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."

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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. rob

    she's a loser–who cares what she says–all she does is spout out evil , divisive comments. She's a racist and she's been caught in every media this time. Its time to pack up her stuff and go back moose hunting where nobody cares how stupid she is. God , I feel so sorry for her husband , he must be brain dead !

    October 21, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. aware

    Give me a break! All Americans are not patriotic!

    We can all look forward to "Midnight in America" as Obama weakens America and strengthens a UN type organization, with real power, that he can lead! 🙁

    POTUS is just another step to Obama's real dream! As Farrakhan stated: Obama is Messiah!

    Obama masquerades as an angel of light, 2 Corinthians 11:14, but that is not good news! 🙁

    October 21, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Brian, NJ

    Typical GOP to distort Biden's comments. All President's get tested. His point was who do want when that first big test comes for the next President, the calm, steady Obama with experienced advisors, or McCain who over reacts for political gain and advisors who obviously encourage him to do so.

    October 21, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. MH

    The "pro-American" comment she made is exact what she thinks. There is no misunderstanding there.

    SP is the most annoying person on TV (together with Hilton and Britney) I have ever seen. Please, American, make her disappear after Nov. 4th. Can't wait that day to come!

    MH from Canada

    October 21, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. ShirleyS

    Republicans really do believe that no one is as "patriotic" as they are. They don't care if their people are pedophiles, adulterers, unethical or crooks, the likes of Bush/Cheney. Just wrap yourself in that flag and you're good to go in that party.

    I'm sure there are enough real Americans who are ready to vote and we will get past all their attempts to throw this election and a good, decent American will be our next President. God Bless Barack Obama!

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Greed is not good

    People are really getting SICK AND TIRED of Palin's negativism, ignorance, polarization, lies and offensive remarks. She is out of control and should be sent across the way to Siberia to live in exile.

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe NM


    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Tired of all this crap

    Hey....all you Obama supporters with your hands out .... shut up! Whenever Obama has something "slip" from his lying lips that's just fine and liberal media establishements (such as CNN) cover it up. So you guys can just take a flying leap and quit counting on my tax dollars to fund your next bag of blow or your next trip to Walmart. Get jobs you worthless pieces of garbage. Yeah, like CNN is going to post this.

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Janine

    Okay Palin apologizes for how it came across but can she clarify what she meant then.

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    It's just one of the many things she is going to have to apologize for in the coming weeks before she finally heads back to the Alaskan wilderness where men are secessionist and moose are scare...of her....every time she opens her mouth, she says something that is going to catch up with her on the other end. As to her comment re: Senator Biden's comment over the weekend, she is so full of herself. She is not fit to be Joe Biden't COFFEE GIRL, especially since she is already McCain's coffee girl.

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. zenter

    Palin gave McCain a nice bump for about two weeks. He should have picked Tim Pawlenty, who would have been a great choice. Pawlenty would have shored up alot of the independent vote, kept his base in tact, and give him a great chance to win a democratic territoty in Minnesota. But alas McCain chose Palin. This idiot move is why he is going to lose, and he deserves to.

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Melissa

    For Palin to suggest that America will only be tested should Obama be elected to office because of his "inexperience" is beyond moronic. Another twist, another spin.

    America is tested daily. DAILY.

    We could just as easily, and just as feasibly, be attacked due to McCain's "advanced age" and "questionable judgement", and Palin's "perceived idiocy" as well as the fact that she is mocked and ridiculed WORLDWIDE.

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    btw, I live in a small town in NC that is as Pro-American as the big cities and we don't want you here either Palin.

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Lisa P

    Better an inexperienced Obama than a trigger-happy McCain.

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |

    too little, too late!

    also, but since I am not from one of those little pockets of america, that is not as pro america areas of this great state of america also, that means that by not accepting your apologies, I will not be accepted also to pro america, too!


    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. TexicoFromMexico

    Why has she not gone on Larry king? It is a tradition that all VEEPS go on Larry King! On July 28th McCain promised that his VP pick would go on the show! THey have refused to let her go on! What do you think Larry is too hard hitting of an interview? Hes not even close to what shows you should be on! I would love to see her on 'The View" so she can defened herself to her critics! Obama had the guts to go right into FOX's lions den with O'Riley didnt he?


    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Barack Obama is better

    I don't like this woman.

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Richard

    Bill Maher had the perfect comment on this. In november she is going to find out just how many voters are in those cities as she looses.

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Proud American in a Big City

    "I'm sorry that you got it wrong" is not an apology, it's a further insult.

    I would wish for her to step down, but every time she sticks her pumps in her mouth, Obama's numbers go up!

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Chuck

    All McCain and Palin can say during their campaign stumps are "a noun, a verb, and Obama."

    What is the matter with them? Can't they talk or focus about the issues.

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Chris from STL

    What about other statements, Gov. Palin, such as –
    Calling people terrorists, socialist, etc
    Denying ethical violation
    Having more excecutive experience ...
    Invading Pakisthan ...
    Balance federal deficit (10 trillion) within the first tem. No WAY.
    Bridge to no where ..

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Mickey, NY

    Too late..now go back to Alaska and kill a moose to make yourself feel better!

    October 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. denise reed

    TAINOPOWER, what is wrong with you? Hillary lost. A vote for McCain because of Hillary is just stupid. You must not have children or grandchildren because you are gamblng with their future.

    October 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Check Ready

    Since she is avail for the voters hearing pleasure, Gov. Palin will you shed more light on your speech for the Alaska Independence Party??????

    TAINOPOWER will you stop using this story. Palin will be groomed by the GOP and will have a ticket using her VP exp., that is if the people fall for your trickery attempt. Please pick up your check in Alaska before Nov 4th, you didn’t fool the voters…………

    October 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Dave In SE MA

    She should not be elected BECAUSE she electrifies the base. That base is the reason we've been stuck with George Bush the last 8 years. If only she would electrocute the base. I'd certainly support that.

    October 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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