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

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
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Pathfinder

    We hear you Governor: Palin is like poor Minnie-me, and interview at FOX is such a Charade! Roger Ailes (president) unfortunately no longer runs a legitimate news organization! On Monday, Hannity will sink even lower. This is such a Charade, and for Palin: Katie's calling. . .

    January 16, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Tony FL

    Someone ought to petition the court for Sara Palin's mental evaluation. She posts stoopid youtube videos, uses words she does not understand, and targets elected officials. We may have another Jarred Laughlin in the works...

    January 16, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. popeye1128

    Maybe it's me but the quote doesn't make sense. It reads like there is a 'don't' that doesn't belong there.

    January 16, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Carl

    He is right! Sarah needs to learn to go with the flow to train herself for public debates. If she sticks with the FOX NEWS friendly station, she will never be exposed to tough questions that she may face in later debates. I do know Sarah is just pulling America's string in order to make her money; she knows she cannot win the big cheese (Indies do not like her).

    January 16, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    The SOW is paranoid at this point, and getting worse by the week. When nothing is said, she imagines folks are whispering behind her back.

    It won't be long before she changes who works for her AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!

    January 16, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. popeye1128

    Never mind, after rereading it, I was overlooking the 'avoid" word. Silly me, I had a Palin moment.

    January 16, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. LouAz

    Either CNN has not reported what was said or this guy, like many politicians, is talking in circles. I cannot understand, is he or isn't he ? Duh . . .

    January 16, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Eric

    GI Joe – what does the number of calories consumed by either of these men have anything to do with their opinions? If you're really that stupid, I hope you're not really a soldier, because I am not sure if you know which is the business end of a gun.

    January 16, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Bassackwards

    He's right. If you listen to her give a prepared speech, or read a written realease of hers, she sounds like she has a grasp on speaking and writing. When you listen to off the cuff remarks, ala the Katie Curic interview, you realize she can't think for herself without somebody telling her what to think and say.

    January 16, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. OneMoreTime

    Who cares if Pain is criticized? I will criticize her, every day, every minute. She is a classless, ignorant, inept, money
    grubbing, worthless person. She can't read, write, comprehend, think nor face reality. The queen is in her parlor
    counting out her money, and that is her number one focus. She abuses animals, abuses people, abuses the
    English language and abuses all that is good about America. Now you know.

    January 16, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. fideauxdon

    While I don't agree with a lot of what Gov. Christie believes in, he might be one of the few elected officials who backs up what he promised to do when he was elected. Of course, with that attitude, he won't be able to win a primary against adulterers like Gingrich and Giuliani, or morons like Palin.

    On a different subject, though,

    Sarah Palin is like Ann Coulter. Both are good looking.

    You're kidding, right? Coulter wouldn't make a decent toothpick for a cannibal!

    January 16, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. shari

    Oh, watch them fall like dominoes ! They point out Sarah Palin's weakness and then they quickly backtrack because someone is telling them, "it's not nice to piss off SP- retract your words" I am running out of Repubs I can believe and listen to. So help me if Joe Scarborough retracts his comments that the woman is not qualified to run for President , I quit the RepubParty. This woman doesn't know when to shut up and just listen – you got 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason Sarah, you should listen twice as often as you SPEAK !!!!!

    January 16, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Bassackwards

    He's right. If you listen to her give a prepared speech, or read a written release of hers, she sounds like she has a grasp on speaking and writing. When you listen to off the cuff remarks, ala the Katie Curic interview, you realize she can't think for herself without somebody telling her what to think and say.

    January 16, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Zip

    The first republican that calls Palin a joke, Limbaugh a joke, Fox a joke will be the next president. Until then, nothing.

    January 16, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When Christie criticizes people, it is not criticism; he just views himself as a flawless individual with all the answers. In his own mind, he is just another republican victim of the real media.

    January 16, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Tam

    OneMoreTIme is right! So is Bassackwards - when she read that "blood libel" statement - she didn't always get the big words out correctly, and her inflection showed that she had no idea what she meant!

    January 16, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Rennee' Hernandez

    Why shouldn't she be criticized and why would anyone have to apologize for doing so? The woman needs to be criticized until she shuts up!

    January 16, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. WTF

    Christie loves playing the semantics game

    January 16, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. GonzoinHouston

    Sister Sarah has become the 800-pound gorilla of the GOP. That used to be Rush's slot, if you remember. Nobody dares cross her, and any that do must grovel in penitence. These folks love to talk about how tough they are but none have the guts to even stand up for their own words. And if Sarah was half as gutsy as she likes to pretend, she wouldn't have to blast back at every perceived slight.

    January 16, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    He must have gotten a call from Rush to "tone down his rhetoric."

    January 16, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Margie

    The more this guy talks the sicker I get to my stomach over him. He is one of the most egotistical individuals I have ever seen. He really thinks he has a chance to be president. He has to remember there are not enough republicans to elect him. And this type of individual does not go over well, not well at all with the rest of the country.

    January 16, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. malabar

    considering the fact that most people are overweight in this country, i find it hilarious that the ever so self aware lefties wud stoop to such ugly rhetoric and personal insults against Christie. even u morons dont believe the b.s. political correctness u demand of others. and u think nobody notices? hahahaha i luv this ticker

    January 16, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. ChumBucket

    Anyone who claims the republicans are the party of hate and vitriol, needs to read the comments posted on CNN's political ticker.

    January 16, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. DonBeal

    Sarah Palin appears to be afraid and rightfully so. When she actually engages in some sort of a discussion with someone who does not necessarily agree with her, she comes off as an uniformed, intellectual lightweight. That may be good enough for part of the American electorate, but for many it sets off alarm bells that this person might not be up to the job. Actually she isn't.

    January 16, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

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

    How do you feel about President Obama reminding us that this economic recovery will take time? Or that the reason for our deficit, which puts some many on the right into a tizzy, is because Bush kept the cost of two wars off the books, while simultaneously cutting taxes on the most wealthy?

    Just checking to see if really don't mind being given the "reality of the situation in clear and concise terms."

    January 16, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
1 2 3 4 5