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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  1. Mary

    Sarah Palin sounds very stupid in her remarks. I am also considering that this is the "interview-prepared" version of her. Truly SAD!!
    She's no more fit to run this country than I am. Most of the people who have posted on here know more about political history than she does.

    October 1, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. rater

    Obama has looks and charisma, but no experience. (Too bad the media never ask Obama any "tough" questions, gee, he might appear dumb.)

    October 1, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Help Sarah Palin

    Somebody give this woman a lifeline. She is clearly a very nice lady who is in way over her head. Shame on the pandering GOP for putting her in this position when they knew she was unqualified. Sarah, the GOP leadership is not your friend. If Hillary had won the nomination, you would be back in Alaska, still an unknown to the rest of us. Bail now and save yourself.

    October 1, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. KO

    The "Sexism at its Worst" post is ridiculous. Obama has gotten grilled over all types of things in the 19 months he's run for president; Biden has been grilled throughout his entire career. Asking a candidate for national office tough questions isn't "sexism", it's the press doing their job. Hillary Clinton had to answer tough questions, and never called foul. Palin and McCain thing ANY question that goes to Palin that's not a puff piece is out of bounds. Truly pathetic. The Palin story isn't about Palin–it's about the person who chose her, John McCain. He doesn't have the judgement to be president.

    October 1, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. JRS

    Obama does very well in front of the teleprompter...as he turns his head, to the left one, then the right one. America has been brainwashed. In their desire to do a 180 from one bad President, they will get another bad one in Obama. We have a chance to elect the best, non partisan, independent minded Prez in history in McCain, it won't happen. Independents never can win because it's too hard to gain support in the middle when most people are at extremes.

    Instead, we will get Obama who changes position every time he sees it's nor a popular opinion. In the end, Obama will execute 75% of McCain's plans, because they are actually the right ones. It's awesome to watch Obama's campaign call McCain's sleaze and lies. But look at the fact checks and you see that Obama has lied or stretched the truth many more times than McCain. US companies will continue to take jobs overseas as their taxes continue to be the highest in the world.

    Doesn't anyone care that Obama and Biden voted against a bill to divert funds from the Alaskan bridge to Katrina help in New Orleans? And they TWICE voted for the Alaskan bridge. And Biden's $350million in earmakes for Delaware for useless projects including ..GUESS what...a bridge that isn't needed.

    October 1, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. Andrea

    Sarah is going to do well in the debate. Joe will be the way saying something over the top – mark my words!

    Can't wait to see the SNL skit Saturday – and see who will play Plugs!!

    October 1, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. SB in NoVa

    To Linda in AK:

    That IS scary!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    October 1, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. laura

    Chad, that is hilarious! Put some ice on that, dude.

    October 1, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  9. Sean

    Anyone who aspires to be President of the U.S. needs to have some knowledge about this country. It's not sexist to ask a simple question that she can't answer. Especially when it was a woman asking the questions...

    October 1, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  10. janet, ohio

    I dare Obama to do an interview with Sean Hannity.

    October 1, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. Whit

    Although uncomfortable to watch her struggle in the grand spotlight...she is not the polished, smooth talking politician that we usually see on TV... But this could be a good thing because it is those very politicians that make everyone feel good but actually "do nothing" Sarah Palin is more like most Americans that some folks care to admit... I too am excited for the debate...

    October 1, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Okay just to clarify–the headline for the article says that she can't name ONE case that she disagrees with. She did name one, however, Roe v. Wade. Misleading much?

    Would you have had the same headline for Joe Biden who also appears to only have named ONE that he disagrees with?

    The bias that is being displayed in framing all issues pertaining to Sarah Palin is astonishing and disappointing...

    October 1, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. Help! Wake me up!

    This has got to be a bad dream! This can't be happening for real! By golly wow! Couldn't she have come up with the Exxon deal that happened just this past summer. It is my understanding that she is on record saying she was disappointed with the Supreme Court's ruling. This happened in Alaska and she couldn't recall that??

    Maybe, just maybe she will surprise us tomorrow and actually speak in coherent sentences. I fail to believe that if she was on the "left" side of things that these same conservatives would be head over heels with her. She would be considered ignorant, uneducated and a disgrace.

    What has to happen for them to wake up and see that she's sinking the ship!!???

    October 1, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. mo

    But McCain is a POW!

    October 1, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. Todd (Austin, Texas)

    Governor Palin has never been to the town she said you could see Russia from...oh no...does this now mean that she has no Foreign Policy experience? Guess we are in trouble now...

    October 1, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. debby in PA

    I think her base will have no problem with her lack of understanding of the world or US Consitution. However, I expect she will do well in the debates since she has been a sport caster and her looks and charm will help make up for her deficits. The moderates and Independents will see why he picked her over the dozens of more qualified Republicans-in other words–he needed news–a gimmick. Her witchcraft video and fring beliefs about this being the last generation on earth are scary. Why did the media show the Wright video a million times but give hardly any play to her pastor issues? The pastor blessing her and talking about them infiltrating politics, education, and business is worrisome. Has the witchcraft blessing worked? Maybe so. According to her Pentecostal principals we shouldn't avoid a nuclear war since they believe a showdown involving Israel will lead to some Jews converting and joining them in the rapture to heaven. Those of us with more traditional Christian and evangelical outlooks are shocked that she would have such power.

    October 1, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. EBC, Boyds, MD


    This is NOT a reflection on "pitt air-head with lipstick". This is a HORRIFIC reflection on John McCain. I fault him and ONLY him. He was reckless and incompetent in his choice of Gov. Sarah Palin.

    America knows he picked her for ALL THE WRONG REASONS, and those reasons are showing brightly. John McCain gamble and he LOST big time. NO one will ever take him seriously ever again. He'll be the laughing stock of Washington!!!!

    October 1, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. Commonwealth

    Linda in AK thanks for sending me to bed tonight with that nightmare vision in my head. 🙂

    October 1, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    Stan, FDR was sworn in in 1933, the depression ended in 1939. He was president during the depression, but not at the time of the stock market crash in 1929.

    October 1, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    You've almost got to admire a woman who is so manifestly unfit to run anything other than her lovely family, yet unashamed to show it to the incredulous American electorate. Pity is more appropriate, however.

    October 1, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. sqs1

    lol,....and they're blaming the media???? WOW!!!.....sadly, the only reason this is even close is a much deeper issue: RACISM........no way on earth anyone voting unbiased chooses Mccain/Palin.......WAkE UP AMERICA!!!

    October 1, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. Annie, Atlanta

    Sexism at it's Worst: Where were you for the 15 plus montohs before Obama won the Democratic Primaries? He got drilled. Sarah has been treated with kid gloves. That's reverse sexism, I think.

    October 1, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. kenneth bernstein

    Crap....that bimbo makes Bush look absolutely brillant!!!! lol

    October 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  24. BeccaS

    Has it escaped everyone's notice that Biden didn't name the case he disagreed with either? He was able to say what part of a case he disagreed with, but he couldn't name the case. Palin was put on the spot to name a case, not an outcome. I disagree with Supreme Court decisions all the time, but I couldn't name the cases. Doesn't mean I'm disinterested in the world around me.

    October 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  25. B. Thompson

    Here we go again lets see all the uneducated people start saying how it's the media's fault. As if the media is the one that continues to give stupid answers to questions. This is what I knew would happen if Bush's cronies let her actually talk.

    October 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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