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. Let's rebuild this country

    With this economic crisis, the republican extremists, Palin as VP and a heart beat from the presidency, United States of America will become Americanistan in less than 4 years.

    September 25, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. Mel in GA

    This campaign is too reckless to earn anyones vote,

    TOTALLY WRONG VP PICK

    I do not trust him for making this horible pick and I certainly do not trust her; she is totally incapable of leading this country; we do not need another DUBYA (W) in office....

    PLEASE VOTE THE SMART CHOICE AMERICA

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 25, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Oh wow

    So "keeping an eye" on Russia, whatever that means, really boosts your foreign policy resume... If you believe that you believe in just about anything. Pathetic, just pathetic

    September 25, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Mike

    You have got to be kidding!
    Ms. Palin is showing that maybe she shouldn't even be a Governor.
    Unbelievable.

    Wow, stay tuned. . .can you say Republican meltdown.

    September 25, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. TJ

    So that must mean that George W. Bush got his foreign policy and national security experience from being the governor of Texas and sharing a border with Mexico. Are people seriously considering her?

    September 25, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. mccain's affirmative action pick

    She's right. Sharing a border with Canada is like sharing a border with Iran. She must be a foreign policy and national defense expert.

    September 25, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. Steve

    May God help us if this woman is a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

    September 25, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. markus

    Im so over Sarah Palin...what a joke.

    September 25, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. HAWK, TEXAS

    HOW STUPID CAN THIS WOMAN BE? YET HOW STUPID IS MC CAIN? AND YET THEY WANT TO RUN THIS COUNTRY. JUST LIKE BUSH RUN IT FATHER IN THE GROUND.

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

    Russion bombers may enter US airspace, but they NEVER reach land! That would be a serious breach of national security and they'd be shot down. But what do we expect from someone who just ordered "How to be a VP: for Dummies" from Amazon.

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

    How can she say this with a straight face?

    September 25, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. AMERICA'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH SARAH WAS A ONE NITE STAND!

    Katie Couric(hardly my idea of a hard-hitting interviewer) ask the bobble head, we now know as the republican traveling side show, Sarah “Gidget” Palin, the woman’s answer is below:

    “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.

    Sarah Screech a Speech then attempts to clarify her previous statement below:

    “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."

    Observations:

    1. Now I know why it took 5 years and 6 schools in Idaho to earn that degree in journalism

    2. Never end a sentence in a preposition(Google it if you cannot find it above) especially on national television.

    3. If people BELIEVE that tripe, you should not be walking among us unattended!

    September 25, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. B. Smart

    Sara Palin's latest interview with Couric made the last one look like she was
    Einstein. Unbelievable.

    September 25, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. FL DEMOCRAT FOR OBAMA

    Once again.........SHE CAN NOT GIVE A STRAIGHT ANSWER! WHAT IS SHE TALKING ABOUT??????????

    September 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. laura ont canada

    As a Canadian what a shock to find out that Sarah Palin thinks she is an executive of our country.

    September 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Lisa

    Are you kidding me? What an immature, sophmoric comment to continue to make! I live in Florida and can see Cuba on a clear day–does that bolster my Ph.D. and business credentials? The part of Russia she can see from her back yard is tundra–inhabited by polar bears..not Putin!
    Obama/ Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. christopher

    I can see a hospital from my house, does that make me a doctor?

    September 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. mccain's affirmative action pick

    look at her surrounded by all those big strong firefighters. That's the kind of VP we need, a pin-up girl.

    September 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  19. Luis

    She must have stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night. Scary thought to have this woman in any position of power.

    September 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. The Bu

    You gotta be freakin' kiddin' me. Hell, I've been to Alaska, Japan, Panama and all over Europe. Does that qualify me to be the next Vice President of the United States??? I should think not. If you guys are really buying this, I got some hot new savings bonds I want to sell you and I promise that they'll make you a millionaire in one week. She is really a joke. Not because she's a woman, but because she's just a joke!!!

    Obama-Biden '08/'12

    September 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    HUH? WHAT?

    DOES PALIN KNOW HOW TO MAKE COHERENT SENTENCES?

    GGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

    NO WONDER MCCAIN DOESN'T WANT THE DEBATES TO GO ON AS SCHEDULED.

    September 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  22. Bala

    I'm not going to pay any attention to her anymore. She does not know what she is taking about.

    September 25, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. Mike

    Ms Palin needs to get off this – it's just looking more embarrasing every time she says it. I only have a road separating me and a bank. Does that make me a financial expert?

    Foreign policy experience comes from a lot more than having international neighbors (Illinois is just across a lake from another country) and shaking hands with a few leaders from other countries.

    Sorry, but everything she says seems to be either incoherent, a lie or at best a stretch.

    September 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. David, Silver Spring, MD

    "As Putin rears his head"???

    Who's been coaching this woman, some relic of the 1950's Cold War?

    What exactly does she do regarding Putin's alleged intrusions into U.S. air space over Alaska? Has she ever sent a communique to Washington? Has she ever put the Alaska National Guard on alert? Has she ever even been briefed on any such intrusions? In short, does her behavior as Alaska Governor in any way differ from that of the Montana governor because of this proximity to Russia?

    This kind of talk might get you through a beauty pageant, but it doesn't make you fit to govern.

    September 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. LT

    OHMYGOSH. I now understand why McSame would rather she (Palin) not speak with the press.

    September 25, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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