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. Peter (CA)

    If I was supporting McCain/Palin, I would be cringing about now.

    She just doesn't get it, does she?

    September 25, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. The Fab One

    She's such an idiot. Just because I like rum raisin ice cream doesn't mean I'm fit to run Ben & Jerry's, either.

    September 25, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Jeffer65

    I eat alot of Chinese, italian, and Mexican food, watch alot of British TV, and live in a state that borders Canada. Guess that means I have foreign policy experience too. Does this woman ever talk about anything else? She would be better as McCain's Chief of staff. Oh well she is old news now.

    September 25, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. Sarah....and my last name isn't Palin

    Enough with this woman! This is a disgrace to the office she seeks.

    September 25, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. Seam, Philly

    Are you kidding me? This lady is a clown.

    September 25, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. No Hillary = No Obama

    Sarah Palin will bring a new brand of foreign relations – kitchen table diplomacy. She can invite Putin and his yes people to her kitchen table for some home cooked moose stew. Next, she'll have them eating out of her hand. You go girl!

    September 25, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Angi's Mom

    Thanks! I needed a good laugh today. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    September 25, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. Shiloh WA

    Well Bush is from Texas which shares a Gulf with Mexico. It hasn't seemed to fix the immigration issue or stop any drug Cartels. Palin is a joke. One of McNipulators risky long shot moves to get votes.

    September 25, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. james

    Woooooohoooooooo!!!!! She's cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!!!!!!......AND Mooose Burgers!!!!

    September 25, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. Turnabout is fair play

    OMFG, tell me she did not try to use that line as an excuse to claim she has foreign relations experience..wow, just...wow..

    September 25, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. KMiley

    OMG. She's kidding. Right? Apparently, her trip to NY to "boost her national security and foreign policy credentials" isn't going well ;)

    September 25, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Obama stutters when he lies

    The Govenor has a lot to do with day to day relations with Alaska.

    September 25, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. My Common Sense Actually Works

    A waste of my 2 minutes.......anything sensible to read?? PLEASE!!!

    September 25, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Keith

    No comment is required here....just slow, quiet shaking of head from side to side and look of disbelief.

    September 25, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. yeti

    she's joking, right? I've visted Canada, Mexico, Brittan, France, Germany and Italy. Wouldn't that mean that even tourists have more "foreign" experience than she?

    September 25, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. Get Real

    All she needs is a bathing suit and this could be on the cover of a men's magazine.

    September 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    oh my God.

    September 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. McCain is too old

    Even Katie Couric can't make Palin look presedential.

    Palin is a box of rocks. I'm starting to think she isn't qualified to be governor of Alaska either!

    This mama is for Obama!

    September 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. linda from South Dakota

    does this lady EVER answer a question with a decent answer??? her jibble is getin really tiresome,,,, it would take her a life time to get the brush on forgien policies etc and then she still wouldnt answer the question right,,,, go back home sarah,,,, we dont need BIMBO barracuddas here,,,,,, obama/biden08 and beyond

    September 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. Mom for Obama

    Please Sarah, stop the madness and go back to the state that you are comfortable leading.

    September 25, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. Kelly

    Wow!! That makes it so much clearer!! I went through Europe in 17 days. Maybe I can be secretary of state!

    September 25, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. David

    Come on. CNN, you have to play the interview with Katie Couric. Palin fumbled through the whole thing. Especially when asked about Russia and her foreign policy experience as it relates to Russia and Canada. Please people look it up. You will laugh, then you will get really scared at the idea that this candidate could be elected into office to help run this country.

    September 25, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. Irony

    Has she been to Russia? Can she speak Russian? Does she understand anything about Russian politics?

    Lots of people can see Russia from their house, it does not qualify them to be VP...

    September 25, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Adam KC, KS

    A land border with Canada huh? So does Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Michigan, Minnesota.. .need I go on?? How about the land border with Mexico that several of our states claim? Apparently it is this proximity to a foreign country that gave GW Bush the clear foreign policy advantage! And if Russia is going to attack us, which she can't possibly think would happen, less all of NATO destroy them, does she really think Alaska would be the "targeted" state? I am sure Anchorage or Juneau was one of the cities that the terrorists contemplated hitting because of its clear importance into our economic and fundamental values!!! She's got to be kidding me!

    September 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. Leimomi Matunding

    OMG! She still using that stupid...I can see Russia in my back yard again! Give us a break!

    September 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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