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

Palin: Russia's my next door neighbor

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Palin visited with firefighters near the World Trade Center in New York City Thursday."]
(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. witch

    Maybe it's really true that the first dude is the Shadow Gov maybe he was also the shadow mayor................................

    September 25, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Independent White Woman

    OH My......Someone call 911!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. Monica, Texas

    Between...the pastor saying a prayer over her to protect her against "witchcraft" and this latest interview you can tell me this is not REALLY scary now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. Alex

    This is a laughing matter. I have neighbours that are foreigners. That makes me an expert. Oh, god save America is all I can say

    September 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Nate St. Paul

    If you haven't seen this part of the interview you need to see it. Palin is not just bad but awful. She nearly loses her composure. She was asked the same question by Charlie Gibson and didn't have a competent answer. She's asked the exact same question again and still doesn't have an answer. If you can't prepare for a question you have already been asked what can you prepare for- what questions can you handle.

    September 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Ex Navy Pilot

    A very dangerous person. Not to mention an utter moron.

    September 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. Obama 08

    Wait for it, Wait for it, Wait for it--Still waiting for something to come out of your mouth Sara that makes any sense.

    September 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. Tina

    I just have to say, as a women I am deeply disappointed that Sarah Palin thinks she is representative of the women of our country. Simply said I would rather be a man than be a women that is as outspoken about issues she is not in touch with as Sarah Palin is. I am sure she is somewhat inteligent, but LADY'S, MAKE NO MISTAKE SHE IS NO HILLARY CLINTON!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. Hector, Lexington, Ky

    One of the duties of the Vice President is to step in for the President in emergencies. If Senator McCain is to busy, I think Governor Palin should debate for him.

    If Republicans don’t think she can handle the debate and represent the McCain position, why do they think she can step in for the President in case of a real emergency and represent the US position?

    September 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. Liz

    I live next to Mexico, can I be President?I am as qualified as she is! actually, I am more qualified, I have a REAL education and lived IN Russia! Why am I not on the ballot?

    September 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. Just an average American fundamental

    Christine September 25th, 2008 7:56 pm ET

    I love how so many are mocking this, but if you think about it, given our history with Russia and the all-too-recent Cold War, it's very important for the Governor of Alaska to maintain impeccably up-to-date with anything going on there. Because, as this post states, Alaska is a very large and very important border to keep an eye on.
    Got it, check. I was wondering who might have been gullible enough to vote for Shrub 43 TWICE. Do the rest of the thinking Americans a favor this November and sit out this election; this is serious business and we don't need two dimwits like McCain and Palin running this country into the ground.

    September 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Jean, Indiana

    A pin-up with the firemen. How more can she be objectified?

    September 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Palin is the most inept, functional moron I've seen on tv since McCain! They really scraped the bottom of the barrel for that one. I swear that she doesn't have two brain cells to rub together and the republicans are willing to put her in the position of power when ole John strokes out? The idea of her sitting next to that famous red telephone scares the hell out of me and should everyone else. The GOP has really fallen down as far as they can fall with the pick of Palin as veep. She is truly a scary individual! The next time you're on your front porch Sarah, wave and say hello to the ruskys for me!

    September 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. Pier Giacalone

    The worst part of all this is how unbelievably cynical a choice Palin is. Neither she nor anyone in the Republican party actually believes this BS about being next to Russia, they just think the voting public is so stupid that they can actually put that manure where foreign policy knowledge (much less experience) ought to be.

    And the sad part is, ala PT Barnum, they're right. The minute McCain chose Palin his poll numbers should've fallen through the floor. But the fact is that Republicans will not only throw their own mothers under a bus to save even a 1% tax increase, they'll gladly put the whole world in jeopardy.

    The MSM needs to pick their collective jaw up off the floor and rip this woman (and her ticket and her party) to shreds for being so irresponsible.

    September 25, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Republicans hate working Americans

    Wow I watched this interview and Silly Sarah is totally out of touch! I think her minister needs to do a little more anti-witch cleansing!

    Sarah the witch doctor?

    People you better watch out for this lady, she is a real flake!~

    September 25, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Eric

    just not smart enough!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. Chris

    Y'know, if a Governor of NY, Washington, Michigan, Montana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine claimed they have foreign policy experience because THEY share a border with Canada... they'd be laughed at. It could be /true/, but in most cases, they'd be laughed at anyways. Why is this different? That, and the "trade missions"... ah, yeah. they do them. So does GA – I remember reading about Gov. Purdue's visit to China on one of those. Only problem for Palin... is that she never /went/ on one of those.
    One other problem: "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". Ah... Gov. Palin. While we might, in fact do those things (I live in NY, how would I know?) far as I know, we don't generally /ACKNOWLEDGE/ that we do them, unless someone gets shot down, survives, and admits to it in person on whatever country's national TV network. But even then, we don't usually admit that we're spying on another country. It tends to make them angry.

    September 25, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Republican not buying it..

    McCain / Palin just lost my vote. I am voting Democratic for the first time after careful review of this ticket.

    September 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. MD in Oklahoma

    Sara Sue, Are you saying Palin does needs an interpreter?

    September 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. Chris

    My girlfriend lives in Poland, I guess that makes me qualified on foreign relations too! All of the picks the GOP could have made they pick her. I hope that ticking time explodes on them soon, I will take in-experience over mindless stupidity any day.

    September 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. TonyinKentucky

    McCain is bound and determined to make a mockery of the Office of The President of the United States of America, our entire electoral process, our country, and our citizens.

    Any kid that pays attention in school knows more about policies both foreign and domestic than this candidate. Neither she nor McCain are fit for duty. They just aren't cut out for the big job and I think sane people know this.

    These people are a grave danger to our country and are advised by a bunch of hacks.

    September 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Suzanne

    But she slept in a Holiday Inn last night.

    Oooooh boy

    September 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. IL

    This woman can't be serious. Is she this delerious???

    September 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. Todd in TX

    She is not serious is she? This is really part of one of those SNL skits right? No??? I can not believe that anyone believes she is qualified to be vice president. Normally the number two choice is not that important, but have you looked at McCain lately? The office of president has significantly aged every person who has taken that job. What happens when the stress gets to him and he dies. President Palin?? I know people can learn on the job, but they at least have to start with some common sense. Indicating that whenever Putin flies a plane close to Alaska the U.S. military sends an interceptor with the actual ability to negotiate with a foreign leader is ludicrous. Just admit that you do not have the foreign experience and what you plan to do to bolster your weaknesses in this area. Talking this type of nonsense shows you are not fit to lead and is a scary prospect when you look at the health and condition of the number one person on the ticket. No longer undecided in any sense. One Texan now for Obama/Biden.

    September 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. Jane

    Man, you ignorant libs must be REALLY SKEEEERD to death of this woman. You turkeys have not a clue about what it is like to live next door to Russia. For my part, I'm glad I don't live near them. Obama sat up there today when he was interviewed and told one lie after another pretending he came up with all the proposals that OTHERS HAD ALREADY BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR DAYS. He had absolutely NOTHING to add to what had already been discussed. He is so stupid and he certainly is counting on you being stupid! "There needs to be a sense of urgency." Oh, brother, when did this RIP wake up? Washington has been on its head for weeks and he thinks people need a feeling of "urgency?" Ah, but this nut has to debate tomorrow night or BUST! Give me GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN ANY DAY INSTEAD OF THIS CREEP!

    September 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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