August 1st, 2010
07:04 PM ET
8 years ago

Palin: Brewer has the 'cojones' that Obama does not

In a television interview that aired Sunday, former Gov. Palin used a distinctly masculine metaphor to describe how Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, and President Obama are approaching border security.

In a television interview that aired Sunday, former Gov. Palin used a distinctly masculine metaphor to describe how Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, and President Obama are approaching border security.

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has come to the defense once again of one of her fellow "mama grizzlies" but this time using a distinctly masculine metaphor.

In the wake of the Obama administration's partial judicial victory last week in the litigation over Arizona's controversial immigration law, Palin said on "Fox News Sunday" that Arizona's female Republican governor has "the cojones that our president does not" when it comes to securing America's borders.

"This is a temporary suspension of some of the key elements in the law that [Arizona Gov.] Jan Brewer pushed hard for Arizonans and for the rest of the country to have the result of us being more secure," said Palin.

She added, "And, Jan Brewer, bless her heart, she's going to do all that she can to continue down the litigation path to allow secure borders because she's – Jan Brewer has the cojones that our president does not have to look out for all Americans – not just Arizonans – but all Americans in this desire of ours to secure our borders and allow legal immigration to help build this country. . . . if our own president will not enforce a federal law, more power to Jan Brewer . . . to do what our president won't do."

According to, the word "cojones" is a Spanish term for male reproductive organs. It also can be used as slang for "nerve" or "boldness."

The Tea Party favorite also said that it was "idiotic" in the current economic situation to let the Bush tax cuts expire for higher-income brackets as Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats plan to do.

"To reduce deficit spending and our enormous debt, you rein in spending, you cut the budget. You don't take more from the private sector and grow government with it. And that's exactly what Obama has in mind," Palin said.

Making a reference to an event in February of this year where cameras caught notes about policy points written on the palm of her hand, Palin also poked fun at herself.

Related video: Palin's 'cheat sheet' on hand

"My palm isn't large enough to have written down" all the effects of Obama's plan to let the tax cuts expire, Palin said, pointing to an ink-stained palm.

Palin said letting the cuts expire would cause a total tax increase of $3.8 trillion over the next ten years and she explained that the notes on her hand read "'$3.8 trillion, next 10 years,' so that I didn't say 3.7 and then get dinged by the liberals, saying I didn't know what I was talking about."

Asked about her PAC's recently released campaign-style video championing her nascent "mama grizzly" movement, Palin explained her string of recent endorsements of often underdog conservative female candidates.

Related: Palin speaks of 'new conservative feminist movement'

"It just so happens that these common-sense, constitutional, conservative women are willing to put it all on the line," she said. "And they're going to make a lot of sacrifices in order to serve their country. They have a lot to contribute. They just all happen to be women and I support them strongly and wholly."

Palin added, "That video was all about supporting those women – men too – with common sense, with a desire to protect our Constitution, and the free market in America – and turn some things around in this country."

Palin was characteristically noncommittal when it came to the issue of her own political future – namely, whether she has her eye on a White House bid in 2012.

"Well, I've never committed to running for president," she said. "People are going to be worried about 2012 in future months, but that's not where my focus is."

Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Jan Brewer • Popular Posts • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Sean

    Question: Why is the former governor peppering her prepared remarks with a few Spanish words when she hasn't even mastered the English language?

    August 1, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. John

    Why do CNN kept talking about Sarah Palin ,she just dumb person that don't know what she talking about,and she isn't new.

    August 1, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. David Lawrence

    Please, Republicans, nominate Sarah for president...if you have the whatevers to do so.

    August 1, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. Robin in SC

    Whatever happened to the Christian stance of praying for and respecting our leaders, even in disagreement, as the Bible instructs? How much can Sarah say before she crosses some kind of legal line? For God's Sake...the man is our PRESIDENT and deserves more respect than she and those who support her even know how to give.

    August 1, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Ben

    CNN your are obsessed with Sarah, seriously, think about it.

    August 1, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. Republicrat

    Is the "new conservative feminist movement" something like a football bat? . . .

    August 1, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Terry - Indiana

    Sarah Palin has announced that she can see the Mexican Border from her house. This means that Palin can see both Russia and Mexico from her home in Alaska, which means that pigs can fly.

    August 1, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Oklahoma Lib

    Yeah, she has the chops to serve out a full term and everything.

    August 1, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  9. Dan from CA

    Wow... The first thing this woman has ever said that I agree with.

    August 1, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  10. CAW in MD

    If the Bush tax cuts worked so wonderfully well, why did we crash in 2008? Those tax cuts were in full effect - how could we have possibly gone wrong in our economy if tax cuts are the answer?

    The truth is, letting the tax cuts expire isn't going to be the end of the world for the rich or for small businesses. Big businesses are sitting on a record amount of cash on hand. They are not lacking for money. Only 2% of small businesses would be affected by letting these tax cuts expire. However, Republicans won't let through a bill that would provide real opportunities for small businesses to get the credit they need to start hiring.

    As for the "cojones" of Jan Brewer - she would rather have the issue than solve the problem. Certainly the misbegotten SB1070 isn't going to stop illegal immigration, even if all the parts were enforced. But it does make for a wonderful re-election year issue, doesn't it?

    August 1, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  11. bettyboop33

    What a lame brain twit. Queen of sarcasam.

    August 1, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  12. Michael - Portage

    This lady is an economic looney. The Bush tax cuts played a large part in turning the Clinton budget surpluses into substantial deficits as the government cut revenue while embarking on two very expensive wars...all with borrowed money. Then when the economy tanked, the deficits that naturally resulted from that are now added to the Bush deficits to create the situation we're in now. The worse thing to do now is to cut stimulus spending due to a nearsighted focus on deficits.....cuts that would have very little affect on the long-term deficit but could very well throw us into stagnation like the Japanese economy suffered through in the 90s due in no small part to slowing stimulus spending too soon. The Bush tax cuts will cost us trillions over the next ten years. Just where does Ms. Palin expect to cut that kind of spening without destroying the still fragile recovery? Oh wait......she's not thinking about that......above her pay grade.

    August 1, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. Thomas

    You go girls. Tell it like it is.

    August 1, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  14. jimmy k

    she is not only a quitter, of marginal intelligence, but she is crude as well.

    August 1, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. Niel

    I bet Palin also has cojones. So does all other hypocrite-conservative womens such as Laura Ingrahm and Anne Coulter.

    August 1, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. Democrats For Palin 2012!

    I hope with all of my being that the Repubs make this cataclysm their Presidential candidate in 2012....and the best part is that its pretty likely they will. They love to saber rattle and when it comes time to cut the butter their illiteracy, or in Palin's case inability to differentiate a country from a continent, reveals the utter non-existence of any substance behind their platform. SARAH PALIN 2012 BABY! WOOOO-HOOOO

    August 1, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. IS

    Why oh why did John McCain unlease this woman on us. He should've had the cahones and picked the VP he wanted instead of listening to the dopes that chose Palin for him.

    August 1, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  18. Marc

    Enough with this fake caribou barbie wanna be. As long as the talking heads and editors keep writing about her the more power she thinks she has. I would trust the opinion of my 5 year old nephew with more ease then hers. At least he is capable of coherent thoughts and sentences (for his age bracket) and these still are more credible and make more sense than her. Can't we pretend she is a homeless person we pass on the street and just ignore her until she goes away? She is the dividing force in this country and is as American as Kim Jong II (just not as smart as he is).

    August 1, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin is irrelevant. I do not understand how she is still "news".

    August 1, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  20. Ken

    The Truth hurts!!!

    August 1, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  21. Daniel

    I just wasted my time posting about this pathetic twit palin. Enough said.

    August 1, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  22. lstro

    SP get over it already, Obama kicked your butt fair and square. If you want to hate someone hate the voters who elected him in office. All you have done since is prove to me the voting public made the correct decision. You truly are a moron.

    August 1, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  23. Sensible Joe

    Ms. Palin is in no position to judge anybody's "cojones," as she proved her lack thereof by quitting midway through her elected term as governor of Alaska, and has had to make no public policy decision since, as she only seems to be interested in being a gadfly that can rake in as much money as she can for the least she can do.

    August 1, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  24. Paula in WI

    This woman is just getting rich off her crazy talk.She can't be taken seriously.She walked out on Alaska claiming to be doing it for them,yet she has spent no time doing anything other than getting rich off the poor people who drink in her nonsense.People only show up or tune in to see what foolish remarks will be made next.If I vote for a woman it will be one who is working on my interests instead of her own.

    August 1, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  25. rick

    So once again Sarah shows exactly what she is, ignorant white trash. The word she used to describe Idiot Jan Brewer's "toughness" is what would be described as a "4 letter word" heard only spoken by men in locker room talk. She also spoke of a "new conservative feminist movement". Please!! If there is anything more stupid than a conservative is a female conservative. Sarah, Jan and Michelle Backman. God help us!!!

    August 1, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
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