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. mobiusinformer

    Like our VP standards have always been OH so high?

    Agnew. Ford. Mondale. Bush Sr. Gore. Cheney.

    There's a winning bunch if I ever saw one.

    October 3, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Nick

    I wanna President who is smarter than me, and that is Barack Obama!!

    October 3, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. j.a

    You mean Faux News will ask her the real hard questions............that's funny

    October 3, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |

    What did she think, Katie would just let her say whatever she wanted? Palin is mentally challenged.

    October 3, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Erin in Oklahoma


    This is America. No one's name disqualifies them. You sound uneducated and you make our country look bad.

    October 3, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Questions are KILLING America.

    You hear that America, all Palin wants is that you stop asking questions. Nothing good ever comes from asking questions.

    Just bend over and accept it, already. No more questions.

    October 3, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. SaraH from Nowhere

    My response to you : faye, NV

    MY IQ IS 4

    October 3, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    She was a joke before the debate – she's still a joke. Fox News – give me a break and head over to Meet the Press!

    October 3, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |

    oh so now that mccain is letting you talk you are just going to trash everybody. one thing he hasn't taught you is that you need the media just as much as they need you. don't trash the media because they can trash you as well.


    October 3, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. tom

    so alaska voted this person into office? is it too late to give alaska back to russia?

    October 3, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Team America

    How does 3 years in the Senate qualify Osama to be President? Does anyone think the Joint Chiefs would take Osama seriously with his little to no knowledge on military operations and capabilities?? There's some fancy lawyering going on in the democratic ticket, tell the people what they want to hear, blame Bush for everything and link him to McCain, win the Presidency with words and not actions, that's what they're hoping for.

    Palin may not say what you liberal hippies want to hear, but at least you know it will be the truth. Glad to see Dems scared today after she did so well last night. They see the true Palin, and they're all afraid their prescious Osama is losing ground. The truth hurts nutjobs.

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Lee in Ohio

    Oh my God what an idiot this woman is.

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Sean from NC

    Are you serious Palin? Obama was not saying (keyword: "Not) that we should continue to air-raid and kill civilians. He was stating a fact (keyword: "fact") on what was going on if Afghan. and if we are going to be successful we need to change our strategy. You refused to use the word "not" in your statement and you refused to state the facts. Someone should nominated themself to disqualify for VP....

    I disqualify you Sarah Palin!

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. kathy

    Palin should thank Katie Couric for not asking her tougher questions, because she couldn't answer the easy ones. In the debate she was only reciting what she'd been brainswashed & coached repeatedly to say. She has nothing "off the cuff" as these comments show. she will be back to gaffe'n and putting her foot in her mouth once again. she's a loose cannon!...she did "better than expected" in the debate...end of conversation. She still isn't qualified and she needs to quit patting her self on the back for what she thinks is a job well done. she's not qulaified.

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Tired

    Saying you believe in creationism disqualifies her from being Vice President.

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Indiana Voter

    Give us a break!!

    If you can't stand the heat, GET OUT of the kitchen!!

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. joey

    funny how someone who isn't qualified to be president is trying to disqualify another candidate.

    and really, if you complain that katie couric is too tough on you, you probably aren't qualified to be commander in chief.

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Soccer mom for Obama

    This is coming from a woman who doesn't even know where Afghanistan is.

    PS John McChicken hates women.

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. AEK

    So, in Sarah's little world an appropriate question is one she's had enough time prepping for with the Bush folks. I'm surprised she isn't complaining about the questions during the debate, but then she didn't really answer any of those either!

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. John in Ohio

    "Ok, democratic biased CNN and followers, put you spin on this, I love to see closeminded people in action."

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

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Tom, KS

    What is Palin even talking about. She can't seem to answer any question posed to her and instead insists on hiting talking points that she has been coached on. If we don't actually start hearing HER actual opinions, how are we supposed to give her a chance at leading our country. So far all I've heard from her is PHONY. By the way Couric played slow pitch with her and she still couldn't even make contact with the ball.

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. What the f.....

    How did the Ron Paul supporters get here.. spam the comment s before anyone can read them... she did fine last night.

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Cathy Lyons

    When Palin asked Biden last night if she could call him Joe, he should have responded with "Youbetcha Guv!" echoing her manipulative crap... ever so folksy like!

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. mark0rz

    OMG hahahahahaha this lady...


    once the truth about troopergate comes out of course, if ever! which is somewhat unlikely now because the GOP hired lawyers to prevent that from ever happening.

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |

    The liberal media will not stop asking gov. palin if she is ready or not. how many time was obama been ask the same question? Or his background? Obama no experience not ready to lead. This is the presidency of our country not a job at burger king or community organizing job
    last night governor palin prove to every one that she is ready and have the experience needed. She took Biden to the cleaners.

    October 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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