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. TK, Dallas, TX

    Since I have been to Mexico and europe numerous times I guess I have foreign policy experience make me secretary of state so that I can show my experience.

    September 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. mmd

    Dont forget that palin has the witchhunter to lay hands on her to guide. her. And the people who speak in tonguesto confuss the the evil empire.

    I ask you, what more does she need?

    September 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  3. Voting for Obama now

    Well – in Washington state, we can see Canada. In fact, we can visit Canada often. That makes all WA state residents more qualified than Palin. She has not visited Russia.

    September 25, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. cmunsch, fort worth, Tx

    Ok has Putin ever, even once, been to Alaska? I know when he "rears his head" and comes into our "air space" it is usually in Washington, DC. He did come to Texas too. I guess since I live there – I must have a much greater understanding of Russia since Putin has actually entered my "air space". I really have to wonder about the "air space" between her ears.

    September 25, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. Steve

    I grew up in New York. City I had hispanic friends, asian friends, canadian friends, friends from Europe, friends from Africa. I think makes me more qualified in "actual" foreign relations than Palin.

    What a joke!!

    September 25, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. REAL Christian for OBAMA

    Sarah,
    When you are riding a DEAD MOOSE....GET OFF ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    September 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. JBP

    McCain you are a selfish, self-righteous narcissist. I just watched Palin's interview on CBS. She is NOT READY to be President and YOU KNOW IT! I admire her determination, and I would love to vote for a woman. But you ARE PUTTING OUR COUNTRY AT RISK. She is not ready, she's not ready.

    September 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. Dan H

    I live near a community swimming pool, so I must be Michael Phelps. I also live near some great restaurants, so I must be a chef too. And to top it all off, I live just a couple blocks away from an investment bank, so I've been making billions for the last 5 years!

    September 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. rena from TX

    Bin Ladin has given more interviews than Sarah Palin; and much better ones.

    September 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. jag

    she's better off being a pastor than a governor leave alone a VP. Her english construction is so horrible 'they're in a state which i am executive of'!!! this is just nothing but looks. a pretty face in an empty shell. imagine this being you president!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. Ron Peoria, Il

    What the hell do the Republican's think is going on here? This is a Presidential election not a Circus. They keep sending in the Clown's and nobody's laughing.

    I really feel sorry for them if Palin-McCain is the best they can do.

    September 25, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    Back in the cage you go Sarah.

    September 25, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. Voting for Obama now

    Well – in Washington state, we can see Canada. In fact, we can visit Canada often. That makes many WA state residents more qualified than Palin. She has not visited Russia.

    September 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. DWoods

    She is still talking that I can see Alaska from . . . Later Katie asked her a question about McCain and she attempted to answer it twice before saying, " I'll get back to you." What the feasy? Is this a game of concentration or a race for the President of the USA?

    September 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. F, MPLS

    This lady is dumb as hell. Wow..... Not doing women justice at all

    September 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. voter

    If I only had a brain. Yep that is Palin. Palin makes a mockery of the election and the process. I wonder if the reset button of McCain is to replace her.

    September 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. Cathy

    Even Laura Bush says Palin doesn't have enough foreign policy experience.

    September 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  18. dion

    some of you have gotten off topic, but if anyone possibly thinks they can defend this woman as a serious qualified candidate you are still celebrating at the rnc with your stupid elephant hats. i feel sorry for the woman, because McCain used her. he used her family, and her state to boost his campaign. McCain is nothing more than a pimp. 2 months ago no one new her she was living in alaska in her smalltown monopolizing her smalltown polotics, and then got thrown to the wolves, and not just the 30 that mythologically air dropped into alaska. no wonder she was sheltered, and now that the lipstick toting pitbull is off the leash everyone sees her bark is far worse than her bite.

    September 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  19. Tosha-Atlanta, GA

    Simply stated Palin is not ready.........

    September 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  20. Scott Tucson

    To Jane above... you can't debate morons for it will bring you down to their level.

    September 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  21. Ron

    I saw that interview a while ago. Is it too late to get another VP canidate.LOL

    September 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  22. Dan in Florida

    Palin makes VP Dan Quale look like a genius.

    September 25, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. Republican for change

    McCain showed NO JUDGEMENT on his VP pick.

    September 25, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. RapidRay

    ...and...

    Christine,

    Can I have some of what you are smoking?

    September 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. ugo4obama

    hey guyz, on my way to africa, i had a stop over in amsterdam and guess what, I have foreign policy experience.
    PALIN GIVE ME BREAK

    September 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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