September 5th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin hammers Obama on Iraq policy

Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin were joined by Mrs. McCain at a campaign stop in Wisconsin.
Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin were joined by Mrs. McCain at a campaign stop in Wisconsin.

CEDARBURG, Wisconsin (CNN) – Sarah Palin took to her attack dog role with gusto on Friday morning, calling John McCain “the only great man in this race” and disparaging Barack Obama’s judgment on the troop surge in Iraq.

Watch: Palin slams Obama on Iraq

Reading off notes, Palin mocked Obama for telling Fox News on Thursday that the surge “has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated.”

“I guess when you turn out to be profoundly wrong on a vital national security issue, maybe it’s comforting to pretend that everyone else was wrong too,” Palin said, adding that McCain was “the one leader who did predict success.”

The crowd cheered when Palin reprised a pithy line from her convention speech that mocked Obama's professional background.

Watch: Palin: I had "actual responsibilities"

“I guess a small town mayor is sort of like a community organizer only you have actual responsibilities,” she said, responding to critics who accuse her of lacking experience.

Thousands of locals crammed into a picturesque block in this town north of Milwaukee to see the Republican ticket-mates speak. It was a fitting backdrop as Palin offered a Mayberry-esque description of her own home town and small towns everywhere, saying that the people who hail from small towns “love our country in good times and bad, and they are always proud to be an American.”

As was the case at the other Republican rallies she has attended over the last week, Palin’s star power at times seemed to outshine McCain’s. She elicited boos from the crowd as she attacked Obama, and chants of "John McCain! John McCain!" as she lavished praise on the GOP nominee.

“Sarah Palin gives me hope because she’s just like us," said Jim Buss, a voter from the nearby town of Glendale. "If she can be vice president of the United States, any of us can. My daughter can. Prior to that, Washington was elitist. Here’s a regular person going to be the second most powerful person in the world."

McCain was a bit more effusive. He introduced Palin as “the most marvelous running mate in the history of this nation.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iraq • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. elle

    she needed to read cue cards to insult Obama.....HAHA that's rich!!!

    September 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Steve

    I think it's pretty clear what the McCain campaign is doing with Palin.
    Palin was brought on to the campaign for two reasons: 1. To pander to the extreme religioius right. 2. To try to get the disgruntled Hillary supporters to vote for McCain. Reason 1 probably worked. Reason 2 didn't; Hillary supporters are smarter than that. Now, watch the McCain campain in the next few weeks. Now that McCain has the religious right on his side, it's mission accomplished for Palin. She is no longer useful. Palin will soon resign for "personal reasons" (pushed off the bus by McCain's campaign management). McCain will then say, "Gee, guys, I tried, but now there's not enough time to find another religious and right-wing VP. I guess I'll have to go with Lieberman." McCain will then have won over the right, and have the VP he actually wants.

    September 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Roger

    Hey WHY SARA....

    Please do some research before you post things on here.

    Sen. Obama DID NOT VOTE against the Iraq War. He had no vote on the Iraq War.

    Sen. Biden DID VOTE for the Iraq War.

    ohhhh boyyyy.....

    In fact....Sen. Obama has voted for EVERY iraq vote tha Sen. Mccaine has!!!

    ohhhh boyyyy

    September 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. tpipe Owosso MI

    Why is it that when a Republican questions a Democrat on their record it is attack politics? But when its the other way around, its just pointing out differences?
    Get a spine libs. If your candidates are so great they shouldn't have an issue with someone questioning them.

    September 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. D in Ashburn

    Remember, she is an expert in foreign affairs living so close to old evil empire! What a hockey NUT!

    September 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. r sisk, nevada

    Wake up folks. Hasn't anyone noticed how quiet things are in Iraq right now? It's not because the surge, it's because the nearness of the election. It's smoke and mirrors, corruption by our government and careful payment plans to those who can control the hot spots in Iraq so as to make it appear the surge has worked. "Caribou Barbie" and McSame need to focus on more than Iraq. Of course, they have no solutions, just attacks and rhetoric. BE VERY CAREFUL not to get caught up in the GOP lying Machine.

    September 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Palin aint our Hillary

    i just cant wait till they challenge her on real issues affecting the american public. this woman is a joke, i wonder why people can be so daft to even listen to her

    September 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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