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. Joseph

    I saw the debate, how can anyone who doesn't answer a single question and think they are qualified to be vp, talk about reckless, how can anyone who can sit there and tell flat out lies talk about reckless statements, Good person, bad leader. Ready to lie, not ready to lead

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

    Hey Sarah, how about you disclose your tax returns as the FEC has demanded you to do so by today?

    Where is your reform image and transparency in government or does that just apply to everyone but you and McCain?

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

    She won the debate because the expections for her were so low. She isn't ready to be in national government. However she did get elected as governer of a state. She must have done something to get people to vote for her.

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Obvious

    Too bad she's disqualified by not answering ANY QUESTIONS last night.

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. OOOOOOOBama

    Please is she for real or am i dreaming...this is funny. Stop her before she disgraces herself evenmore. Leave this election with some dignity lady or shut the hell up....Your knowledge of America: "0" which means ZERO!

    Obama was speaking the truth...

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Jeff

    McCain/Palin: The ticket of WHINERS!

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. hakeemsdad, Florida

    What a loser!

    Maybe we should give her another chance to answer last night's debate questions!!!!

    And How many questions did she answer? Honestly!!!

    Conservatives is this what you really wants for this great country?

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. mama4obama

    Every time this woman opens her mouth I cringe.

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. judy, Wisconsin

    What an immature little snip!!!! She can't answer a single question posed to her. NOT READY TO LEAD.

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. MD, TX

    Way to go Sarah. Obama is COMPLETELY UNQUALIFIED for any elected position, much less the POTUS.

    I continue to be dismayed at the public's gullibility to this flim-flam man from Chicago.

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. MV

    she is demented! palin has no idea what foreign relations are. all she thinks is USA is the only foreign country for ALASKA!! with great difficulty and training she could say the name of irans's president. and she thinks she knows all about Iraq and afghanistan. God save America for even having her as a candidate. are republicans so bankrupt to choose Palin as A VP candidate?

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

    McCain! October 3rd, 2008 2:14 pm ET

    …his name should disqualify him from being President…
    __________________________________

    Your ignorance should disqualify you from voting.

    October 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Clown

    An "empty headed happy face covered in lipstick" is the way that I would define a clown. A moron never really knows that they are a moron. That's
    what makes them a moron. BUT, good strategy ... don't answer the questions, just spout the sound bites that have been programmed into your empty head. Oh and by the way ....... no dirt has been turned on the PROPOSED $40 billion gas pipeline that will be built by Canadians and will run through Canada. How about a little honesty.

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Scott42

    And I think Palin's inability and unwillingness to answer most of the questions at the debate disqualify her from criticizing anybody else's comments.

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Balaji

    Palin is a disgrace for this whole nation. I watched the whole debate and I could have done much better not being born in this country.

    The format of the debates should have been different to allow moderator to intervene and force her to answer questions which would have made a comic night and good skit for SNL.

    We are all deprived of some stupidity from the 6 pack Joe

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Swe

    Actually, McCain, picking Palin, disqualifes him for presidency

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. An Independent Mind

    OMG... The more she talk without her talking point, the more idiotic she sounds. I cannot believe that someone would actually find her appealing, I mean... C'MON PEOPLE

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Last time I checked, the constitution said that a natural born citizen over the age of 35 is eligible to be come the president via the election process. There might be some other requirement, but statements don't disqualify anyone (with the exception of treason) from being president. Since when did Palin become a constitutional scholar?

    The statements that she is refering to have some basis in fact. The president of Afghanistan has called for less air strikes and better work at reducing civilian casulties. That is something that can be reduced in part by more troops on the ground; done in concert with better contruction/reconstruction, it will make Afghanistan more stable.

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    And when Palin grabs the wrong 3 x 5 card and starts World War 3 . . .

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

    Hi Mrs Palin,
    You've got to thank God, for your survival in the debate! Your own republicans folks had wanted to ditch you! Go to fact – check on cnn to read the exact reaction of Sen. Obama....Who said the central front on terrorism is in Afghanistan?

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

    "Gee wizz", "Gosh Darn", "Doggone", "Yup". This woman may play well in the most rural areas of the country, but in real life, she just showed how truly ignorant she is when the words have not been put in her mouth!

    Only 34 more days and no more Palin. "GOAS DARNIT!

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Helen

    Future Fox news anchor.

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Realville,USA

    Someone should tell Sarah not to let John ruin what potential she may have as a promising politician. When the ticket loses, this circus of a campaign will be remembered .Will anyone ever take her seriously again? Maybe she should factcheck the lies she's being fed before this arsenal of mispeaks and lies are used to prove her untrustworthiness in future campaigns, as well as her above the law attitude with the Trooper-gate ordeal.

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Retired Vet

    Once again the iberals provide vicious personal attacks rather than looking at the issues.

    Joe Biden was defintely flustered by his making up 'truths'. Sarah Palin was articulate and pushed the right buttons.

    Obama is not qualified. Truly look into what he wants to do with our military. Where does he get the funds to pay for his 'entitlements' if not through taxes?

    Look for substance not a well dressed orator! If you do you find McCain.

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Laszlo in L.A.

    According to Palin, Katie Couric did ask her enough questions about the issues? Other than financial issues, international issues, legal issues, policy issues and education issues, she would be right.

    Man! Heckuva lady!

    When Palin runs for president, I have no doubt she'll last longer than Dan Quayle did in 2000. Until then, it's back to her backyard where she can look out at Russia.

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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