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. Lynne - Seattle

    That's how she came across to me...it sounded like she was saying that any blue state or blue county was not included in the "pro-American areas of this great nation."

    I'm sick to death of the do as I say not as I do mentality of Palin...it's OK for her to something off the cuff because she apologized for it...but let Obama or Biden say something she tries to rip them a new one!

    Look at how condescending she is being about the comment Biden made over the weekend about the potential for a crisis to happen shortly after Obama becomes President....I am so tired of this negative politicing...

    Is it November 5th yet?

    October 21, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Alaskim

    I wish we did not have to take her back. She is a disgrace to thinking women across this country. As I await your full interview, I hope that you asked tough questions with follow up. She is good with the beauty queen questions, and the lines prepared for her, but good grief...Please quit pandering to this pretender.

    October 21, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Jerry

    There was no misunderstanding Palin. You were pretty clear.

    Like so many of your right-wing loony friends, you believe that anyone who disagrees with you is unpatriotic.

    You are borderline fascist and your tepid 'apology' isn't accepted.

    October 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. LIP

    Such unabashed hatred for Sarah Palin and only on CNN.
    I've got to hand it to her though...she seems to have a grasp as to the intellect of Joe Biden. Lucky for Joe, only one foot will fit in his mouth at a time and you want this guy for VP, a heart beat away from the President?

    October 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. robert ga cobb

    you must take us for fools, America's landscape is changing. And we need to change with it. Obama is an inclusive campaign. All Palin is here to do is divided, with so called red blooded American's on one side and the rest of us NOT that American.

    The tide is changing either go with it or get swept away.


    October 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. TyWebb

    Between "troopergate" and McCain's losing effort, she's beginning to back down a tad...thinking about 2012, etc.

    October 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Jose, San Diego

    What a lame non-apology with its "misunderstood" and "if" - she knows very well what she was smearingly insinuating. But amazing nonetheless that the words "I apologize," however undercut, actually crossed her high-gloss lips.

    October 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. nic, bellingham wa

    What exactly does "Pro-America" mean anyways? Does a disagreement with my government's direction make me "anti-American"? I'm confused...

    October 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    WILL someone PLEASE tell Drama Queen that JOE isn't REALLY JOE? HELLO!!!!!!!!!! Their are REAL Joe's out here that could have helped with their campaign by TELLING the truth about their incomes and would have been very much the REAL AVERAGE unemployed Joe, John, Sarah, Sally, Mary and ect who PAID their taxes.......

    Vetting is IMPORTANT for every Joe, John, Sarah, Sally, Mary and ect……………………

    October 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Rich in Seattle

    The sad part is, we know exactly what you meant and we know that you believe every word.

    In two weeks, you'll be able to go back keeping an eye on Russia for us.

    October 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Kenzie from Texas

    TAINOPOWER: Your rationalization is ridiculous. First – if you support Hillary you clearly would NOT be voting for McCain. Secondly, Hillary has already stated that she WILL NOT run for Pres. again – whether you like it or not. Third – how will she be too old in 2016 – McCain is Seventy freakin Two!

    October 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Obama Fan

    If your voting for McCain just because of Hillary you need to have your head checked out. He is so wrong for this country right now. All that comes out of his mouth is lies and hate. America does not need that right now especially with two wars going on all ready. But if you want to vote for him go ahead as you can see we DON'T need your vote!

    October 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Says the secessionist form Alaska.

    October 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. proud army and navy mom

    Nobody cares about this lame apology. Palin could apologize non-stop until election night and it still would not be sufficient.

    Now if she would admit that she has no business being considered for the position of vp because she doesn't have a clue what the job entails, I will forgive her.

    October 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Richard

    Once again we know why McCain has to keep baby-sitting her and why she is so totally unqualified to potentially be our president.

    October 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Steven

    She didn't apologize for saying it, she apologized that we heard what she said.

    October 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Sandra

    Gov. Palin, there are so many more comments you need to apoligize for. At least this is a start. Can you also do an interview on say Meet the Press, This Week in Washington, heck, i'll even settle for The View at this point.

    October 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Chris in NC

    It has been pointed out many times in this campaign, in some cases directed at Sarah Palin, no one is adequately prepared for the problems that face the president of the United States. As for patriotic vs. un-American and "real" America vs. "liberal" America...we have become a bitterly divided nation on so many levels, and the McCain/Palin attempts to exploit this are NOT what we need at this point. It smacks of a wounded animal backed into a corner, lashing out at anything that comes near it.

    October 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Silence Dogood

    Why is it that Obama never aoplogizes for his mis-statements and outright lies?

    Nice Change.

    We have all bought the Myth.

    October 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    OMG now she wants to apologize they begging people for votes, Pailn keeps putting her foot in her mouth.

    I can't vote on the Pailn/McCain ticket their screw ups.

    It's not Pailns fault, its the headt of the ticket McCain, he continues to keep her on the ticket, well sink in your poop togther.

    OBAMA 08

    October 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Urban

    I truly believe the Palin comment was taken out of context. Another thing the main stream media "jumps" on at any opportunity to beat down the Republican candidates. Govenor Palin, I know in my heart, meant there are some very, very "pro American" pockets in the small towns of America. I give her great kudos for always addrsessing the small town values and people of those towns. Democrats think they are the only ones taking up for the little guy. No. Republicans have EVERYbody in their thoughts, prayers, and fundamental ideas.

    October 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Not Joe!

    This woman put her son in danger to have him born in Alaska after her water was broke, she did a speech, next an 8 hour flight, then a 45 min. drive. How many mothers would in danger thier child to have them born in Alaska? She care nothing for America if it is not about feeding the hate deep within her soul!

    October 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. nice


    You are playing a dangerous game.

    October 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Nonbeliever

    Palin's apology means NOTHING. Because she still BELIEVES what she said.

    October 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. GeorgiaPeachforObama

    Too little, too late!
    Damage done.

    October 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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