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. Jim

    "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,"

    Well, Sara, most of us don't live in your world. In your world dodging questions, choosing to answer what ever question you best remember the canned answer to qualifies you for VP. Enjoy the next 8+ years in Alaska, I hear it's beautiful up there.

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. A, Los Angeles

    And I think her lack of experience and knowledge on basic issues, domestic issues, as well as foreign policy "disqualifies" Palin from being a VP candidate.

    And, call me crazy, but isn't it elitist to call people elite as if somehow you're better than them?

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

    Speaking in Palin "folksy talk":

    Sarah, you don't know a dern thing bout furin policy....

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Adam, Plano, TX

    Dear Sarah,

    You have gone on record numerous times saying many things that don't even make sense in the context of a sentence. Your incessant use of the term "dawgonnit" and "maverick" are inexcusable. Please, before you open your mouth again, think through your words, and make them make sense. Until you do that, I do not believe you are qualified to be Vice President. Hell, I don't think you're qualified to be Governor of Alaska, or Mayor of Wasilla. Please, just step out of politics, for your own good.


    Adam, Plano, TX

    October 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. pam Eugene OR

    No Sarah,
    You are the one how is not qualified! You need to go back to Alaska.
    Your performance last night was a joke. You did not answer any of the question and just vomited your prepared comments on you note cards. You Sarah are a joke.
    Send this trailer trash packin and buy her a "g".

    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Marie

    I think some of Sarah Palin's comments should disqualify her. We do not have enough troops to send to Afghanistan because they are all in Iraq. They need to start coming home. That is not a surrender, it is simply common sense. We cannot continue to spend 10.5 billion a month to keep our troops in Iraq. Also, Osama Bin Laden is in Pakistan/Afghanistan, not Iraq. The war on terror needs to be conducted where he is, not in Iraq. I am a Republican who will NOT be voting for the McCain/Palin ticket.

    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. john hanson

    and by the way, Palin is NO Geraldine Ferraro.

    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. blue

    everybody loves Sarah Palin's "folksy" talk.....apparently that's all she can do...is that the way she is going to talk to foriegn leaders and diplomats?....maybe she'll just send them a "shout-out"
    Please! she is a disgrace to professional women everywhere! i miss Hillary too!

    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA



    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. B

    Just because she didn't stick her entire foot in her mouth again last night, she thinks she can get cocky. She didn't even answer many of the questions. The ones she did answer were either some pre-written and rehearsed spew of what someone else thinks, or a babbling mess of one liners strung together that made no sense.

    This piece of trash needs to step aside and let real leaders move forward. All she does is waste everyones time and energy. She's a nothing.

    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Mccain is a liar

    This duo and their campaign as well as their rightwing nuthouse fox news will go down as the worst lieing scumbags ever to be running for office and those who are involved.

    My stomach hurts just thinking what scum, lowlife's fox news and the Mccain campaign are, they are like the bullies of a school yard out to push around anyone and take their milk money, November can't come soon enough!

    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    That ain't gonna fly Ms Palin....

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. thomas

    When you attack people for their beliefs, don't be surprised when they hit Governor Palin. When all your ticket believes in is war, you will get exactly what you believe in.

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

    Doggone it.....gotcha...she is the star of her own "not-so-reality" show.
    Cheney blocks investigations...Palin..ditto; Cheney is an expert on energy..Palin..ditto...hmmmm

    How about the Keating Five ????? Oh, that was while she was in grade school !!!!

    She is scary, period.

    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Pat from Cali

    She is no one to say who should be commander in chief. She doesn't even know who's leading our troops in Afghanistan. McClellan was a civil war general. Her tutors didn't drill her enough on current history. Or maybe she should read one newspaper instead of all of 'em. LOL

    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. For Obama!!

    Okay here goes the COOCKOO now that she isnt on index cards and memorized lines.

    She needs to go home.. she isnt qualified for Vice Pres!!

    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    October 3rd, 2008 2:16 pm ET

    Is she insane…?


    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Ohio Mom

    She is right about the media! She couldn't win with any answer! When she chose not to site examples of publications she has read it was interpreted as he not reading any. She knew if she had sited several, she would have been challenged for weeks to come about whether she was reading the correct stuff. Give her a break! She is MORE qualified than Obama to run this country. All he can do it talk – she CAN DO what she says – and she HAS done what she says.

    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. David from Ohio

    How about apologizing for being ignorant or coached? You can say what you want. The fact is that Governor Palin knows nothing about foreign affair. Her "coached" statements yesterday during the debate showed her lack of knowledge. The fact that she AVOIDED answering some questions intentionally showed her ignorance.

    What's really uncomforting is the fact that she is over-confident and ambitious. This is exactly what Bush's first term is like: neocon cowboy policy. I think this is exactly why we are in the situation where we are in now. SCARY that she is a heart beat away from the person who controls the red button to our nuclear weapon.

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

    It is sad that she is now trying to take an attacking role. This is just not credible. Go start your NUCULAR war.

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



    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Jack Six Pack

    Sarah, get real girl you couldn't tell the difference between a leader and a wondering moose!

    This girl is the goofiest politician we have ever had in a national election and that includes "bush the idiot".

    October 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. andrea

    "Mccain/Palin- Thanks, but no thanks!"

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

    As a former SSgt who did a tour in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and South Korea, I'm voting for Obama.

    Facts aren't lies.

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Jim Hegedus

    Gov. Palin is a good fit with McCain, she is as dishonest at he is. Her comments against the news media are the dumbest claims I have ever heard. She spoke the lines and they were dumb. CBS did not change any of her utterances – make a dumb comment, then blame someone else – great candicate for VP. It bothers me that the right leaning press is so impressed that she can talk well, usually when she has notheing worthwhile to say. If what we want for a VP is a talker, instead of someone who has the countries interest in mind, she fits the bill. She is only exceeded by one person, Cheney, as undesirable.

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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