Palin: Kerry 'diminished' by mentioning her name
September 7th, 2012
01:46 PM ET
8 years ago

Palin: Kerry 'diminished' by mentioning her name

(CNN) – Sarah Palin responded to John Kerry's jab during his speech at Thursday's Democratic National Convention questioning why the former Democratic presidential candidate would even know her name.

"I think he diminished himself by even mentioning my name," said the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate appearing on Fox Business Network shortly after Kerry's remarks. "How does he even know my name? I mean, aren't these guys supposed to be these big wig elites who don't waste their time on little people like me-me, representing the average American."

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Palin made the frequently attacked comments in a 2008 interview asserting that Alaska's proximity with Russia helped to bolster her foreign policy credentials.

Palin continued, defending her 2008 remarks: "Yeah, I did say in Alaska you can see Russia from our land base and I was making the point that we are strategically located on the globe when it comes to transportation corridors and resources that are shared and fought over (in) Alaska, and I as the governor had known what I was doing in dealing with some international issues that had to do with our resources that could help secure the nation."

In his speech to Charlotte's Democratic National Convention, Massachusetts Sen. Kerry told the audience, "Folks, Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska. Mitt Romney talks like he's only seen Russia by watching 'Rocky IV.'"

"It's funny that he would take a little pot shot like that but funny he even knows my name," said Palin with a smirk.

Romney has faced much criticism over his own comment about Russia, labeling the country the United States' "number one geopolitical foe."

This isn't the first time Palin's now infamous comments on Russia have made her the butt of the political joke. Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey mimicked Palin's folksy case for her foreign policy record in a skit joking, "I can see Russia from my house."

And this isn't the first time Kerry and Palin have traded punches. In 2009, Palin poked fun at Kerry's face following his comments suggesting she should drop out of the public sphere in light of reports that then-South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's previously unknown whereabouts had been discovered.

"Too bad if a governor had to go missing it couldn't have been the governor of Alaska," said Kerry, referring to Palin.

"John Kerry, why the long face?" Palin later retorted speaking to U.S. troops in Kosovo.

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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. nyr

    I don't mean to offend anyone but I am just folks from any particular part of the country speak like this? long sentences...and use of words like "mentioning" or "ushering".

    September 7, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. labman57

    The only person that Sarah Snarkmeister represents is Sarah - most "average" Americans don't really give a crap what she says or thinks.
    Of course, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the Whining Wannabe from Wasilla is once again attempting to portray herself as a poor maligned victim.

    And how can people avoid knowing her name? "Palin" has become almost synonymous with that greatest of all American endeavors - the reality TV show.

    September 7, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Joan in MS

    This woman is a certified idiot! Isn't her 15 minutes of fame over?!?

    September 7, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    She really needs some serious professional mental help. Very serious intensive care is urgent. I feel even sad to see her on media rambling nonsense and every time she talks some kind of gibberish philosophy it always reminds me of that sad and tragic Anna Nicole Smith's Drunk And High as hell Speech at some kind of award nomination ceremony.

    September 7, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. zp

    Only a very weak and insecure man would be condescending to a woman – especially on a national stage with a built-in agreeable audience. A real man stands up for his beliefs, at the expense of being ridiculed or disliked – like Clint Eastwood.

    September 7, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. harry

    So Sarah,,you are not alone,,now Romney is also in your class ,graded as
    super Dumb Club.

    September 7, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Mary Carter

    What a stupid thing to say. I mean, really .....

    September 7, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. FedUp

    John who? Wasn't he at one time the Presidential candidate that got swift-boated? Deservedly so, too. A purple heart for a scratch not gotten in battle diminishes the accomplishments of our true heroes.

    September 7, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. higherforce

    She really needs some serious professional mental help. Very serious intensive care is urgent. I feel even sad to see her rambling nonsense and every time when she shows up on media and talks some kind of gibberish philosophy which only can be used as saturday night live comic gigs it always reminds me of that unforgettable tragic Anna Nicole Smith's drunk and high as hell speech at some kinda award nomination ceremony.

    September 7, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. carrie

    That is ckassic ! She finally admits her own short comings by saying mentioning her name deminishes his message!!!

    September 7, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. EDDIE

    She is just an idiot.Plain and simple.Of course everytime I even see a picture of her my IQ takes a

    September 7, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, he did want to point out Romney's lack of understanding of foreign policy. Palin is one of many good Neo-Con examples of not understanding geography and the people that live all over the world.

    September 7, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Amniculi

    What an idiot. Of course he knows her name. She's such a fame-wh.ore everyone knows her name.

    September 7, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Chaerlotte

    @zp, oh puh-leeze. Sarah-does-everything-in-her-power-to-grab-the-spotlight Palin is being fraudulently disingenous at a minimium by pretending that washington politials wouldn't "even know her name" given that she was on the ticket last time. And you are a sad excuse of a human being if you are going to fantasize that Kerry is "weak and insecure" and particularly that taking aim at someone who has determinedly made herself as public a figure as possible is somehow unacceptable. Shove your big fat nose hard into the spotlight and you have to expect to be fair game. Now go back under your pathetic rock, @zp you are clearly one of the dimwits who still worships that disaster Caribou Barbie.

    September 7, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. 1twinsfan

    Sarah, dear, honey, you're easily 20 years past the coquette age. Quit playing the coy flirt just to keep yourself in the news.

    September 7, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Seanee

    Sarah Palin's daughter would've benefited from Obama's plan.

    If Bristol had gotten condoms she would not be an Unwed Mother. She was a teen when she got pregnant. Even worse much for Republican Christian values.

    September 7, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. bb

    typical Dumbo crap point and blame oh i forgot the dems support women, what a joke this whole admin has been, just a joke. Kerry (oviously a sore loser) takes a cheap shot when ever possible, its funny hes like the richest dude on the planet, he married rich, i mean u got to just love that, the dnc and this is most productive thing he could come up with ???? scary

    September 7, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. DJ

    Know why Sarah Palin's bus tour was really canceled last year? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she's not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin isn't in this race and wasn't at the RNC because too many people now know the truth. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the BIGGEST cover up

    September 7, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. BLKMANinAmerica

    For someone now trying to proclaim they are part of the 'no-bodies', WHY on earth is gape face always popping up in the media? Sit down chick and truly SHUT-UP!

    September 7, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Jim Hahn

    Not "average American", average twit maybe.

    September 7, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Thomas

    I take she's not on this years American Political Idol show ?

    September 7, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |

    wow, I agree with Sarah Palin. Anybody who keeps this woman in the media spotlight is diminished.
    or...OR...she could be using words she doesn't know the meaning of...again

    September 7, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. MACK

    So she's been reduced to insulting herself to get media attention? That's fantastic... I'm sure her followers are saying... "Yeah, you go Sarah!"

    September 7, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. V

    You'd have to live in a cave not to know Sarah's name. She made a mockery of our political system, she invaded the reality show universe, she pimped her kids out for cash doing reality TV. Usually, when someone who was once in the spotlight as prominently as Ms. Palin was in 2008, and created as much controversy as she did and continues to try and do (I think most people just realize she's a joke now), why wouldn't he know her name??

    Again, just Sarah trying to get her .01 cent worth in. . .

    September 7, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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