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. billu

    Well The Republicans are just going to blow this one off.
    They are the party that backs military expansion and totally gave her the green light after she did a epic fail on the foreign policy angles...they care more about her personality and she will be "pushed" around if she gets into the white house as she is well disconnected from everyone.

    Dan Qualyle..try George Bush, they voted for "W" twice even after his horrible 2004 debate.

    October 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. soccer mom for obama

    is she the stupidest woman on earth.

    let her go and nurse her baby.
    she is a total joke. mcbush is a total joke for picking her.
    it only reinforces his stupidity and lack of judgement.

    go obama all the way to the white house.

    obama 08

    October 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. atlanta,ga

    I'll get back to ya!

    October 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Jimmy from NJ

    It is all a media bias! They are just asking her the wrong questions! It is pure sexism.
    We all know that she is smarter than Barack and she will be the best President ever if something ever happens to McCain. You should all listen to Sean Hannity and Bill o' Reilley for UN-biased coverage.
    Voting for Palin on Nov 5th!
    McCain/Palin in 08!

    October 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. VA will go BLUE!!!!!!!!!

    OMG, that's all I have to say.

    October 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. south central

    This just proves she is as stupid as McCain. The two deserve each other.

    October 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. John


    October 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. republicans hate america

    its one of many things she displays her incompetence in. stay tuned you aint seen nothing yet

    October 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Does anyone have a link to it? Being a legal scholar, I'd love to see it....alright, yes, it's also funny as heck.

    October 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. berry

    May God have mercy on us all. We dropped the bar so low with GB but it has fallen off the planet with SP.

    October 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. Tony, LA

    This chick is Hilarious....

    October 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Carmella

    The interviews are not helping Palin. These are just generl questions that would be asked of any candidate. I would expect her to be more well versed.

    October 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. TJ

    In a world where there is corruption, cheating and lying...Rove Studios' presents "The Keating Five". Coming to a theater near you.

    October 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. Chelsea

    God has a HAND in this year's elections. Let's accept the unfolding developments as GOD's wishes. McCain could have done better with either Tom Ridge or Romney!

    October 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Roger

    Sarah, surely you must have thought in your heart that you weren't up to the job in the first place, so why did you take the job anyway?

    October 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Kurt

    Why didn't they ask her about the book she wrote,

    "Two Blind Mice"?

    October 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. dan

    This lady is dangerous.

    October 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. ILeyva

    She's is obviously just a face man er face person for the repulican party and McCain's evil agenda i.e. just sit there and look pretty hunny

    October 1, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  19. Jim

    I think she's got another 48-72 hours on the ticket.

    October 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. dave

    I guess Biden not knowing who the President was in 1929 is different. You are all pathetic!

    October 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. Biden is no better

    For all his experience, Biden did not answer it much better.

    Come on every one... Name some decisions... quick.

    October 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Rick

    This bulb is very dim...

    October 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Marilyn

    God please have mercy on America. We truly need your BLESSINGS.

    October 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. J

    Palin has difficulty! OK you can stop right there and to think she could be one heartbeat away from being in charge!!!!!!

    October 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Richard

    go sarah i have my PHD and i cant name any

    October 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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