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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soundoff (790 Responses)
  1. Paul

    Any Hillary voter who says they are voting for McCain with Palin I guess was not listening to anything else except that they want a women in the white house. I would think Hillary will not want your vote in 2012, if the country even lasts that long.
    Barack and Biden are the only SAFE bet in this election. Palin is not work the risk and this interview proves it.

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  2. America think for you

    I am a Democrat and I am voting for McCain. Oh no! Why are you betraying Barack? You know why! Because John McCain had invented the BlackBerry. I love my blackberry. McCain know Washington for 30 years, Barack is new to Washington. McCain is smart and does not understand the economy and I am thrill to vote for McCain. McCain is rich and Barack is not. McCain has many houses and Barack does not. If I Americans get evicted from their homes they can get a room each from McCain. McCain is the real deal that will shake up Washington and himself because he is an insider. Sarah Palin is a foreign policy expert because she can see Russia from Alaska Joe Biden cannot see Russia from Delaware. This is why I am not voting for McCain.

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. You big dummy

    Yeah.......Hockey Mom....Do you even know the difference between a hockey stick and a golf club? Do us all a favor and "remain hidden" and by all means "Keep Your Mouth Closed."

    Your lipstick is making all Americans look bad!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. ru4real

    you McCain people are showing your level of intellegence if you vote for this womam

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. PALIN IS A JOKE

    hahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahhaahahhahahhahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahah
    That's all you can do..she is a totally Moron!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. tim

    She does not know what she does not know. That means she does not have a good judgement.

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. Eugene

    The Couric interview was both scary and humiliating for America. Honestly, is it too late for McCain to name Kaye Hutchinson or Olympia Snow, really anyone with experience and intellect as VP?

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. Rosalyn

    Palin is useless! Everytime she opens her mouth, I cringe! No wonder her Republican handlers keep her under wraps, she needs to go back to Alaska and watch Russia!

    September 25, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. imogene weever

    Wow. I watched the interview and I lost some braincells.

    September 25, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. Vote Republican because

    I stood next to a Rocket Scientist and a Surgeon yesterday...

    I must be qualified to discuss jet propulsion and do surgery as well since proximity in the Republican party equates to experience.

    Maybe I can do a brain transplant for Mrs Barbie Palin oops Sarah Palin.

    September 25, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  11. Sara

    It is clear that the advisors prepping Sarah Palin have given her a set of buzzwords and half answers to many questions that they anticipate. Sarah obviously is not such a quick study that she can then recombine those words into meaningful sentences.
    If one cannot form a meaningful sentence – on any subject – then one is some sort of idiot, moron, vacuous person, and totally unfit for ANY national public office.
    This is simply reality – not liberal or conservative and has absolutely nothing to do with any other candidate in this election.

    September 25, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. Ivanna- Charlotte

    I still cannot believe this woman could be the VP of the United States, let alone a heart beat away fromthe Presidency. What a joke and insult to all educated and experienced women who believe in equal pay, women's right/choice and actual credentials to run for office. A former beauty queen/sportscaster. Only in America........

    September 25, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  13. BJ

    Everytime that woman is asked a question, I keep waiting for her to say, "can I buy a vowel?"

    September 25, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. ken

    Come on now, don't make mock of Gov Palin! She isn't stupid just ambitious/arrogant.

    Can you imagine what an ego trip it has to be to go from the relatively new governor of Alaska to the VP candidate? If not balanced that could play with your head. With Gov. Palin it is like playing a double header!

    September 25, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. Lorachka

    ha ha ha!
    One frozen neighbor ... Alaska is facing huge chunk of Siberia, Chukot populated by some polar bears and locked by Ural mountains......

    September 25, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Gee

    Free Levi.....
    Peppermint Patty Palinas President would be worse the a $700B bailout.

    September 25, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. Debbie

    So, you thought that Bush/Cheney were the worst President and Vice President in the history of the US. With McCain/Palin you're looking at WORSE!

    September 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. Tom in Delaware

    Keep staying in the spotlight Sarah, you've got the Children of the Corn tied up in fits.

    BTW-Joe Biden has got the 'Gaffe-o-matic' tuned up and running at full speed.

    He just keeps puttin' out the Hits.

    I've known him for 36 years and have never seen him perform better.

    And now the Clintons are backing John McCain.

    It just doesn't get any better than this.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  19. Fresh Start

    Nice going Jane, you must be so stupid and ignorant to not see that Sara Palin has absolutely no clue what she is talking about,
    Does not give interviews, and when she does it is a comedy show. At least Obama is not a laughing stock like your wonderful Repub candidates. You guys should all go join a circus in Russia, that will give Palin lots of Foreign Affairs policy. She will say to Putin, can you see Alaska from your backyard.........

    September 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  20. Gohomepalin

    The gift that keeps on giving lol Go back to Alaska!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. Gina

    Seriously?? No really... tell me this all a really bad joke. McCain wasn't kidding when he said that having her talk to the press wasn't in the best interest of his campaign... this is getting ridiculous. They just take turns digging themselves deeper into their hole...

    September 25, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. Joe the Troll

    "Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to our state."

    And there is where they are. They're there. We're there. We're all there. There, there.

    September 25, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  23. Al

    Sarah is certainly fluent in Russian; that flyover answer she laid on Couric was anything but comprehensible English.

    September 25, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. George

    This is as stupid as McCain's economy is fundamentally strong comment. Are we so afraid of a mixed race American becoming President that we would entrust the future of this country with these two losers.

    September 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. Jorge

    She is the Dan Quayle of 2008!

    September 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
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