POLITICS
11/01/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Palin To Couric: Media Coverage Isn't Sexist

CBS' Early Show aired some new quotes from Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin. While previous clips have focused on Palin's slip-ups, these are a little more substantive -- illuminating her positions on sexism in the race, abortion, and creationism in public schools.

On sexism:

COURIC: Do you think the coverage of you has been sexist?

Governor SARAH PALIN: No, I don't. I mean, I know that there--it's obvious there's some double-standards here, you know, in terms of what the media has been doing, but I think that's more--I think more attributable to just the media elite, the Washington elite, not knowing who I am and just asking a whole lot of questions and not so much based on gender though, but based on just the fact that I'm not part of the Washington herd.

COURIC: Having said that, do you think it would be sexist, governor, not to question your credentials and your policy positions?

Gov. PALIN: It would be sexist if the media were to hold back and not ask me about my experience, my vision, my principles, my values, you're right.

On abortion:

COURIC: Palin says she makes no apologies for her pro-life views and opposes abortion, even in the case of rape or incest.

Gov. PALIN: I'm saying that personally I would counsel that person to choose life, despite horrific, horrific circumstances that this person would find themselves in. And if you're asking, though, kind of foundationally here should anybody end up in jail for having had an abortion, absolutely not. That's nothing that I would ever support.

On creationism:

COURIC: Should creationism be allowed to be taught anywhere in public schools?


Gov. PALIN: Don't have a problem at all with kids debating all sides of theories, all sides of ideas that they ever--kids do it today, whether it's on paper in a curriculum or not. Curriculums also are best left to the local school districts, instead of big brother, federal government, telling a district what they can and can't teach.