Sarah Palin never said that she could see Russia from her home. Still, Tina Fey’s line from a Saturday Night Live comedy about the debate became a reality for many people, and they remember it instead of what happened. Palin was challenging Joe Biden in the 2008 vice presidential debate, and he was right there on stage, and she was chatting to him. Nonetheless, he has mixed up his reality with a TV spoof in which he appeared.
The iconic “I see Russia from an island in Alaska” phrase wasn’t said by Sarah Palin. Tina Fey, who was portraying Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, was the one who uttered it. The statement is based on an interview with ABC News’ Charles Gibson from 2008.
On a clear day, residents of an Alaskan island can see the Russian island of Big Diomede, which is two and a half miles away across the International Date Line. It’s dubious how much foreign policy expertise one can learn just by glancing at it. However, while standing in Alaska, you can see Russian soil.
In 2008, Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin debated for 90 minutes for the vice-presidential nomination. Palin had outperformed expectations, according to the majority of political pundits. Palin referred to Sen. John McCain as a “maverick,” often relying on prepared talking points. Palin said she was free of Washington influences and in touch with the views of average Americans.
Sarah Palin asked Joe Biden whether he would mind being referred to as “Joe” at the vice presidential debate because she mispronounced his name as “Senator O’Biden” during rehearsals. A record-breaking 70 million Americans tuned in to see the candidates take the stage. Palin was deemed president by 46 percent of debate viewers, while Biden was considered eligible by 87 percent.
According to an RNC spokeswoman, Sarah Palin’s performance in the vice presidential debate allowed the GOP to “turn the page” and focus on Barack Obama’s presidential fitness. Palin’s advisors claimed they would focus on what she didn’t say rather than what she did say. They noted her unwillingness to defend John McCain’s plan to fund a $5,000 health-care tax credit in detail.