Meanwhile, back in Alaska...
Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, returned to the 49th state and denied reports that during debate prep she didn't know which countries were part of NAFTA and seemed unaware that Africa is a continent, not a country, as Fox News's Carl Cameron reported.
Newsweek also adds that the shopping spending spree is even more troubling than originally reported.
An angry aide characterized the Palins as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast."
"If there are allegations based on questions or comments I made in debate prep about NAFTA, about the continent versus the country when we talk about Africa there, then those were taken out of context," she said of aides spreading that story.
"And that's cruel, it's mean-spirited, it's immature, it's unprofessional and those guys are jerks if they came away with it taking things out of context, then tried to spread something on national news. It's not fair, it's not right."
UPDATE: Steve Biegun, the former Bush National Security Council aid who worked with Palin on debate prep, defends her to the National Review and insists the NAFTA/Africa accusation is either a twisting of her words or a misunderstanding. And Jonathan Martin, too, gives this tale and Palin another look at Politico.