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. David Fahnestock

    This female pretender of a Vice-President is so unbelievable about her abilities it is amazing how gullible many in the electorate are about her. When she talks at any rally or interview it is only about general thoughts that anybody with some intellect can produce. She truly is a puppet for the GOP and it would be a tragedy for her to hold any office of responsibility within the Federal government. She is stone cold evidence of John McCain desperation moves to back into the White House and continue the tragedy of the Bush election over the past eight years.

    September 25, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Peg, Canada

    As with the ABC interview I'm left speechless after watching .

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

    MORON!

    September 25, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Hot Rod

    Very well said Gov.Palin!!! In these tough times America needs to hear from you. You are a breath of fresh air...................FOR THE DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE INTERVIEWS ............PLEASE!!!

    WHAT AN AIRHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!

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

    The scarry thing is is this is an example of the judgement this man has, to choose which people he would have with him if, god forbid, he should get into office.

    September 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. Lily

    really, just shut up...it's getting worse.

    September 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Oh my, what a leader

    September 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. Frank

    My next door neighbor is an idiot. That doesn't make me an expert on Sarah Palin.

    September 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. Johnny

    Should anyone even comment this?

    September 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  10. Tired of the BS

    Really? She would have to travel over 4400 miles to visit Moscow.
    Putin does not live in Anadyr (capital of Chukotsky Province in Eastern Russia) and probably would take a direct flight from MOW to JFK. Why in the world would he take the long route to visit the USA?
    Speaking of Chukotsky does she even know that Roman Abramovich is the governor and should we care?

    Only an idiot would vote for McCain because they feel that Palin will strengthen the ticket.

    September 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. Deb, Allentown,PA

    This woman is utterly clueless. Did you see the Couric interview? God forbid she gets anywhere near the White House.

    And now we hear that the Banking Committee had reached a substantive agreement until McCain threw a monkey wrench into it for political purposes? He should be tried for treason.

    September 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. Sandy

    Some nerve you have...you are probably Russian anyway.

    September 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. K. M. Smith

    Uh, duh! Gee, Sarah, thanks for the geography lesson. We'd have never known!

    September 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. Dennis

    Whoa. Is that even English?

    "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."

    Maybe it's Russian. They're neighbors, you know.

    September 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. david

    Well, it's better than nothing, which is all she's got to go on – otherwise they wouldn't even be taking this tack in the first place.

    September 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Hmm, the Russian province Alaska is "right over the border" from, Chukotka, is the second least populous in the entire Federation. It has a large population of native peoples, miners of tungsten and coal, and a great deal of reindeer–but no military presence to speak of. And it's about as far away from Moscow as Washington DC is.

    Face it, Sarah, your mighty state is staring directly at Russia's elbow.

    September 25, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. ladysmith

    I have lived in Alaska for 50 years and longer than Sarah Palin. Since Alaska is next to Russia and Canada, I'm more qualified to be the vice president. At the very least, I should get the secy of state job.

    September 25, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  18. Irony

    Why won't she releas her financial records before the debate?

    If she has nothing to hide, why is she hiding?

    Why won't shy comply with Troopergate?

    If she has nothing to hide, why is she hiding?

    Palin, Americas poorest choice for VP ever.

    Oh, and have you head about her weird witch hunter pastor? Creepy!

    September 25, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. DFoster GA

    I know that no one really wants to say this because it may seem like a "label" or it may appear "sexist", but I'm going to say it because it truly needs to be said> SHE IS AN IDIOT!! Who would want this dummy to lead them? I don't want such an idiot close to the White House lawn let alone the oval office. How in the world did she get elected to any office at all? What was she running against in Alaska ... a moose? Maybe a dead moose, because if it was breathing, give me the moose. This lady is truly stupid. I mean that!! She is actually stupid ... the websters definition of the word. Stupid!! I'm just being honest here people. I know a lot of you want to say it but can't because you feel it may be morally wrong, but she's stupid. S-T-U-P-I-D. She is actually stupid. What was McCain thinking. I know the republican party is so pissed off right now. There are brilliant people in that party that would have been so much more qaulified to answer these questions. He's stupid too. Yeap, McCain is stupid too.

    September 25, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. Ian

    I guess since I'm from California... I have Foreign Policy Experience with Mexico...

    September 25, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. JFK

    That still does not justify having "foreign policy experience" Mrs Palin. You have none and lets get back to the real issues with the actual candidates.

    September 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Ken

    The Democrats are driving this one. The media as well is making such a deal about Palin having little to none "foreign experience" and she is only going to be holding the VP slot, where I don't hear anything about Obama, who by the way has NO "foreign experience, nor does he have any executive experience, which by the way Palin DOES have. And Obama is running for the "President slot". What is wrong with this picture?

    Palin in my opinion is better qualified in all aspects than Obama or Biden!

    Being a Hillary Clinton supporter that is voting for McCain/Palin, because I want someone in the "Oval" office that knows what they are doing.

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    September 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. Jaime-vu

    Yes, Russia IS next door to Alaska. I'm glad she reminded us. Over and over. It doesn't mean anything, but she has a good command of that one fact.

    I'm waiting for Gov. Palin to say anything meaningful.

    McCain and Palin are outgunned intellectually. Can't wait for the debates.

    September 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. Jonathan Campbell

    Oh Sarah Palin, is there no cloudy day your comedy stylings can't make sunny? You're a breath of fresh air... America just isn't used to hearing the sorts of things you say.

    September 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. Evan

    "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."

    Someone much smarter (or stupider, maybe) than I will have to translate this for me.

    September 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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