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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soundoff (790 Responses)
  1. Noemi in Los Angeles

    She is crazy!!!

    Mexico is my next door neighbor too... I can see them from my house... which makes me a foreign expert. PLEASE!!!!!

    I am more qualified than you Palin. I am stunned that at my short age, I've been to more countries, met much more people, have more global knowledge than you!!!

    You are pathetic!!!

    Obama/Biden all the wayy to the White House!!

    September 25, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. Leon Sumrah

    I think Mitt Romney should of been a better VP

    September 25, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. Scared

    What. An. Idiot.

    September 25, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  4. Speider

    "Palin: Russia's my next door neighbor."
    ...and space aliens live in my basement, she added before the cartoon cookoo clock appeared above her head. She then exited the interview in her best "Groucho Marx" walk.

    September 25, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. Fenarkleman

    I'm scared. There. I said it. Someone please hold me. I'm scared, I tell ya. Please keep Caribou Barbie away from the White House! Yaaaaahhh!!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. Debby

    What a moronic blog this has become. Obama the Uniter yeah right. He has brought out the worse in people with their comments how pathetic.

    September 25, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. jimbo

    Those Palin comments have a certain style to them. They lean toward Northwestern Hockey Mom or Alaskan Moose hunter banter but not Vice Presidential statements.

    September 25, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. Independent Montanan

    I'm wondering if we can request an IQ test. I am really blown away by those people who actually defend her qualifications. I have often suspected that the average American, specifically the average Republican, isn't very bright. That so many people are comfortable with this woman proves my suspicion. It also frightens me. I would like my president and vice president to be at least a little smarter and more worldly than I am. I attended law school and have traveled all over the world. Please give me someone with a good higher education, experience in the real world and the intelligence to figure out what he/she does not already know.

    September 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. Marma Yogi

    Russia's my next door neighbor... We go for coffee frequently.

    Does she knows what she is speaking??

    Good stage combination for McCain flip flops drama.

    Let us enjoy their comedy drama and vote for someone else like Obama/Biden.

    Please Palin please control your loose talks, we are very tiered.

    Please stay home and take care your family.

    September 25, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  10. Antipholus

    That Tina Fey! Isn't she wonderful. "Spot on" you might say. What? That wasn't...? That was actually...?



    I'm scared.

    September 25, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  11. manitoba

    Some one please tell her to stop talking am turning red on her behalf....its miserable..keep her locked..i dont know how republicans are going to stand by this..

    September 25, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. KCK

    She kept looking up and to the left...LYING ANYONE???? This woman is way out of her element...THIS JUST MAKES ME MORE DETERMNED TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE I KNOW VOTES!!!

    America can not survive another "bring it on" white house administration.

    September 25, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. Rob

    Hey, I used to live in Arizona, which is RIGHT NEXT to Mexico! Obviously, I'm a foreign policy expert.

    Intelligence-wise, Sarah Palin is a box of rocks.

    September 25, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. Maggie

    OK... Enough!! Who's with me? If the GOP steal this election, we as a nation will rise up and do ther right thing. There's no way Barack and Joe should loose this election, unless....

    September 25, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  15. Steve in Auburn, NY

    What is sad, is the fact that a majority of voters or a majority of the supreme court have appointed GW Bush president for the past 8 years. He has almost completed his last and final goal. The destruction of this country. Who is the real evil empire? Think about it.
    Can the citizens of this country be stupid enough to now elect McCain and the duh from Alaska?
    All blondes can now breathe a sigh of relief, they have been replaced and vindicated by Sarah, never again, let blondes be called dumb. Sarah has taken the prize.
    Another funny thing is how Bill Clinton is praised as a great democrat. Think about it. Was NAFTA beneficial to American workers? He may have fooled many democrats, but I'm not one of them.

    September 25, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  16. Pete

    She's quickly becoming a parody of herself...

    September 25, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. Boston

    This was the saddest inteview ever. Sarah must not have all the talking points straight yet. Not ready for prime time,

    September 25, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  18. Purse out of a Moose's ear


    What a complete DINGBAT!


    No wonder McCain is trying to postpone the debates...forever. This lady is a pinhead.

    September 25, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  19. Dave

    be afraid, very very afraid! it is absolutely scary that such an air-head could be next in line for this country's presidency.

    September 25, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  20. Frank_Canada

    No wonder why they want to postponed de VP debate...but hey, remember W. Bush at the debate with Kerry...yes, a complete moron, and still America voted for him...

    Half of you are sorry at least....

    September 25, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  21. Kev in CPT

    "It is better to remain silent, and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt"

    September 25, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  22. Nick

    Yeah but didn't you see her pastor bless her? With God for her who could be against her? He will move his magic hand and destroy Russia when Palin leads us to war!

    September 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. Obama 08

    How can this person that just barely received a journalism degree is able to make it as a governor and then be a VP nominee of the United States??!!!!

    Totally OVER RATED!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. palin the failin

    i am over-qualified for the police chief job,

    as i have lived my whole life right next to the town police headquarter.

    September 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  25. Terry

    Palin's arrogance is truly a scary thing.

    September 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
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