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. Danny in Chicago

    Why did we let women into this process anyway? Now it's like we've reverted back to high school politics....

    Oh, I'm sorry, was that sexist???

    Like it or not – that's just the way it is if you want to be on top.

    Take it or leave it, but stop WHINING

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

    you know what? it's just too serious of a time for this. if the economy was great and the wars didn't exist, then fine, go ahead and vote for someone who you think is just a regular person. but if you do it now, you simply don't care what actually happens to this country.

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Mo, NC

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

    Obama-Biden '08

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. john

    Spoken as America's undisputed expert on "rekless statements".
    I suppose being unable to answer questions out of a lack of knowledge doesn't dis-qualify her?

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. applecrispbetty

    If he's unqualified, then what are you compared to him? Think about it, Sarah.

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. gene

    Personally... I think the fact that she refuses to cooperate with a bipartison investigation into her practices is reason enough to disqualify her from running for any office. Refusing to answer to a supbena and requesting the members of her administration to do the same!

    In any other situation... this would be called contempt of court and she would be in jail.

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. kim,richmond, va

    How dare her speak of anyone that is not ready to become commander-in-chief, besides herself. It is amazing that this woman does not see the forrest for the trees. She is too dumb to realize that she is out of her league. She measured her win in the debate because she did not become dumb founded or tongue tied. How much lower will the standards drop for her. Will america declare her as vp material if she just make an appearance. She said a whole lot of nothing at the debate. Someone really needs to ask her to drop off of the ticket. But according to her statement, she wants more duties as VP. It is obvious, she is waiting for Mccain demise so she can play "Ms. President". She is a waste of space. However, I would like to thank her for making it easier for Barack to win.

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. cann

    Poor Sarah ! I'm sorry you are "getting clobbered" , but a very old wise man once said .... "life is not fair"

    Just ANSWER the questions, Sarah and maybe you wouldn't get clobbered. By the way, I am a 69 year-old Navy veteran who cares nothing about your connection with Joe-6 pack and everything in the world about your readiness to become President of The US of America.

    If you were Kay Bailey Hutchison or Olympia Snowe, I would be taking a long look at your running mate, but as it is, I will go with the young visionary for Illinois.

    Next time, come prepared be a good citizen and stay home.

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

    Look Simple Palin needs to watch her step. For her to go on faux news and make comments on something he said and take it out of context is a big mistake. Bad enough Americans thinks she is unintelligent. And please believe a lot more women like Katie Couric than Simple

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Donald, Canton, NC

    McCain/Palin open yours eyes!!!!

    News today is that once again U.S. led forces fired missles into Pakistan killing 20 people. This action authorized by President Bush, which, they have been doing for months.

    And yet the two of you are condemming Obama for possible doing it when President Bush continues to violate the borders of a country?????

    More from the"BS Express" on the "Campaign to Nowhere".

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. fixthebroken

    So, Obama tells the brutal truth - that's reckless.

    But McCain saying "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran" is not!

    Oh the hypocrisy drips read with blood in the McCain campaign. Their lack of integrity sucks!

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Judy

    I hope Sarah was just getting sympathy for last night or looking for a camera to show off her winks. Sarah Obama doesn't care about you and how you feel about him. You should try to find out how to get your man to get with the program.

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. RDS

    All this coming from the women who named a civil war general instead of the actual general in Afghanistan, doesn't know that the troops levels are not lower than they were before the surge and thinks that inserting the word surge in every sentence will justify the dumbest war waged in modern American history....please spare me!

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

    Does she have dementia or some other mental disorder.

    Certainly looks like she does.

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Fla Sam

    Are you kidding me! She doesn't fall on her face during the debate and now she is going to come out today like she knows what she is talking about? I hope that the American people realized yesterday that she about 5 comments that were well rehearsed and she just randomly kept repeating them over and over. God help us all if she ever becomes President!

    October 3, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. mavericks....

    just a thought:

    "a team of mavericks" ...... literally impossible since a maverick is a lone dissenter or individualist and cannot side with another.


    October 3, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Don

    The Tina Fay is back and she is in full blast and Saturday Night Live will have more amunition to shoot this nut case with her own gun.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 3, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Tony



    October 3, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Joseph

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

    …his name should disqualify him from being President…
    his name are you serious? you must have the IQ of a stale bag of chips, either that you are super ignorant

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

    This from someone that cannot answer hardball questions like "What magazines do you read"...........Oh yeah I'm sure she could handle being VP and one 72 year old guys heartbeat away from being President...........
    You can't "wink" your way out of the issues..................

    October 3, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Jasmine in Germany

    If Palin wants a better idea of who should be disqualified to be President, she should look in the mirror.

    October 3, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Jack from California

    Sarah – go home to Alaska and cook mooseburgers because that might be the only thing you are qualified to do.

    October 3, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    This woman is nuts. It is Obama who knows what is needed in Afghanistan, not McCain/Palin. She failed to answer many of the debate questions last night probably because she has no earthly idea what to say. Can you imagine her on the world stage? Not me. Biden was superb and I know Barack will be great on Tuesday night! Vote for Obama/Biden to restore our nation's credibility and stature!

    Happy Anniversary, Barack and Michelle, and wishing you many more!


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

    Barack Obama is the one candidate who spoke out firmly against the invasion of Iraq in 2002. I wonder if Sarah Palin even knew that Iraq was a country back then. So the person who has been correct on every important issue of strategy isn't qualified, and the team of McCain-Palin, who combine impulsiveness, bad judgment, and cluelessness, are??? Give me a break! This is like a minor league water boy saying that Ryan Howard isn't qualified to be MVP.

    October 3, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Dave

    I didnt know if i was watching a debate or MTV !!!
    winks kisses "shout outs to your high school????

    October 3, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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