October 1st, 2008
09:48 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin has difficulty naming court case she disagrees with

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[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/01/art.cbs.cnn.jpg caption="Couric interviewed Palin last week."](CNN) - Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin had difficulty naming a specific Supreme Court case she disagreed with besides Roe v. Wade in a long-awaited clip CBS News aired Wednesday night.

The comments, first reported by Politico, came in an interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric taped last week.

"Well, let's see. There's –of course –in the great history of American rulings there have been rulings, that's never going to be absolute consensus by every American," Palin said. "And there are–those issues, again, like Roe v Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know–going through the history of America, there would be others but–"

"Can you think of any?" Couric interjected.

"Well, I could think of–of any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level, maybe I would take issue with," Palin responded. "But you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a vice president, if I'm so privileged to serve, wouldn't be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today."

Palin's comments came in the same interview during which she gave a widely-panned answer on the economic bailout bill and had trouble describing John McCain's record on regulation of the financial industry.

The interview later became the subject of Saturday Night Live's opening sketch last weekend.

Cafferty Blog: Are Palin’s interviews with Couric helping her?

When Couric posed the same question to Joe Biden, the Democratic VP candidate and longtime member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he disagreed with a ruling that invalidated a portion of the Violence Against Women Act.

"You know, I’m the guy who wrote the Violence Against Women act. And I said that every woman in America if they are beaten and abused by a man should be able to take that person to court. Meaning you should be able to go to federal court and sue in federal court the man who abused you if you can prove that abuse," Biden said. "But they said no that a woman, there’s no federal jurisdiction and I held, they acknowledged, I held about 1,000 hours of hearings proving that there’s an effect in interstate commerce."

"Women who are abused and beaten and beaten are women who are not able to be in the work force. And the Supreme Court said there is an impact on commerce but this is federalizing a private crime and we’re not going to allow it. I think the Supreme Court was wrong about that decision," he continued.


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soundoff (623 Responses)
  1. UCLAdy04

    This is a woman who could potentially name Supreme Court Justices, yet she is completely ignorant of landmark cases. In her position she should be especially well versed in this subject. She is a moron, and totally unqualified. This is just pathetic.

    October 1, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Doug

    Coric has become Palin's nemesis. The liberal media elite keeps attempting to corner the governor.

    October 1, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    This is sad on so many levels.

    Mr. McCain should be ashamed of himself for dragging this woman into his presidential campaign. He has made an utter mockery of the entire process.

    Where is his judgement???

    October 1, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. McChicken

    Can it possibly get any worse????

    One very old heartbeat away from leading the most powerful country on the world!!!

    HEEEEEEEEEEELP I must be dreaming!!!!

    October 1, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Donna

    you would think she'd at least know about the decision, while she was governor of Alaska, about Exxon Valdez–it adversely affected her state!

    October 1, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. brad

    I can name one ruling I disgreed with. GW winning the court case in the 2000 race. The beginning of the downturn. I'm ready for an upturn. And McCain/Palin aren't in the picture.

    October 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    COME ON!!!! COME ON!!!! COME ON!!!! COME ON!!!! COME ON!!!! COME ON!!!!

    18 MILLION PEOPLE VOTED FOR OBAMA to lead our country because of his VISION not his experience!

    Comparing Obama's experience to Palin's is comparing apples to oranges i.e. MOOT

    October 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Sarah, Sarah

    Sarah, Sarah I love her she is the best supporter of the Obama/Biden ticket. Three democrats verses one republican. SARAH! SARAH!!

    October 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Suzanne

    I just can't wait until tomorrow. It will be must-see TV!

    October 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Stan

    Oh my god !!

    What else could one say.

    October 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    Moe, Larry, and Curly ...right?

    October 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. Lin lin

    LOL

    October 1, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    Well, she has to know what everyone has been breathing under for 30 years, poor thing!

    October 1, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. judy, Wisconsin

    Just brilliant, Sarah. (snicker, snicker)

    October 1, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Jeffrey

    The McCain camp will just decry this as "gotcha journalism". However, it's just another proof that Palin has not spent any significant part of her life concerning herself with issues outside of her own narrow scope of government. She does not demonstrate interest in the world at large, and has little knowledge of American history. She has not lead a professional life that would anticipate holding the 2nd-highest office in the nation. People continue to ask why Palin's experience to the VP and possibly President is questioned, but Obama's isn't? First of all, his experience has been questioned, but secondly, Barack Obama has led an extremely accomplished professional life that certainly points towards great things. Sarah Palin has not. This is not "elitism". You SHOULD want the best in office. George W. Bush was a chronic underachiever and look what he's done to hurt the country. Don't let it happen again!

    October 1, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Dvon

    even though both answers were not concise, i believe palin's answer was patheic. just rambling on without any sense and knowledge about the question asked

    October 1, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Lin lin

    LOL; this is who the GOP base wants to vote for.....

    October 1, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Former GOP

    I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you.

    October 1, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. Jerome

    So What, Biden can name a court case, after all he is a lawyer but can he field dress a moose

    October 1, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. Where is Russia?

    She is an idiot!

    October 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. Chris B

    This makes Biden a sexist. Clearly.

    October 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Shot in the Dark

    Can anybody translate for me what Palin said?

    October 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Oblivious

    Now that is so surprising!!!!

    October 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Dorothy M. Oliver, Greensboro, NC

    Palin is proof that you can't cram for an exam.

    October 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Proud American

    Wake up America. This woman is not even qualified to lead a school feild trip let alone be VP of the U.S.!

    October 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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