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Revelations from Sarah Palin's book, 'Going Rogue'
And she uses that faith to score some political points.
She rejoices in Bible study groups in Wasilla when "ACLU activists had not yet convinced young people that they were supposed to feel offended by other people's free exercise of religion."
And when she first put eyes on Todd Palin in the school gym she whispered, "Thank you, God."
She writes that she really knew that he was the one for her when "he told me he had become a Christian and had been baptized at a sports camp."
(Yet, she shares how Todd was rather un-Christian when he told his locker room buddies Sarah "didn't even know how to kiss." "My young, crushed spirit learned a lesson about guys that day: even the good ones can act like jerks," she writes.)
Palin, of course, became the town beauty queen.
And while she suggests she was embarrassed to compete in beauty competitions, she adds, "I had to admit it was good tuition money, as well as a good testing ground for public speaking and issue advocacy."
On campaign staff: 'Let me answer the question'
McCain aides tried to prep Palin for her debate against then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) during last year's presidential campaign by giving her index cards with simplistic answers to complex questions, she writes.
The answers provided, she said, were more like nonanswers, designed by the McCain staff to avoid directly confronting the questions.
"What will it take to win the war in Afghanistan?" Palin says the front of one card read. On the back, the answer was: "The world is better off for the fact that the Taliban no longer rules Afghanistan."
When she protested, Palin says, she was told not to worry. She writes that she scribbled on one of the notecards: "Just let me answer the question, dang it."
In the book, "Going Rogue," which officially goes on sale tomorrow, the former Alaska governor offers scathing criticism of the way McCain's advisers prepped her, and she is especially critical of senior adviser Steve Schmidt, who she says proposed flying in a nutritionist to change her attitude during the preparations.