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. sumbz

    She is a mess.

    October 1, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. QG&#@

    wow...McCain, was this pick really putting your country first? Do you really expect us to believe that. I'm insulted that he would even suggest it.

    October 1, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. FL Voter

    HA HA HA HA HA!!

    Could this get any worse for her! I hope it can! Thank you Sarah Palin! Thank you for your wonderful vocabulary and sentence structure!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 1, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Meka

    IT'S PALIN. . .BEING PALIN!

    October 1, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. R.I.F.

    At what point can she be disqualified?

    October 1, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. Kay

    It's like watching a train wreck. You want to look away but your morbid sense of curiosity won't let you.

    October 1, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. chris

    Lord help us

    October 1, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    Palin probably has difficulty saying her ABC's...

    Barack Your Vote

    October 1, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. jack NY

    Katie Curic for VP

    October 1, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. E

    Thank GAWD for Sarah Palin! Without her I don't know if Obama could win the race!! Thanks Grampy for putting country first and helping to elect Obama/biden

    October 1, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. ripped off democrat

    wow, could the liberal media show any more bias the past few days? I can't believe how badly they want Obama to win.

    McCain 2008

    October 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. amanda

    HUH?

    October 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. QG

    This is becoming comical now! Let's just get it over with, I don't think anybody would risk this country being one heart beat away from someone that is so dense!

    October 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. caywen

    I like how they included Biden's well-informed, experienced, and personal answer to the questions. So much for the gotcha journalism card.

    October 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Ken

    Right now you liberal clowns, no thinking about it, name landmark Supreme Court cases. NOW, no thinking, do it you liberal morons, come on. Quit thinking, just name some. Gotcha, you can't do it.

    October 1, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Timothy from Colorado

    Just one more simple question that she can't answer.

    October 1, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. Mike G

    As a politician it is her JOB to answer tough questions, and be able to translate and communicate difficult and confusing things to her constituents.

    She has done neither. She is not ready for this office.

    P.S. It's her handlers that are sexist, not the media! Let her stand or fall based on her own merits. Protecting her from tricky questions is the worst sexism ever!

    October 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. Andrea Layne

    ifill should not moderate the VP debate since she will make money if Obama/Biden win the presidental election. DUMP HER because she has a book out that will profit from Obama's election

    October 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. Jim, IN

    How about Bush v. Gore, Mrs. Palin? Knowing her, this would be a case she'd mention. Oh, poor McCain...

    October 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Thermochronic

    Liberal media elite?!? Seriously Doug? Being an intelligent adult makes you an elitist? Our founding fathers are rolling in their graves. Being an intelligent adult means you are less likely to do stupid things.

    October 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. rachel

    yeah your defintely no Hillary Palin.

    October 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. db

    HECKOF a JOB, Sarah!! You keep it up...

    October 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. GA4OBAMA

    i can't wait to see this on snl this sat! she makes it too easy for the writers.

    October 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Candia

    Oh. My. Look, I'm not even an American, and admittedly not very versed in American history, but even *I* could name a few Supreme Court cases!

    October 1, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. Peter

    Sarah Palin, the gift that just keeps on giving.

    October 1, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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