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."


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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. PacificView

    I like this woman. So refreshing compared to S.P.

    November 16, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. wgf

    The last moderate Republican standing. Its too bad. It was nice when we had people like this to vote for. Now all the Republicans offer are slogans, catch phrases and sound bites laced with a self rightous blend of ignorance, hate and hypocracy. But it works - so it's all good, right ?

    November 16, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. David, CA

    No wonder Palin and the GOP are nervous about her if she says something intelligent and constructive like:

    "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."

    November 16, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. steve

    The popularity of Sarah Palin is the logical outcome of years and years of Republican based promotion of anti-intellectualism. This is not the party of William F. Buckley. It needs a dramatic overhaul otherwise the one thing the remnants of the party does best (marketing) will end up destroying your once great republic.

    November 16, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Ugh... she is one angry-looking woman.

    November 16, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Rani McBride

    Finally, a Republican that is reasonable!

    November 16, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Greg

    Like her father she had her time

    November 16, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Take America Back from the Libs

    This is an on-going long time family feud between the Elites of Alaska and Sarah Palin......Palin represents the Conservative movement which doesn't sit well with the Old Party Elites. These Rhinos of the Republican can either get on board or help create a third party which will kick their political butts....both Dem and other

    November 16, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Crazy Harry

    Palin calling tactics shameful? What a wonderful joke that is. Almost everything that Palin says or does is shameful.

    November 16, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Bill

    It is about time someone in the GOP stands up to Palin!

    November 16, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. philthetruth

    murkowski is establishment repub and establishment has been wrong for decades on both sides of the aisle, that's why tea partiers, common sense, and accountability are so threatening. hopefully the game is up as i am weary of those things missing from our society...

    November 16, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. BlackPanthers2020

    Even though I have a disdain for anything republican , I will certainly give a big " Bravo " to Sen. Murkowski because she's telling it like it is , not with lies or hate but the reality of politics of this country . Putting Palin in her place is the best thing that Americans can do for the betterment of us all. What I don't understand about people like Palin , McConnell and all the other people who wish our president to fail . What kind of people have we become to let race dictate the quality of life for so many of Americans . We need open and sensible people running our country , not the ones who think that they are more American than you and I, because what they haven't notice is that if the President fails we all fail !

    November 16, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Tam

    And that's the TRUTH!

    November 16, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. markiejoe

    "I don't think she enjoyed governing."

    Not to mention she QUIT after two years.

    November 16, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Tam

    Murkowski is a smart woman. In contrast to.....

    November 16, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    LMAO! Murkowski should SWITCH to an Independent!!! That would SLAP "Miller High Life" and his "Sister Sarah" in the fact HARD!!!!

    Lisa is telling the TRUTH and maybe Palin needs to HEAR it LOUD and CLEAR!!! Others who SAID IT – backed down when their LEADER got Salty over it!!!

    Politicians need to GET OUT of Campaign MODE and N2 Moving America Forward with our leader, President Obama and others like Lisa Murkowski who is willing to work with him!!!!

    November 16, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Carol

    She is absolutely right. Palin and those like her do nothing but divide. Nothing can be accomplished that way.
    Spewing hate will destroy our country.

    November 16, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. ART

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

    November 16, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Northdakotax

    ahhhhh, Mooney... still the muk-raker!
    As far as Lisa M... well, at least Sarah didn't have to rely on an appointment from good ol' dad to get into the senate initially ... she's worked for and earned everything she has achieved.

    November 16, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Mark B.

    This headline is misleading. Lisa doesn't like Sarah because Sarah doesn't support Lisa. Lisa has proven she is onlty in it for herself by selling her party and Alaskans out. She a cap and trade supporter and voted with democrats most of the time.
    Before the election of Begich was stolen from Stevens by a false conviction -NO democrat or independent would have been elected to the senate or congress from Alaska. Murkowski is a union and other special interest puppet. Palin will NEVER be that.

    November 16, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. beevee

    At least one republican politician finally has the guts to tell Palin what she really is. Good for her. I hope that Lisa Mruk..(I intend to say Lisa Murkowski) she wins after the write-ins are finally tallied.

    November 16, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. jim

    I cannot disagree with her assessment of Palin. For those hoping for a palin presidential run, be careful what you wish for. I do not know much about Ms. Murkowski, but she sounds like a reasonable person striving for the betterment of the country. I wish her well.

    November 16, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Marc

    Oh, be careful good Senator. You don't want to be caught by the tea-party/talk radio regime admitting you might work with the other party to actually accomplish something. You don't want to be caught admitting you might compromise in order to do something good for the country. You risk falling prey to the idealogical cleansers of the Republican party. You know, the ones who put themselves (and their wallets first) and their country second.

    November 16, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Rob

    Wow...a candidate for the senate willing to tell it like it is and to explore actual solutions...she needs her head checked

    November 16, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. andrewstl

    good for her!

    palin needs to hear the truth

    November 16, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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