Asked how Palin responded after McCain asked her to be his vice president, Schmidt said, "She was very calm. Nonplussed. I said, 'You don't seem nervous at all about this.' And she said, 'No, it's God's plan.'"
"In terms of vetting, was there enough time to do the kind of vetting you would have liked?" Cooper asked.
"I'm not going to second guess the process," Schmidt replied.
The process, according to the authors, was so rushed the background check was little more than one lawyer searching the Internet; no one went to Alaska.
"I wasn't the vetter on the campaign," Schmidt pointed out.
"Early on, though, you apparently said, 'She doesn't know anything,'" Cooper remarked.
"In the immediate aftermath of her selection, it was clear to us that we had a lot of work to do," Schmidt said.
Asked what kind of information Palin didn't know, Schmidt said, "A broad scale of national security issues. But we expected that that would be the case with any of the potential nominees."