October 3rd, 2008
03:34 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin calls Obama comment 'reckless,' criticizes Couric

Palin says an Obama comment was reckless.

Palin says an Obama comment was reckless.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin said Friday several of Barack Obama's comments about the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have been "reckless" and disqualify the Illinois senator for consideration as the next commander-in-chief.

The comments are among the Alaska governor's most pointed to date regarding the Democratic presidential candidate's readiness to serve and come one day after she aggressively jousted with Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden.

"Some of his comments that he has made about the war…I think, in my world, disqualifies someone from consideration as the next commander-in-chief," Palin told Fox News Friday. "Some of the comments he's made about Afghanistan, what we are doing there, supposedly just air-raiding villages and killing civilians - that's reckless."

Palin was referring to an answer Barack Obama gave at a August 2007 town hall meeting with New Hampshire voters, during which the Illinois senator was asked whether he had plans to shift U.S. troops out of Iraq to other terrorist hotspots like Afghanistan.

"We've got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there," Obama said of the U.S.'s mission in Afghanistan.

Those comments were immediately seized by GOP critics. The Republican National Committee sent out a press release shortly after calling them "offensive," and demanding he apologize. The McCain campaign has also highlighted the comments several times this campaign season. An AP Fact Check later reported Western forces had been killing civilians at a higher rate than insurgents.

Palin also commented Friday on her widely-panned series of interviews with Katie Couric, telling Fox interviewer she did not think the CBS News anchor asked enough issue-based questions.

“I did feel there were a lot of things she was missing in terms of an opportunity to ask what a VP candidate stands for, what the values are that are represented in our ticket," Palin said. "I guess I have to apologize for being a bit annoyed, but that’s also an indication about being outside that Washington elite, outside that media elite also, and just wanting to talk to Americans without the filter and let them know what we stand for."

In two separate and lengthy interviews with Couric over the last week, Palin seemed to struggle with a number of answers, including a defense of McCain's record on regulation issues. She also appeared to stumble when relating her views on the financial bailout, her foreign policy credentials, her preferred news sources of news, and a Supreme Court case she disagrees with.

"Man, no matter what you say you are gonna get clobbered," Palin told Fox about her heavily-scrutinized performance. "You choose to answer you are going to get clobbered on the answer. If you choose to pivot and try to go onto another subject that you believe Americans want to hear about, you get clobbered for that too."

soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Bush44

    wow, this woman is loosing it. Literary!!!

    October 3, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    What was that lastnight…. I mean the republicans came out and said she did very well….. well her expectations going into this debate were…to show up and speak english………. so yes she did accomplish that……….. however, we heard her speaking.. but McCain's rhetoric came out of her mouth..whoever gave her the notes should be fired……. she relied on them 90% of the time……….. She was fllustered AND WHAT WAS THE COMMENT TO BIDEN THAT HIS WIFE IS GETTING HER REWARDS IN HEAVEN WOW HOW DID THEY MISS THAT……………..

    October 3, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. tulsa

    Go home you little air head.

    John McCain,
    Did it take 5 weeks for your VP nominee to memorize the half dozen responses she gave last night?
    Tell me John, how does "energy" have anything to do with bankruptcy?
    If I sound a little mad, I am.
    How dare you try and put that C student in position to lead the free world.
    "Country First"?


    It is as it has always been for you. John McCain first.

    October 3, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Mike

    I miss Hillary so much. What a mess.

    October 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Ted in Pittsburgh

    Does anyone with an IQ above 60 really care what Governor Palin thinks?

    October 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Matt

    ....yawn...someone tell this nattering twit that the race is over...

    October 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Peejay

    I'm just thankful that I don't live in her world, but I'm terrified that's where we'll all end up.

    October 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Janine D.

    Please Sarah-just SHUT UP!

    October 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. joe

    I don't want a well written composition from Palin!!

    This woman need to take care of her newborn first before she takes care of America!!

    October 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Willy Brown

    Obama will lead America off the cliff and the lemmings fooled into voting for him right behind him screaming CHANGE! CHANGE! CHAAAANNNGEEE1.

    October 3, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. ajks

    She is clueless!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Glenn; North Carolina

    She should have shut up after she survived last night. CLUELESS!

    October 3, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. nancy

    Palin, please try to get another brain cell to keep the one you have company. When they say you are a "breath of fresh air" I think they mean empty headed windbag. Really!!!! That's really what we need in the White House. Think, People Think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Margi

    This woman is beyond belief. She needs to drop that twang in her voice off from wherever she picked it up and head on back to Alaska. I can't wait until Election Day and this nonsense is over. Palin/McCain has a way of making 1 month seem like 1 year.

    October 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Okay, first of all? PALIN is saying this to FOX NEWS, an arm of the Right Wing Coalition, meeting it's High Priestess (or maybe its Princess). She, who has been "in this how long?" FIVE WEEKS (her words) and even said that she supports Obama's plans re: Pakistan, now turns on her pumps and says that HE is reckless? He? Isn't she the bridge lady? We want it, no we don't, but gimme the money, anyway? He, RECKLESS? Lady, you gotta head back to the land of the midnight sun. But guess she has to say something after the beat down last night by the man OBVIOUSLY qualified and READY to be this nation's next VP.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!

    October 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Marie Ontario

    You betcha Sara! Just keep away from legitimate news outlets and you will be able to fool some of the people some of the time but you never convinced anyone other than the fickle that you still an air head.

    October 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Dave

    Dan Quayle looks so intelligent and articulate right now!

    October 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Susan

    This woman is beyond belief! With 5 weeks in the national spotlight, she has the audacity to decide that a candidate is disqualified? she has insulted the media and the American people at every turn,has been vidictive, cruel and outright lied to us, and now she decides who is quilified to be President? After her power grab at the debate regarding the position the VP holds, be ver y afraid. Having her finger potentially on the "red Button" is a horrifying thought. This woman is a disgrace to the American people and their ability to make decisions on their own. she hides under friendly partisian reporters, but she has the gaul to deride nationally known and respected journalists? do you really want her in the White House representing the American People. Go home Sarah, you are way out of your league!

    October 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Esmeralda

    Palin here is a news flash for you: if you have substantial knowledge on the topics, your options are more than...

    1) answer in-coherently, and
    2) don't answer, change subject

    Like, think about something you are really good at, that you have real knowledge about – I am sure you as a very articulate and obviously sharp person would be able to give very articulate and in-depth answers to any questions asked then..... Then I am positive you would not get 'clobbered'...But as it is, you are talking over your head – way over – thus the clobbering. In my opinion well-deserved I might add.

    October 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Tina

    Troopergate goes on
    What you'll be reading about next weekend:
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An investigator hired by Alaskan lawmakers to probe abuse-of-power allegations against Gov. Sarah Palin was free to finish his work by a deadline set for a week from Friday after a state judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block the probe.

    The investigation is looking into whether Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, and others pressured Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire a state trooper who was involved in a contentious divorce from Palin's sister, and then fired Monegan when he wouldn't dismiss the trooper. Palin says Monegan was ousted over budget disagreements.

    October 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. faye, NV

    Here is a question Sara, what is your IQ?

    October 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. John in Ohio

    "An AP Fact Check later reported Western forces had been killing civilians at a higher rate than insurgents."

    I guess John McCain doesn't like honest straight talk if it comes from a political opponent.

    By Republican standards, yeah, telling the truth definitely disqualifies Obama from being President. But that's not what the rest of the country wants.

    October 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Economist

    The blame for the economic crisis can be blamed on one person: BILL CLINTON.

    He forced the banks to lower their lending standards.

    Now is not the time for another novice in the Whitehouse!

    Vote McCain / Palin

    October 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. USAF Staff Sergeant

    I'll just be blunt. Her saying this is simply stupid.

    As a Serviceman, I can say that I feel confident Barack Obama is more than qualified to lead our country.

    My mother, being part of a military family in one way or another her entire life is more qualified to lead the U.S. than Palin.

    October 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA


    October 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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