November 16th, 2010
10:43 AM ET
3 years ago

Murkowski attacks Palin

(CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski appears to be taking her ongoing feud with fellow Alaskan Sarah Palin to the next level, telling CBS the former vice presidential nominee is not worldly enough for the top job.

"I just do not think that she has those leadership qualities, that intellectual curiosity that allows for building good and great policies," the Alaska senator said in an interview that aired Monday. "You know, she was my governor for two years. And I don't think that she enjoyed governing."

The comments came the same day the latest vote count in Alaska now shows Murkowski leading Tea Party and Palin-backed Republican challenger Joe Miller in the contentious Senate race. New results posted by the Division of Elections give 84,563 write in votes to Murkowski, along with 7,601 challenged votes being counted for her.

The family feud surrounding Murkowski and Palin has almost taken on a Hatfield and McCoy-like animus. Palin defeated Murkowski's father, Frank, in 2006 after a divisive gubernatorial primary fight. After a chilly relationship with Sen. Murkowski, Palin backed Miller in his bid to unseat the one-term senator (who was first given the job by her father). Palin was also at times sharply critical of Murkowski throughout the campaign, calling her tactics "shameful."

Should Murkowski ultimately be successful in her write-in effort, she signaled to CBS she may not be the firebrand conservative that some of her colleagues may expect.

"I will tell you, I am not one of those who wants Obama to fail. If he does well, that means the country's doing well," she said. "We don't have time as a nation to spend all of what we do blocking. We have got to figure out how we get to a point where we can be sitting around the table and talking about these difficult problems and advancing some solutions."


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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Love her!

    "I will tell you, I am not one of those who wants Obama to fail. If he does well, that means the country's doing well," she said. "We don't have time as a nation to spend all of what we do blocking"

    MURKOWSKI... a SMART REPUBLICAN!

    Unlike that Crazy lunatic Palin! McCain... What the hell were you thinking!?!! Don't know who i hate more now... PALIN for Her FAKE personality or McCain for Giving her the spotlight and having to torture us w/ her stupid ignorant remarks on a daily basis!!

    November 16, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. kari

    wow. a republican that does not want obama to fail

    November 16, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. L. Adams

    " We have got to figure out how we get to a point where we can be sitting around the table and talking about these difficult problems and advancing some solutions."

    Ms. Murkowski – Thank you for saying this. Being a part of "no" is not a policy. At what point can you put politics aside?

    November 16, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. EL_PATRON

    Go Lisa!! Being intimately familiar with the antics of Sarah Painlin, please don't stop, reveal her for what she really is and rid our country of any doubt that Painlin is undeserving of any attention, much less of political office. Addtionally, it is commendable your perspective on Obama and placing positve movement first above the back stabbing politics that seem to be the norm. Alaska should be glad you won!!!

    November 16, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Pretzel Logic

    Wow Senator Murkowski sounds reasonable and intelligent. No wonder Palin hates her.

    November 16, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. alaskandan

    Murkowski hates Palin for personal reasons. Palin defeated her
    father as Governor of Alaska and spearheaded a law that passed
    in the Alaskan legislature. That law prohibited a Governor of Alaska
    from being able to appoint a senator after one resigns or retires.
    Now in Alaska a senator can only take a seat after a FREE ELECTION
    BY THE PEOPLE. Make fun of Palin all you want, she is a reformist in
    flesh and not just mouth. She is also much more trustworthy than Murkowski.

    November 16, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Tony 140

    Is this an entitled, elitist or what?

    November 16, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. EricLr

    Wow, a sane Republican. Probably should get a DNA sample before they go completely extinct.

    November 16, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Snodgrass

    Oh, please. Fishface Murkowski and Palin have disliked each other for years. This is not news.

    November 16, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. jim

    Poor Ms Murkowski can't get over that daddy lost to Palin. What a shameful women.

    November 16, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I just hope Lisa runs for President in 2012, so she can beat Palin. I doubt either one of them would win, but I think she is much more qualified than Palin.

    November 16, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Dave

    Tough i don't like this lady, i am glad more GOP may pile on the fake renegade, palin. Sarah Palin is a hijacker. She has jumped on and hijacked the Tea Party movement. This was a grassroots movement until the neo-con takeover. Notice it now has talking points straight from the GOP. The two party system is a scam.

    November 16, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. steve

    Funny thing is, I would'nt mind giving Obama another chance with a second term, so Palin running 2012 is just fine with me.

    November 16, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. WeThePeopleOfVirginia

    It's now even . . . the Democrats have Nancy Pelosi and Republicans have Lisa Murkowski . . . maybe WeThePeople can get them classified as environmental hazards since they are both toxic to this country.

    November 16, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Deuce

    Holy crap, a republican that actually has some brains! There's a first!!

    November 16, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. chuck

    Lisa Murkowski hit it right square on the button, "You know, she was my governor for two years. And I don't think that she enjoyed governing." That statement is backed up 110% by Palins own comment she made on her reality show about Alaska when Palin said "I'de rather be here than in some stuffy politics" If Palin ever runs for ANY political office again, I hope every American remembers Palin's own words how she doesn't like being in "stuffy politics". I can't wait for her to get blasted on that comment.

    November 16, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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