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. Cathy

    Are you kidding me? The longer this carries on the more I am convinced that this woman is NOT fit for the office of Vice President let alone President! "I'll try to find ya some and I'll get em to ya?!?!" What the hell was that?

    I have yet to hear her answer a question intelligently (McCain too for that matter!). Heavy sigh...if by some strange chance these folks get elected into office WE ARE DOOMED!!! Neither one of them have a clue when it comes to the economy or foreign affairs. I thought the goal was to put someone SMART into the office!

    September 25, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. Ron Paul, USA

    She's not even scary anymore, just pathetic.

    September 25, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. Tim

    This is not sad anymore. It's down right sacry. She is not qualified to be that close to the Presidency.

    September 25, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. obama baby!

    she is the reason obama has my vote!

    September 25, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. HILLARY IS THE BEST

    I never been a big fan of OBAMA,but since MCCAIN put this BIMBO on the ticket ...I find my self in love with OBAMA,S CAMPAIGN everyday more an more ...THX JOHN MCCAIN ......................this FORMER HILLARY SUPPORTER who once thought of voting for u –just changed her mind --U R SO DUMB –THAT the dumbest person on the earth won,t vote for u -–

    September 25, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. Goodson

    I hope to wake up from this nightmare on November 5th, American please don't tell me this is real, I must be dreaming.
    PALING WHO? OH MY GOD.

    September 25, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. joe

    none of these people are going to bring any good to ordinary citizens anyway.it is better to view a chick on tv than boring biden.go palin.hillary 2012

    September 25, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. georgia independent

    With coherence like that, not even the PTA would elect her! Alaska can't be this dumb... Is she on drugs?

    September 25, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. Shotsey

    She is a Grade A idiot !!!

    September 25, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Jake

    W O W.

    Interesting place to dig those heels in.

    September 25, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. K

    Ya guess whose state gets hit first when your neighbors decide to attack?
    You have bout as much foreign policy experiece as Mcshame has with economical! Keep to what you do best Palin. Photo ops!

    September 25, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. Meka

    DID ANYONE HEAR THIS WOMAN TODAY, KATIE COURIC POSED A FEW QUESTIONS TO PALIN. . .

    PALIN IS "BRAINLESS"

    September 25, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  13. Luke, OK

    Could she be any less coherent?

    "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."

    Huh?

    September 25, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  14. Susan

    Intellectually vacant, and dangerously so.

    September 25, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  15. Wow

    Are you sure this wasn't a Saturday Night live sketch? Oh wait, what am I thinking; Tina Fey is smarter than that.

    September 25, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. Tony, Miami

    The McCain campaign made a mistake it's still too early to unleash the pittbull.

    CNN PLEASE POST THIS

    September 25, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. R U for Real?

    Anyone that isn't scared by the prospect of this lady being a heartbeat away from leading the country is either really, really stupid, living a delusion or a flat-out racist.

    ...did I mention really, really stupid?

    September 25, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. dg

    By her logic, the governors of Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California also have "foreign policy experience".

    dg

    September 25, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. Concerned Republican

    Messiahbama,

    you are no real republican!!! You care nothing about this country and its foreign policies. You care nothing about security. All you care about is that the party wins. I say we need new leadership in our party. Elect the liberal and rethink our party's purpose. We have changed. It angers me to see ridiculous comments coming from the right. I am far right but I am not an idiot and we are being represented by idiots.

    September 25, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. steve

    Reading what this woman says makes my hair hurt.

    September 25, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  21. Kirsten from San Diego

    ~~~~Right. If there were a war, watch those Russian troops march right across Siberia to attack Alaska, the heart of the United States. Something seems off.....

    September 25, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. dg

    Oh, and Florida too, since Floridians can "see" Cuba.

    September 25, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. Amy

    And... "I see Russia from my home..." LOL
    Great Foreign Experience Palin, Keep it up!

    September 25, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. D N DC

    Enough Said!!!! Country is not first

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Robin

    there are a lot of jokes out there about Sarah Palin, but I don't think it's funny. I saw her interviewed by Katie Couric, and was terrified. The issue is not necessarily that she isn't smart - I can't say one way or another - but she definitely doesn't have even the basic grasp what she would need to know if McCain (God forbid) was hit by a bus.

    September 25, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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