September 4th, 2008
10:24 AM ET
6 years ago

Palin attacks 'shrill and sarcastic,' says Reid spokesman

Palin called out Reid Wednesday.
Palin called out Reid Wednesday.

(CNN) - A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hitting back hard at Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's speech Wednesday night, calling it "shrill and sarcastic."

"Anyone who knows Senator Reid knows he never backs down when he's fighting for what's right and that he always stands up to John McCain when he is wrong," Jim Manley, Reid's press secretary, told CNN. "Shrill and sarcastic political attacks may fire up the Republican base, but they don't change the fact that a McCain-Palin administration would mean four more years of failed bush-Cheney policies."

The reaction came after Palin specifically called out Reid during her address to the Republican National Convention, saying the Nevada Democrat "can't stand up to John McCain."

"Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee. He said, quote, 'I can't stand John McCain,'" Palin said to roaring applause from the crowd. "Clearly what the Majority Leader was driving at is that he can't stand up to John McCain."


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  1. Jon

    I thought the speech was great. She offered her executive experience and things she's actually accomplished whilst in office, (something Obama never speaks of....wonder why?). Just because her speech wasn't filled with thoughts and images of hope and love and peace doesn't mean it wasn't a good speech.

    September 4, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  2. Charles W. Skinner

    Gov. Palin was on form tonight. This has been an incredibly steep learning curve for her to get up to speed on all the campaign issues, but if she keeps up this pace, by the time the VP debate rolls around in a month, Sen. Biden will get his clock cleaned.

    Memo to Senator Reid: Fire your press secretary.

    First, that line's been used, and it didn't work. Second, the speech wasn't shrill, Gov. Palin wasn't angry, and it wasn't even all that attacking. She drew some very clear distinctions in a way that will resonate with the citizens of the states (most of which live in towns the size of the one she was mayor of). If you've got such clay feet that you can't take even the gentle tap on the shoulder that this speech was, you no longer deserve to be Majority Leader, and the Democrat Party will get knocked back into the stone age when November rolls around.

    If the Conservative base stays this riled up, come November the Democrat Congress can kiss their majority goodbye in the House, pray to stay even in the Senate, and dismiss any chance of taking the White House for the next 12 to 16 years.

    September 4, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  3. Bonnie from Novato

    What a contrast to the uplifting Democratic Convention! I had –dare I say it?–HOPE for our country uniting and finding new solutions to some of the very serious problems we face. Especially since McCain professed to want to run a campaign based on decency and addressing the issues -Well so much for that plan. I am saddened to see the low road so eagerly embraced yet again....
    Snark and derision don't play well with me any more. I had hoped for so much more. Just sent in a donation to Obama and intend to volunteer come daybreak..... ENOUGH!

    September 4, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  4. Steve

    Her lies and insults won't help when she debates Joe Biden! I can't wait for Future VP Biden to humiliate her on the issues.

    September 4, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  5. bonna

    She is just someone to get Mccain elected, once he's elected she will resign, once she see what the bush mob has to offer. Why use a woman to do your dirty work.

    September 4, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  6. Jerry in Los Angeles

    I am saddened that the republican american party would purposely attack anyone who has devoted their young life to community outreach. Its so disrespectful of anyone to attack anyone else for contributing to community service. Community is America, attack that and you are no better than what our founding father and mothers fought against in the revolution.

    September 4, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  7. Tonight's convention

    Not only will Dem's be offended by Palin's attacks, but COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS EVERYWHERE will be as well.

    Community organizers are people who usually volunteer their professional services and hands out of the goodness of their hearts and time to helping American citizens without a SINGLE PENNY coming out of the taxpayers' pocket.

    They're the ones that register people to vote and make sure people get out to vote on election day...
    Once again, Palin's judgement is under question-this time for saying something REALLY STUPID. Oh wait! She was just doing what she was told by MCCAIN.
    Neither are ready or have the sense to be president. Just like Bush.

    September 4, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  8. Becky

    How is she going to work in a bipartisan way when she just insulted over 40 million Hillary and Obama supporters who busted their backsides in our Primaries? What was she doing in April while it was all hot and heated between Barack and Hillary? Oh thats right she was risking her unborn baby's life flying to a speech 8 months pregnant...I wonder if she would put herself in jail if the fetus was harmed in anyway?

    September 4, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  9. Loyal Jane

    McPalin is another McBush
    Mcbad. No way. No how. No McPalin

    September 4, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  10. Tony

    It's about time this happened. I was getting sick of the sensationalist politics the Dems have been spewing. Tell me, what concrete plan does Obama have for anything? Palin's speech was accurate, yet edgy. This is making people uncomfortable on the other side. Good.

    Who is experienced in the "Big Chair" except for an former president? Kill that argument now. And as far as reaching out to the common man and understanding our plight....how many of us have gone to an Ivy League school? Obama has. McCain and Palin haven't. So who has more in common with us, Ivy League guy/35 year Congressman ticket or a war vet/working mother ticket?

    Gimme a break, everytime the Dems introduce something as "good for the people and what we want" the opinion polls say otherwise.

    The second the dems resort to their propaganda machine, it's obvious they're uncomfortable. Palin makes them uncomfortable because she doesn't care about hurting people's feelings. She wants to get the job done.

    September 4, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  11. Tonight's convention

    Not only will Dem's be offended by Palin's attacks, but COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS EVERYWHERE will be as well.

    Community organizers are people who usually volunteer their professional services and hands out of the goodness of their hearts to helping American citizens without a SINGLE PENNY coming out of the taxpayers' pocket.

    They're the ones that register people to vote and make sure people get out to vote on election day...
    Once again, Palin's judgement is under question-this time for saying something REALLY STUPID. Oh wait! She was just doing what she was told by MCCAIN.
    Neither are ready or have the sense to be president. Just like Bush.

    September 4, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  12. Melanie Jones

    This woman was nasty and said nothing that would help the American people. If I were not on line, I would call a word not used outside of a kennel. This woman scares me. I am a woman and I don't like her.

    September 4, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  13. Mike

    The Democrats are going to move the country forward exactly how...an even larger and burdensome federal bureaucracy?

    How about the 40 trillion dollar unfunded liability that exists between Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security by 2040? We'll be paying 2 trillion dollars in INTEREST alone by that time. Is the Democrats solution really to add even more to a federal budget that's unsustainable? That's how Rome falls upon itself.

    It's time for major reform to government, Republicans and Democrats alike, and there's only one ticket that's done that in their prior respective positions – McCain/Palin '08.

    September 4, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  14. CFL

    You're afraid of her, we get it. Try and counter any thing she said about your annointed one.

    September 4, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  15. palin power

    i just got to say wow im a dem but let me tell you i want to see what mc cain plan for our country i like his pick palin power very impressed

    September 4, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  16. Mrs T in Callie

    Wow! Someone who wants to go to Washington to serve the people! Imagine that! It is time that we cleaned out the Washington Elite and elected officials who are going to do what their constituents want and what is best for our country.. I heard Stephanie Miller (talk about shrill) denounce Governor Palin on Larry King Live for bringing her family on stage with her. Typical hypocrite. Didn't Barak Obama parade his family @ the DNC and allow them to be exposed in People magazine? I am incredulous that the left is questioning the ability of a woman to juggle family and career. Where are the NOW people? Why aren't they shouting "foul" from the rooftops? I am woman hear me roar! The democrats will do their best to discredit the Governor of Alaska but I have a feeling, she will hold her own.

    September 4, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  17. Tamarra

    It is interesting that they were hiding this woman. Then the only thing you hear about where she is it is working with McCain's personal speech writer. Then Libermann is couching her on what to expect and do. I find it hard to understand why it is wrong to question Gov. Palin and okay to mock Michelle Obama. To belittle what Barack Obama have done in Chicago? He has made it plan and clear that he didn't agree with attacking her daughter and family and they find it okay to attack his. Why is that? What do they need to hide? Is it because the energy plan she had isn't the one she endorsed a month ago and let's not forget about the economy- the only arguement you had was that Barack's plan is wrong. Well what is McCain's plan? Did anyone talk about it?

    September 4, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  18. Sandy

    Last week during Obama's speech I cried with pride for our country. This week during Palin's speech I also cried but it was with sadness and fear for our country.

    September 4, 2008 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  19. Mark

    She's proud that her son is going to Iraq and she wants him to stay there until he wins (did you see how scared he looked?). What's next?- sending the Down's baby to rough up the pre-school to show how tough the Palins are?

    September 4, 2008 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  20. Melanie Jones

    Clean the mess up in Washington? Haven't the Republicans been in charge of Washington for the last 8 years.

    September 4, 2008 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  21. CFL

    After the attacks on her for the past week – you expected her to curtsey, smile, wave , and give Obama a wink. Wake up Dems – you don't have this election locked up.

    September 4, 2008 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  22. shawn

    good speaker, not too bad... just too bad she had Bush's speechwriter write her propaganda. I agree, last week showed how we as a nation could better ourselves and move forward... these past few nights have been nothing but angry people with no answers, just cheap shots.

    September 4, 2008 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  23. Art

    GOP John McCaine Presidential Campaign Plan

    1) Use Iraqi Surge if fails
    2) Use Swiftboat tactics if fail
    3) Milk POW status forget POWs who did not make it home (Columbian Presidential hopeful Ingrid Betancourt mother of two held in captivity for 6 yrs/ No military training, after interviews moved on!
    4) Find Hillary look alike if not fooled resort to dependable
    5) 9/11 scare tactics
    6) Never actually discuss issues

    September 4, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  24. Ben

    I am utterly shocked at the pompous drivel that came out of her mouth.

    September 4, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  25. CFL

    Sooner or later you are going to have to compare the policies of those running for the office and get away from comparing Obama to Pres Bush.

    September 4, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
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