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. Ramesh Shrestha

    Genuis is not born; genuis is made, Sarah. We understand you are too young to have mastery over all these stuffs of national importance, but hey, you should have been preparing for these things, haven't you?

    October 1, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. CarolO MI

    I doubt we need to keep having what Sarah Palin doesn't know shown to us. She knows nothing and we have to accept it. Anyone who can not even name what papers or magazines she reads is beyond all hope.

    October 1, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. sergio

    This has got to be a bad dream !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unbeleavable.

    October 1, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Ian

    I have no desire to vote for either candidate, but the VP debate could actually be fun to watch.

    October 1, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. SleeplessInSeattle

    Is anyone surprised?

    October 1, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. PA voter

    She's as dumb as a rock in these interviews. How can they possibly say she's a good debater? We will see tomorrow. Then maybe the final nail will be in the coffin of the McCain/Palin ticket.

    October 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. midincomemom

    Hey but don't ya wanna go have a beer with her and shoot a moose! Thats what some people liked about GW...the kinda guy they would invite to their BBQ..yeehaw!

    October 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Chut Pata

    Bush with a lipstick

    October 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. Billy

    She has ZERO intellectual curiosity and it shows.

    NOT the person who should be running government.

    October 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. davis

    all i have to say is wow. sad. vagueeeeee

    October 1, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Deb

    I cannot think of one either and I support Obama.

    October 1, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Hemal

    Palin.....you moron! You don't even remember the Exxon-Valdez ruling which affected Alaska while you were the governor!

    October 1, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. Concerned Citizen

    I'll name one: "Bush v. Gore"!!!

    October 1, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Dems2008

    A train wreck!!

    October 1, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. nelda

    Oh, there she goes again,.... lots of empty words and she hoping that we're too dumb to notice it.

    October 1, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. Sarah- ARIZONA

    Pathetic and she is aspiring to become VP and possibly President

    Mcain = dishonerable man not putting country first

    October 1, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. R.

    this is too sad... I don't think i can even watch the debates. seeing someone that is soooo out of their league get destroyed like that makes me uneasy. yeah, i think i'll skip this one! i know how its going to turn out!

    October 1, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. Dems2008

    McCain is a crackpot!!

    October 1, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. Daggone In NC

    She never claimed to be a lawyer. Which is good, most of them are already in Washington doing a great job of leading our nation.

    October 1, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  20. AL

    My head is still spining after listing to Sarah Palin, she got to be faking she can't be that dumb. Are these the answers we are going to hear from her in the debate tomorrow........Please let her be faking......Please!!!!!!!!!!!
    Biden is going to creme her,

    Obama/Biden

    October 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. nelson mcnarland

    Can anyone imagine asking Caribou Palin to run for vice president.Mccain is dumber than she is

    October 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. nelda

    I suppose McCain will CRY out and say its a "gotcha" question. He is so full of it.

    October 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Denise

    Geez she's way out of her league. She needs to go back to sleepy and predictable Alaskan.

    October 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. hometowndemocrat

    I am speechless........absolutely speechless..................

    not sure that has ever happened before..............

    October 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. jm from sc

    This woman is a joke. I can't believe republicans are going along with this. McCain should be arrested. CNN, please run the story of the Keating 5.

    October 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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