October 1st, 2008
09:48 PM ET
13 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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  1. ONLY GOD CAN UNDERSTAND SARAH SPEAKING IN INCOHERENT AND SIMPLISTIC TONGUES!

    Price for ticket to Vice President debate party at theater - $0

    Price for Obama yard sign - $8

    Watching Sarah Palin loose every shred of human dignity in front of 80 million people - PRICELESS!

    October 1, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. John Tjin

    PRESSURE IS BUILDING UP FOR PALIN!!!!!

    THE END IS NEAR McCAIN!

    October 1, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. AJ

    how about dred scott or plessy v ferguson

    October 1, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. Albert, rhode island

    not even republicans can defend this. they just rant about the "liberal media elite" like a moose mantra. caribou catchphrase?

    October 1, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. Hello

    Good lord. This stuff is completely unbelievable. Please keep this woman away from the white house.

    October 1, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. mmm

    OH MY GOD!

    October 1, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Andrew in CT

    She should have cited Kramer vs. Kramer. Or Tom vs. Jerry. At least some of the half-wits out there would have been impressed.

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

    The proof is in the pudding; er.... Palin. You gotta be deaf, dumb or blind to support the republican ticket.

    Thanks Sarah,, for helping Obama

    October 1, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. Jessica, Louisiana

    I thought she was kinda cute and fun at first. She is an abomination now. My husband has it right...crack open another one Sarah...your losing your buzz.

    October 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  10. Kyle in San Diego

    This has got to be a dream, and we're all having it. Tomorrow morning, the entire country will wake up, and it will be November 2000. The headlines will read: "Votes Recounted, Pres. Gore." And all will be right with the world again.

    October 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. Greg

    Maybe Sarah was the one firing on Biden in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    Oh wait. Biden lied.

    October 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  12. Minnesotan for Dems

    Did she even answer the question?? Just all Hemming and Hawwing... and lots of Gibberish... lmao

    October 1, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  13. Damon

    Pitiful....She hasn't actually thought about any issue in depth that hasn't happened outside of Alaska....

    October 1, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. HouseDiva

    Sarah Palin=Clueless

    October 1, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. california

    LOL

    you're a MORON, sweetie ^_____________^

    October 1, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  16. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Let's have her try to name the 50 states of the US. Bet she can only get through 15 or so.

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

    We need both liberal and conservative media.
    This is so much better than other counties where a journalist who might ask questions that the leadership deems undesirable or too close to the truth and they are silenced. Please appreciate that this is sooo much better.

    October 1, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. Frank

    DOH! Homer should be the VP nominee.

    October 1, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Ryan in Michigan

    I could barely READ that mess of words that she considered a reaponse.

    After finally getting through it all I can say is oh my god

    October 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. paul oregon

    sad

    October 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. Mike

    Katie Couric with more on Palin...

    This is unreal!

    October 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. Kevin

    To answer your question, Jack, NO they are not helping her.
    And you know what? GOOD.

    October 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. Don

    It is not out of the question that based on tomorrow night's "performance", she could be off the ticket.

    October 1, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. Daniel

    Go easy on Palin. I mean, what do you expect? She's not some egghead Constitutional Law professor like Obama! She's a Joe Six Pack American! She's not *supposed* to know anything!

    October 1, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. Ann Y

    Sarah, How about Dred Scott? Geez.

    October 1, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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