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. Kate

    Mayor of Nowheresville to perky gubernatorial fireplug, only to later become, thanks to McCain's appalling judgment, the most insulting caricature of female empowerment in modern history who, as the VP debate painfully revealed, still knows not a single substantive thing about American domestic or foreign policy,

    David Brooks, describing Palin's triumph: "Was this woman capable of completing an extemporaneous paragraph — a collection of sentences with subjects, verbs, objects and, if possible, an actual meaning? By the end of her opening answers, it was clear she would meet the test. " Well, that settles it: she's qualified to be president. You Betcha!

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


    October 3, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA


    October 3, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Pat

    Sarah Palin is the cheerleader for John McCain. When she spoke during the debate, I was ready to get out my pom poms! Darn it!

    October 3, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Former Republican

    Palin speaks volumes about the modern GOP. Just put a "Hockey Mom" out there, and have her talk tough about "waving flags of surrender" and "Terrorists that want to kill us".

    Wake up, Republicans. Just because Palin and McCain like to talk tough does not mean they are competent leaders.

    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 3, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. nc

    Did she lose her mind or she became crazy?

    October 3, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Dave

    Scares me to think Palin would be the leader of the house and a heart beat from the presidents seat. Say isn't so Joe!

    October 3, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. blaising

    Go Mrs. Palin...Yee Haw!!

    You are such a beehive of commentary!!

    "...mavrick, reformer, nuculer, also...mavrick, reformer, nuculer, also...mavrick, reformer, nuculer, also...mavrick, reformer, nuculer, also..."

    October 3, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. THE Bottom LINE.......


    October 3, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Jackie - NYC

    I think the gloves need to come off where Sarah Palin is concerned. Treat her like any other candidate. Ladies – isn't equality one of the reasons behind the women's movement. Stop protecting her and making excuses for her. She is in no way ready to be Vice President let alone a heart beat away from the being the President. She looked like a cheerleader flirting with the football squad last night.

    I truly fear for our country should the McCain/Palin ticket win.
    (CNN let's see if you post this – you post like 1 in 50 of my comments)

    October 3, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Ms. B


    Please just stop talking and continue being McSame's puppet.

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

    Sara memorized and stayed on a programed plan. She is way out of her league and it shows up big. She is no winning and really can flirt.
    wink, wink.

    October 3, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. john ippolito

    this woman is a complete fool!

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

    Wow, another interview with Fox News. She's really putting herself out there. Go on Meet The Press, Palin. Let's see how you do in a real interview on live TV.

    October 3, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Mo, NC

    Time & again Obama's words are taken out of context in a feeble attempt to mislead, misguide, and trick the American people. These tactics disqualify Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin for the presidency & vice presidency.

    Obama-Biden '08!

    October 3, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. JJ

    This is coming from someone who said Katie Couric annoyed her with "gotcha" questions. A question as simple as what newspaper she reads.

    Yeah right! Quit talking gibberish!

    October 3, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Penny

    well, she does have the bridge to nowhere, and couldn't even answer the questions asked her last night. what a fake she is and so is mccain. now that obama is leading the race mcsame says its not fair, NEWS FLASH GROW UP MCSAME AND PALIN!

    October 3, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Anthony in Ohio

    Every time she opens her mouth she reinforces the perception that she is a dimwit. If Republicans think she is the 2nd best person to be on the ballot what does that tell America about their party.

    October 3, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Rob, Missoula MT

    I would hardly be concerned about what is considered "disqualifying" in the world of a crazy wench like Palin...

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Pathetic!

    True, looks don't make a candidate, looks don't define intelligence; however, I have noticed that most individuals (at my offices' water cooler) who are filled with such hatred toward Gov. Palin fall into two categories:

    They are either women (who are unattractive and insecure) or they are (gay men) who are sarcastic and insecure.

    This is based on the fact that they have been hauled off to Human Resources, due to their same petty behavior towards other employee's.

    Some have actually been terminated for such slander!

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Old Guy

    I'm a 64 year old retired engineer that has worked his way through collage, worked two jobs to raise a family and save for the future and have seen a lot transpire over the years in politics.

    But, this Silly Sarah is by far the worst example of a political leader we have ever witnessed. She is completely unqualified, lacks the common decency to tell the truth, and has such a small world view that she makes George Bush look smart!

    This daughter of Cheney will bring about economic ruin and leave our standing in the world irreparable damaged.

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Dj

    What is another name for a really dumb, female, pitbull with lipstick?

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Karen

    Has anyone bothered to tell Palin she is not qualified to be VP? Oops forgot, that's a question she will refuse to answer because she doesn't have a clue.

    How about McCain, bomb bomb bomb Iran? I guess in her book that's a good qualification.

    What an idiot!!

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Doug R.

    Ms. Palin, millions of Americans believe you are not qualified to be the VP nominee.
    I think Mr. McCains comments regarding our economy were degrading and insulting to average American and very reckless. I think he should apologize for his ignorance. Ya think.

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Jatovi, NC

    The fact that America's #1 issue is the economy and John McCain votes with George Bush 90% of the time, including 100% of the time this year, and even said George Bush's line "the fundamentals of our economy are strong" two weeks ago should disqualifies John McCain because Bush has already used his two terms allowed.

    Someone please Miss South Carolina her way back to Alaska. I think she might get lost.

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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