September 25th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin: Russia's my next door neighbor

Gov. Palin visited with firefighters near the World Trade Center in New York City Thursday.
Gov. Palin visited with firefighters near the World Trade Center in New York City Thursday.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin defended the claim that Alaska’s proximity with Russia helps bolster her foreign policy resume in an interview released Thursday.

The Republican VP nominee, asked by CBS’s Katie Couric what she meant by that statement said: “That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land - boundary that we have with - Canada.

“…our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of,” said Palin.

The Alaska governor, asked if she had ever engaged in negotiations with Russia, said the country had swapped trade missions with her state. “It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border,” she said.

“It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to our state."

Palin has spent the week meeting with foreign leaders in New York, as she seeks to boost her national security and foreign policy credentials.


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soundoff (790 Responses)
  1. AA

    Gross.

    What a moron.

    Peace.

    September 25, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. pan

    vapid simply vapid.

    September 25, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Adam

    Governors don't respond to incursions into US air space, US Air command does.

    But if you insist, governor Palin, so many times and how did you respond to the Russian incursions into US air space?

    September 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. kevin

    Palin is a joke.....

    September 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Barney

    No comment needed.

    September 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. Mary

    I don't even know what to say.
    My husband said, "no wonder they are hiding her".

    September 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. cara

    Words fail... who REALLY thinks she is ready... are you willing to put the country at risk? Really?

    September 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. David

    Wow – this person is dangerously unqualified. God forbid!

    September 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Independent just Decided

    OMG...this lady is a loon!!! How in the heck did she get on the international stage...what moron would put her on a vp ticket? Oh, wait, that's right...........

    Obama/Biden '08, the only sane choice

    September 25, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. kelly

    Well I feel much better now. Phew...

    September 25, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. BS

    Can someone stop Palin / Rove from destroying the Social Security system ?

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Tom Denver

    Ha ha ha ha heeee ha

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. osiris

    If this answer does not give people a cold shiver down the middle of there spine i don't know what will.

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. redwhiteblue

    I have heard her speak 2 or 3 times and all I heard her say was,"Russia is my neighbor." She got that sentence down pat. ShouLd we try for another one?

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Thed Weller

    Uh...I think McCain and the repubs should stick with plan "A"...no interviews for Sarah Palin.

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Get Real

    I am an 80's girl... this woman reeks of Valley Girls you know like, oh wow, golly gee the Russians are like right next to me. You know like totally Awesome.

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. Mel in GA

    WOW (shaking my head) WOW

    NO wonder the campaign would like to postpone the VP debate indefinitely....

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Lew in New Mexico

    She sounds like the guy in "Spinal Tap" explaining an amplifier

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    yea and in her whole time in politics she has never not once had any type of communication or contact with Russia or there officials

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. IWW

    When was the last time Russian military aircraft crossed into Alaskan airspace? And when it did, was it the Governor of Alaska on the phone with Breznhev? Come on Palin! You are digging yourself ever deeper!

    September 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. brian mac

    Are you kidding me? Are these her actual comments? It appears that this woman has been coached to such an extent that she can no longer communicate in English.

    September 25, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Randy

    She really can't string a sentence together, can she?

    September 25, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. RJ, CA

    The way I see it, as this point in time neither Obama or McCain have been elected president. At this point in time they are still both Senators and should spend time in the Senate working on the best possible economic solution.

    Nothing/no one would "suffer" if the debate were postponed a couple of weeks. But, of course, OBama would have to start all over again — with a NEW set of facts — to practice debating with his coach. Tough!

    Go back to the Senate, Obama — and do the job — JUST ONCE — that you were actually elected to do.

    September 25, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. j.e. browne

    If there was EVER any doubt that she is completely unprepared to govern anything, read the transcript of this interview. She can't find an intelligible sentence with a map and three flashlights.

    September 25, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. Rich

    Pardon me while I laugh. The person can't be serious?

    September 25, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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