Monday on Twitter, Sarah Palin provided an excerpt from Hillary Clinton's new book Hard Choices showing a passage that mentions the former governor using this teaser sentence: "Look who fired the 1st shot in the real 'war on women.' Hint: it wasn't the GOP."
In the passage, Clinton claims that the Obama campaign had approached her to see if she would level attacks against Palin to ensure that Hillary supporters would not be attracted to another female candidate. Clinton says she declined telling them, "There'd be plenty of time for criticism."
Here is the passage:
There was one more big surprise that week. The morning after Barack addressed the convention, Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, announced that Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska was his choice for running mate. A resounding "Who?" echoed across the nation. We would all get to know her in the coming months, but at that point she was a near-complete unknown, even to political junkies. The Obama campaign suspected that her nomination was a blatant attempt to scuttle their hope of welcoming the women who had vigorously supported me. They immediately issued a dismissive statement and reached out to me in the hopes I would follow suit. But I wouldn't. I was not going to attack Palin just for being a woman appealing for support from other women. I didn't think that made political sense, and it didn't feel right. So I said no, telling them there'd be plenty of time for criticism. A few hours later, the Obama campaign reversed itself and congratulated Governor Palin.
Of course, Hillary eventually came around, and when she did her message was loud and clear: