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Does Sarah Palin know how many countries she has visited?

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Originally published on BuzzFlash.com on Wed, 09/03/2008 – 9:59am

One benefit of Sarah Palin’s nomination is that we are learning more about Alaska. Well, other than Ted Stevens (indicted) and Don Young (investigated) are the state’s senior politicians.

But we are also realizing what we don’t know.

Steve Doocy, “Fox and Friends”

“But the other thing about her, she does know about international relations because she is right up there in Alaska right next door to Russia.”

Cindy McCain on ABC-TV

“…the experience that she comes from is what she’s done in government, and remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia.”

Let’s help those two and anyone else with misguided geographic problems. Juneau is the capital of Alaska, where the governor works. The city is in the southeastern part of the state, situated within the Tongass National Forest. The forest shares its eastern border with the province of British Columbia, Canada. Juneau is closer to Seattle than Russia.

That’s right, it’s Canada that Gov. Palin is near, not Russia.

John McCain has actually been to Canada in 2008, so you would think he would know Alaska is next to Canada, though Ottawa is a few thousand miles away from the part of British Columbia that touches Alaska.

As the governor of Alaska, Gov. Palin would deal with Canada much more so than Russia. And she has never been to Russia.

Palin also reportedly got her first passport in 2007, and she said she has been to Germany, Kuwait, and Ireland. (Until recently, going to Canada didn’t require a passport.) But the Ireland visit was a refueling stop. That inaccuracy is bad enough, but we also have to get a correction from a Palin spokesman that she has visited Canada.

It would be almost difficult to believe that Gov. Palin, in the duties of her job or for the fact that B.C.’s drinking age is 19, hadn’t been to Canada at some point. But she didn’t mention Canada in the misleading list she gave of foreign countries where she has been.

From the Globe & Mail in Toronto:

Ms. Palin is no stranger to Canada. This summer, she was one of several U.S. governors who signed a wide-ranging pact with B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, establishing the Pacific Coast Collaborative initiative. Climate change issues are the focus of that agreement, putting the governor firmly in the small group of Republicans ready to take action on greenhouse gases.

So before 2007, Palin had only been to the United States and Canada. And Canada only came up because she grew up near it and likely had to go there for work. And she didn’t admit Canada was one of those countries.

But it proves John McCain and Sarah Palin are made for each other: McCain doesn’t know how many houses he owns and Palin doesn’t know in how many countries she has been.

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Written by democracysoup

September 3, 2008 at 9:59 am

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