October 21st, 2008
04:31 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin apologizes for patriot 'pro-America areas' comment

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(CNN) - Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin apologized Tuesday for any misunderstanding that resulted when she referred last week to the patriotic values of "the real America" and the "pro-America areas of this great nation."

Democrats and others immediately criticized Palin, alleging she was saying that some part of the country are more patriotic than others.

Palin denied that was her intention in an interview with CNN on Tuesday.

"I don't want that misunderstood," Palin said. "If that's the way it came across, I apologize."

Speaking at a fund-raiser in North Carolina, the Alaska governor said: "We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation."

Watch: Palin explains what she'd do as VP

Palin also said Tuesday that Sen. Joe Biden's comment that as president, Sen. Barack Obama would face an international crisis within six months of taking office points to the dangers of electing a relatively inexperienced person.

"We need to thank Joe for the warning," Palin told CNN's Drew Griffin.

She made similar comments earlier Tuesday at a rally in Reno, Nevada.

At a fundraiser Sunday night, Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, said that after taking office, "it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. ... We're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."

His point, according to an Obama-Biden statement issued later, was that "we need steady leadership in tumultuous times, not ... the stubborn ideology of John McCain."

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soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. Ex Republican

    oh so stupid! that is why I am voting for Barack!

    October 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Roxanne Sutherland

    Sara Palin is the biggest joke – I can't believe she gets so much attention. McCain is even dumber than I thought he was by picking her. It's almost as if he feels he's entitled to this presidency. If he should somehow pull off a win, I'm thinking seriously of moving to Mexico or Canada. I don't want to look at his fat ugly face for 4 years. What an embarrasment to the U.S.

    Obama/Biden 08 & 12 !!!

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Perusing-Through





    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |


    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Joe PA

    Go Home Sarah No one likes you here

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. m

    Sarah Palin is great!!! I agree with her on 100% of the issues and think she will make a great VP!!!

    For so many of you who act like she is worthless, you sure spend a lot of time attacking her and bringing her more attention!

    McCain/Palin '08

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Ted in Oregon

    Sarah said exactly what she meant and what she was programmed to say by the McCain handlers. Unfortunately, once something like that gushes out, it's on tape and no amount of shading or backtracking will change it. She's a lightweight and speaks volumes for McCain's judgment and priorities. I hope Obama doesn't just win, I hope he overwhelms them in a landslide that will tell the Republicans that their brand of hateful and divisive politics is over in all of America.

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. linda., bella vista, ar

    Have switched channels twice to avoid listening to the 'rapture' candidate interview on SitRoom.

    But can you ask her why she wears a polar bear pin sometimes. Surely, she can not be mistaken for someone who cares about climate change and 'all God's creatures'. Is it because it is a symbol for the Alaskan Independent Party?

    Oh, and if you can run down Joe the Plumber, maybe you could ask him if he was a member of the AIP when he was in Alaska also.

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. francheska ;-)

    Palin meant what she said...she just should have said it this way...

    "I like to visit places in America that are pro-Palin".

    There!! I said it for her.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. jaye

    Palin needs to apologize – her comments are finally catching up with her and I'm glad people are finally speaking out about her politicial view points and her insulting words.
    She is not a good chice for VP or for president – and her actions and words prove it.
    She is not "the darling of the republican party" she is a very inexperienced, unknowledegable candidate for the highest office in the world, and her political views are to the extreme... She is much too extreme for a nation where all races, creeds, and colors exist. She aims for the joe six pack americans and to heck with everybody else.

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Dave in Shangri-La

    That's it? Sorry you took it the wrong way? No explanation as to what she meant? I guess she hasn't been told yet what she meant.

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Erik

    She abused her power as governor of Alaska and broke the state ethics law. A bipartisan commission (of which a majority were Republicans) confirmed it. She's a bad risk.

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Michael watching from Canada

    Will she apologize for saying that Obama is a pal with terrorists (when it was a conservative organization that asked Obama to join a Board of Directors to preside over educational grants?)

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Cynthia; Bham

    Oh, she is finally getting a conscience about one of the many things that she is saying that she knows is not correct nor the right thing to say. If she plans to have a real political career when this is all said and done she needs to back off a lot of the things that she has said and apologize for them.

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. tulsa

    Kirk in PA,
    You may know less than she does.
    The VP does not control or run the Senate. This is one case where the "president" means to preside over, not to run. He (or she) only has the power to break a tie. period.
    Take a civics lesson for God's sake.

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Becky

    Sarah, I am still waiting for your apology for being John's running mate.

    A GAME!!!

    I hope you will retire after this election.

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. e.rivera

    good maybe now she can apologize for excepting Johns invitiation to be vice president sinces she obviously way out of her league and in no way aproaches being qualified.

    October 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Shay

    Palin shut up before daddy put you in time out again.

    October 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Sue

    Sarah Palin is beginning to remind me of the girl in the movie 'CARRIE',
    who was kicked out of the Prom for being a smart mouth, then shows
    up later at the Prom to "mess things up" for everyone else.

    October 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Bridgette-PA

    Her apology is about as sincere as President Bush apologizing for the economy he has allowed to crumble! Sara Failin' will not draw me into her...."oh, I'm so cute, please except my apology" bull crap. She meant it, every word of it and until she and McSame realized that the media wouldn't let it go, she tries to fool us! Not us, not again!

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. USAF Veteran Desert Storm

    Palin is a joke!!

    October 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Yvonne

    I want Senator McCain to apologize for subjecting us to the ignorance of this woman. He put campaign first. His selection of Palin was very unAmerican.

    October 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Rush Limbaugh is the head of the Republican Party

    McCain was told by Rush to pick Palin.

    Rush runs today's g.o.p. Rush's talking points in morning are the g.o.p. talking points that afternoon.

    The result is that the Rushpublican Party will continue to attack Obama as unpatriotic, muslim, pro-welfare, socialist, communist, inexperienced, dangerous, different and black

    October 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Adam T.

    LOL, or not, she was actually serious about the small pocket pro-american, patriotic towns. Its ashame that the group shes targeting is in the minority these days, someone should have told her this. Its not smart to make divisive statements when you are supposed to represent all of america for all her complex and diverse culture, afterall thats what makes america.

    October 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Kate

    She should apologize to America for hosting and supporting the Alaska Independence Party.

    October 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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