September 25th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
15 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. Tracy

    "Yesterday, members tried to deliver our letter–signed by over 21,000 people–to Governor Sarah Palin's office in Washington, D.C. The letter simply asked, "Where do you stand?" on key issues of importance to moms and families.

    But, we were turned away at the door.

    When pressed, Palin's staff told the group to drop the letter in the mail, refusing to acknowledge the crowd of moms (and adorable baby) who were in the office to hand deliver it."

    'Nuff said.

    September 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Independent, white female !

    now that's what I call a sexist statement!!! Did Mccain hire her for the VP job because she is photogenic? popular? looks good? all we really know about Palin is that she looks good, not enough for me to vote for. I would vote for her if she was just in a beauty contest, definitely not because I agree with her policies, trust her or like her as a politician. Not my cup of tea!

    September 25, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Carol in Toronto

    The woman is a ditz! I thought she had a journalism degree?! She can't even construct a sentence.

    September 25, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. ED FL

    You are a nut case, only someone like Mccain could have made the judgment to select you to be a Vice president candidate. You are in the big leagues now and all your nickle dime decisions in the quiet of Alaska do not work in he real world. When this is over take John home with you he will need some laughs.

    September 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Hilary B

    She should not be allowed to speak again....ever.

    September 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. Obama No Doubt!

    @RJ, CA: John McCain has not been present to make his vote since April. He has missed over 400 votes, which is the most amongst all senators. Furthermore, McCain missed more votes than the Senator from South Dakota (missed 312 votes) who had stroke-like symptoms! Sure, Obama is third, missing about 290 or so votes.

    Now please quit whining about Senator Obama missing votes! Your candidate is even more pathetic when it comes to missing votes!

    September 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. cpohayes

    Seriously, are you kidding me with this? If I lived in Florida would that make me an expert on Cuba? Come on people, seriously.....

    September 25, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. Suzanne

    I live close to Canada. I'm experienced in Canadian relations.

    September 25, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Joe - Scranton, PA

    Oh for God's sake... shut up about your proximity to Russia! That's a MEANINGLESS qualification! I can see the moon from my backyard, but that doesn't qualify me to be an astronaut! Heck, I can see my wife across the room RIGHT NOW... but that doesn't mean I understand women.

    September 25, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |

    Yep, the 2008 remake of the "The Beverly Hillbillies" is in the final episode, altho, my favorite was when Ellie Mae(updated with an updo) made a high school chum head the Department of Agriculture in Alaska, because the gal liked "cows"!

    I hope she knows the "cement pond" is not a watering hole.

    I understand for the final show, Ellie will be "speaking in tongues" AGAIN. So, stay tuned due to the twisted tongue, I understand there may be a spin off of another '60's remake called "Gidget does Fairbanks"!

    September 25, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. BVS Maine

    Shock and awe. I remain in shock that she is really even happening and that people are willing to accept her as a potential president and awe: an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime
    2archaic a: dread , terror b: the power to inspire dread

    Somebody wake me up...I'm having a nightmare!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. deborah, WV

    Hollywood couldn't write a script this crazy!!! No one would believe it!

    September 25, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  13. Johnson in St. Louis

    I don't know what is funnier, some of the things Gov. Palin says or does or some of the Republicans and righties that come here and defend her no matter what. Let's be honest folks, if the Democrats had made a choice such as this the far right would be all over it from Dr. Laura down to Sean Hannity. I do admit though I don't think it's right for people to call her some of the names that they've called her here. Let's leave all the mean mouthing to the GOP, they are much better at it.

    September 25, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. Frank in Illinois

    I can see the sun from my window, so I'm qualified to be head of NASA. Here's a thought: if McCain chose someone as completely unqualified as Gov. Palin to be VP, who would he choose for the Supreme Court or Attorney General? Very scary. I'm a former Republican, so I had a tendency to give McCain the benefit of the doubt. Not any more.

    September 25, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. sabrina01


    September 25, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. And John McCain is close to Mexico!!

    yee haw! we sure have us some fine leaders to pick from! all i can see out here from the roof of my trailer park is ma huntin possum in the woods and pa yellin at the radiator again! i wish i could see me a commie! i'd rope him like a steer!

    AND john mccain has seen real live mexicans?! boy howdy i tell ya these folks is practically livin in the U-nited nations i tell ya what!

    yeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaw!

    September 25, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. james

    You should actually watch the interview and how she responds. Its much worse than the text.

    September 25, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. Chris in Va.

    To those who are claiming "Mrs. Palin is qualified to be VP" and is a "smart woman", do you realize how STUPID that statement makes YOU look?

    September 25, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. KM

    At first I wanted the media to ask her questions but after hearing this I changed my mind. To the GOP, please shield "US" from Gov. Palin, this is torture.

    September 25, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. cecil

    It's All About Sen. McCain; They Just Can't Wait!

    Shortly before 2pm ET, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said on MSNBC that his boss deserves credit for the bipartisan bailout deal.

    Bounds then apparently went way off message, indicating that McCain would attend tomorrow's debate. "We're going into a debate," Bounds said, adding "I think we're going there strong."

    Here's a transcript of his conversation with Andrea Mitchell:

    Before John McCain suspended his campaign yesterday, the situation that we're looking at today looked very different then. After he showed leadership and called for bipartisanship, for us to partisanship aside and tackle this solution head on, here we are. And we're going into a debate, I think we're going there strong.

    September 25, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |

    Keep making comments like that and you will not have a day job to return to, because the folks in Alaska will impeach you. Then it would be back to the mayor's office.

    September 25, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. Lorenzo in Atlanta


    September 25, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  23. Lynn: 60 yr old white Obama supporter

    McCain has no authority to change the debates. No way will Obama agree to changing the VP debate!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |



    YES WE CAN!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    September 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. I just don't get it

    How can people say they can relate to palin? She is a dishonest person. She has lied or majorly stretched the truth on everything she has talked about. You would think these people would have been insulted by all her lies but maybe they are just too stupid to see they are being conned.

    September 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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