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. vic

    Palin she doesn’t get the fact
    100% Americans wants to secure the border. Obama administration securing the broader better than Bush administration, they deport more criminals.
    We have to consider people who is working hard paying tax by tax id but no legal paper Arizona SB 1070 doesn’t protect these people 70% Americans agree who is paying tax .no criminal back rounds can stay

    August 1, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. PaulC

    If anyone had told me it was possible I would have bet large sums that it would never happen but I AGREE WITH SARAH.
    Now the sun can go out and the world can stop spinning because the world is ending.

    August 1, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. John

    Palin must keep blabbering and she should be on the 2012 ticket. Obama won't even have to campaign!

    August 1, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. republicanhater1

    Panlin and Brewer both wish they had one fifth the smarts of this Prez

    August 1, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Bill


    Somebody put a muzzle on Palin before the right thing gets undone...

    August 1, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. snow

    Governor Palin is exactly right. nobummer will only visit like minded liberal wimps and will not visit Arizona where he will be booed off the stage. Arizona has a 28 percent approval rate for the clown in chief and this rating is starting to spread across the country. Personally, I do not see how 28 percent of the population approves of this clown. Oh excuse me, 22 percent of the population call themselves liberals meaning wimps but where is the other 06 percent from? Must be the illegal vote.

    August 1, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Katie B in NC

    I pity the poor person whose job it is to punctuate Sister Sarah's "word salad." That woman's rambling makes my head hurt.

    August 1, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. normajean

    Who in the world does this Sarah woman think she is? She is actually capable of doing nothing worthwhile but TALK { and her class less language leaves much to be desired}She has it taken upon her useless self to tell the president what he should do, how and when. She couldn't even finish her term as Alaskas governor but she sure can tell every one else what to do. Oddly enough she's even beginning to fade in the one thing that seemed to attract a lot of people to her. She's looking a little frantic and less attractive and still thinks it's cute to write on her hand. she has still not shown any sign of having learned anything new,same old story every time she opens her mouth.Totally unfit for public office.

    August 1, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. JWN in SC

    The Wasilla Hillbilly has her focus on the $$$.....

    August 1, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Linda

    How ironic that the woman who beat out Sarah Heath in the 1984 Alaska beauty pageant is african-american and a Obama supporter. And is running for office in Geogia. I hope she's more intelligent than Ms. Palin!!

    August 1, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Pris

    Wow....Palin shows again that she has no class. I guess she would say that President Bush and every other president that has done absolutely nothing about the immigration issue has no cajones either.

    August 1, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Arlene, Illinois

    When has CNN started the Palin news of the day?

    August 1, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Abe

    So... it's okay to make fun of someone's manliness but we're sexist to make fun of someone's womanhood? ...You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig.

    August 1, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. The Truth Will Set All FREE

    ... if only palin had a brain like President Obama does. LMAO, because this girl, palin is an idiot!!!!

    August 1, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Angy

    Ok palin was the grovenor or Alaska, then she was a pitbull in lipstick, now she is a mama grizzly. what palin is, is a BIG LYING SUCK UP. she wouldn't know the truth if it spatted her in the face.

    August 1, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. photoboy

    The problem with Sarah Palin is that she will never be president and she knows that, therefore she triess to get attention with vulgarities. And every time she does that she gets millions of dollars and runs laughing to the bank. At least Obama pays attention to his children, something she spends very little time doing as she partakes in her ego trip. Poor excuse for a mother. Lots of Americans support her but the smart ones don't. She thrives on ignorance.

    August 1, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Eve

    Why can't our elected officials (and those who aspire to be) have some class and not talk like this?? (also, little tired of the 'mama grizzly' and other catchy phrase crap.... FYI, politicians, we are in deep drop... grow up).

    August 1, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. dan in az

    Brewer is an embarassment to the state of AZ. She is as qualified to be governor as Pailn is to be VP. In other words, she is a moron. Jesus, when will these right wing fascists just go away.

    August 1, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. Former Republican - Now Independent

    In effect, Palin is saying that those who have "balls" are superior to those who don't ... i.e. men are superior to women.

    Sarah Palin obviously is not in touch with the views of most Americans.

    August 1, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. Ted T.

    Who cares what the drop out ex-governor has to say.

    August 1, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. CR

    Sarah Palin and Jan Brewer are self-promoting demagogues. They're not helping our nation.

    August 1, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. DAW, NC

    yes Sarah is sure on top of her game, talk folksy, say nothing of substance and hide behind talk of saving the country. I am glad we were saved from her becoming VP. How scary is the thought of her in that position.

    August 1, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  23. Brett

    Can you please stop following this idiot?

    August 1, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. Smart Human

    Any woman who would reference the President of the United States' testicles is NOT and NEVER WILL BE Presidential material.

    August 1, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. PazKe

    She's got a lot of nerve using a Mexican term to describe Jan Brewer. I think maybe this shows just how "out of touch" she is.

    August 1, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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