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. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    It is our "Do Nothing" congress that is in charge of legislation. This is not up to the president. After 8 years of a Presidential power grab, it is no wonder no one knows how our government is suppose to work. That goes for the media too.

    We could have had this done years ago if the Republican controlled congress could have done something about it.

    The only thing that worries me about the half Governor is that, this country elected Bush twice. It would not surprise me at all if they vote her in.

    I will work my hardest against this.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 1, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. lost in Texas FOREVER

    for a person that quit her job that she was elected to do by the people of Alaska, Mrs Palin sure talks a lot of TRASH that she really doesn't have the nerve to back up. Anyone can post stuff on a Facebook or Tweeter account but let's see is she has the cajones to face her opposition and say some of the stuff she does. I really doubt it..In fact she won't even talk to anyone other than FoxNews or right wing media where she is in her comfort zone. In truth Sarah Palin can be called a "Cyber-bully" just like Rush, Beck, Hannity and all the others like her that can talk behind a microphone to her fans but refuse to come from behind it and face the opposition . COWARDS!!

    August 1, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Angie in Denver

    Palin is so partisan and will say almost anything for personal gain.

    August 1, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Senator

    President Obama should invite this ignorant person to the Oval Office, allow her to sit and his chair, Selah, then ask one question: What would you do?

    August 1, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Maybe we need her for president.

    August 1, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. DeFactoKing

    I'm sure Palin failed to mention that other Presidents did not either have the "Cojones" as well Including a former republican president and of course a republican congress. I'm sure she just forgot to mention those things. I mean after all, it isn't like the republicans did anything in the last decade on the issue. Must be a lot of political contributors who hire illegal immigrants. And of course, you don't see Americans lining up for these jobs. The illegals are doing the work the Americans don't want to do and the Americans hate them for it. How convenient!

    August 1, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Pat

    Ms. Palin couldn't finish her term as governor so I guess Ms. Sarah has none!!!

    August 1, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. Squigman

    If you are a GOP (Grand Oil Party), backer, and you're party loses, and loses big this coming election, you can partially thank Sarah, for the defeat. What a dispicable figure head she is, and your party, so deserves her.

    August 1, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. Former Republican

    Palin has now shown she does not have the class to hold public office of any kind, let alone VP or POTUS. She is nothing but crude- talking trailer trash. Of course, are we surprised that her great intellectual observations are made on Fox News? And, once again, she seems to support only women.

    The Arizona law is a totally constitutional issue. It is interesting how the GOP and their followers want to scream all the time about protecting our Constitution. However, that is only IF the Constitution does not interfere with their agenda. One example is the abuse in the 2000 election when the Crawford idiot was "elected."

    Does Palin even know what the Constitution is? Can she see it from her backyard?

    August 1, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Felix

    The President is already the biological father of 2 girls, so he has no further need to prove that he has cojones.

    August 1, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. Senator

    She reminds me of a child at the daycare who continues to act out because she is jealous of the other kids. This is what children usually do in order to be noticed–she continues to run her mouth trying to say things to get in the news. This womam is pimping America and certain American's on their fear. This fool, Rush, Hannidy, and all the rest of the right-winged bigots are pimping a segment of America using their fears all the will lining their pockets. There are poverty pimps, welfare pimps, pulpit pimps, and now trailer park pimps. Welcome Abord GOTP (Grand old TEA–Party)

    August 1, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Troy

    So "which newspapers and magazines do you regularly read" is a gotcha question and people take this fruit cake seriously?

    August 1, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. Andrew Breitbart is a bottom-feeding, open festering wound on the American political scene . . .

    Prove that Palin gradulated from Idaho State in 87. Where's the degree.
    She flunked out. America demands that Sarah prove she is a college graduate. Let's see the grades.

    August 1, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. Senator

    Please put Palin's news on the web on Tuesday's, that's when the rest of my trash goes out!

    August 1, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Jim

    How... presidential. This is the woman you want leading the counrty, Tea Party? Have fun with that...

    August 1, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. Jonathan

    Palin knows as little about border security as she knows about anything else related to federal policy.

    I'd love for her to try and name a single thing that Bush did to secure the borders that Obama has failed to do. Every single aspect of border security (progress of the border wall, # of agents on the border, # of undocumented immigrants arrested and deported, # of immigrants with criminal records deported) has improved under Obama, while the number of immigrants illegally crossing has gone down significantly.

    August 1, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  17. likeAplan of Minneapolis

    So, is Mrs. Palin saying that the current sitting President of the United States of America has done nothing regarding our borders?......If this is true, then she is a liar!

    August 1, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. Larry

    Apparently, Palins recently blown up breasts, have even furthered her ability to stretch the truth beyond a lie

    As well she apparently has NO idea what having balls means

    When you have balls, your not allowed to quit ...

    When you have balls, you can FAIRLY win an election in this country

    If you want to find someone lacking COJONES Sarah, look in the mirror

    August 1, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Anny Starborne

    Crude, don't you think? Cojones after all, are testicles. Sarah-very crude.

    August 1, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. LMC

    Palin's endorsement alone is enough to keep me from voting for someone!

    August 1, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. Kahuna

    Obviously Palin's short term memory is as dysfunctional as her family. She seems to forget that a Republican sat in the WH just 18 months ago for 8 years and did nothing about illegal immigration along with the Republican controlled congress of 12 years.

    Sling yer mud Sarah. That's about all you're good at.

    August 1, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. gerry

    Palin is a nut case...... ooops – no pun intended

    August 1, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. Michael Donovan

    Ms. Palin is an idiot who believes that only a select few should exist in this world. For that, I find her a tragic figure. Ego at its best.

    August 1, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Chris

    This woman is a straight up embarrassment to the United States.
    I'm BEGGING republicans to nominate this woman for president. BEGGING them to.
    It would be hilarious.

    I mean, the rest of the world realizes she's a joke. I just don't understand why there are still some Americans who don't get it.

    August 1, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. likeAplan of Minneapolis

    I wonder did Sarah Palin cheat on any college exams with notes on the palm of her hands?

    August 1, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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