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. Michael

    This is really sad. I know Biden has numerous gaffes as well, but his are at least mixing of names and dates with the correct intent. Palin clearly has no clue what she is talking about. I can't believe this nonsensical rambling full of catch phrases is considered a response.

    I think of the quote from Billy Madison, "everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.."

    October 1, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. Sandy

    . . .Sarry Potter belongs at Hogwarts, not the White House.

    October 1, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Paul from Pennsylvania

    Here, I think, is the importance inherent in whether or not a vice-presidential nominee can name Supreme Court cases.

    I live fairly close to Gettysburg, where 51,000 Americans were killed or seriously wounded in the most terrible battle of a civil war that began because of the injustice and cruelty of slavery. Six years before that battle, in Dred Scott vs. Sanford (1857), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that African Americans could never claim U.S. citizenship. It saddens and alarms me that Gov. Palin could not name even this most outrageous of the court's decisions.

    Bad Supreme Court decisions matter. They should matter to anyone who seeks to lead this country.

    October 1, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. LT

    OH I forgot...........

    The bulldog might want to retouch her lipstick..........
    Its fades each time her lips part.......

    October 1, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Say no to crazy people

    Obama is cuter than McCain, that's why he has my vote.
    As of Palin not remembering court cases – look at you bunch of smart a$ses commenting here, I want to see one of you interviewed on national television. Bet you'd pee your pants before you'd even dare saying something, let alone give a speech.

    October 1, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. A Democrat for Obama

    Good observation - it is a really, really big deal for someone who wants to be a septuagenarian's heart beat away from the being the most powerful person on earth.

    October 1, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. pam Eugene OR

    What did she say?????????????????????/
    It does not take much to make Sarah look bad. She does it all on her own. If she does not have a researched and canned campaign answer she is lost. It is OK to not know everything but it is not OK to pretend you do!
    Say good night Sarah!

    October 1, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. Robert

    Joe Biden is a lawyer, he better know some cases he disagreed with. Palin is not a lawyer. She didn't go to law school. I'm guessing most laymen can't name cases they disagree with.

    October 1, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. Brad, SC

    More "Gotcha Journalism" John?? hahahahaha

    October 1, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. Jeb

    This has to be a debate tactic, right? No one is that stupid.

    October 1, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. Dirk

    Don't worry Sarah, being able to name a Supreme Court case or not, doesn't mean squat! Half of the hypocrites that bad mouth you would be hard pressed to tell you what they had for breakfast the day before.

    October 1, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. nc voter

    Amazing, truly amazing, cant belive that this woman is sooo very close to being the VP of this country. A McCain victory will be the begining of the end of America.

    October 1, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. d-man

    "In what respect,Joe???"............Just a teaser from tomorrow's vice-presidential debate.

    October 1, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. James

    Chad .. however much I disagree with your view point, your closing arguement had me laughing forever .. HAHA mr. Lipton ..

    October 1, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. charles

    Hey everyone, we need Obama to win. I just got laid off, again. This time they said i was stealing. The money in the register was MINE, they owed it to me. I have had 3 jobs in 2 years. I am tired of working and really dont care about working. Vote Obama for me.

    October 1, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  16. Emma from Texas

    I am also a republican who is gonna vote for Obama! I am tired of the McCain lies and McCain is not the same hero he used to be once.

    October 1, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. Stink

    McCain – Palin 2008

    October 1, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  18. Jamie

    Funny how CNN has not mentioned anything about Thursday's night moderator writing a book about Obama. Can she be objective? No, she wants to sell books. CNN should be fair in it's coverage. You guys are in the tank for Obama. I'm sure this response will not be posted.

    October 1, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  19. jm from sc

    Katie Couric is not a democrat. Palin was awful in that interview and every other one where she was given a chance to speak without script. This is no joke and people need to stop playing this game because it makes the person supporting her seem just as empty headed as she is.

    The people of Alaska must not watch the news because the elected a candidate who was indicted the month before (Stevens). Therefore, it is not wonder how Palin got elected as governor.

    This ignorant woman will be a heartbeat to the presidency with a 72 year old multiple cancer surviver who has awful judgement.

    Obama/Biden 08 by a landslide

    October 1, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. FactCheck

    > What difference does it make if you can/can't name court cases?

    What difference does it make if you can/can't balance a budget, engage diplomats, debate ideas for the nation or stimulate the economy? It's not like she's running for Vice President or anything ... oh wait...

    October 1, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. joyce

    I would like to put the entire drama on the broad shoulders of John McCain. Yes, Sarah's ambition has played a role (she wants the VP job), but it is John's mistake that she is VP. It is John that has made the decision to have her as VP. It leads to a bigger drama: the validity of his judgements and his decision making. That is scary, as he has to make a lot of them as president of one of the world's great nations.

    October 1, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Hey Doug...wake up! They are not trying to corner her! In fact they are giving her softball questions! At least say you dont know..not give some rambling answer that makes no sense!

    October 1, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. dina osullivan

    Well, is anyone surprised?. It was clear from the beginning that McCain likes pretty women around him and he thought this would up his case for "Women for Hillary "who are not dumb witted women anyway.What kind of fools does he think Americans are? The only ones who accept his choice of Sara Palin are fools.Didn't he test her knowledge along the way/before nominating her for VP? If not, they he is too stupid to be president and has much too poor judgement to run this country given this choice.

    I am sure she was a good governor for Alaska, but Alaska is not the country of America and she is so poorly qualified to be VP that she should have known that and not accepted.How could she think she knew enough to be that close to the presidency witht his old guy at the helm,?

    She needs to go home and take care of that very needy baby and teen and I am a feminist who thinks women can do anything. Family comes first though.

    October 1, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. Grandma for O

    Doug, how is the "liberal media elite" making Sarah Palin incapable of answering questions that a VP should be able to?

    Simple, they're not. Her inability to answer the same type of questions that has been asked of EVERY other candidate is a reflection on her not a result of media bias.

    It has gotten to a point where I pity this woman because McCain simply used her for the female vote.

    Now that is the clearest and most insulting case of SEXISM that has occurred during this entire political process!

    October 1, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. Elisabeth

    Let's not be fooled by her political tactics. Of course she should have stated the recent Exxon Mobil case. Everyone in Alaska has been consumed by this case for the past 20 years. It has devastated the fishing industries, the economy of parts of the state and the lives of many Alaskans who have been waiting for the case to be resolved. However, if she mentioned this case she would be rallying against the money of big oil companies. I think she doesn't want to give voters a reason to disagree with her. If she avoids the issues, no one has any reason to disagree with her. Only argue she is not qualified.

    October 1, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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