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Palin: Alaska’s proximity to Russia ‘certainly does’ give me foreign policy experience.

By Ryan Powers on September 25, 2008 at 3:50 pm

"Palin: Alaska’s proximity to Russia ‘certainly does’ give me foreign policy experience."


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During the second half of her interview with Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), Katie Couric gave Palin a chance to defend her previous claims that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience. Palin lamented the fact that the press had “mocked” the notion, adding, “Our next door neighbors are foreign countries — they’re in the state that I am the executive of.” Watch it:

After the interview concluded, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) canceled an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman to sit for an unscheduled interview with Couric.


Yglesias notes, “Moscow is closer to New York than it is to Anchorage. And yet nobody would say that David Paterson has extensive foreign policy experience thanks to his proximity to Russia.”

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