Louie Gohmert adds Palin ‘can see Russia from my house’ to the Congressional Record

By David Edwards
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 15:16 EDT
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Louie Gohmert speaks on House floor (C-SPAN)
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Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s infamous remarks about seeing Russia from Alaska will now live forever as part of the United States Congressional Record — thanks to tea party-backed Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

During a floor speech on Monday night, the Texas Republican said that it was time to “set the record straight” on Palin’s widely-mocked remarks.

In a 2008 interview with ABC’s Charles Gibson, Palin had claimed that she was prepared to deal with Russia because “you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.”

That interview was later lampooned by Saturday Night Live‘s Tiny Fey, who changed the line to “I can see Russia from my house.”

“I just wanted to set the record straight so people will understand and the Congressional Record will properly reflect how prescient that Sarah Palin has been in the past,” Gohmert explained on the House floor.

He then read both the quotes from Palin and Fey into the Congressional Record.

“It was a very clever sketch, it was funny, I laughed when I saw it,” Gohmert admitted. “But I also knew how intelligent, what a great leader, [and] governor Sarah Palin had been. And what a great leader she is.”

Watch the video below from C-SPAN, broadcast March 17, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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