Christie: I was not criticizing Palin
January 16th, 2011
11:18 AM ET
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Christie: I was not criticizing Palin

(CNN) - Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted Sunday that he was not criticizing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin when he told The New York Times that she "rightfully has been criticized" for consistently following a script.

"It wasn't a criticism of her. It was an observation," Christie said on "Fox News Sunday." "If you avoid those unscripted moments, I don't think the American people will trust their instincts about whether you would make a good president or not."

Christie said voters learn the most about how candidates will govern through the campaign process "when you're not being handled or told what to say but you have to react to situations like this."

The former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and potential 2012 candidate said she was the subject of a "blood libel" by those who suggested her comments and actions contributed to the shooting of Democratic Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Filed under: Chris Christie • Sarah Palin
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  1. chuck

    Sounds like criticism to me. But I think Governor Christie makes a lot of sense.

    January 16, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Uh Oh – will the BIG Christie now have to backtrack with the BIG Limbaugh?????

    Somebody guess – the two of them combined, how many calories a day are eaten??

    January 16, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Whatever

    Oh he is scared too?? Never thought he would ever clarify what he has said. He is such a bully but I guess S.P. is a bigger one on their playground. So only his waist line is big... "man up" and stand by what you said. I guess you want to be her running mate... hmmmm

    January 16, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. deanp

    Is this man THAT terrified of Palin? First he "criticizes" her & now he's not "criticizing" her...just observing? He's a dispassionate observer? Does he have a dictionary? Does he have a clue? (Or maybe he should stay in Disney World

    January 16, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. SPLAT!~

    What does she have to lose, her scripted dialogue makes her look uninformed and out of touch with reality.

    January 16, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. eessydo

    I just hate the fact that he keeps saying he is not running for president. He seems to have the most common sense of the lot of them, democrats and republicans.

    I don't mind someone giving me the reality of the situation in clear and concise terms. That is what he does.

    January 16, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. RtB

    Yet again, we have the Alaskan Air Head shoved in our faces. What is with CNN?

    Yes it is a criticism of Palin. She deserves to be held accountable for the garbage that emulates from her vacuous noggin.

    January 16, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Chuck

    Boy! those repubs sure like to play on words and re-interpret what they have previously stated.

    January 16, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Pasta Fazooli

    I'm no fan of Christie,.. but he was right about Palin,..and no apologies on his part are needed. Palin is a fraud,.. a cowardly hit and run persona.

    January 16, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. sharon

    unfortunately, she has shown she cannot respond on her own without letting people see how totally unqualified shethe Presidency. Her initial reaction is always gaffs. No one wants someone in the White House that cannot think on their feet. Even after "handling" she still has to insert some form of violence orattacking in her responce. I cannot get the picture of her beating that fish to death or interviewing in front of a farm where they are killing turkeys by sticking them head first in a machine . Maybe she would start a new tradition at the White House – killing the turkey. She cannot respond on her own wihtout healp or the real ignorance emerges. It still does after her delayed response because the people who "handle" her are just a negative as she is.

    January 16, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. davec.0121

    Bravo Gov. Christie! Sarah Palin likes to talk about how 'tough' she is, but in truth, she's afraid to face any potentially unfriendly or non-obsequious questioning. Hence her appearances only under circumstances where she can tightly control the script and the outcome. If she was tough, and had confidence in her abilities, she'd welcome the opportunity to talk with and debate with people who may not agree with her. Instead, she hides behind her script. If she's not willing to face up to a neutral or non-friendly interviewer, what's she going to do if she has to deal with Putin or Hu or some of the other world leaders?

    January 16, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. DonchaDareCrossMamaGrizzled

    Kudos to Christie for standing his ground with the fox handlers.

    January 16, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. elidude

    "If you avoid those unscripted moments, I don't think the American people will trust their instincts about whether you would make a good president or not." I think he means, "...whether I [Chirstie] would make a good President..."

    And how courageous of him to go on an outlet so challenging to Republicans! NOT!

    January 16, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. DonchaDareCrossMamaGrizzled

    First I thought Christie was cool. Now it sounds like he did bow to the fox powers. What a tool!

    January 16, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. PerritoNoz

    When charlatans spends years broadcasting that the government is planning a communist takeover, that the president is a covert terrorist who hates white people, when they publish maps with the names of their foes under crosshairs and speak of death panels, the surprise is how did the Tucson tragedy did NOT happen early. This is a country of 300 people with guns galore. The combination can't be any more deadly. The Right needs to stop this kind of rhetoric asap, before it is too late.

    January 16, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. vic nashville tn

    Karl Rove did the same last October now Chris Christie. Republicans have serious problem when it’s come to Sarah Plain
    Man up
    2010 victory is nothing because turn out was low. That mean republicans not even close to 2012

    January 16, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Gil

    Her only script is about herself! The woman is almost as bad a Limburger Cheese!

    January 16, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Thatguy371

    Funny to hear a repub backtrack... as if (in this case) it's important to be concerned about the Palin Twit. And of course if anyone calls them on their backtracking... they're called unpatriotic.

    So, at some point, will Baby Blimp Christie and The Good Ship Limbaugh get together for a Two Tons Of Fun tour?

    January 16, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. True American

    wow each time i start to think some GOP members start to develop a brain and MAN UP...they backtrack from their criticisms of the pitbull Sarah Palin.

    January 16, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Ben Ben

    Palin is a failure and a joke. She should shut up and go back to shooting animals.

    January 16, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. iluvpizza

    Sarah Palin is like Ann Coulter. Both are good looking. They get a charge out of sticking their finger in the eye of the "system" and challenging the left. And they are shameless self-promoters. Both are not qualified to hold public office. I'm sorry, but you don't quit a governor's job to pursue other interests. And she wants to be President? Selfish – selfish -selfish! The Palins are all about the Palins. Period.
    I am a conservative, anti-abortion right wing "nut", but I have come to realize that her actions are more self-serving than country-serving. She is on this "I am woman, hear me roar" kick. She has not accepted her limitations, and can hurt the country if she runs for President. And hurt it worse if she wins. She needs to defer to a Republican candidate more qualified for the job, and campaign for that person.

    January 16, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. MZROSE58

    Why are people back tracking from Palin. She's and idiot. If it quacks like a duck, must be a duck. Man up Repulicans are you will be sorry. Palin needs to be taken out of the spot light. It must be done. and the repulican politician with the courage to say and stick to it will be praised for it.

    January 16, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Michael

    Gov. Christie: I praised you earlier for your candid viewpoint........whether anyone agreed with you or not. Now I find myself offering you some advice........"Say what you mean and mean what you say."

    January 16, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. nru

    hy do we (R's) still bow down to a shallow, uneducated person of little intellect?

    January 16, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. fayse

    The Republicans are up against a wall. They helped to create this trainwreck, she is poisonious to the GOP but, they don't want to offend her supporters. The majority of Americans do not want to see her as President of anything.

    January 16, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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