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. Dandelion.

    So dumb.

    October 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Shawn

    Are people seriously going to vote for this ticket?

    October 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. north of 49

    I"m really feeling sorry for this lady. it's not her fault she's in this position. She got all swept up in this and now there's no way out. Shame.

    October 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. Jessica

    Good God.

    There are really no words.

    October 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Joseph

    Okay. Please read both of those responses and then, with a straight face, tell me that Palin is the more qualified of the two. Have our standards fallen that low?

    October 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Sarah - Los Angeles, CA

    Absolute, utterly disgraceful incompetence.

    HIgh school US History refresher, anyone?

    October 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. alvino

    Sarah Six Pack cannot even respond in the most mild interviews. What judgement! The GOP should take McCain aside and kick his butt!

    October 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. JP Los Alamos, NM

    There is a real BS artist at work here. What books, newspapers and magazines do I read? All of them.

    October 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    SHE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF MCSENILE'S THINKING,

    OR THE COMPLETE LACK OF THE THINKING.

    WHO ELSE BUT A MORON WOULD RUN WITH A MORON ?

    October 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Larry

    Why is it so important that the heart beat away knows everything she's asked,and the heart beat isn't asked anything, and if he is,he says he will have advisers,because he doesn't know.

    October 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Tom

    Can't wait to vote for Palin in november.

    October 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. fixthebroken

    The debate tomorrow is a joke. The expectations have now become so low (basically rock bottom) that is Palin shows up, then she wins. I find that so sad.

    October 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    Definition of END TIMES:

    Election of McCain/Palin

    October 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. Jay

    OH MY GOD.......... :-0 :-0

    October 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. Sandra

    Who cares!! Joe Biden rewrites history all the time. Why isn't he picked apart everyday.

    October 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. Sarah, Missoula MT

    Joe Biden is a true champion of women... NOT sarah palin.

    October 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Noemi in Los Angeles

    We all know who we are voting for come November!!

    Obama/Biden all the way!

    October 1, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. JBP

    To quote carville "SHE IS SUPREMELY AND UNIQUELY UNQUALIFIED TO HOLD THE OFFICE TO WHICH SHE ASPIRES"

    October 1, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. David Goldman for OBAMA

    COULD YOU FATHOM THE DESTRUCTION

    OF A MCBUS-PALIN ECONOMIC POLICY ?

    October 1, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. Cheryl in Florida

    What do you know Sarah? So far not too much except what is written for you or what you are coached for. That you think yourself qualified to be Veep is scary in itself.

    October 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Poetic Justice

    A village in Alaska is missing its idiot!

    October 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Joe Regis

    It would have been wise if she had not been thrust into the national stage at this time and stage of her life.

    The repubs are doomed.

    Landslide Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    I'll Get Back To YA!!

    Sarah P

    October 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. akmom

    As an Alaskan I am stunned that she didn't make reference to the ruling in the Exxon case. God Lord!!

    October 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Rob B.

    I'm sorry this woman is clueless. I wouldn't vote for anyone she was on a ticket with. Republicans are you serious?? You actually champion this garbage??

    October 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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