October 3rd, 2008
03:34 PM ET
6 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. irishspacemonk

    Sarah Palin is the most pathetic individual ever to walk on the national political stage.

    October 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Gregory in MN

    You can't answer questions posed to you...so what do you do?

    Blame the person for not asking better questions!!

    My God! Anyone who thought she changed her image last night, this wipes away that idea.

    October 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Latina for Obama (nj)

    OBAMA!!! OBAMA!!!! OABAMA!!!
    YES WE CAN!!!!

    October 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Danielle, TX

    CNN seemed to leave out exactly the type of things Palin said she wanted to talk about in the Couric interview. She only wanted to attack Obama, and not say anything about herself. Read below (since CNN didn't want to post it):

    "In those Katie Couric interviews, I did feel that there were lot of things that she was missing in terms of an opportunity to ask what a VP candidate stands for, what the values are represented in our ticket. I wanted to talk about Barack Obama increasing taxes, which would lead to killing jobs. I wanted to talk about his proposal to increase government spending by another trillion dollars. Some of his comments that he's made about the war, that I think may, in my world, disqualify someone from consideration as the next commander in chief. Some of the comments that he has made about Afghanistan - what we are doing there, supposedly just air raiding villages and killing civilians. That's reckless. I want to talk about things like that. So I guess I have to apologize for being a bit annoyed, but that's also an indication of being outside the Washington elite, outside of the media elite also. I just wanted to talk to Americans without the filter and let them know what we stand for."

    October 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Marie

    Lack of even basic knowledge – doesn't that disqualify you, Sarah Palin? You betcha!

    October 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Erika

    If YOU are not qualified for the position then you have NO business making this statement. Her selection as VP is reckless!

    October 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    He is qualified. PERIOD. She is NOT, PERIOD...guess she resents it.

    October 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    "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.

    Good Heavens! What world is that? The one in which being able to see Russia from a remote rock in the Bearing Sea gives you foreign policy experience? The one where you think that we may have to go to war with Russia over the Republic of Georgia? Get real!

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. A NATION OF WINERS for OBAMA

    IDIOT !

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Pat

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

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Courtney/Pennsylvania

    I think Gov Palin's comments are a failed attempt to take focus off of her show of incompetence and ability to answer a DIRECT QUESTION with a DIRECT ANSWER. Now that she has managed to put two brain cells together, she should put them to use for an answer on this financial mess that our country is in.

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Hey McCain- Thanks but no thanks

    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 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Old Guy

    Sarah is not qualified to give any opinion on the general election much less then on Barak Obama's qualification.

    When a young lady comes on the national stage and engages in lies, distortions and exaggerations, she should be called on it at every chance.

    We can't afford to have someone like Sarah one heartbeat away from being President – Good Lord this lady is plain out goofy!

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

    Dimwit. YOU are the disqualified one, McFailin, and we will show you on November 4th.

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Concerned Voter

    Whatever, Palin. Try again. We tolerated your debate because you did better than before...but don't by any means think that you're qualified. Clearly, you're not. Eveyone knows it and sees it....and Biden won hands down...

    Barack Obama is the New Energy...the New Reformer...and the change that America needs. Palin, why don't you go stand trial and leave America alone.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008/2012

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Obama Supporter

    Whatever "ms. pitbull", we are saying, "no to you and the non-maverick"!!!!!!!!!!!!! You go to FIXED NEWS because it's only supports republicans. NO WAY!!! NO McCain, NO PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. amy

    Reckless is saying "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran."

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. joyce

    how can anyone with so little experence even think she is qualified
    to make such a remark.get real palin you need to try to hang onto your gov. job because you will never be vp. also don't even try to be pres. in 8 years, hillary will chew you up and spit you our. she presents herself as a lady in ever since and palin, shin a moose. better off go be a better mom

    cnn i know this want get posted but i tryed again for a hundred times

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. sue

    "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."

    That's called politics are running for office. Don't act like oh poor me I get clobbered no matter what. ALL the candidates get clobbered no matter what.

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. SF

    Right.......like her winking, blowing kisses, and teenage verbage qualify her to be VP.........get real! I found her demeanor and attitude condescending to those of us listening. I want a President and VP who act and talk like adults, not, teenagers, and, who have a complete grasp of the world's events. Her memorized chatter and failure to answer the questions directly did nothing to impress me and further solidifies my vote for Obama!!

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Evangelical

    Palin needs some more years observing Russia from her window to gather more experience...

    Bin Laden is in the hills between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
    If we have clear intelligence pointing where Bin Laden is, then we will go and get him- Barack OBAMA.

    Palin make sure you quote Barack correctly...
    Be better than a spelling bee... Speak your own mind..

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008 – 2016

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. McCain!

    ...his name should disqualify him from being President...

    October 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Peter

    20% of voters feel Gov. Palin is qualified to be President. 20% of voters feel George Bush is doing a good job. 20% of voters feel the country is going in the right direction. 20% of voters believe Sen. Obama is a Muslim. 20% of voters have an IQ < 85! Coincidence? I think not.

    October 3, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. John in Ohio

    "What is it with all the transvestite dudes on these message boards pretending to be females while they bash Sarah Palin? Your mama shouldn't have let you play with dolls when you were a kid."

    The polls show that more women than men disapprove of Sarah Palin. So those are probably real women you're seeing posts from. Unles you think Kathleen Parker is really a man.

    October 3, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Independent who has now decided

    We don't need folksy(stupid). We had that in George Bush and look what happened. We need unscripted knowledge. And
    Joe Biden showed unscripted knowledge of the facts. He won hands
    down. The fact that Palin didn't stray from her cliff notes(thanks to calm
    winds), still doesn't make her qualified for VP. My vote goes to
    Obama / Biden.

    October 3, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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