September 11th, 2010
09:01 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin, Schwarzenegger in tweet tiff

Sarah Palin hit back at Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday on her Twitter page.
Sarah Palin hit back at Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday on her Twitter page.

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin shot back at California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday, after the former movie star poked fun at the former vice presidential nominee on his Twitter account.

As Schwarzenegger flew over the 50th state on his way to Asia for a six-day trade mission, he posted a photo of himself looking out a plane window at an Alaskan mountaintop. Alongside the picture, the governor wrote that he was "looking everywhere but can't see Russia from here."

The joke was a reference to Palin's now infamous – and often misquoted – answer to a foreign policy question during an interview in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election. Many Americans believe Palin once said "I can see Russia from my house," when in reality, the line was uttered by Tina Fey in a Saturday Night Live sketch.

On Friday afternoon, Palin hit back at Schwarzenegger and took aim the economic distress plaguing his state.

"Arnold should have landed," Palin tweeted. "I could have explained our multi-billion dollar state surplus & US energy security efforts. What's he been up to?"

Schwarzenegger's state has been drowning in debt and budget deficits for years. Alaska has a relatively healthy economy that is heavily reliant upon oil revenue and received federal stimulus dollars.

–CNN Producer Todd Sperry contributed to this report


Filed under: Arnold Schwarzenegger • Sarah Palin
soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Don

    What does Sarah mean by 'our' efforts? She gave up on Alaska by bailing on her term. Good riddance.

    September 10, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Teddy

    Good one Sarah.... but if you live in glass house, please don't throw rocks.

    September 10, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Adam

    Ahhh, good ol CNN reporting again. Did you not know that Alaska is the 49th state? Not the 50th state...that's ok everybody makes mistakes.

    September 10, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Dennis F

    Arnold postponed his high-income career in order to take the low paying job of Governor of California in an effort to help the state recover from years of fiscal neglect.

    Sarah resigned as Governor of Alaska after several years of collecting per diem for living at home in order to cash in on a higher-income opportunity to run around collecting money for trashing anything that anyone else has ever done.

    September 10, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Arnold, should have half the brains that Sarah has! His state is going down the tubes and when Sarah was governor, her state was booming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. katiefromva

    Sarah, first of all your surplus is called OIL... if California had that much oil they'd have a surplus too. Secondly, you can't explain ANYTHING because you BAILED on your state as Governor.

    September 10, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. azmary

    If California could get back more federal dollars than it pays in for taxes, he too could brag about how solvent his state is. Maybe they could even build a "bridge to nowhere".

    September 10, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. Chad

    And if all federal money stopped flowing to all states tomorrow Alaska would be doing how well exactly? Don't they receive more per capita than any other state by a massive margin?

    September 10, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. mikey

    He's been completing his term as governor, something the Twitter Quitter thought was unimportant.

    September 10, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Chris

    The oil industry is responsible for Alaska's surplus. Palin had nothing to do with it, especially since she quit her job as governor. Her twitter makes it sound like she should get the credit for the surplus, which would be a lie.

    September 10, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. Jeff

    And I guess she wants to take credit for "our multi-billion dollar state surplus & US energy security efforts. What's he been up to?" after having only served a half-term as governer? At least Arnold had the fortitude to stick it out for two terms, despite the massive problems the state faces...

    September 10, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Dave

    Even though Palin never said that, it does not matter. MANY liberals (and apparantly ignorant politicians who claim to be somewhat conservative but are not) do not care about facts. They have blinders on when it comes to Palin; just like they did with Bush. Forget the facts i it goes against what they believe, they just want to hate them. For what reasons, I can not fathom since I would bet anything that 70% or more of all liberals live their own lives in a conservative or libertarian manner. yet somehow, become idiots and want the government to be liberal. Morons... all of them

    September 10, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Carol

    Palin has no clue as to how to cure economic ills. Thank you, Arnold.

    September 10, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. Peter

    Sure Barbie.... explain to Arnold how California should drill its way to prosperity. Regardless of why the economy is better in Alaska, you get no credit for it, since you quit after only 2 1/2 years in office.

    September 10, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. ex-republican since McCain picked palin

    So grade school that she has to fight back every time someone says something about her. She is such an idiot and talk about hanging herself, who, now really, who in their right mind would want a President like this? rotflmbo She is a joke.

    September 10, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Scott

    Good ole' Sarah Simpleton. She does not realize California's economy and government are not at all like Alaska's. And she had nothing to do with Alaska's good fortune. In fact California is essentially a country unto itself and like the US it is extremely in debt. Not to mention the havoc deregulating the electricity companies caused in California. Ever heard of Enron? They caused extreme devastation in California thanks to Bushy and Cheney allowing deregulation in that state. Heaven forbid the gov't regulate something so this type of fraud can't happen. But I digress. She is not too bright. She is just a reality show wanna be.

    September 10, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Dustin

    Wow...I don't really like her, but the point goes to Ms. Palin for that one.

    September 10, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Diane Westergaard

    At least Arnold finished his term as governor, which cannot be said of Sarah Palin.

    September 10, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Rightwrong

    Remind me again why Alaska pay it's residents every year just to live there?

    September 10, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Latina for Palin

    I love you Sarah! You are awsome and I'm proud to be a conservative latina. What you say is what you do!!!! We need someone like you here in California to turn this state around.

    September 10, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Tracy from Delaware

    considering Sarah WAS only governor of Alaska for ONLY 2 years she can hardly take credit for the comments in her tweet...the only thing she can take credit for is QUITTING the office of governor after only two years and going to work for the "hated media" that she complained about during her failed attempt at becoming this nations vice president...and then selling herself to the very same media and pocketing millions of dollars...what a sham...the women has NO substance

    September 10, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. G

    Does Sarah Palin has COJONES? but I know for sure Schwarzenegger has. He is not a quitter, but Sarah is.

    September 10, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. TM

    Palin is a real expert on dealing with tough times as a Governor...oh, wait, NO SHE ISN'T. When it got tough for her, SHE QUIT!

    September 10, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. gray

    hmmmm alaska one of the most minral rich states in rhe usa... Billion doller surplus.... Politics....

    September 10, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. BobinCo

    This stuff belongs in a middle school slam book. Seriously, guys.

    September 10, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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