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. phyllis

    Sen. Kerry is right on this, Sarah Palin needs to clean up her own back yard, before she starts talking about others. But she can't do that anymore can she, because she has left her office before her time is up, howbout that. She needs to go on and shut up, for someone who is leaving the government behind she sure has a lot to say, this person is such a camera hound, she can not be helped, she is her own worst enemy, she keeps talking when she should shut up. thank you

    July 15, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Ricky Hargrove

    Palin continues to make a fool of herself and the Republican party. The Republicans have enough problems with there image and Palin just deepens there problems.
    I must say it is nice to get a little comedy relief from her unusual and ignorant comments.

    July 15, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Nev

    Bravo, Mr. Kerry.

    July 15, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Sam Sixpack

    On the science channel, they say the sun will eventually explode and vaporize the earth, so, you better give John Kerry a bunch of money.

    Yes, the climate is getting warmer. So, why is it, again, I have to give even more money to fat, greedy, rich guys?

    July 15, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Bob Evano

    Down goes palin! Down goes palin!

    That's what he said.

    July 15, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Sarah Einstein says the Earth is flat and global warming is a hoax.These are just some of her ExxonMobil talking points,for more info tune into Limbaugh.

    July 15, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. notfooledtx

    As expected, Palin is still a laughingstock. Whoever wrote this op ed probably wrote it in the 80's and just recirculated it with her name on it. Although, the composition of the op ed was pretty shallow, so maybe she did write it herself.

    July 15, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Mike

    Trying to fight cap and trade is the closest thing to "evil" in modern politics... has Sarah Palin no sense of shame?

    July 15, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. T

    Palin can not see beyond her nose.

    July 15, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Disgusted

    Ignore her boys...Maybe she'll go away.
    Not likely, she's just chumming the waters for her next book.
    An appropriate title for her first book would be "Mein Kampf".
    The next one would be "I Can See Russia".
    Available at a Wal-Mart near you.

    July 15, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. larry buchas

    This is good theater.

    I'm curious. Who wrote Sarah's op-ed? We know she didn't. Otherwise our heads would explode.

    July 15, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Hugo

    Kerry is a prime example of a career politician that needs to be voted out of existence. It never ceases to amaze me that these ultra elitist liberals want to give away middle class Americas money to the impoverished, key concept is other peoples money, not their own. I wonder how much money Kerry has stuffed in his pocket from his time in public service, I wonder what kind of catsup is in our government cafeterias or that our military uses?

    July 15, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Chris D.

    Americans need to read the bill, and get facts from the EPA dept., or other professional/educational publications......this bill represents the future. It is a bill that will set America on a new energy path, reduce pollution, and create jobs....these steps will build on top of the good in our economy, and energy that we already have...........
    I hate the arguing of the right, and the left.......both love America, why can't we support each other, and possibly form a hybrid among our decisions, and policies.

    July 15, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. skyhawkdriver

    That's the way old horse face..just another example of the useless people holding office as a member of the spoiled brat elitist class sitting in the united states senate..any question why he is known as live shot kerry??

    July 15, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Kerry is such a funny loser, he is wonderful about making sexist stupid comments and would have probably made a worse president than Obama. Lets all go back and revisit all the jokes made about Kerry, another democratic liberal loser.

    July 15, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Andy J, NY, NY

    yeah, thats why here in new york the temperatures have been in the 40's the past 4 nights. global warming, what a killer.

    not to mention the FACT that temperatures have been cooling for more than 5 years. That is a FACT. look it up you "holocaust deniers"

    GTF out of here with the global warming garbage. poll after poll ranks it at the BOTTOM of the list, in terms of what is important to Americans.

    Of course, we all know that its more about "global governance," right Mr. Gore, et all? you scum bags.

    July 15, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. DT

    Get 'em Kerry...get 'em...

    July 15, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. John

    Kerry – 2
    Palin – 0

    July 15, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Tom in Florida

    Bet he's never heard that one before. No wonder she's the candidate of the stupid.

    July 15, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Vern

    Kerry is right on this one. Palin need to talk about what she knows..which is how to QUIT!!!

    July 15, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. John

    WOW. does Palin have any real skills or is she all talk !

    July 15, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Don

    Let's see now. In the 70's it was global cooling. That scare tactic totally failed. Then it became global warming but things weren't heating up as planned. So now to catch it going in either direction the church of enviro freaks now have coined climate change. Unbelievable. I agree now that I personally experience climate change everyday of my life. Today I plan to drive my gas guzzling V8 Mercedes in order to warm up the poor and cold people of the planet. Enviro freaks remind me of how many millions of people need a cause no matter how stupid it is.

    July 15, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. buckwheat

    The world has changed from the beginning of time and man is the only one who thinks he is important enough to cause it. Man can destroy himself but not the world. The dumbest animal in the world would not think he could tax himself into prosperity.

    July 15, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. worriedmom

    Kerry is such an idiot. He still is upset he didnt win! He would be nothing if it wasn't for his rich wife. Why don't you just go back in show business and play Frankenstein. You definitely would have the part.

    July 15, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. kizito

    Thanks Senator Kerry. We need more people like you to send a clear message to this young lady (Madam Palin) that her hooney moon as a VP candidate is come and gone.
    Pres. Obama has gone into business of leading the free world. We cannot afford any more distractions from her. Things are getting very difficult in DC. Please she should allow President Barrack Obama to concentrate in proferring solutions to our problems both at ahome and abroad.
    Please Madddaaammm Palin GET IT CLEAR – This guy is no more Candidate Obama. Now he is President Obama. We donot need your kind of criticism. They don't just make any sense.
    Come out with your own alternative solutions while running your mouth on crticising the President. Go!! Follow the footsteps of your mentor Statesman and Senator McCain of Arizona.
    You have not yet graduated from learning from him.

    July 15, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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