Sarah Palin and The Phony $150,000 Clothes Flap
Republican John McCain's campaign defended vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin on Friday over a flap involving $150,000 in clothes purchased by the Republican Party for her and her family's use.
"Governor Palin did not ask for or want any new clothes," said McCain senior adviser Nicolle Wallace.
"About a third of them have been returned, a third of them sit in the belly of the plane and are available to her and her family for special campaign events, TV appearances and ad filming," Wallace said. "Another third was made available to her family for the public events during convention week."
Palin told the Chicago Tribune that the clothes will either be given back, auctioned off or sent to charity.
Addressing the controversy on the campaign trail in Florida Sunday, Palin told a crowd she's "back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska."
That shop is called "Out of the Closet" and its owner, Ellen Arvold, told Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen Monday that Palin's been wearing similar outfits on the stump to what she buys at the shop.
Palin "started shopping here while she was running for governor, so it's been about three years," Arvold said.