July 15th, 2009
10:52 AM ET
5 years ago

Kerry: Palin should check out 'the view from her front porch'

Sen. Kerry is defending the president's cap-and-trade energy plan against criticism by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Sen. Kerry is defending the president's cap-and-trade energy plan against criticism by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Call it Kerry vs. Palin, Round 2.

Massachusetts Democrat Sen. John Kerry, a longtime Obama ally, and Alaska's Republican Gov. Sarah Palin are sparring again, this time over climate change and energy policy.

Kerry has taken to liberal Web site The Huffington Post to respond to an op-ed by Palin published Tuesday in the Washington Post.

In her op-ed, Palin slams President Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan, saying she believes the plan is "an enormous threat to our economy."

In his response, Kerry takes a dig at Palin in an apparent reference to Tina Fey's "I can see Russia from my house" take-off on Palin.

"The global climate change crisis threatens our economy and our national security in profound ways," writes Kerry.

"Governor Palin need no look further than the view from her front porch in Alaska to see how destructive this crisis can be," says Kerry, pointing to a two-year-old New York Times report about a small Alaskan village facing destruction because of melting permafrost.

Kerry also takes issue with Palin's focus on the likely economic consequences of Obama's plan. "Reading Gov. Palin's op-ed too often it sounds like the only threats America faces are solely economic. But that's not what our intelligence experts and military leaders tell us," writes Kerry.

Kerry also says Palin is "wrong" about the job creation projected to occur under Obama's plan and about the fact that the plan will yield "new, clean energy sources."

The two pols sparred nearly three weeks ago when Kerry reportedly joked that it was Palin – rather than South Carolina's Republican Gov. Mark Sanford – who should have gone missing. In her counter-attack, Palin took a swing at the senator's face: "... [T]he way he said it, he looked quite frustrated, and he looked so sad, and I just wanted to reach out to the TV and say, 'John Kerry, why the long face?'" she joked.


Filed under: Energy • John Kerry • Sarah Palin
soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    Ladies and Gentlemen, these are your elected leaders of the United States of America. We are doomed!

    July 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. katiec

    It appears Palin has chosen to be a spokesperson for big oil.
    For her to deny global warming, our need for independence, and
    lie and distort the facts is typical Palin hypocrasy and ignorance.
    CNN, please let her go away. We do not need your constant
    headlines, pushing her down our throats.

    July 15, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Nuts

    Kerry should check out the view from the swift boat.

    July 15, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Willy Brown

    Kerry you are a loser from MA riding the coat tales of a rich woman who was married to a replulican. Shhhh........

    July 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Republicans= Party of NO (with no solution)

    Palin is a joke. I'm tired of these right wing nuts and their idol speaking stupidity all the time...

    July 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Matt Sobel

    Obama and Kerry will do what's right. The American Jewish Congress supports Obama... my bretheren around the world support him.... It is times like this that Palin and her ilk show their true faces... under the inch thick layer of foundation.

    July 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Cindy

    Kerry is being so mean to poor Palin. What is she going to quit now?

    July 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Mark

    Palin is a nitwit... she wouldn't know science if it hit her in the head...

    July 15, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Farva Falana

    Ther is no such thing as a global climate change crisis; that is just made up language for a false scare. The earth is continually changing, and we know that the areas around the Arctic Circle (incl Alaska) are still in the re-creating phase and constantly shifting. Sorry, it's no warmer now than it has ever been in my almost 74 years. It is so asinine for politicians to scare the world on made-up scenarios. THERE IS NO CRISIS. p.s. This world belongs to Almighty God, not the politicians in DC. God can/will fix anything He needs to in His time.

    July 15, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. DC

    If Kerry were a smart politician, he would be keeping a low profile. Looks like he is opting for a new job working for Obama. If he wants to check out climate change, he can come on over to my place in Michigan. If this is global warming, I must have it backwards because I have seen frost in July here and it hasn't been in the 80's only a couple days this month. The politicians are all crying wolf along with goof ball Gore, "The man that invented the Internet".

    July 15, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Farva Falana

    There is no such thing as a global climate change crisis; that is just made up language for a false scare. The earth is continually changing, and we know that the areas around the Arctic Circle (incl Alaska) are still in the re-creating phase and constantly shifting. Sorry, it's no warmer now than it has ever been in my almost 74 years. It is so asinine for politicians to scare the world on made-up scenarios. THERE IS NO CRISIS. p.s. This world belongs to Almighty God, not the politicians in DC. God can/will fix anything He needs to in His time.

    July 15, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Beverly

    Palin does seem to concentrate on particular items repeatedly, consistently overlooking anything to do with environmental responsibility. She never acknowledges the environmental desecration that Alaska's policies have had on their lands and animals, many policies which she continued or created herself.

    July 15, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Peace

    Sarah is going to regret very much why she has quitted the job. As human nature, they respect the Office one is holding and not the person. We all like to be respected and once it is not there, you feel like you are worthless! Am afraid to say that soon thats what Sarah will go through.

    July 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. mike stricker

    Erratum: Tina Fay did NOT say "I can see Russia from my house." Or front yard - whatever. Sarah Palin did.
    Tina Fay's impersonation was made all the funnier - and sadly ironic - since she took Palin in large verbatim chunks to satirize her.

    July 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Anny

    Yes every man and women that find Palin not capable of being President or vice president or even holding an elected office should say so and let her know that she doesn't have the support of the people of this country or at least the support of her Party......McCain did her a dis-service by making her his VP running mate......she wasn't ready then and she isn't ready now.......but it has all went to her head and she really believes that she is the CATS MEOW........remember looks aren't everything........you have to have some intelligence up there in that brain........... and she doesn't have a brain.........

    July 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Proud Member..Party of No

    The global warming fraud continues. Cap and trade is yet another example of this administration believing that the public is so stupid that they can ram anything through, at any cost, without explaining it and without anyone reading it. Wake up, democrats....you're being taken for a ride again and we conservatives are unwilling passengers.

    July 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. gary

    frankenstein kerry is an idiot palin is not much better, in case kerry forgot people have a right to disagree with about the stimules plan he does not have to worry since he married the heiress to heinz, i think kerry and all liberals are jealous of palin because she worked her way up from the bottom like most americans not with a silver spoon in her mouth like kerry kennedy besides she angers women because she is goodlooking and that makes alot of women jealous of her

    July 15, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Kim

    Wow. Who in there right mind actually believes Ms. Palin knows anything about something as complex as climate change and can-and-trade? I suspect she will have a ghost-writer and thinker and she will be only a mouthpiece. She destroyed her credibility a long time ago,.

    July 15, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Edgar

    I love when former Democratic Presidential Candidate and current Senator, John Kerry, attacks Gov. Palin. For pundits to claim that Gov. Palin's political career is over, this type of response is indicative that she scares the hell out of liberals when she speaks about issues.

    Cant wait for Round 3...

    July 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. George

    Dear Senator Kerry,
    You should not waste valuable time responding to Sarah Palin.
    Her comments and/or criticisms need to be treated with the contempt that they deserve. As intelligent as you are, you will not be able to authenticate stupidity.

    July 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. jamie chastain

    John McCain rues the day he ever brought this airhead onto the national scene. Palin is the Republican party's answer to Plaxico Burress. She's so dumb she doesn't know she's a dummy!

    July 15, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Me in Big D

    Go away Kerry! People listen less to you than they do Palin, you overpuffed buffoon!

    July 15, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Scott in Troy

    the heat coming from John Kerry's overly large head is probably the leading cause of any global warming. By the way- if you lived in michigan, you would laugh at the thought of global warming. I am sure Kerry is all set to make a bazillion on cap and tax, just like Algore is. No- nothing wrong with that is there.

    July 15, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Tony

    If she is so irrelevant, why do they(dems and libs) worry about her so much?

    July 15, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. C

    If the idiot Palin doesn't care about Alasaka, how can we as voters expect her to care about the rest of the country? She resigns as soon as the heat in the kitchen gets uncomfortable, how would she react to the pressures of the world on her shoulders? She is a 15 minute wonder than needs to move on and teach classes on how parents should handle teenage pregnancies.

    July 15, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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