Palin: Kerry 'diminished' by mentioning her name
September 7th, 2012
01:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin: Kerry 'diminished' by mentioning her name

(CNN) – Sarah Palin responded to John Kerry's jab during his speech at Thursday's Democratic National Convention questioning why the former Democratic presidential candidate would even know her name.

"I think he diminished himself by even mentioning my name," said the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate appearing on Fox Business Network shortly after Kerry's remarks. "How does he even know my name? I mean, aren't these guys supposed to be these big wig elites who don't waste their time on little people like me-me, representing the average American."

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Palin made the frequently attacked comments in a 2008 interview asserting that Alaska's proximity with Russia helped to bolster her foreign policy credentials.

Palin continued, defending her 2008 remarks: "Yeah, I did say in Alaska you can see Russia from our land base and I was making the point that we are strategically located on the globe when it comes to transportation corridors and resources that are shared and fought over (in) Alaska, and I as the governor had known what I was doing in dealing with some international issues that had to do with our resources that could help secure the nation."

In his speech to Charlotte's Democratic National Convention, Massachusetts Sen. Kerry told the audience, "Folks, Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska. Mitt Romney talks like he's only seen Russia by watching 'Rocky IV.'"

"It's funny that he would take a little pot shot like that but funny he even knows my name," said Palin with a smirk.

Romney has faced much criticism over his own comment about Russia, labeling the country the United States' "number one geopolitical foe."

This isn't the first time Palin's now infamous comments on Russia have made her the butt of the political joke. Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey mimicked Palin's folksy case for her foreign policy record in a skit joking, "I can see Russia from my house."

And this isn't the first time Kerry and Palin have traded punches. In 2009, Palin poked fun at Kerry's face following his comments suggesting she should drop out of the public sphere in light of reports that then-South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's previously unknown whereabouts had been discovered.

"Too bad if a governor had to go missing it couldn't have been the governor of Alaska," said Kerry, referring to Palin.

"John Kerry, why the long face?" Palin later retorted speaking to U.S. troops in Kosovo.


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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. SA in OO

    She's right !

    I think anyone diminishes themselves when they mention her name.

    She had a job in Alaska (something in the government wasn't it?) but she quit it. I don't think she ever really worked, but does she have a job with the Fox right wing 24/7 propaganda channel.

    September 7, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. John

    Palin was not invited to the GOP convention. Republicans did not even want her there. She did not even finish her term as governor. She is a quitter and a loud mouth.....

    September 7, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Always Vote

    She is for once correct. She isn't worth mentioning and therefore shouldn't be.

    September 7, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin is a recurring nightmare like Freddie and Jason. Mitt must be consulting with Palin for advice on foreign affairs.

    September 7, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Country Above Parties

    Ms. Palin, where have you been all these time? I miss you during RNC dog and pony show in Tempa. They dont want you anymore? They just used you and discard like a piece of used toilet paper? We all need a little bit of soap opera and some drama especially in this dry politics and you, Madam, provides plenty of them. Thanks,

    September 7, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Ah, the ego of the half-governor has been bruised (again). Actually, the difference between Palin and regular American is that real Americans finish the jobs they take on, as opposed to quitting.

    September 7, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. what?

    YOU WERE a Vice Presidential Candiate. OMG Sarah

    September 7, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. linda

    Come on Palin everyone knows your name....you put yourself out there when you excepted the nomination for VP....you made the stupid remarks, you and you alone messed up in your interviews making yourself the laughing stock of America...you just don't know how to shut your mouth.....you are your own worst enemy......How's that Fox job going for you? I hear when your contract is up they are going to dump you........then what another Book about your experiences as a new's reporter? Or how to kill Animals from a helicopter in Alaska, or a cookbook on how to make a complete meal out of deer entrials.......I'm sure it will be something that America can't wait to read......

    September 7, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. California

    Democrats talk about moving "forward" yet are stuck blaming the past.

    The idiocy is asounding.

    September 7, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. pockets

    Palin made that comment dressed in her Star Trek jacket and she prepares to head out to her home in outer space.

    September 7, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Branden

    Uhh, you were a Vice-Presidential candidate in 2008, you're pretty famous. Not hard to see how he's know your name, imbecile.

    September 7, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Rick Patel

    Dessicated, doddering, decrepit John Kerry daydreams about slender, shapely, seductive Sarah Palin too often. He need to go wind-surfing & cool down, before Teresa kicks him out of the mansion.

    September 7, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Marty, FL

    Sen. Kerry made a strong case for Pres. Obama's solid foreign policy credentials and the naïveté of Romney's ever-changing positions.

    The comparison of Palin to Romney's regressive provocation of Russia created spot-on perspective.

    Forward 2012

    September 7, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. TAK

    Yeah, every time I say or write "Sarah Palin" I feel my mental capacity diminishing.

    September 7, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. tallone

    When is her 15 minutes of fame up? She's made millions of dollars scamming
    and shilling, now she should disappear for good. Poster lady for complete lack
    of brains.

    September 7, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. turingskj

    representing the average American... Surely delusional...

    September 7, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Hey witch, when I heard him say your name I knew you would crawl out from under your rock to give CNN a chance to let us know what you think.
    Just as long as you realize that it was not a compliment and that yiou are still the biggest joke in the world.
    Go away!

    September 7, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Btie

    palin the pain please go away. CNN we don't want to hear anything about her!

    September 7, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Bretfox

    Who is Larry Sinclair? Unbelievable. Google for yourself.

    September 7, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Jay

    I hope Fox cancels your contract. Then finally we can stop hearing your completely stupid comments. I will not miss you. Go back to Wasilla and retake your position of village idiot back and leave the intelligent and civilized world alone.

    September 7, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. cogitoergosum

    Who cares what this woman thinks. She holds no elected office. Has done nothing. Quit her elected office. Was sued/tried for malfeasance. Has nothing substantive to say. Raised a trashy daughter. Doesn't take care of her children at home. Uses guns to get her point across. I could go on but it's not worth the bytes.

    September 7, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Mark in Seattle

    In her tiny little mind she must think she retained the spot as vp candidate (r). Go. Away. Please.

    September 7, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. bauserdotcom

    Is it possible that Palin has FORGOTTEN she ran for Vice-President, and really thinks she's just a Mom From Alaska? After all, she has shown a remarkable talent for self-delusion before.

    September 7, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Mark in Seattle

    Never one to pass up a chance to be snarky, is she?

    September 7, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    You have got to be kidding, you don't hold a candle to President Obama. I did't see anything of substance that you offered in your speech in TAMPA. You are a man who wouldn't know the truth if it jumped up and bit you on your behind. It will be fun to see you sent back to your car garage in California. Stop lying and start telling the truth. If you were so likable, why it take your own party so long to come aboard. They just put up with you, and the Medicare King Ryan. Do you actually think that the voters of this great country would elect a man like you. So start writing your concession speech for November 6th. You cannot win with just your base. Don't try to run again, it won't work now and you will not get another chance in the future. And don't think that your party is going to steal the election, because the Lord is watching you, and he does tolerate and liar and a thief.

    September 7, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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