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. Obama 2008

    I did some research for the previous posters, because they accidentally did not think about what they wrote.

    Foreign Experience:

    Obama:
    "As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama has made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa."

    Biden:
    "Biden is also a long-time member and current chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. In 1997, he became the ranking minority member and chaired the committee from June 2001 through 2003."

    Source: Wikipedia (And there is a lot more. Go read it yourself.)

    Oh and some lady named Palin: "Russia's my next door neighbor!"

    September 25, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. Voting for Obama now

    OMG! The sad and frightening part is that she is serious. You could blame her coaches, but that would be sexist. She has a brain of her own, however underutilized.

    September 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Tony in Michigan

    Open mouth insert FOOT!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Sean

    For the first time in the history of US, a VP candidate, Pinocchio Palin, should resign!! or even been fired!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. Palin is Terrifying

    Are you kidding me? She said it AGAIN today to Katie Couric – she actually believes she has foreign policy experience because Alaska is near Russia and Canada and then said..."and they are foreign countries". This woman is a complete idiot and should immediately be shipped back to her land of cluelessness and corruption. McCain has really lost his mind to think this woman could actually be VP!

    September 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. ellington7

    How in the hell is Obama only up by 2-3 points? Are you kidden me? Oh, I know...Racism is a horrible thing, and if you bigots can't get with the program we're all going to be screwed! I sure can't wait until whites aren't the majority anymore because they've proven that there evil views of anyone other than themselves has no measure, and no reason.

    September 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. jeff

    no comment. wow!! Obama08

    September 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Lois

    The scariest thought is that many across this country refuse to believe what they are hearing coming out of her mouth to admit that she is a lame duck like McShame.

    It is unfortunate that people just look at her family life or her appearance as a reason to vote for the republican ticket. Don't be a sucker.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. russ/MA

    It was like watching someone who can't sing doing karaoke. Just makes cringe and uncomfortable.

    September 25, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Sarah Smith

    PALIN is no question

    the Republican's COVER GIRL

    and

    CENTERFOLD!

    everyone's dying to see her in Penthouse next!

    look at those firefighter's lined up with her!

    I can see her full length phote on the wall in their locker room.

    September 25, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  11. russ/MA

    It was like watching someone who can't sing doing karaoke. Just makes you cringe and feel uncomfortable.

    September 25, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. Holly

    Since her grasp of even the English language seems to be tenuous, at best, I wonder if Palin can even say "Hello" or "Goodbye" in Russian? Katie should have asked her that... I'm in Pennsylvania and took three semesters of Russian in high school and college, and they aren't even my neighbors.

    September 25, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. NC = Change

    One WORD.........Katic Couric INTERVIEW with HER........UNQUALIFIED

    September 25, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  14. rena from TX

    Robin,

    I think you said it all.

    Game over!

    September 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. iluvsam

    She is a complete moron. She is so stupid that I can barely listen to her.

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. Kathy

    Here's Gov. McCain's plan.

    Nominate Sarah Palin as VP, Get the women of America to vote for her. Win the election, Sarah Palin resigns, and he appoint whom ever he wants and the women of America is none the wiser. How About That and the joke is on all you women who fell for the BS!!!!

    Palin will never get my vote.

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. Jakki

    If Americans make the mistake of voting for the McCain-Palin ticket, the United States will have moved many steps backward than we would have moved forward with the Obama-Biden ticket. Sarah Palin may have some "style" but she certainly lacks the substance that should give her the right to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
    Obama all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. sharon

    Everytime I hear this woman speak, my head explodes!! I am looking for real estate in Canada, how can this country be so stupid to think of electing this moron, we all need to pray for this country.

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. trina

    redwhiteblue: her other line is I said thanks, but no thanks.

    She is rather touched isn't she. Guess that's why McCain wants to cancel the debate, he know's she will put her foot so far in her mouth that they wont be able to fix it. If you can't hang with the big dogs you need to go back to Alaska.

    I told someone at work I hope Biden rips her a new one, but guess that wont be happening.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  20. Dela G.

    Are you surprised! She accepted the VP position without blinking. Her cockiness and zingers mask her acute knowledge deficit in both national and foreign affairs. Thanks McCain for putting country first.

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  21. Jack

    Sarah, let us know when Putin fly's over Alaska again! I understand that all she talked about with the president of Afghanistan was his new baby so why would she tell us that she spoke of defense issues with him?

    I think this is just another Sarah lie!

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. Tony in Michigan

    Now that I thought about it,If Joe Biden said such ridiculous Comments it would for Sure be on the Five O'clock News,and then some.This VP wanna be Has Joe BEAT bigtime for Gaffes

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  23. Ashamed GOPer

    Frickin' BIMBO. That's not being sexist . . . it's a reality.

    September 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. steve in florida

    Let's make like Sarah Palin and get the puck outa' here! What's scarier than her foreign policy background is her religious beliefs and her (supposed) desire to ban certain books from the public library. Let's face it folks, McBomb & Gov. Plain are locked arm-in-arm, goose-stepping into the sunset. Time for a nap John.

    September 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. Hope LV,NV

    @ella and messiahobama
    Obama has never said he has foreign policy becuase he lived in indonesia, he said he has experienced various cultures due to that part of his life. It is not Sen. Obama's fault or his supporters that Sen. McCain chose her and she is having some serious difficulty stating her and Sen. McCain's policies/experience. At this point when you attack Obama instead of confirming the obvious you look scared/childish. Palin is a great lady but there is a real possibilty that she is not ready for this role.

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