Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) responded to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Thursday, moments after the Democrat invoked her in a jab at GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his Democratic National Convention speech.
“I think he diminished himself by even mentioning my name," Palin said in an interview on Fox Business Network. "How does he even know my name? I mean aren’t these guys supposed to be these big wig elites who don’t waste their time on the little people like me -- me representing the average American who, yeah I did say in Alaska you can see Russia from our land base and I was making the point that we are strategically located on the globe and when it comes to transportation corridors and resources that are shared and fought over [in] Alaska and I as the governor had known what I was doing in dealing with some international issues that had to do with our resources that could help secure the nation."
During his DNC address Thursday night, Kerry dinged Romney's foreign policy experience by referencing a famous remark made by Palin in the 2008 presidential race.
"Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska," started Kerry. "Mitt Romney talks like he's only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV."
Palin appeared to find Kerry's quip somewhat unexpected.
"So it’s funny that he would take a little pot shot like that, but it’s funny he even knows my name,“ she said.
Perhaps Palin chose to forget that the two engaged in a brief verbal skirmish back in 2009, when she was still in office and Republican Mark Sanford, then governor of South Carolina, had disappeared on an unannounced jaunt to visit his mistress in Argentina.
Kerry struck first.
"Too bad if a governor had to go missing, it couldn't have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin," he joked.
Palin later swiped back.
"He looked quite frustrated and he looked so sad," she said. "I just wanted to reach out to the TV and say 'John Kerry, why the long face?'"