September 5th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
10 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. Jane

    "A regular person"

    Oh, good. The "who would I like to have a beer with" test reemerges.

    That went so well last time.

    September 5, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Elaine

    You would think she'd have already learned about the community organizer thing. All she's doing is pissing people off more.

    And what the heck does she know about Iraq anyway? Nothing. Unless you count the McCain camp telling her about it in the last couple of days.

    Stick a fork in it. These guys are done!

    NO. NO. No to McCain/Palin

    Post this

    September 5, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Ready For Change

    Come to Texas Sarah! We would love to hear from you.

    September 5, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Poor Palin


    September 5, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Jane

    I have no idea why they keep slamming community organizers. What, the McCain team doesn't understand the idea of service?

    Also, when is CNN going to report on Governor Palin's continued LIES about her opposition to the Bridge to Nowhere?!?!?

    September 5, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    She must be drawing on the extensive foreign policy experience she gained from being so close to Russia. "I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq." – Sarah Palin, March 2007. "I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does everyday?” – Sarah Palin, July 208

    September 5, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Swing Voter in Virginia

    You have got to be kidding me! I blame the media for allowing this woman with NO vision, NO platform, NO policy to continue to speak without challenging her.

    September 5, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Praising the Surge is like setting a house on fire, putting it out and trying to get people to praise water.

    September 5, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. CR

    She does not even have an Iraq Policy.... outside of Bush's, that is. Give me a break.

    September 5, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Nick from CA

    Great, we know she can parrot attack lines. Let's see if she has any knowledge of policy and if she can come up with an original response if she is seperated from her talking points or teleprompter.

    September 5, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. DPerry

    Why why why when I hear her speak do I hear nails on a chalkboard?

    September 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. gene

    The bottom line is... what are we fighting to accomplish. Ok.. we got in under false pretenses... we destroyed their country.. and now we're im the process of fixing what we bungled up. That's it... what else is there at this point? McCain should just step up and say "We're fixing the mistake we made.. and we owe it to the Iraqi people for falsly attacking them".. and I bet everyone would be fine with it.

    But using the repub's argument... we can attack Canada for just as much reason.. and just because they're fighting back would be enough reason for us to keep on surging. Of course they're gonna be fighting back in Iraq... we attacked THEM!

    September 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Trent

    She is a joke! How did we get to Iraq in the first place!

    September 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Why Sarah?

    This woman is so culturally devisive, it is actually nauseating. I used to like McCain, still do....but she needs to go.

    And on the Iraq thing...doesn't the MCCain campaign realize the surge argument is weak considering Obama voted against the war in the first place that is strangling our economy and resources. He knew it was all Bush Lies. Band-aids on the War like the surge never would have had to happen.

    September 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Mohamed, Minneosta

    this is funny in all people Ruplicans should neve say anything about Iraq or we are more safer today beacuse saddam in no longer in charge even tho he never attacked us, nor had any connection with Alqeada, most of 9/11 attackers were from Saudi arabia our so called greatest friend in the middle east, we spend 10 billion dollers amonth to protect oil companys while our citizen loose thier life time saving and houses, tell us something else Sarah besides attacking oboma, tell me why i should vote for you, how will you make my life and the lifes of americans better? by attacking the one person who said this was was wrong from the 1st day, tell me how you will correct this wrong, ooh wait Mcbush said we will be there in 100 years even tho the so called hand picked iraqi government wants us out typical repulicans, i know obama and i know mccain now tell me why should i vote for you and him besides telling me his life stories tell me his issues and the changes your administrations will make

    September 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Lone Star Wolf

    Tell them how it is Sarah. GO McCAIN AND PALIN ALL THE WAY TO THE OVAL OFFICE.

    September 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Independents For McCain

    Hot off the Press: What a difference a week can make
    The new data also shows significant increases in the number who say McCain made the right choice and the number who say Palin is ready to be President. Generally, John McCain's choice of Palin earns slightly better reviews than Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden.


    I would be really worried if I was a Democrat.

    Go McCain/Palin

    September 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Typical small-town values

    Did she talk about the all the typical small-town stuff like smoking dope, slaughtering animals from helicopters and getting a $1,200 oil check from the state every year; you know, Alaska is JUST LIKE Mayberry!!!

    September 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. sue

    Attack all you want Palin, it will not change the fact that Obama will be the Next Pesidnet of USA, as he is the only man in the real with any real character....

    Obama/Biden 08 & 12

    September 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Lila

    Anybody can get on a stage and be nasty and sarcastic. I want to see her actually interviewed by the press on real issues.

    September 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Nikki, Florida

    Bristol's pregnancy is not the media's business

    Unless you consider that Sarah cut funding for Teen Mothers in Alaska AND her press release said it was "Bristol's choice"...meaning her daughter can have a choice but if Palin's in office, our daughters can NOT have that choice...hypocrite.

    September 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. dollorbil

    She ain't no average person she is as elite as they come. You can tell by the way she talks. She has that I am better than all of you air about her. As far as disparaging obama on his stance he has never wavered on anything. He is man enough to admit when something appears to have worked to say it did. Personally I don't think it has done as much good as you may think. The insurgents are just bidding their time waiting tfor us to leave and then it will be like n.vietnam taking the south again. Just another failed policy. It will fail because it was a policy made for all the wrong reasons.

    September 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Alison,Fl

    Yes, let's listen to this NEW COMER on the scene. Her words are so much more credible than Obama. I wonder why? Seeing as though he has been trying to prove his patriotism etc... for almost 20 months now! We don't know much about Palin and what we do know about her is highly disturbing! Obama has earned our trust but I guess since he isn't WHITE, he doesn't deserve our vote! I can't even believe people are actually considering voting for the right-wing nutcase who doesn't even believe global warming is partly a result of the damage humans have done to the environment. How is she going to help with that if she doesn't believe it. What is the GOP going to do about the broken education system in this country? They have no plan because they want us to stay dumb so we can keep voting them into office!

    September 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Pam

    And you republicans accuse Obama supporters of being star struck?? What a joke! This woman has been around for a week and you act like she's the next coming of Christ! Talk about kool-aid drinkers.

    September 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    Palin has done nothing for you and me. She has no right to judge Obama. Palin has no records of change on a national level. Obama has a record with finance reform.

    About the surge? It's not a success. If it was a success, why arent we leaving immediately? Until we can have all opposing parties live in harmony, the surge HAS failed all of us.

    September 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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