November 16th, 2010
10:43 AM ET
4 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."


Filed under: Lisa Murkowski • Sarah Palin
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Alistair

    Well said soon to be re-elected Murkowski

    November 16, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Indy

    It is a well known fact in Alaska that Sarah Palin did not enjoy governing as Murkowsi states, and that is because she did not understand it very well and she was over her head in this position. Palin is nothing but a celebrity and there is nothing wrong with that, as long as you don't promote hate, fear and lies and prey upon the uneducated to make yourself rich.Sarah Palin is not well liked by anybody that knows her or prefers the truth over lies.There is a reason she could not handle the Governors position and she will never handle a high power in Government again.

    November 16, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. JoeT

    Can we get more Republicans like Murkowski in Congress?

    November 16, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. martinamerica

    Bitter and sad from the primary loser.

    November 16, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Bill

    I do applaud Murkowski's "outside of the usual right wing" talk. Should she be elected, hopefully sticks to it. We need elected representatives that don't call each other evil, can work together and compromise on issues to get things done.

    I like how CNN headlines artfully describes this as her "ATTACKING" Palin. Like they met on the street and throwing punches. Whatever happened to "SLAMS" or "HAMMERS!" verbs to describe attacks. Its gotta drive those headlines, see me here! Couldn't be what it correctly should be "Murkowski criticizes Palin", but that wouldn't be as exciting.

    November 16, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Nacho1

    It seems EVERYONE in government and in the media are lashing out at each other and attacking each other....like a bunch of little kids in a classroom.........when is the TEACHER going to wake up and stop these idiots from giving personal views that are unfounded and very personal because they have personal dislikes.........you would think these college grads would stop acting like a bunch of kindergarten dropouts.............how can you vote a disruptive and intolerant lady with a sharp tongue and no foundation for her comments into a high office? This lady is disgusting...............

    November 16, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Liz

    good for her! maybe she will balance out those tea party repuks.

    November 16, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. johnrj08

    Not worldly enough. No 'intellectual curosity"? Come on, Lisa! Come right out and say what everybody else knows. Sarah Palin is stupid.

    November 16, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Joshua Ludd

    So.. basically, Murkowski tells the truth.
    Why exactly is this news? Palin does not hold any office and has never been elected to a national office, and in fact could not even be bothered to complete a single term at a state level office... so why does CNN have a new tidbit about her every single day?

    November 16, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Jay

    Right on. We already tried having an idiot Republican as President and that led to the US almost collapsing. We certainly don't need to try that experiment again. This 2nd punch would be the knockout.

    But I think people are prematurely talking about Palin actually ending up with the top job. People are seriously stupid if they think she would actually make it. Somebody pretending like they're going to run shouldn't be talked about as if they've already won. Completely stupid speculation.

    November 16, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. AC

    Good for you Senator Murkowski, you hit it right on the head. Palin does not have the intellegence the God gave a billygoat!
    This is a new direction for those Reps and Dems better get in line this new year. Obama will say just what Sen Murkowski is saying, stop with the negative and get it on with the positive for our country!

    November 16, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Boycotts Work

    You tell that garden tool, Lisa.Sarah is nothing more than a high priced hooker and Rove and Rush are her pimps,hahaha

    November 16, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. sammieb51

    Good for her – she not only sounds like she has integrity and grit, she shows it in her actions. We need more like her in this country to get us moving forward.

    November 16, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. tochi

    Palin was a desperate choice by McCain-now she is cashing in on her notoriety . She was unqualified in 2008 she still remains unqualified-even more so

    November 16, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Candice

    We need this: "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." I want a government that works together to find solutions...Ms. Murkowski, I would have voted for you if I lived in Alaska. This is a comment that I can respect. I greatly dislike partisian politics cause nothing ever gets done the way it should be.

    November 16, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    This woman helps define statesmanship. If the Republicans were seriously looking for a woman to head up their ticket in 2012, Lisa Murkowski would send a message that their party really does have a clue. Fortunately for the Democrats, that is not likely to happen. The serious Republican infighting has already started with the Tea Party favorites going after anyone they see as an establishment Republican, such as Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, etc.

    November 16, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Jason S.

    A sensible Republican that talks about negotiating bipartisan solutions instead of political grandstanding? I thought those were extinct.

    November 16, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Not to mention, lets face it, Palin is a brain dead idiot

    November 16, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. DonBeal

    It's nothing new to say but Sarah Palin is not qualified to hold any significant office. She has become someone who is well-known for being well-known. She is to political leadership what Zsa Zsa Gabor became to acting.

    November 16, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Michael

    Murkowski speaks her own mind and is actually in favor of policies to help the country than destroying Barack Obama's reputation.

    Is it any wonder why she and Palin don't get along?

    November 16, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Terry

    Finally, a republican with a set of cojones.

    November 16, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Me

    God bless Lisa Murkowski for being brave and bold enough to call Palin less than intelligent. So few are willing to take on the Wasilla sow.

    November 16, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    It's nice to see a republican that admits making the President fail means that they are making the country fail just to score points with their base. I just hope she means what she says, a trait that is so rare in republicans of late. Generally the republicans would rather twist the truth or out right lie to the American people and no one embraces these tactics more than Half Gov. Palin.

    November 16, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Aaron

    Go get her, Lisa! Palin has pretty of payback coming, especially after all of the lies she spread about you.

    November 16, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. mobrule

    the reps need to ditch palin, maybe arrange an accident for her, she's in alaska so maybe a hit bear, and they need to get to work, not just attack the dems and the usual bla bla bla, the same old partisan crap won't cut it, if they want to be taken seriously in 2012, show the voters you can actually do something.

    November 16, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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