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

Palin has difficulty naming court case she disagrees with


[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. VRM

    I actually remember studying the case that Biden mentioned.

    October 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. horrified voter

    Okay, the joke has gone on long enough. Put this woman out of her misery and bring on a real candidate!

    October 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. Debby

    So Biden only named one to. He didn't even mention Roe v Wade maybe thought it was unimportant and just touting what he wrote to look experienced.

    October 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Terry

    May god help us if the country elects these individuals to office!!!!!!!!!

    October 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. lamar of springfield,mo.

    Never underestimate stupidity. Look who has been in office for the past 8years. Oh well, if McCain and Painful do happen to win we will have a new segment on Letterman.

    October 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Darren

    This reminds me of that girl that was running for Miss Teen USA

    October 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. JohnM

    I guess she must have been out moose hunting when all that eminent domain stuff was going on.

    October 1, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Sylvia

    amazing how the world wants Palin to be a walking encylopedia and Obama a savior!!!!

    October 1, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. Terry

    When I saw parts of this interview on television while channel surfing I really thought I was watching a SNL spoof. Sadly it was the real thing.

    October 1, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I'm I the only one laughing...............?

    October 1, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. RO

    The biggest threat to our national security – Sarah Palin. Begesus, give her a life line someone.

    October 1, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. JonathanOfPortlandOregon

    Wow.. and she's a step away from becoming President??? GOD HELP US ALL!

    October 1, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Wade Myers

    This lady is as inexperienced as it can get. She couldn't make it as a Senator let alone the Vice-President. She needs to serve a term or two as a White House intern.

    October 1, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  14. Robert in raleigh

    Boy, this girl's as dumb as a rock.....Baffle them with BS .. Sarah

    October 1, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Leila

    Oh my, I cannot WAIT till Biden wipes the floor with this moron!
    Your "ignoring the question" tactic won't work with us Sarah!

    October 1, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. Jamie P

    The parallels between Couric/Palin and Frost/Nixon are uncanny.

    October 1, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Lily

    Surely she disagress with the Dred Scott v. Sandford decision? Or does she even know what that is?

    October 1, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. FactCheck

    How about Bush v. Gore? The nonsense that got us here in the first place.

    October 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. Jan in the 'live free or die' state

    Could this get any worse?? What a disgrace.

    October 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. Paul

    Biden is great, she sucks.

    October 1, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. Kim J

    When has anyone asked Obama or BIden that same question. Of any of the "a specfic" question when they talk in generalities.

    October 1, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  22. Couric a disgrace

    Katie Couric has shown her true colors of someone having an axe to grind, shameful pandering behavior unbecoming of a news anchor. This was clearly a trick question designed to let Biden brag about the ONLY court case he had ever dealt with. Has Couric ever asked Obama any questions other than giving him more pillows?

    October 1, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. The Point Man

    Oh give me a break! You have got to be kidding!
    First.....No need comparing Obama's experience verses Palin's. This woman is incompetent. Her so-called experience isn't helping her. Give this experience argument a rest! She sounds like a 12 year old!
    Second...Blaming the media for the failings of the McCain/Palin ticket is wearing thin. Stop making excuses for this duo! These two are clueless and are doing this to themselves!

    October 1, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  24. Hillary Supporter for McCain/Palin

    Democracy seems to be done with in America as well as ethical journalism.

    October 1, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. rayna

    I'm not shocked by this at all. Biden care's so much about his work and people and it shows. Palin is out of her element and has no place insulting either Barack Obama or Joe Biden. I mean, she can't really think she's in the same league as Biden. They're so different you can't even compare them, it'd be like comparing apples to peanuts. It's no use insulting her because she makes a fool of herself on her own, so atleast the Obama campaign doesn't need to respond to her pathetic attmepts to attack their campaign.

    ~*Obama-Biden '08*~

    October 1, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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