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Palin defends Alaska-Russia remark

September 26, 2008


Election 2008

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— Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin defended her comment that the proximity of Russia to her home state of Alaska gives her foreign policy experience, explaining in a CBS interview aired Thursday that "we have trade missions back and forth."

Palin, the 44-year-old Alaska governor, has never visited Russia and had never traveled outside North America until last year. She also had never met a foreign leader until her trip this week to New York. In the interview, she did not offer any examples of being involved in any negotiations with Russia.

Palin's foreign policy experience came up when she gave her first major interview, on Sept. 11 to ABC News. Asked what insight she had gained from living so close to Russia, she said: "They're our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska."


cawren 9 years, 7 months ago

SARAH PALIN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATESGiven McCains age and health history she could in deed become Commander in ChiefI am terrified at the prospect of this less than open, inexperienced, undereducated woman might be the President of the United States.Inexperienced?For a short time she was a sports reporter4 years on a small town city council 6 years as the mayor of a small town with less than 7,000 people2.5 Years as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people. On the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation CommissionPalins lack of curiosity about the world and international affairs. Ms. Palin first applied for a passport last year.Undereducated?After changing colleges 5 times she did graduate with a Journalism degreeLess than truthful? "Thanks but no thanks"Regarding the bridge to nowhere. In 2006, Palin ran for governor on a "build-the-bridge" in her platform. She urged quick work on Alaska's infrastructure projects "while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist." (Ted Stevens) After the bridge received sharp criticism from congressional members she backed down.Troopergate. A Democratic Witch Hunt?Alaskan Senate President Lyda Green, a Republican is critical of Palin's recent behavior. The Alaska Legislature has yet to decide whether to impose fines or pursue contempt charges that could lead to Todd Palin's arrest.The council, which approved the troopergate inquiry, is made up of eight Republicans and four Democrats. The inquiry was initiated, (Before her nomination)and continues, only because Alaska Republicans many of whom have worked with and supported Palin in the past agree with Alaskan Democrats that the question of whether Palin abused her authority must be addressed.The Trooper-Gate investigation and the link of Sarah Palin to the Right Wing Religious organization Focus On The Family. Liberty Legal Institute is the legal arm of the Free Market Foundation, a conservative activist group associated with James Dobson's Focus on the Family. They are now involved in the investigation. (A Sign Of Things To Come?)Book Banning QuestionIn Oct 1996 Palin inquired as to whether Emmons (Wasilla town Librarian) would object to library censorship. Emmons resisted. Palin then raised the possibility that people may circle the library in protest, to which Emmons replied that the American Civil Liberties Union would get involved. Palin backed down. Palin fired Emmons on 1/ 30/1997. The next day she withdrew the firing after an expression of public support for EmmonsQuite frankly the thought of Ms. Palin sitting across the table from the likes of a Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chills me to the bone. She is NOT qualified to be Vice President let alone President.

Confrontation 9 years, 7 months ago

She's an incredible embarrassment for all intelligent women. Of course, this explains why unintelligent (a.k.a. Republican) women like her.

texburgh 9 years, 7 months ago

I can't wait for Joe Biden to get on stage with her!As Debbie Harry once said, "Rip her to shreds!"

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