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. Jim from Middletown, CT

    Sarah, dear, please just go home....now. Please?

    October 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. NewYorkgirl

    I am sick and tired of Sarah Palin and Grandpa Cain!! I hope America
    will be smart to elected the Democrats on November 4 and not to mention the whole issue of "Race" it's disgusting we should never judge someone by the color wake up people!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Pat A

    Palin has yet another apology to make! I just heard her on Wolf Blitzer give an Interview with a Cnn Reporter and she has again stated untruths about statements Joe Biden made during a Rally. And I heard the Video on Biden's statements real time. Palin ummmed and hummmmed and obviously didn't have one clue about what Joe Biden truly said! Someone needs to turn her Key Off! She's not only an idiot she's also very dangerous conversationally to have at large!

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

    The fact of the matter is, that has been the typical Republican't response when it comes down to winning an election: When all else fails, scare the people, or point out the difference between "us" and "them". That is the very reason McBush has resorted to calling Sen. Obama by his whole name, as if to say he is not as American as say John Sidney McBush, or John William McBush. In the end, yes, we do have differences, but if you want some real "American names", how about Tecumseh, or Sitting Bull, or Sacajawea, or Squanto? Those are "real American" names. To try to frighten people into voting for you is nothing more than using terrorism to win an election, and that is pathetic. Shame on you, McBush!

    October 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Just like in Peter Pan, every time a child stops believing, a fairy loses their wings.

    Every time Sarah Palin speaks, the GOP loses a voter! (and those listening lose an IQ point)

    October 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Chris

    To Kirk in PA: Yes, the VP is president of the senate. Which means that the VP presides over the senate when it is in session. The VP, however, is not in charge of the senate. Palin is making it sound like she gets to run around and tell senators how to vote. That is the job of the whips. I believe the VP should be the point man for the president in the senate. There to argue his case and viewpoint, kind of a liason. But no, Palin is wrong, the VP is not in charge.

    October 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Mike

    Proposed Obama Campaign response:

    While we admired and were impressed with Gov. Palin's new-found grasp of sentence structure and grammar, we still believe she is unqualified for the office for which she is a candidate.

    October 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. miss yawning

    everytime SARAH PALIN open her mouth, I feel so sick and want to call 911......oh, thanks GOD..this will be over soon...PALIN could return home and enjoy 'hunting'....

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. mac t


    October 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. bobby brown

    For someone to say that I'm voting for McCain so that Hillary must not understand the state of our country. We are hard times!

    October 21, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Steve

    The Horror!

    October 21, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. pee

    shame on her............. thinking attacks can put her cheap ticket into white house.

    October 21, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Ken in Dallas

    Palin want a cracker?

    I'd like to see her explain the thinking (if any) behind those lines. I've owned birds that expressed themselves just as well.

    October 21, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Michael watching from Canada

    Will she apologize for saying (before she was nominated to be VP) that it was God's plan for the US to invade Iraq?

    October 21, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Todd

    The only reason I am not voting for McCain is because of this BIZARRE choice of running mate. Palin may hold some of the same views as the far Right of the party, but she DOES NOT BELONG ON THE NATIONAL TICKET.

    WHAT WAS HE THINKING?!?!?!?!?!?

    October 21, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Susan


    Already voted for Obama and am campaigning for him.

    October 21, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. David in upstate NY

    Sarah we know you can't help it...you're just plain stupid. You must have read your cue card wrong. But really, we understand. Go home to Alaska, the state you want to be seperate from the USA.

    October 21, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Rita, Canada

    Seriously??? Apology?? Too late. I am sure those outside "the pockets" do not accept your apology, Ms. Palin.

    October 21, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. deb in Colo

    Gosh! That "foot-in-mouth" disease is awful, isn't Hun? (wink, wink).


    October 21, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. SPT NYC

    First of all, saying "if that's the way it came across, I apologize" is not the same thing as apologizing for what she said. Second, if it was "misunderstood," how exactly were we supposed to understand it?

    SPT from New York City – American enough for Bin Laden, not American enough for Sarah Palin.

    October 21, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. prentice916

    Palin in just what America don't need! another neophyte pretending to be more than she is for ego's sake! HAVE A NICE FLIGHT BACK TO ALASKA WHEN THE ELECTION IS OVER!

    October 21, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. tulsa

    Too late. You have done irreperable harm to your campaign and party.
    Go back to Alaska and face the music there.

    October 21, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. John Childs

    Sorry – Sarah knew exactly what she was saying and it is clear that it is what the GOP clings to today. If you support Obama you're not a patriot and if you support McCain you are, that's their latest manipulative tool. Nothing could be more devisive than this latest utterance. So how does the country fallout on the Palin patriot scale – which areas count and which are just too darned liberal to be considered patriots?

    October 21, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Palin needs to apologize every time she opens her mouth.
    She is ludicrous.

    October 21, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Raha

    Voting for McCain (age 72) because Hillary will be 68–and too old–in 2016 doesn't "add up".

    October 21, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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