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. Soledad

    The GOP convention and all its speeches is likened to a Pasi gong (a crushing sound to announce the start of a performance or magic).
    Big sound no substance. The American people deserve to know concrete plans on relieving the worst economy they've had and how to move forward. And when it comes to foreign policy, it takes more than pitt bull mentality & attitude to face Ahmadinejad & Putin...even with lipstick!

    September 4, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  2. Mike, Vancouver

    Kate, you are absolutely right. She has only been given the job of speaker because there is nobody else to do the job that has the charisma and ability to fulfill John's shortcomings. I think it is too bad that she will only have that role then be cast away once the election is over.

    September 4, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  3. lee

    The RNC speeches last night showed the GOP have nothing but sarcasm, anger, and lies to run on. America is tired of that.

    September 4, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  4. slip

    no obama 08

    September 4, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  5. Lisa

    She delivered the speech flawlessly and I was impressed with that, she had to be nervous. The tenor of the speech however was frightening. If this is the republican party in 2008 it is very bitter. The reason Sen. Obama has so many people that like him is he is ALWAYS positive about this country's future. Palin's speech made me think America is destined for more diviseness and hate if she wins. It was like a neo-nazi rally.

    As soon as it ended I went upstairs and stood over my sleeping two year olds bed and said a prayer for his future. The difference between the politics of hope and fear in one 30 min. speech. Choose wisely America.

    September 4, 2008 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  6. Robert Smith

    Yes, but it is quite OK for people to question whether she can raise her kids and be VP, to humiliate her child in hopes of tearing down the mom, and to take McCain's comments out of context.

    Not to mention the house speaker calling the President a failure, too.

    If the Dems can't handle a little of their own medicine, then maybe they shouldn't dish it out. You can't have your attacks and eloquent Obama speeches and expect EVERYONE to bow down and worship!

    And please, people, let's get off the "she's such a good speaker but lacks substance." That's how people feel about Obama, who thinks running for president qualifies you to be one.

    September 4, 2008 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  7. Tony

    How desperate the republicans are. It is extremely sad.

    September 4, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  8. Dare

    I do agree...Obama is so much trying to run against George Bush and not McCain. Well, once the debates start...I don't see how he can avoid the issues.

    Secondly, how did Obama perform compared to McCain at the only non-scripted interview (where they were asked the same questions)? Woeful....I'll say. John was direct, clear and told the truth on his position. Obama tried not to upset anybody.

    Finally, we say Obama is ready for the Presidency...please can anybody tell me one single major/significant legislation that he sponsored while he was a State legislator or a Senator? I understand the number is none.

    So please go figure...who is the better candidate?

    September 4, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  9. Laura

    Who is she to be handing out all these insults, anyway. I doubt she was even following the election before she won some contest and got a guest roll in it.

    And I KNOW she doesn't even know who Harry Reid is. She read that one straight off the teleprompter.

    September 4, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  10. Ron in Minnesota

    GO BARACK

    September 4, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  11. real mom

    sarah palin seems to be mean and nasty.. she can't be trusted and she's definitely no real mom

    September 4, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  12. Joe in NY

    I just want anyone to answer one single question: What would John McCain do differently than the administration of the past 8 years? Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld had years and years of experience. It didn't make any difference. Their "experience" created a disaster after Katrina, was the reason for untold deaths in Iraq, and bled our economy dry. I don't trust John McCain to do anything different. He gave up his "straight talk" for pandering months ago. He's a puppet of the GOP power brokers now.

    September 4, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  13. Jeff

    I find it amazing that this article is here and there is another one from the AP saying she knocked it out of the park. Were the reporters watching the same speech? Maybe this is a case of AP being for everyone and CNN for liberals.

    September 4, 2008 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  14. James in RI

    She's definitely the most obnoxious person I've seen on TV in a long time... It was hard just to listen to her...

    September 4, 2008 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  15. TS OH

    I too have noticed a big difference between these conventions. Last weeks convention was inspiring and brought hope. So far I have seen nothing from the republican convention except name calling and a smoke screen to hide the real issues. Ms. Palin unfortunately is a quick study, she has done a great job on picking up the Republican rhetoric. I hope someone by now has told her what a VP is suppose to do.

    September 4, 2008 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  16. Rando

    All in all, I don't think I could stand to hear her shrill tone of voice again. How annoying. Like fingernails on a blackboard.

    September 4, 2008 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  17. Tony

    It was so obvious in the speeches last night, that when you don't have a record to run on, your only option is to attack, attack, attack.

    How pathetic, desperate and sad the republicans are.

    September 4, 2008 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  18. DonnieJ

    Palin is an utter tool . . .

    September 4, 2008 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  19. k.j O brien

    Harry Reid is an idiot, a loser in every since of the word. His comment about Palin is proof

    September 4, 2008 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  20. Being used

    McCain is just using that "Woman" (Sarah). And I wish the media would stop covering her story.
    Every day they had something bad to say about Hillary and Obama.... Why she the McCain camp have it easy?

    September 4, 2008 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  21. Steve

    Her speech last night was two-dimensional...

    Kind of reminded me a lot of Peggy Hill and her running mate, Cotton Hill!

    September 4, 2008 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  22. INDEPENDANT VET

    WATCH OUT REID , YOU MAY JUST HAVE TO HELP CARRY , AN PICK UP THE REST OF YOUR FLIP , FLOPPS DIRTY LAUNDRY. ONE BAG WON'T HOLD IT ALL.

    IF SHE ASK'S FOR , FOR THE PROOF OF OBAMA'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE , AN YOU SHOW , A PHONY REPRINT.( OFF LAZER PAPER ). AN THERE WAS A MISTAKE THEY HAD PUT O8. FOR GOT TO PUT THE DR'S. NAME , NO OCCUPATION LISTED OF HIS PARENTS, OH !!! AH !!! HUH !!! WRIGHT !

    AN FOR JOE BLOW , YOU GOT ALL THIS MONEY COMING IN FROM PRO-iRAN GROUPES , FROM NY, AN SILICONE VALLEY . THEREFORE , HARRY REID , YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A LARGE LOAD OF , FLIP FLOPPS . SO SETTLE DOWN , AN TAKE IT LIKE A CITY BOY , OR CATCH THE NEXT BUGGIE OUT OF TOWN .

    AT A GAL , TELL IT LIKE JUDGE JUDY . LIKE SHE SAID , DRILL BABBIE DRILL . FOR THE FLIPP FLOPPERS MUST LEAVE TOWN.

    FOR O8 NO FLIPP FLOPPERS NEEDED.

    .

    September 4, 2008 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  23. Jose Rodriguez

    Sen. Reid is worst majority leader we have ever had. He has a lower approval rating then Dick Cheny too!! He is a looser and has not accomplished anything as a majority leader. Democrats can do better otherwise we will be out of the Senate soon.

    Jose

    September 4, 2008 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  24. Jane

    Seems as though Palin hit a few nerves with the Democrats.

    September 4, 2008 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  25. emma

    its funny...u dont get a lot of negative comments like these on obama's ticket..i find it scary sometimes,
    oh well..maybe obma is better,esp.the way he speaks....
    he's a better candidate forsome...not 4 me.
    this convention has red meats..did the democrats never said anything against the other?..oh comman!!
    havent u heard?..politics as usual..

    September 4, 2008 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
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