going to Neiman Marcus and to Saks,” Palin continued, “I've never been in these stores.”
Palin insisted that reports claiming the RNC has dispatched a lawyer to Alaska to retrieve clothing still in her possession are untrue.
“That's absolutely false, unless they're doing that without telling me,” she said. “We don't have any of the campaign's clothes in our possession. And it was never anybody's intention to keep these borrowed clothes from the RNC.”
“Over the past couple days,” she added, “we put it all in boxes, put it in the FedEx plane and sent it back to the headquarters.”