September 4th, 2008
10:24 AM ET
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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. CNN loves McCain

    Yes, Yes, and Yes.

    Women for Obama!!!

    September 4, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  2. will ny

    nice story CNN... so how about the speech? any substance? any policy description?

    you're biases are showing

    September 4, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  3. Michael

    I watched the Palin speech carefully, asking myself one question: would I want this person to be President of the United States at a time of national crisis?

    No way, No how.

    What I saw was a slick, snide, sarcastic, mean-spirited attack dog right out of the Atwater-Rove playbook. Sarah Palin's selection is an insult to women in particular, and the American electorate in general.

    September 4, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  4. Dave

    whououeeee.. that's it.... after living off my tax money for decades all Reid can comment on is her vocal chords!!! WHAT A JOKE. Typical Male reponse. Where are the outraged democratic women who take exception to Reids characterization of a woman who has something meaningful to contribute??? THATS IT? THATS WHAT WE PAID FOR?????? Time to get a new Reid.

    September 4, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  5. Will

    What a poor choice of words, or word rather.

    As Campbell Brown pointed out the word "shrill" is usually used in reference to women and in a demeaning way. Harry Reid needs to hire a new press secretary and realize that if the charges of sexism against the Democrats gain traction then Obama will have that much more of a tough time being elected in November.

    Comments like "shrill" coming from a male US Senator's office is going to also make it that much harder for people to question Palin's experience and ability to serve as VP, especially when outlets like CNN are afraid of being labeled sexist themselves and will therefore overcompensate by directing negative attacks against Reid and the Democrats in response.

    September 4, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  6. Chi4Obama

    So when the Democrats hit back against Palin, will they be called "sexist" for beating up on "poor Sarah"...??

    September 4, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  7. Lazarus

    Ha ha nice moment on CNN tonight when the commentators got this little clip. The two women on the panel looked ANGRY. That sort of language will not help the Democrats.

    September 4, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  8. Jessica from Tennessee

    The sheer rudeness of this speech overflowed with bipartisan thinking–this is the kind of America I'm tired of experiencing. Obama-Biden 08

    September 4, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  9. yen

    It scares me even to imagine it. The McCain /Palin Admininstration.
    She is full of contradictions, conflicts and double standards. He is another Mr. Bush again. What is going on in America? People are losing their common sense. This is a time that we need collective prayer to save us from McCain/Palin. He has already lost it, when he picked her to be his V.P.

    September 4, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  10. ginger

    Not only this she mocked Sen. Obama. Oh this getting good. I can't wait for Sen. Obama and Joe Biden to slap her down with the truth. Gov. Palin, word of advice, please go to factcheck before you speak again. In the morning the newspapers and radio stations will have you looking very foolish.

    September 4, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  11. Greg

    And yet every one of the attacks was on the money. Go figure.

    Face it, Obama is a joke!

    September 4, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  12. Gee, Alabama

    Mrs. Palin is once more proof of the fact that beauty is only skin deep.

    September 4, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  13. Tracy

    What is this? Second Grade?

    September 4, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  14. Belle

    Hey Harry,
    THIS DEMOCRAT IS VOTING MCCAIN/PALIN and VOTING FOR ANYONE RUNNING AGAINST YOU!

    Your comments are BENEATH contempt, and you are showing how SEXIST you really are. You are supposed to represent the women of Nevada too!

    September 4, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  15. CB

    You are absolutely correct. She sound like she was scrubbing her teeth against the black board.

    September 4, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  16. Don from California

    She did sound shrill, but there is a lot worse things she could have been. I'm supporting Obama, but I can at least recognize greatness when I see it. She was heroic in her delivery tonight, and she deserves the respect of a serious contender. But, she was shrill.... and totally demeaning to many Americans. The republicans, including Palin, came off rediculously negative and sarcastic. I guess there new modo is "If you can't beat em, beat em down with baseless attacks.

    September 4, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  17. arlene, CA

    Not a word about economy, health care, or anything. Nothing about what their vision is for America. I agree with Senator Reed.

    September 4, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  18. Keith

    GOP Spin machine cranking out "sexism" against Reid. How dare they call a female politician "shrill"? Oh, unless it's Hillary Clinton, whom the republicans branded "Shrillery"...Hypocrisy example #45 in GOP political playbook

    Oh, and watch the "old boy" comments against Barack please, while we're on the subject of PC behavior.

    September 4, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  19. Angela

    Most people don't like pitbulls....even with lipstick.
    She reminds me a little of Anita Bryant.

    September 4, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  20. Michelle

    Same old "McCain is Bush" nonsense. It won't fly.

    Is that all you can come back with, Harry?

    Shrill and sarcastic? How about direct and truthful!

    September 4, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  21. Gary

    Harry Reid's "I can't stand John McCain" is shrill. The MSM attacks on Palin have been shrill. Palin is shrill in response. Can you blame her?

    September 4, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  22. Wooten

    Obama has the judgement, Biden has the experience, mccain got it wrong, and palin is a nut.

    September 4, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  23. C

    we won't have a clear picture of how palin will fare as a candidate on the campaign trail until she submits to media interviews that aren't scripted like tonight's speech

    September 4, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  24. Dennis

    It's the economy stupid. We are still waiting to hear what the RNC's plans are.

    September 4, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  25. AndyW

    It's interesting how the Obama ticket is trying desperately to run against Bush and not McCain.

    September 4, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
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