Sarah Palin in 2008 CBS News interviews


On Principles & Values: Admires Geraldine Ferraro & George Bush Sr

Q: What previous vice president impresses you the most and why?

A: It would have to be, just a candidate, and that would have to have been Geraldine Ferraro, of course. Thatís an easy one for me because sheís the one who first shattered part of that glass ceiling.

Q: What about as an actual vice president?

A: I think those who have gone on to the presidency, George Bush Sr., having kind of learned the ropes in his position as VP and then moviní on up.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Oct 2, 2008

On Principles & Values: Favorite movie: ďHoosiersĒ, for underdog tenacity

Q: Whatís your favorite movie and why?

A: I love those old sports movies, like Hoosiers, and Rudy; those that show that the underdog can make it and itís all about tenacity and work ethic and determination, and just doing the right thing. So it would probably be one of those two old sports movies.

Q: Do you have a favorite scene from either of them?

A: At the very end, the victories! Yeah! Rudy, where he gets to run out on the field and makes a difference. And then in Hoosiers, when they win.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Oct 2, 2008

On Abortion: Constitution does offer an inherent right to privacy

Q: Do you think thereís an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution?

A: I do. Yeah, I do.

Q: The cornerstone of Roe v. Wade.

A: I do. And I believe that individual states can best handle what the people within the different constituencies in the 50 states would like to see their will ushered in an issue like that.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Oct 1, 2008

On Abortion: Abortion should be statesí issue, not federal mandate

Q: Why is Roe v. Wade a bad decision?

A: I think it should be a statesí issue not a federal government-mandated, mandating yes or no on such an important issue. Iím, in that sense, a federalist, where I believe that states should have more say in the laws of their lands and individual areas. Now, foundationally, itís no secret that Iím pro-life that I believe in a culture of life is very important for this country. Personally thatís what I would like to see further embraced by America.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Oct 1, 2008

On Government Reform: Many Supreme Court rulings are better addressed by states

Q: What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?

A: Well, letís see. Thereís, of course in the great history of America there have been rulings, thatís never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know, going through the history of America, there would be others...

Q: Can you think of any?

A: Well, I could think of ... any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But, you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a vice president, if Iím so privileged to serve, wouldnít be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Oct 1, 2008

On Government Reform: No state-mandated religion, but public faith is ok

Q: Thomas Jefferson wrote about the First Amendment, building a wall of separation between church and state. Why do you think thatís so important?

A: His intention in expressing that was so that government did not mandate a religion on people. And Thomas Jefferson also said never underestimate the wisdom of the people. And the wisdom of the people, I think in this issue is that people have the right and the ability and the desire to express their own religious views, be it a very personal level, which is why I choose to express my faith, or in a more public forum. And the wisdom of the people, thankfully, engrained in the foundation of our country, is so extremely important. And Thomas Jefferson wanted to protect that.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Oct 1, 2008

On Civil Rights: Iím a feminist; equal rights for women

Q: Do you consider yourself a feminist?

A: I do. Iím a feminist who believes in equal rights and I believe that women certainly today have every opportunity that a man has to succeed and to try to do it all anyway. And Iím very, very thankful that Iíve been brought up in a family where gender hasnít been an issue.

Q: What is your definition of a feminist?

A: Someone who believes in equal rights. Someone who would not stand for oppression against women.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 30, 2008

On Civil Rights: Equal pay for equal work; but not Ledbetter Act

Q: Where do you stand on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act?

A: Iím absolutely for equal pay for equal work. The Ledbetter pay act--it was gonna turn into a boon for trial lawyers who, I believe, could have taken advantage of women who [would] allege discrimination many, many years ago. Thankfully, there are laws on the books, there have been since 1963, that no woman could be discriminated against in the workplace in terms of anything, but especially in terms of pay. So, thankfully we have the laws on the books and they better be enforced.

Q: Why should a fear of lawsuits trump a womanís ability to do something about the fact that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes?

A: There should be no fear of a lawsuit prohibiting a woman from making sure that the laws that are on the books today are enforced. I know in a McCain-Palin administration we will not stand for any measure that would result in a woman being paid less than a man for equal work.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 30, 2008

On Budget & Economy: We should not reward poor financial decisions

Q: Do you support a moratorium on home mortgage foreclosures?

A: Thatís something that John McCain and I have been discussing. Some decisions that have been made poorly should not be rewarded. [Decisions by] consumers--and those who were predator lenders also. But again, itís got to be a comprehensive, long-term solution found for this problem that America is facing today. As I say, we are getting into crisis mode here.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 24, 2008

On Budget & Economy: McCainís experience makes him best judge in economic crisis

Q: Do you support the $700 billion bailout?

A: We have to look at the [details of the] bailout. Unless there are amendments in [Treasury Secretary] Paulsonís proposal, I donít believe that Americans are going to support this and we will not support this. The interesting thing in the last couple of days that I have seen is that Americans are waiting to see what John McCain will do on this proposal. Heís got the track record of the leadership qualities and the pragmatism thatís needed at a crisis time like this. Iím not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see whoís more apt to be talking about solutions and whoís actually done it.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 24, 2008

On Foreign Policy: When Putin rears his head he goes into Alaskan airspace

Q: Youíve cited Alaskaís proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

A: 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. Itís funny that a comment like that was kinda mocked, I guess thatís the word. Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. We have trade missions back and forth, we do. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? Itís Alaska. Itís 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 our state.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 24, 2008

On Foreign Policy: We cannot meet rogue leaders without conditions

Q: Should the U.S. negotiate with leaders like President Assad and Ahmadinejad?

A: I think, with Ahmadinejad, personally, he is not one to negotiate with. You canít just sit down with him with no preconditions being met. Barack Obama is so off-base in his proclamation that he would meet with some of these leaders around our world who would seek to destroy America and that, and without preconditions being met. Thatís beyond načve. And itís beyond bad judgment. Iíve never heard Henry Kissinger say, ďYeah, Iíll meet with these leaders without preconditions being met.Ē Diplomacy is about doing a lot of background work first and shoring up allies and positions and figuring out what sanctions perhaps could be implemented if things werenít gonna go right. Thatís part of diplomacy.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 24, 2008

On Foreign Policy: Would not second guess Israel if they attack Iran

Q: What if Israel attacked Iran?

A: We shouldnít second guess Israelís security efforts because we cannot ever afford to send a message that we would allow a second Holocaust, for one. Israel has got to have the opportunity and the ability to protect itself. They are our closest ally in the Mideast. We need them. They need us. We donít have to second-guess what their efforts would be if they believe that it is in their best interests to fight against a regime, especially Iran, who would seek to wipe them off the face of the earth. It is obvious to me who the good guys are in this one and who the bad guys are. The bad guys are the ones who say Israel is a stinking corpse and should be wiped off the face of the earth. Thatís not a good guy who is saying that.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 24, 2008

On Foreign Policy: Agrees with Reagan that US is ďbeacon of lightĒ for world

Q: What is the role of U.S. in the world?

A: I see the United States as being a force for good in the world. And as Ronald Reagan used to talk about, America being the beacon of light and hope for those who are seeking democratic values and tolerance and freedom. Iím not one of those who came from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and go off and travel the world. No, Iíve worked all my life. In fact, I usually had two jobs all my life until I had kids. I was not a part of that culture. The way that I have understood the world is through education, through books, through mediums that have provided me a lot of perspective on the world.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 24, 2008

On Government Reform: McCain is maverick who wants to reform government

Q: What are your example of McCain supporting reform?

A: I think that the example of McCainís warnings two years ago about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--thatís paramount. Thatís more than a heck of a lot of other senators and representatives did for us. Heís also known as the maverick though, taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what heís been talking about--the need to reform government.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 24, 2008

On Homeland Security: Pakistani people & leaders want to get rid of terrorists

Q: Is Pakistan protecting al Qaeda?

A: I donít believe that new President Zardari has that mission at all. But no, the Pakistani people also, they want freedom. They want democratic values to be allowed in their country, also. They understand the dangers of terrorists having a stronghold in regions of their country, also. And I believe that they, too, want to rid not only their country, but the world, of violent Islamic terrorists.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 24, 2008

On Homeland Security: Fight terrorism to spread democratic ideals in world

Q: How will you spread democracy through the world?

A: Specifically, we will make every effort possible to help spread democracy for those who desire freedom, independence, tolerance, respect for equality. That is the whole goal here in fighting terrorism also. Itís not just to keep the people safe, but to be able to usher in democratic values and ideals around this, around the world.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 24, 2008

On War & Peace: Surge needed in Afghanistan; we cannot afford to lose

Q: Why support a surge in Afghanistan?

A: Because we canít afford to lose in Afghanistan, as we cannot afford to lose in Iraq, either, these central fronts on the war on terror. And I asked President Karzai, ďIs that what you are seeking, also? That strategy that has worked in Iraq that John McCain had pushed for, more troops? A counterinsurgency strategy?Ē And he said, ďyes.Ē And he also showed great appreciation for what America and American troops are providing in his country.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric Sep 24, 2008

The above quotations are from 2008 CBS News presidential interviews with Katie Couric.
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