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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soundoff (790 Responses)
  1. D.Kimbro OHIO

    WHO CARES!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. anyonmous

    she can see her next door neighbor when she looses the elction

    September 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Kayropro

    Wasilla wants their idiot back. The town misses her. Johnny McCain, are you not humiliated?

    September 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. Cindy

    You know what she reminds me of? Those cut-in-paste replies you get from online comment forms. You type in a question, and out pops a generic response. They don't usually respond to the actual question, they just give generic answers... cause they've picked up on some buzz word.

    Comeon Sarah... I know you must be better than that. Try going off script for a change. I know there must be a real person in there somewhere.

    September 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Rishi Bagga

    seriously? That's your response?

    September 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. Obama is the REAL Change

    To: Independent but Leaning, Darko. Mike, Syracuse NY, Mark, and others on title of September 25th, 2008 6:46 pm ET…..Obama: There needs to be a sense of urgency:
    So there's a sense of urgency, but not so much that he won't suspend his campaign or postpone the debate. What a self-centered loser……………...LET’S WEIGHT THESE REMARKS….MCCAIN & CAMP SAID LAST WEEK THAT MCCAIN HAS THE SOLUTION TO RESOLVE THE CRISIS OF WALL STREET, HE IS WILLING TO SHARE THAT INFORMATION IF HE IS ELECTED PRESIDENT………….WHO really is the SELF-CENTERED LOSER?????????????????

    September 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. anyonmous


    September 25, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. G in the A

    Does the movie " Clueless" ring a bell?

    September 25, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. Sam

    From Toronto Canada

    This lady is REAL REAL FUNNY, The MCCain campaign was really smart hiding her from the media because everything she says does not make sense to me...America WAKE up how can you vote for Mccain with her by his side, I Liked MCCain till he choose Sarah Palin, Canadian knows she is wrong and clueless...WAKE UP AMERICA

    September 25, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. West Virginians For Obama

    When Sarah Palin was announced as McCain's running mate, I laughed. I'm not laughing now. I'm afraid of her ignorance and what it could do to our country. I wish she would stop mentioning Putin, she's making me very nervous. Imagine her as President, what a nightmare.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 25, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |

    What a total idiot. So I guess that means if I can see Mexico from California and have traveled outside the US I'm qualified to be Vice President. If you really think your fit for public office fess up in Trooper Gate. Let us all know what you and Todd did to get this guy fired.

    September 25, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. summer

    UNBELIEVABLE. I can't believe Couric didn't say– ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME. She doesn't seem to care how stupid she looks. VERY SCARY.

    September 25, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. Nancy, Chicago

    What a woman. The perfect model for my daughters. Mayor, Governor, Member of the Alaskan Conservation and Energy Board, candidate for VP and all by the age of 44 and all while raising 5 children.

    Besides all that she's gorgeous which is making Nancy Pelosi go for Botox injections and increase her visits to her shrink.

    September 25, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. Nick - Arlington, VA


    September 25, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. Jessica Simpson is from Texas!!!

    Maybe we can get Jessica Simpson to run for VP. She can see Mexico!!

    We have seen for 8 years what a big mistake can do to our country. A disastrous President and an uncaring, unethical puppet master for a Vice President.

    Don't do it again...VOTE DEMOCRAT!!

    September 25, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  16. Brenna of Seattle

    Question: Did you ever conduct negotiations with Russia?
    Her Answer: My state is next to Russia!!

    Who does she think she's fooling, anyhow?

    September 25, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Craig

    Well I saw some birds fly over my yard today so according to Sarah Palin now I am an ornithologist.

    She couldn't have sounded any dumber than she did with Katie Couric. All she can do is keep repeating the same talking points in between hemming and hawing. It's become quite clear that she isn't even qualified to be a governor let alone a heartbeat away from the presidency.

    September 25, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Anne

    Dear God Im from England and we have europe and Ireland almost in spitting distance so that makes me more qualified than her to be VP if we use her demented idea. Hell my pig is more qualified than her and my pig doesnt need lipstick.

    September 25, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Who is she kidding? Most Americans have more depth of understanding of experiences and knowledge that are necessary for foreign policy work. If she becomes VP will her responsibility be to keep an eye on Russia from her own state? What action would she take if she sniffed out a problem with her neighboring country? Charm them with her looks?

    September 25, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  20. sam

    I would like to know a specific "trade mission" (whatever that is) that Mrs. Palin specifically and personally participated in. Clearly it did not take her to Russia, as she has never been there. She always speaks in vague generalities.

    September 25, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  21. Marie Baxter

    I think Goethe expressed what our nation must be thinking at the moment – "There is nothing more terrifying than ignorance in action."
    Sara Palin and John McCain are the epitome of ignorance......and arrogance. What a dreadful combination.

    September 25, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. Julie, NY

    Sarah cares nothing for the 2008' election. She's being groomed to run for President in 2012, after Obama has incurred the wrath of the public for faling to lead us out of the coming depression. Simpl, and right out of Karl Rove's mouth.

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16'

    September 25, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    She is better than SNL.

    September 25, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. Stupid is as stupid does

    Wow she is one stupid lady! There are plenty of qualified women. What about Kay Bailey Hutchinson she is extremely intelligent. This lady is like Ellie May Clampert from the "Beverly Hillbillies".

    September 25, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    For a brutally honest exchange of views on Governor Palin, see The Onion's Point-Counterpoint. But don't read it if you can't handle the truth.

    September 25, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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