Couric Questions Palin on Russia and Foreign Policy : Vox Politics Couric Questions Palin on Russia and Foreign Policy
NPR logo Couric Questions Palin on Russia and Foreign Policy

Couric Questions Palin on Russia and Foreign Policy

CBS has released a teaser for the second installment of Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin, which will air on tonight's Evening News. In it, Couric asks Palin about the Alaska Governor's much-derided assertion that her state's proximity to Russia bolsters her foreign policy credentials. Palin explains:

Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there...

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

Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, 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 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 next to, they are right next to our state.

The video of the excerpt is after the jump.

-- Evie Stone

UPDATE: Context that's worth noting -- Fort Greely in Alaska is the hub of the U.S.'s missile defense system, and it is manned by the Alaska National Guard. But even though Palin is the commander-in-chief of the Alaska Guard, she doesn't oversee operations at Ft. Greely -- that responsibility lies with the U.S. military. In any case, NPR's Mike Shuster had a fascinating report on the controversial interceptors -- which are "designed to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads" -- earlier this week on Morning Edition.