September 25th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Palin: Russia's my next door neighbor

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(CNN) - Sarah Palin defended the claim that Alaska’s proximity with Russia helps bolster her foreign policy resume in an interview released Thursday.

The Republican VP nominee, asked by CBS’s Katie Couric what she meant by that statement said: “That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land - boundary that we have with - Canada.

“…our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of,” said Palin.

The Alaska governor, asked if she had ever engaged in negotiations with Russia, said the country had swapped trade missions with her state. “It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border,” she said.

“It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to our state."

Palin has spent the week meeting with foreign leaders in New York, as she seeks to boost her national security and foreign policy credentials.

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  1. Terry

    I'm simply speechless. She gives new meaning to the word 'stupid'. This would be funny if it wasn't so serious. I don't know whether to laugh my a– off or cry. How did we get into this mess with McCain/Palin? This is the best the Republicans had to offer the Country? God Help Us.

    September 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. I can see Russia

    The lipstick is wearing off leaving the...

    September 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. gObama

    Where's Miss South Carolina when we need her?

    "When big nations – like such as – Putin's Russia rears it's umm heads, that's why we are um... I am in charge of a big country – like such as – alaska – my hometown. so I have lots of foreign experience when I look out my window. The End. Can I be president... I mean Vice President, now?"

    September 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. Barrey

    When you realize that you have dug yourself in a hole, you should not keep on digging. This woman makes me very nervous, and keeps on making it very hard for me to support John McCain.

    September 25, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. question

    wait...did she just divulge american aerial reconaissance operations in russia...or was she just completely and utterly wrong...and incoherent...i'm seriously confused

    September 25, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Mike H.

    Obamaites please recall that during the primaries your savior named his childhood days in Indonesia as his most formative foreign policy experience. He was there from something like ages 6-10.

    Oh, and that was before he talked about visiting 57 states of our USA . It also predated his reference to his grandmother as "a typical white person" who feared black men. A bigoted remark it there ever was one. Such a sentiment almost certainly would have driven a white candidate out of the presidential race. However, it was virtually ignored by Obama's fawning jounalistic entourage.

    September 25, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  7. Grayson

    She has a good point, you must admit

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 25, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. D&D

    She should be recalled...the training sessions did not work well, the McCain Camp needs to reset her!

    September 25, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. Tre (Dallas TX )

    Hey im running for president in 2012. I live in Texas which is next to Mexico,so now i have foreign policy experiance.

    September 25, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. Jean Jolicoeur (Plantation, Florida)

    The McCain camp definitely needs to keep Sarah Palin away from reporters because she stinks. She does not know anything about anything. Being a next neighbor to a foreign country does not give you any foreign policy experience, it makes you just a neighbor. No wonder why the McCain camp is trying to postpone the vice presidential debate by postponing the presidential debate. The fact of the matter is Palin can not handle a fierce debate. She is just incompetent.

    September 25, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. joe

    Governor Palin continues to demonstrate that she is very articulate, smart and experienced. Katies Couric's simpeeing attempt to sneer at Palin just shows how the major networks have a very slanted pro-Obama agenda. Fair and objective journalism is dead and the voters have seen it. It is a backhanded favor to McCain and Palin.

    September 25, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Bill Stapp

    I wonder what Governor Palin thinks of Canada.

    September 25, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. Brian

    So, how much foreign policy do you expect from a pitbull with lipstick?

    September 25, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. Kathryn


    September 25, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. Deb, Allentown,PA

    Cmon cnn...

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Deb, Allentown,PA
    September 25th, 2008 8:47 pm ET

    This woman is utterly clueless. Did you see the Couric interview? God forbid she gets anywhere near the White House.

    And now we hear that the Banking Committee had reached a substantive agreement until McCain threw a monkey wrench into it for political purposes? He should be tried for treason.

    September 25, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. M. S Redmond WA

    My God, Sarah Palin is dumb! How can she be in charge of anything?Also what is wrong with McCain? I know he is desperate but to pick her....It is hysterical, the woman is stupid as stupid is! WOW! I dont think Kathie Couric has ever had to interview anyone as stupid.

    September 25, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. margielea

    When ever I see ms. Palen , I smile to myself. This woman is not qualified for this position. If some thing happened to Mr. McCain, if he was elected, this woman would be in charge of our country. You all need to think about this.

    September 25, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. let's take our country back

    Well let's see...

    I drove today, does that qualify to be Sec of Transportation
    I saw Lake Michigan, does that make me Sec. of the Navy
    I had French toast this morning, so that OBVIOUSLY gives me foreign policy experience.

    She has no business in this race and I find it sad that her name is even being mentioned in the same sentence as McCain, Obama or Biden. She doesn't even measure up to their ankles! And no, I'm not sexist, I'm just allergic to BS.

    BOJO 08

    September 25, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  19. Jim CO

    Yikes, the barbie moose is on the loose.

    September 25, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  20. Helen, MA

    Duh....................this woman is a tragic loser . With breathtaking inability to articulate the problems american voters face, she insists in stating absurd positions.................I'm so sorry we share the same chromosomes.

    September 25, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. Matt

    Everyone single person who posts here is a biased democratic, a party line voter, and incapable of actually looking at any issues.

    September 25, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. Stacy from Loudoun County, Virginia

    I am sure Sarah Palin is a nice person. I feel bad for her though as she is a pawn in McCain's push for the White House. She is not allowed to speak her mind, she is forced to speak from a script. She cannot talk to the press when I have heard that she had a descent rapport with the press in Alaska. I wonder if she signed up for this when she said she would join the ticket? This has to be frustrating.

    September 25, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. Lily

    Problems with her answer:

    Most of the Russian Population does not live in Northern Russia (aka Siberia). In fact the region where she lives near, Chukotka, only has a population of 55,000. And only half of those are Russians.

    Some 112 million of Russia 's 147 million peo­ple (78%) live in European Russia near Moscow and St. Petersburg. This is where all the politcal action is as well.

    Chukotka is 58 miles from the Alaska. I really doubt she can see it from her backyard.

    And as someone else pointed out, governors do not respond to incursions into US air space, the US Air command does.

    So she is either stupid or a liar.

    September 25, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. Crazy Cat Lady

    Dear heavens, she's even dumber and less coherent than Bush, and I didn't think that was possible.

    Your first executive decision as a proto-President, McCain, and you blew it spectacularly.

    September 25, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  25. No to Palin

    At first I thought she was speaking in the style of "Pennsylvania Dutch" that reverses the sentences such as: "Up the stairs I go".

    But the more I read what she says...ugh!

    She may be smart but the way she speaks makes her sound very uneducated! She does have a college degree, right?

    How will she come across to the rest ot he world if she has to deal with foreign dignitaries!

    They would need a translater from Palinese to English!

    September 25, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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