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. georgia

    Yea Sarah !!

    October 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Sarah

    Whaaaat?! Um...I...uh...er....I think us US Americans should support....um...World Peace.

    October 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. rich c

    katie would be a better vice president then palin

    October 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. David Peter

    Sarah, just shut up and go home.

    October 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. Obama wins by landslide

    What a moron!!!
    She is a disgrace to all the capable women that have the experience and intelligence to become President Of The United States.

    October 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. Kelly in Seattle

    Can she name any of the Supreme Court justices??

    October 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Priscilla

    I think she just has a severe case of memory loss. Can't wait for tomorrow!!!!

    October 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. georgia

    comment reviewers,did you have a bad day ??

    October 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. LEE EARNEST GAUSE JR.

    god help us if the repubs win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Ben in NM

    There's no fool like a right-wing evangelical fool.

    October 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. MaryB

    If she's a moron, how come she's being interviewed on a news network and you people are just blogging !!?

    October 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. LT

    Yuk, Yuk!

    October 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. Ravi

    I am scratching my head. If she saves her best for the debate for "October Surprise" or so naive not to know well her own country affairs. Over to the Debate!

    October 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. Adam in CA

    Doug,
    How is Couric being unfair to Palin? That's a very empty critique.

    October 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. R. Kennedy

    V.P. of the United States????

    October 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Zigler

    Obama has proven himself to the American public, and Palin - well that seems to be her greatest challenge at this time.

    October 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. timesuprebubs

    OMG- SHE COULD BE ONE HEARTBEAT AWAY.. PLEASE.. MY 3 YEAR OLD IS SMARTER

    October 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. rhoward

    It's sad and somewhat scary that a person running for an office like VP has no more grasp of national and international subjects than this.

    October 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. Sunny

    Don't you think it is rhetoric to suggest everyday that she is a BIG IDIOT.

    October 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. Leon

    LOL - and she wants to be our VP and fill in for the president.

    No Way No How No McCain / Palin - 8 is enough...

    October 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. Virginian for McCain/Palin

    Oh, please – If Al Gore had been put under the same microscope, he'd have the same gaffes. You don't have to be a world scholar to run for V.P., the woman can't even breath without being criticized.

    October 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. rich o

    What do you mean Gov. Palin? Should the supreme court have left the case of Brown v. Board of Education up to the state?

    I doubt she does, but her suggestion is a slipperly slope. One that I would prefer not to have to navigate.

    October 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Kim

    Quick call the Witch Doctor back. The spirit of Witch Craft has bound her brain and her tongue.

    October 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. J roll

    I agree with UCL.Ady04.

    October 1, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. Michael, Media PA

    McPalin thanks but no thanks for the agenda to nowhere.

    October 1, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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