Randy's Corner Deli Library

07 November 2008

Africa a country? Report says Palin thought so

Africa a country? Report says Palin thought so

It appears Sarah Palin's geographic confusion may extend beyond believing that Alaska's proximity to Russia lent her foreign policy expertise.

According to a Fox News report, the Republican vice presidential candidate didn't seem to know that Africa is a continent.

That's one of a slew of claims now emerging from John McCain's campaign aides, who may be lashing out in anger after the Republican's loss Tuesday to Barack Obama.

The word on Africa comes from Carl Cameron, a Fox News Channel correspondent who spent time behind the lines of the McCain-Palin campaign.

"We're told by folks that she didn't know what countries … were in NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, that being the Canada, the U.S., and Mexico," Cameron reported Wednesday. "We're told she didn't understand that Africa was a continent rather than a country just in itself."

And Newsweek is reporting that Palin spent even more on clothes than the $150,000 previously reported by the Republican Party. An adviser had told the Alaska governor to buy three suits for the Republican convention and hire a stylist, an insider told Newsweek. Instead, the report says, Palin started shopping for herself and family from Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Another aide to Palin, denying anything improper occurred, said: "Nasty and false accusations following a defeat say more about the person who made them than they do about Gov. Palin."

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