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Sarah Palin 'thought Queen was in charge of Brit forces in Iraq'

London , Tue, 21 Feb 2012 ANI

London, Feb 21 (ANI): Sarah Palin believed that it was the Queen of England, rather than the prime minister of the country, who was responsible for the decision to keep British forces in Iraq, according to research done for a new film chronicling her brief political rise.


She reportedly made the comment during the 2008 presidential campaign as aides to John McCain, the Republican candidate, scrambled to bring his running mate up to speed on foreign affairs.


Her confusion emerged during a coaching session with Steve Schmidt, a top McCain adviser, who asked Palin what she would do if Britain began to waver in its commitment to the Iraq war.


Palin reportedly replied that she would "continue to have an open dialogue" with the Queen.


A horrified Schmidt informed her that that the prime minister, then Gordon Brown, would be responsible for the decision.


The incident was revealed during research for 'Game Change', an HBO "docu-drama" based on a book about the 2008 campaign by two leading American journalists, the Telegraph reported.


While the film is a dramatisation - with the Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore playing Palin - its producers conducted dozens of research interviews and Schmidt confirmed its accuracy in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.


A Palin spokesman said the film - with which the former Alaska govnernor refused to co-operate - "distorted, twisted and invented facts to create a false narrative". (ANI)


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