In her new book — and ubiquitous press appearances — Sarah Palin sounds off on everything from caribou to Katie Couric. Here’s what she had to say:

On John McCain asking her to be his running mate:

“I’d known it was only a matter of time before others saw Alaska’s potential to contribute to America’s future. Now the time was right.”

On Katie Couric:

“Where do I begin?” Palin muses of the infamous 2008 sit-down with the CBS anchor. “In the harried pace of the campaign, I mistakenly let myself become annoyed…with many of her repetitive, biased questions.” (Couric tells EW “the interview speaks for itself.”)


“[Amy Poehler] was very pregnant,” Palin recalls of her campaign stop on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. “She and [my daughter] Bristol compared belly sizes…. Very nice of Amy, I thought. Very down to earth.” She adds, “Josh Brolin, Mark Wahlberg, and the singer Adele were also on the show that night, as was director Oliver Stone, who made a cameo appearance. Unbelievably, he is a supporter of Communist dictator Hugo Chavez, who in a 2006 speech to the United Nations referred to the president of the United States as ‘the devil himself.’ I did not shake Stone’s hand.”

On meeting her husband, Todd:

Love at first sight? Not exactly. “He cussed. He chewed. He didn’t go to church,” the former Alaskan governor writes of her husband of 21 years. “But when he told me he had become a Christian…that was the clincher for me.”

On her diet:

“I especially love moose and caribou. I always remind people…that there’s plenty of room for all Alaska’s animals — right next to the mashed potatoes.”

On evolution:

During McCain’s vetting process, Palin says she made her opinions on evolution clear. “I [don’t] believe in the theory that human beings — thinking, loving beings — originated from fish that sprouted legs and crawled out of the sea. Or that human beings began as single-celled organisms that developed into monkeys who eventually swung down from the trees.”

On her qualifications to be vice president:

“After a decade and a half in public office, including serving as a city manager and mayor, I had more administrative experience than either Obama or Biden.”

On her future plans:

I’ve been asked a lot lately, ‘Where are you going?’ Good question! I’ll be heading home to Alaska, of course. Back to that kitchen table. We’ll discuss the day’s news and the next stop. I always tell my kids that God doesn’t drive parked cars, so we’ll talk about getting on the next road and hearing up for hard work to travel down it to reach new goals.”

On Levi Johnston:

Palin never mentions her daughter’s baby-daddy in the book, but she did call his upcoming Playgirl pictoral “porn” during her Nov. 16 chat with Oprah. Speaking of Johnston’s johnson, the first of the (non-full-frontal) shots hit on Nov. 21. They’ll be on newsstands in March 2010,when the magazine — which folded last fall — is scheduled to relaunch.

written with Archana Ram