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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  1. Wayne in CA

    Palin has set back the causes of women everywhere a generation...as a father of two daughters i am desperate to keep them from being exposed to this dribble...

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Marcel - Atlanta

    Reading this just makes me want to scream! Being the governor of a state that borders anther country has no bearing on any meaningful foreign policy experience!! The fact that she continues to present this a valid argument is SCARY. In addition to the fact tat the portion of Russia that is anywhere near Alaska is a barren ice wasteland with virtually no people – she refused to answer the basic question regarding whether or not she personally has engaged in any trade missions, national security issues, or ANYTHING. And anyone who believes this this nonsense as valid should give up their US citizenship!!!

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Kevin

    She sounds like a teenager auditioning for the role of "President" in a high school play.

    How can anyone take this person seriously?

    NEXT!

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. ken

    after this election is over sarah palin can get a job doing sarah palin on SNL. watch her face as she talks, it's as if it hurts looking for words that won't cause a her to be investagated or even worse not have a answer. ken

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. Thomas

    What a complete and utter airhead...

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. LYNETTE IN CA

    Oy Vey!

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. leah b j

    Oy Vay

    I am speechless

    Also why aren't you covering the anti semitic remarks made by the preacher who prayed over Sarah Palin and cast out witches and witchcraft. This is more extreme than Wright by far and yet we had to hear about Wright 24/7. You should have this video-it is pretty available-and I am disappointed in CNN after I suffered listening to Rev Wright nonstop.

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Nyasha

    If McCain-Palin wins this election l am moving to Russia.

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. Franky

    LOL!!!! In that case, Iowa is next to my state and guess what? I'm a Hawkeye!! LOL!!!!!!

    Ohh my Sarah, I'm sure you are a good person...

    September 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. PaPa in Pa

    . . .and Taco Bell makes me an expert on Mexico.

    September 25, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Kevin in DC

    Caribou Barbie sounds like a teenager auditioning for the role of "President" in a high school play.

    How can anyone take this person seriously?

    Overacting. NEXT!

    September 25, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. beth

    So it is worse than we thought...she doesn't even know what constitues foreign affairs experience.

    September 25, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. Proud Army Mom

    Thank you Gov. Palin you gave me a good reason to laugh, your interview was hilarious!!

    My son left today for his second deployment to Iraq and for the second time in the last 6 years I've lost most of my 401K savings because of the corrupt dealing of wall street. Not to mention we lost our home in a hurricane in 2005 (while my son was in Iraq) and no one came to bail us out or help us rebuild. At a time when our country is in crisis mode I find your interviews quite entertaining!!!

    It's time to get serious about putting our "country first". Sorry IMO you and Senator McCain just don't seem to know how to do that. My family and I will vote for Senator's Obama/Biden.

    September 25, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. Jack

    This is just sad. We're talking about the vice-presidency of the United States, not American Idol. Palin is not remotely qualified or intellectually capable of running the country. I was planning to vote for McCain, but I can't in good conscience support him when his first major decision was to pick a VP for purely political reasons with no sense of responsibility whatsoever (besides the fact that he clearly has no idea what he is talking about when it comes to the economy). I guess it will be stay home or Obama for me.

    September 25, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Todd

    Well heck maybe she can earmark some cash to complete that "bridge to nowhere" and connect Ketchikan to Russia..That way Ms Palin can walk across to Russia and stay there..such as why the American childeren cant read a map and such as...dang she gets on my nerves.

    September 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. Rob

    ok I'm going to wake up and discover McCain actually picked someone that can actually be the president one day right? if this is the kind of judgement we can expect from McCain everyone needs to give their collective heads a shake and see through the smoke and mirrors – it's time for a genuine reality check folks!

    September 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. juniebug

    Oh, my goodness! It's Sarah Palin who is Bush II. Like him, she stumbles and is incoherent when she speaks, uses destructive syntax, and tries to obfuscate when she doesn't know what she's talking about. Add to that the fact that she was a mediocre college student, is a governor of an oil-producing state, disavows global warming, favors secrecy, and has the audacity to think she can be second-in-command of our country with so little experience in world affairs. It's Bush all over again.

    September 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. voter

    Not only did she say that russia was her neigbor she also said canada was. Geographacially Canada is no where near Alaska. In addition, she said that Putin flying in his airplane is the U.S. airspace which is Alaska. I am offically freaked out that this woman might be v.p. We are in a fix. No wonder McCain wants to postpone the v.p. debate. Wow she is scary and I am speaking as a woman.

    September 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. Mary

    These statements pretty much sum it up for Palin's qualifications. What a goof.

    September 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. Lois

    I can hardly type after reading this... so painful.

    September 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. youth vote

    HAHAHAHA

    September 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. SW,OHIO

    Who Cares!

    September 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  23. Candi

    Palin is stupid and she is letting everyone know that now. Palin keep your mouth shut.

    September 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. Capn Al

    OK, so because she has a hunting license and does not believe in abortion and helps her children say their prayers each night you are ready to hand her the keys to our nuclear arsenal and the driver's seat of our self destructing economy... I guess my parents were right when they told me as a child that "anyone can become president in this wonderful country." Unfortunately that is not a good thing... Would you trust this person to handle a one on one battle of minds with Osama? As tough as she talks I doubt she has the guts or the endurance to take on the world.

    September 25, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  25. freshdem15

    That interview was terrible, I don't think Tina Fey will be able to dumb her self down enough to recreate this interview next time on Saturday Night Live....

    She reminded me of that girl Miss teen USA who answered the most crazy rambling of an answer......
    It reminds me of another beauty pageant contestant... hmmm:

    "I personally believe, that U.S. Americans,
    are unable to do so,
    because uh,
    some, people out there, in our nation don"t have maps.
    and uh�
    I believe that our education like such as in South Africa,
    and the Iraq,
    everywhere like such as�
    and, I believe they should uh,
    our education over here,
    in the U.S. should help the U.S.
    or should help South Africa,
    and should help the Iraq and Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future,
    for us."
    - Miss South Carolina

    September 25, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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