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. Walt D

    We do not need people like us. That's what Bush and Cheney offered just like McCain. We need people who are smarter than us. So let's stop dumbing down America.

    September 5, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. ujw, ny

    Just keep spewing your scripted attack lines, Ms. Palin, because that's all you're good for. You don't bring anything but negativity to the ticket!

    September 5, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Unbelievable!

    When is she going to speak to the press... without her notecards?

    September 5, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. robbie

    So McCain talks about bipartisanship and mutual respect/admiration, but then the next day his campaign is back to attacking character and patriotism.

    How very charming Miss Palin is.

    September 5, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Rotties eat Pit Bulls

    She can't spell Foriegn policy ... if she could she'd be on

    Meet the Press or Face The Nation or This Week or 60 Minutes or 20/20 or Dateline NBC.

    September 5, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. jm for sc

    Palin needs to read the intelligence report regarding the Iraq war. I don't think there was ever a question about the U.S Military being able to prevail, the question is: Why didn't Bush and his supporters of the war listen to the reports before going to war.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 5, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Kevin-Seattle

    What about the decision to go to war in the first place....just a small skip over on her part. She needs understand what she is saying versus just saying what they want her to say. Welcome to the bigstage.

    September 5, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. zolesh

    My God it was the same speech she gave at her acceptance of the nomination.
    Could it be that the speech writer forgot to write her a new speech?

    She would have to learn to give a different speech for listeners are soon going to be fed up with the same old substance free,attack filled speech.

    September 5, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. New Political Star

    Palin, you are a new political star, like Obama. I was so impressed by the speech you made on Wednesday. You had a 80 % job approval rate as governor which was astonishing. We are expecting something from you. You electrifies the Rep. party, you inspired young people like me from DEM.

    I wonder what happened to the media? Did they see what you brought to the Rep. party? I guess so. See, Obama has to dispatch Hillary, Oparah.

    Where's Biden ???

    September 5, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Bruce

    "reading off notes" come on when are they going take the leash off her and let her out on her own....Oh yea,,,she has no exeperince and would not beabvle to function without notes or being told what to say,
    She is dangerous.
    The comment that was made that she makes you realize that anyone can become something in the US is such a crock,,,,look at Obama he epitiomizes this, as does Hillary and so many other sucessful women.
    I used to live in WI,,and all I can say is do not fall for this act.

    September 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Joe in StL

    I think "hammers" might be a little strong. Maybe a better headline would be "Palin repeats speech, stenographers put it on website."

    Which one has a degree in International Relations again?
    Has served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee?

    Let's get real here people.

    September 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Emma

    I hope the American people will see Palin for what she really is. An unqualified candidate seeking the office of the VP of the US. She in NOT qualified and I don't care how the Republican Party spin her time as Mayor and Governor, she is still not qualified to even tie the shoe laces of the next VP of the US as well as the POTUS.

    Go back to Alaska! Your constituents need you there, not in Washington. Oh yea, are you contemplating firing anyone else because they do not agree nor follow you blindly?

    September 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. hillary supporter -totally insulted !

    That woman is a disgrace...

    substance is what we want...and dont tell us about you selling a plane a ebay...that is not what we call executive management.

    jesus...what a disgrace that woman lack of integrity...

    Dic cheney with lipstick....

    go away....

    September 5, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. what's palin hiding ?

    Palin – is still refusing to grant interviews to the press !


    September 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Just more gobblygook from the new queeen of elitistia!!!!

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. SPQR753

    Whatever comments are coming from a Hockey mom or from a rottweiler (with or without lipstick) are as irrelevant as the bla-bla-bla streaming from McCain mouth.

    September 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    Palin wants to drill our way out of the economic crisis. If it wasnt for Clinton, you wouldnt be using the Internet. You'll be chipping on stone tablets with Palin and Bush.

    If you want to continue to use a typewriter, vote Palin/McCain

    If you want to use Ipod and the internet and the next generation of energy and technology, vote Obama, powered by the Clintons.

    I cant wait for Hillary to kick Palin's butt!!

    September 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Jen

    Drill baby Drill? ...I"m going to throw up

    September 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Who Cares

    Sarah cannot run her own household let alone run this country. Sarah, go sit down somewhere.

    September 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Experience

    She may be a hockey-mom and a pit bull but no qualifications to be Vice President. I know a lot of women want someone to lookup too but for GOD sakes think of the country. This PTA, hockey mom is not ready to lead this country or solve any problems we are having.

    They are taking this week and next to get her use to foreign policies, economy, etc. if she has that much experience shouldn't she already know?

    This just proves she is there just to get women voters, SHAMELESS MCCAIN!!!

    September 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Lisa

    How about an interview Ms. Palin. Those that are eating up this stupidity has to ve just that. Who is running for president? Apparently, she is. I am really getting tired of her smug answers. Talk about some issues besides the surge idiot!

    September 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. S. Boatman

    I Can Relate To This Woman! We Have So Much In Common!. . . . We Both Dont Fully Understand Foreign Policy, We Both Dont Know How To Fix The Economy, We Both Dont Know How To Fix Health Care, And We Both Are Highly Under Qualified To Be Vice President! The One Difference Is Im Smart Enough To Vote For Obama!

    September 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. MJC

    Somebody please get a muzzle.

    September 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Chris, South Carolina

    You say being a community orgainzer doesn't have actual responsibilities? What about the ministers and pastors who are involved in the communities? Organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Local Police, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the very own volunteers who are working on behalf of your campaign going door to door and making calls don't have actual responsiblities either? I am totally offended by these remarks. Can you imagine where we would be if it weren't for community organizations?

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Angela

    Are you kidding me??? Sarah, please stop with all of the attacks. How do you even have time now that you are taking a crash course in Foreign Policy for the Bush Boys?

    September 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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