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. Judy

    I do not want a "Hockey mom" for President. As one of the statements said she is one very old heart beat away from becoming just that. She knows nothing and all the boot camps in the world will not get her the education she needs to be VP. I wanted Hillary but that did not happen. McCain thought that he could get those votes by putting a woman on his ticket. Not the same woman nor the same knowledge. To bad for McCain. Agan his judgement is lacking. He is a Bush supporter and will continue the Bush agenda. Let's try to get this country on the right track and McCain is not the way to go. But everyone please get out and vote.

    October 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. John

    If she's good at anything, it's avoiding the questions she cannot or will not answer. Maybe McCain should have chose Katie Couric for his VP, she's obviously more informed than Palin. We can't elect a person who can't even answer a reporter's questions.

    October 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. matt

    supreme what? i know what a supreme pizza is . i am a hockey mom. i know were to find the coupons. i know how to take on the pizza companies

    October 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. livewyre

    Can she be serious with these endless babbling answers? Hopefully its been all a show so she won't appear as dumb tomorrow night during the debate.

    October 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. Stewart

    The idea that the media is picking on Palin is ridiculous. Look at the questioning Joe Biden faces routinely. Every aspect of his life has been evaluated. Now, we're supposed to believe that it's sexist and unfair for Palin to receive similar treatment? Wouldn't it be much more sexist if she were treated differently and with "deference?" A Vice-President could very easily become President, with enormous amounts of responsibility and many crucial decisions to make, yet answering questions from journalists is too daunting a task? Talk about being out of your unqualified.

    October 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  6. Chantelle

    Oh My God please help us all. What was John McCain thinking? This just goes to the heart of who this man really is. This VP pick shows that he cares nothing about what is best for our country and clearly only cares about what he thought was best for his campaign.

    This is just plain INSANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stunning!

    October 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. James, Houston, TX

    Ms. Palin, often times as the Law Reads today has been set by Precedence; In the Books.

    October 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Reality Check richmond virginia

    suprise, suprise.

    October 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. PoliticoMike

    Why is she still doing interviews? I think we all should lay oiff her for a bit, just ignore her. The reason why I say this: Bush was made fun of for being dumb & ditzy. Rove used that to his advantage.
    So, this may be a long shot, but maybe this is all an act that might repeat itself?

    October 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. Andre

    Jesus Praising...

    Are you paying attention? Have you seen the all out public humiliation this woman has subjected herself to these past couple of weeks? I wouldn't trust this woman with my breakfast order at IHOP, I mean COME ON! When are the republicans going to admit that McCain would of been better of picking Ozzy Osbourne than Sarah Palin as his VP choice?

    October 1, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I just feel so sorry for this woman,because I no she knows about other cases,but its like she is so afraid to say anything,the Mccain camp has turned this woman into a zombie,this is so sad,Mccain knew this woman was so unqualified when he picked her,thats why I dont blame Sarah Palin for her mistakes,I blame John Mccain 100%

    October 1, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

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

    Doug let me buy you a free clue. Her own ignorance and John McCain have cornered her.

    October 1, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. Greg, Atlanta

    Come on, Katie. Those questions aren't fair. Give her some good ones like would she feel guilty if she shot a moose and realized it was Bullwinkle. Or, if she believes kids with special needs should have birthday parties at McDonald's. Be fair and level the playing field!

    October 1, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. R, Ohio

    Wow...there's nothing left to be said.

    October 1, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Loyal Repulican for 49 years voting for OBAMA

    Again, I am not amused by Sarah Palin's lack of knowledge about Supreme Court decisions that affect our lives. She does not know anything about economics, foriegn affairs, or supreme court decisions. She cn only tell us that she lost $20,000 in the stock market. A bit off focus, don't you think?

    October 1, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. E T

    How ignorance she is!

    October 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. Democrats for McCain

    BIg deal She cannot name a court case. Our current House and Senate cannot count to $700 billion.

    October 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. Reality Check richmond virginia


    October 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. John

    and yet people like her. America is dumb

    October 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. DEE

    Your answers are really helping democrats SARAH. Keep it up.

    October 1, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Michael

    This lady is dumber than a box of rocks. Choosing her as a running mate speaks volumes about John McCain. God help us if these bozos actually get elected.

    October 1, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Mike from CA

    She knows nothing.

    October 1, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. Is this for real?

    I think I am living in bizarro world.

    October 1, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. Brian W.

    See, here's the thing: they NEVER ask any of the other candidates these type of questions, whether it be Biden, Obama, or McCain. They simply don't ask them. It's always Sarah Palin they ask these kind of "gotcha" questions to "see how much she knows." It simply isn't done with the other candidates. She is being held to a higher standard than candidates who have been in Washington for years and years.

    October 1, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. melvin

    I dont blame Sarah Palin for her gaffes mistakes, I blame John Mccain because he knew this woman was unqualified,so i blame you John Mccain for putting this woman thru this,because Sarah Palin didnot deserve this, because she really is a very gifted politican,who is being kept then this plastic bubble by the Mccain campaign,

    October 1, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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