Palin Explains the Importance of Proximity to Russia

**UPDATE: You can watch the video ••here••. She really is clueless, isn’t she?

From Politicalwire.com:

An excerpt from Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric to be aired later tonight on the CBS Evening News:

COURIC: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land– boundary that we have with– Canada. It– it’s funny that a comment like that was– kind of made to– cari– I don’t know, you know? Reporters–

COURIC: Mock?

PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that’s the word, yeah.

COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.

PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our– our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They’re in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia–

COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We– we do– it’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is– from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to– to our state.

Yup, sounds perfectly reasonable to me! Good luck debating Joe Biden!

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2 Responses to “Palin Explains the Importance of Proximity to Russia”

  1. jacob1207 Says:

    When I first watched the interview, I also thought that she said “they’re in the state that I am the executive of,” meaning that Canada and Russia are in Alaska (an obvious misstatement).

    However, the CBS transcript renders it “our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of,” which would make more sense of the remarks.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/25/eveningnews/main4479062.shtml

    Biden’s gotta be careful in the upcoming debate. He’s prone to gaffes (to the point that they’re no longer very newsworthy) and doesn’t want to look like he’s beating up on Palin (but no matter what he does he’ll probably be called patronizing). Plus, expectations are going to be really low for her; winning will require more nuance than simply blasting her lack of knowledge and experience. It should be interesting to watch, that’s for sure.

  2. Shawn Says:

    I agree with your comments, Jacob… and thanks for the link!


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