May 14th, 2009
12:03 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin defends Miss California

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin says she can relate to Miss California, Carrie Prejean."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin came to the defense of Miss California Carrie Prejean on Wednesday, calling attacks against her "despicable" and saying that she can relate to her as a "liberal target."

Prejean has been in the spotlight since famously declaring her opposition to same-sex marriage during the Miss USA beauty pageant. Palin tied Prejean to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by saying all three believe that "marriage is between a man and a woman."

"I can relate as a liberal target myself," Palin said in the statement. "What I find so remarkable is that these politically-motivated attacks fail to show that what Carrie and I believe is also what President Obama and Secretary Clinton believe – marriage is between a man and a woman."

Palin confirmed that she spoke to Prejean "soon after the attacks started." The former vice presidential candidate, once a beauty pageant constestant herself, said she respected Prejean for "standing strong and staying true to herself.

"The liberal onslaught of malicious attacks against Carrie Prejean for expressing her opinion is despicable," Palin said. She added, "Our Constitution protects us all – not just those who agree with the far left."

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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Anon

    Aren't gays the mavericks? (look up the definition.. retards)

    May 14, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. sammieb51

    Can the GOP especially and all the rest in our government please get out our bedrooms and heads. All they need to do is provide a solid structure for me operate on - law, order, education, infrastructure - I don't need them to tell me who it is OK to kiss or when to have babies (or not).

    May 14, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. RealityKing

    Great attack ad CNN. Keep up the dem work..

    May 14, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Are You Serious???

    I hope dumb and dumber are happy friends





    Conservatism at its ugliest

    May 14, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |

    Can the media please move on to something of more substance, and allow these self promoting bimbos to descent into oblivion.

    May 14, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. tony

    OH Please........Palin is just as hypocritcal as miss California. She is a terrible mother, as is reflected by her underage daughter getting pregnant. Case closed. As far as miss Califonia, what would Jesus say about her porongraphy and breast implants? I'm sure she prayed to him and he told here both things were OK as long as she opposed gay people getting married. Republicans – please stop trying to impose your ehtical and moral values on everyone else.........

    May 14, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Mike in MN

    Prejean and Palin do America and women proud. They stand by their principles no matter how vile the hate that the left spews at them. Prejean publicly forgave those who have spewed hate at her. People who demonstrate that kind of courage prove they actually believe in what they say. America needs more real people like these two women. They are indeed great role models for women and Americans.

    May 14, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. rich

    Carrie needs to thank the Liberals. She is getting FAR FAR more coverage than she ever would have if they would have treated her better. Her name is almost a household word these days, and because of the furor, we've seen "far more" 😉 of her than we would have anyway!

    Heck she'll probably make a few $$$ over all of this.

    May 14, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Jake

    she calls attacks on her "despicable?"

    she should clarify that these are COUNTER-attacks. This "beauty" queen attacked an entire population of people whom she is suppose to be representing!

    But then again, Palin made the same attacks against the same population which helped lead her into MAJOR DEFEAT.

    so of course she is defending her! But lesson learned for both wome; Ignorance leads to defeat.

    May 14, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. hongli

    Will Sarah Palin ever admit she lied about Trig being her son? Will Sarah Palin ever admit that Bristol is the mother of Trig? Will Sarah Palin ever say how many times she allowed Levi to sleep in her house with daughter Bristol? Will Sarah Palin ever admit that killing animals from the air is wrong? Will Sarah Palin ever admit she is a waste of time and money? I doubt it but I'm asking.

    May 14, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Bill

    Seems as usual that looser trump got all the PR he can get.. USA needs to wake up to that fruad, he is NOT a wizard of finance, makes money off TV. He is simply manipulating an air head for max pub, like he did that other show he runs with all the bit about Rivers upset etc.. So long as public stupid enough to bother at those low levels it will go on and on. As far as Palin goes.. well she, Trump, Rush and all fit into same slim pond well, not a oz of integrity among them.. But that seems to ring the chimes of the media and the public.. and we ask why usa is failing.. best ask just how dumbed down have we become.
    Seems we are mimic of Rome as it fell, they as do many here worshiped their "arena" hero's. ours just are on "big screen each nite (and weekends). Some trace the fall of Rome to citizens brain damaged by lead in plates, goblets etc.. here we can trace it to failed slovenly on REAL education and the "big screen". Yep we put up a great example for kids and world to follow..

    May 14, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Democrat no more

    I'm beginning to believe the lefties are just bitter, angry, mean, hateful and unhappy folks.

    That is all I see from them. The only time they are happy is when they personally get something they want. I guess I need to add SELFISH to that list.

    I think they need to do some soul searching and find and stop looking for things that make them feel righteous about their hunhappiness and stop blaming others who have a better ourlook and look towards the promises we can achieve, instead of bitter and angriness of what they are lacking in.

    They are unhappy and trying to make the country like them. NO THANKS.

    May 14, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Jerry

    Sarah needs to go back to Alaska and sit down in the corner.

    You already lost the VP race..... yes your 10 seconds of fame is OVER!

    get over it.

    May 14, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. James

    Hey people, im not here to agrue whether or not shes got two brain cells to rub together, or any Republican on here for that matter, but what i do want to point out is that, she is right. Im not saying gay marriage or "Union" isnt right or wrong, but viewed through religion, its wrong. There really isnt an agruement there. The problem is, we all know its inevitable that in a free country they would be allowed the same benefits as anyone else. Fight it all you want, good luck. This isnt even the issue although, what i feel the issue who in gods name decided that question was in any way appropriate for....lack of a better term....a ditz.....this was obviously planted to stir the bee hive, a conveniently contraversial question to set the people off all over again. Think about it.

    May 14, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Let freedom begin for all

    Ms Palin can u still see Russia from your house?

    May 14, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Julia Byrd- Hayden Idaho

    Leave Ms. Ca alone, she is just an ignorant girl. The question should never have been asked, this is a beauty contest, not an intelligence contest. It's nobody's business what people do in the priviacy of their homes, gay or straight. What bugs me is people are always talking about homosexuality being a sin, well what about adulttry, fornication, lying to start a war, putting contracts out on foreign leaders, AKA, what was that right wing nuts name, that said Hugo Chavez should be assisnated by the CIA, AKA Gestapo. Hypocrits, and Palin is the President of the National Association for Hypocrits.

    May 14, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Tim

    Why is she even making the news. Honestly – who care about her? She is done. Washed up already...

    May 14, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. David in CA

    Whether or not you agree with Sarah Palin and Barack Obama on the issue of gay marriage, it's difficult to support any argument that Carrie Prejean is not entitled to her own views on the issue. I applaud these women for standing up with honesty for their convictions knowing full well how crude some of these liberal responses can be.

    May 14, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Joey Fritts

    What? Has Palin done any nude photos? Is that how she relates? She clearly doesn't have blond hair.

    May 14, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. TracyD

    When did the definition of tolerance become so deceptive? Ms. Prejean has not said or done anything wrong and we should be applauding her. The last time I checked, I lived in a country where we are not penalized or berated for our opinions. Sarah Palin is noble for speaking up for her. At no point has Gov Palin or Ms. Prejean done anything to make people so hateful toward them. I personally do not support gay marriage and I believe that it is my right to believe. All of you prochoice, tolerant people have missed it somewhere.
    Stop the hate and start appreciating the fact that we live in a country where we can have and share our opinions.

    May 14, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. blue

    Isn't funny how a majority of the left are attacking and demonizing others while claiming superiority.

    Lets see, Perez Hilton the poster child for gays (I'm sorry for offending gays) thinks it's ok to take away our rights and in an effort to convince everyone else that his position is the correct one.

    Wanda Sykes complains of another entertainer saying something she didn't like, and then calls for his personal injury, slanders him that he was a 9 11 Hi jacker and calls for torture of him. OH yes, makes sense to us.

    I guess they are just a group of lawless do anything and expect a bailout, people.

    May 14, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. waggs

    what great Christians we are making these days...!
    SHE LIED, get it? and got caught LYING about her naked pics, realizing she was in trouble, she began to play this wrong-headed sympathy card,gee, someone is persecuting me,because of my faith!
    no, you skank, it`s because you are a LIAR.
    as far as Palin goes...doesn`t she have to ask Greta the Scientologist for permission to speak now?

    May 14, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Jac

    When their done with their hatefest maybe these two geniuses can get to work on that cancer cure...

    May 14, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. TracyD

    Oh and A.P. in California.... Governor Palin never made that comment about Russia – Tina Fey did in one of her SNL skits. You should become more informed.

    May 14, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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