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. sue

    I think this Palin woman is "losing" it. Seriously folks! She is just plain strange.

    August 1, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. danel

    Coming from the mouth of baracuda I wouldn't put so much credibility in it. Talking about "cajones" where is hers?

    August 1, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. David H.

    This country must be a dire straits to listen to this woman who leadership lead her to "QUIT" the governership of her state when it got stuff. If this is leadership then I DO NEED any of it. I do not let my child quit and I am not a quiter. Moreover I am so SICK of her constant criticism. I would protect her right to voice her opinions but what we need in America now is positive solutions not hate, lies and half baked truths from the right wing. I AM NOT A DEMOCRAT I AM AN INDEPENDENT sick of all their crap.

    August 1, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. TM

    Brewer is trying to usurp authority from the federal government to distract AZ voters from the disastrous job she is doing as governor. No wonder she is getting compliments from another failed governor. After the Court of Appeals denies her a second hearing, will Brewer also quit before finishing a single term. Saint Sarah and Sister Jan need to learn that in the job of governing two halves don't make a whole.

    August 1, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. Ricardo Rodriguez

    Who cares what Sarah Palin has to say? She is undeserving of the attention she is getting, quited her Governosrship position and adds no value to the rest of the Americans by virtue of her comments. She is truly famous for being famous and not for being of any substance. It will be a blessing to see her go away along with her divisive rethoric,

    August 1, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. Djinn

    Even though all her "soundbites" were reruns she still cannot manage to work them into coherent speeches.

    August 1, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Chris

    maybe-palin- if our soldiers weren't shipped overseas to iraq we would have the manpower to secure our borders here at home. why don't you GOP take a pair of cojones and stuff it?

    August 1, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. Chris

    somebody sounds like she's still got her panties in a bunch over not winning the elction.

    August 1, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. DENNA

    Dear Spirits. This women has a mouth like a sewer, has zero class, and some people STILL want her to run for president. If Fox "News" didn't exist, she'd be writing this stuff on the walls of mens' bathrooms. Far too many Americans have thrown class and style to the wind. It won't be too long before we are a third world country and we will be proud of it.

    August 1, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Chaos

    Palin is irrelevant.

    August 1, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Pat in IL

    Nice, intelligent, grown-up talk. I expect better rhetoric from a professional. Oh, I forgot.....Palin is a brunette air-head, not a professional by any stretch of imagination.

    August 1, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Chris

    Palin--you QUIT as governor. Jan Brewer and President Obama have more cojones than you.

    August 1, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  13. Carolyn

    Sarah Palin should not speak with such disrespect about the President of the United States. She doesn't have to like him or his politics but should never speak like this about him. No matter what, he is the President people. He was elected by the majority of the American people because they did not like what she had to offer. His "cajones" are out of bounds in any public speach she delivers. She is so coarse and uneducated and it shows when she speaks.

    August 1, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Hey folks, I think I've found a solution to many of our problems! Yes and I got the idea from Sarah Palin, she said, "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..."

    Let's rework her comment, to read as follows:
    'To reduce deficit spending and our enormous debt, you dramatically INCREASE spending, you slam in a HUGE amount of money into the budget from the tax revuenues received by TAXING the likes of Glen Beck, Rus Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, O'Reilly (aw, heck you know the ones) to the tune of 95% until they have a strong desire to leave the good ol' USA. You take all you can from the private sector Executives who just invest that money abroad anyhow. By doing this we then could have a smaller and more effective government. Thank you Sarah for the Great Idea!

    August 1, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    It is a new low for Sarah Palin to use such a vulgar word. Gradual loss of civility projects increasing desperation.

    So much for family values, kids, mama grizzlies..whatever she just said doesn't suit the things she goes gaga about!

    August 1, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. innj10

    "Cojones" are what's in Sara Palin's head instead of a brain...funny how she feels so comfortable using a word commonly used amongst latinos, yet she obviously does not support the latino community because she supports an unconstitutional law that directly attacks latinos.

    August 1, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. Chuck in Alaska

    Dear Sarah:

    Please just quit–again. You continue to be an embarrasment to the State of Alaska and to the United States as a whole.

    August 1, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. Mike in Texas

    To reduce deficit spending and our enormous debt, you rein in spending, you cut the budget – Sarah Palin

    No Sarah, any one with common sense knows to reduce the deficit you increase taxes and cut spending. Not one or the other. When the tax cuts for the wealthiest expire they will be back at Clinton levels, who by the way, was the last President to have a surplus. Bush did not have one surplus so how did his tax cuts reduce the deficit?

    Clinton cut spending and increased taxes and gave us a surplus

    Bush cut taxes and increased spending and gave up massive deficits.

    Also, Palin is great at attacking a specific plan that Obama proposes yet all she says is cut spending, but yet again, won't say what to cut. You know it won't be defense that is the only thing we know for sure.

    August 1, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Paul Wimberly

    Gotta Love Palin.....Baraccky has got to be turning red.

    August 1, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. mikeinGSO

    I guess she has the cojones that Reagan, or either Bush lacked as well. I would argue that no republican has any courage. It's funny that all these things land at Obama'a door after all the superior republican leaders we've had over the last 50 years. Well maybe Obama should take the Reagan approach and....wait that would be amnesty for all illegals. Reagan sure was a big

    August 1, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. RAG

    What a classless freak the Palin Monster is, but then again, what is her following, but a bunch of classless trash. God damn her and all that sail in her.

    August 1, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  22. Thadeus

    I love that we don't even have to pay CNN and the other news networks to keep Sarah Palin in the news. Please, CNN, continue to make her the face of the Republican party.

    August 1, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  23. BobH

    Perhaps Ms. Palin has cojones where her brains should be?

    Seriously, this isn't even a matter of right vs. left. And it's gone way beyond a citizen having respect for the President. She is just disgusting.

    August 1, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. aNTHONY

    This women and her vile and utter divisiveness.

    Her disrespect for the office of the Presidency and the immature way she goes about it is actually insulting to all intelligent Americans.

    Her ignorant 'normal folk' talk is not only unprofessional, but probably the main reason she has no business in politics (well.. along with several other reasons)

    August 1, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. The reality is...

    Brewer doesn't just have the "nerve" and "boldness" but also the loyalty to the United States of America which Obama is lacking. He has nerve alright, as a matter of fact he has a LOT of nerve to do the tampering he has done to this country which, if not checked, will have a lasting detrimental effect on this nation.

    August 1, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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