Steve Schmidt: Sarah Palin has trouble with truth - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com John McCains top campaign strategist said in an interview Sunday that Sarah Palin was dishonest as the GOPs vice-presidential nominee and that her untruths have done long-term damage to her public image. There were numerous instances that she said things that were that were not accurate that ultimately, the campaign had to deal with, said Steve Schmidt in an interview broadcast on CBSs 60 Minutes. And that opened the door to criticism that she was being untruthful and inaccurate. And I think that is something that continues to this day. Schmidt cited an ethics report on the then-Alaska governor from her home state on an investigation into whether she had improperly used her government position. She went out and said, you know, This report completely exonerates me, Schmidt said. And in fact, it it didnt. You know its the equivalent of saying down is up and up is down. It was provably, demonstrably untrue Heilemann said that even after crash-course tutorials by campaign aides following the convention, Palin was still woefully uninformed about basic policy issues. he still didnt really understand why there was a North Korea and a South Korea, Heilemann told the programs Anderson Cooper. She was still regularly saying that Saddam Hussein had been behind 9/11.