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. Juan from L.A

    Reading off notes...LOL...Ohh God, Waldo has appeared now hurry get her in her cave and hide her again before she shows her real stupid self. Pathetic!

    September 5, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Lone Star with Brians

    Sarah, Sarah, you still haven't learned how to keep your mouth shut. clueless and brainless but riddled with scandal – Just your typical Republican. The ultimate of elitist. You and McShame have no clue. Oh wait, you both have so much in common. Rumors swelling of your affair, McCain dumps disabled first wife for blonde bimbo, flip flopper, pork barrel money grabber, leaves city $20 million dollars in debt, abuse of office, ahhh the list goes on and on Sarah.

    September 5, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. victoria

    Can you please just stop with this woman. Can you please write something about Biden and what he is saying. i know it has some meaning. how many more times CNN is going to continue bring up what Palin said about community organizer. Please enough about Palin.

    You guys at CNN are the reason I am changing to MSNBC. I really thought you where a fair news organization, but of course you are not. No equal coverage at all.

    September 5, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Frank

    Divisive if not uneducated (just read about her college hopping). I think it won't pay off to play "The grandpa and the redneck" ... but who knows.

    I think instead of reading the remarks they give her she should give some interviews with real Q&A.

    September 5, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Roger funny that Obamabots are soooooo offfended she is reading off notes!!!!!! hahahaha

    your candidate has a teleprompter to tell him what the weather is!!!

    September 5, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Babs

    Why are you Obama supporters so bitter and hateful? I watched you do the same thing to Hillary Clinton for the past year and now you have started on Sarah Palin. Give her a chance. Why cant anybody say anything negative about your IDOL Obama without you all getting crazy- you are scary- This is Politics – it happens. Get over it. I am a Hillary supporter and I could never vote for Barack Obama, but thats my choice.

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. WA

    Thank you Mrs. Authority on everyone's beliefs in America! You believe Obama was wrong, I and many others believe Obama was Right. And I and many others believe John McSame and President Bush was bonifiably, proven without doubt to be one hundred per cent wrong on the Iraq War! And may I add Mrs. Palin, as you'll never be my VP, that Senator McSame may predict success as often as he likes BUT predictions do not truths make!

    And from where I sit, Iraq was an unvetted, suposition that turned into an American Night Mare for all Americans. And it is so thanks to the Republican Administration of which you now belong despite your lack of qualifications!

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. PA voter

    Isn't this the same person who admitted having no knowledge of the happenings in Iraq? Now after a week of being VP, she's the expert. What a joke...McCain & Palin.

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. stephanie

    Sarah-cuda! How scary is she to our national and international interests?? We dont need a moose hunter or pitbull with lipstick who believes Iraq is a mission from God..he rplan is to pray about about told to her church congregation. WAKE UP AMERICA!! SHE AND HER FAMILY HOLD EXTREME VIEWS AND ARE NOT WHAT WE NEED AT THIS TIME. THE POTENTIAL VP DOES NOT HAVE TIME FOR ON THE JOB TRAINING AND CUE CARDS....SHE HAS NOT BEEN VETTED AND NOW IS NOT THE TIME. GO BACK TO ALASKA.

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Baze

    The wicked witch of the west strikes again!!!!! Ehhh heeee hee heeee my pretties.


    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Vince

    So let me get this straight. Miss Palin can attack Obama daily, but anyone who responds or questions her or her credentials is sexist. It must be great to have it both ways.

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Ty, Minnesota

    When did Alaska get annexed by Russia because Governor Putin, I mean Palin, sure seems to have picked up on the communist propaganda?

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Sarah

    She is pretty, but has fould smelling mouth
    Fact check from this morning showed 2 big lies in her speach last Wednesday. A third half truth was also noted
    She is a big liar unfortunately

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. About Sarah

    Check her out. She's absolutely amazing! Just someone who knows what life's like for me, an average American. I find it hard to relate to someone who flies his own private jet and makes $4,000,000 a year and whose "third child" is this campaign.

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Vern

    Experience, experience, what has experience gotten us. This is my first time in really being curious about the election and i must say that as a christian, for mccain to say that he is a christian, i am very disappointed in the way that he has allowed the attacks to go on, i expected to see a different way of doing things, you dont have to diminish a person's accomplishments to make yourself look more appealing to just win an election. I am not proud of the way that my country has been going either, but it is time for change. Just because Obama is not experienced enough, dont mean that he cant be a successful president, like he said it is going to take all of us to help change this nation and restore it to the that it was suppose to be. As for Palin, she said that she has taken on the Old Boys club, so then she should be able to handle whatever the media or anyone else throw at her an not cry sexism. As a woman if i make the choice to hang with the big dogs then if a crap breaks out then i do what i need to do and not whine about it. We as Americans need to take a stand for change and not be afraid of going into a new direction that will leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren to come. Change is hard but if we as a nation work together we can change the Nation and the lives of others that watch to see how we were willing to try change. I would rather take someone without experience because at least you know what you are getting, and you know that they are willing to do their very best to prove that giving them the job was not a mistake. The ones that say they have all the experience is the reason that we went to war in the first place. John Mccain refuse to admit that we should have never been in Iraq in the first place, instead he harps about the success of the surge, well guess what if we hadn't went there a surge woundnt have been needed. Thousands of our troops have been lost fighting a war that we shouldnt have been in, in the first place, why are we not mad about that? Sadaam had nothing to do with 9/11 but our troops are in Iraq, please tell me mccain/palin why is that? Wake up America if we dont fight for change now, then if the republicans get elected again, we deserved just what we get for allowing more of the same. The rich can afford to pay higher taxes, look at how much they are willing to pay lawyers when they need one, or when they want to throw lavish parties, they can do it, while the working poor can just barely make ends meet. We nned to look out for each other because the republicans have no clue what it is to go from paycheck to paycheck. Whats wrong with people being able to get the same health care that the republicans get, i am sure that they will get excellent health care why not us as a nation?

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Cyndy

    So, please, tell me exactly what it is that is Palin's job. She seems to be an "opening act" for McCain, and he just stands there, and lets it all come out of her scripted mouth. How dare she make fun of community service. People should read up on what kind of mayor/governor that she has been, and how she treats people. All the McCain camp is doing is stealing Obama's slogan for change, and throwing out negativity day after day. It is what Obama said the other day. It is time for this negativity to stop, and start discussing the issues. I am so looking forward to the debates–and, just let the McCain campaign cry sexist when Joe Biden starts grilling her. To me, a politician is a politican, there is no gender. If you want to talk like a "man", and throw punches like a "man", then you had better be able to take it like a man. The McCain campaign is making the presidential run into a Karl Rove playbook again–please, wake up America, and smell the coffee!!!

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. s

    I thought PTA moms and dads were like community organizers since schools are a part of the community. So in a sense she got her start as a community organizer. It is funny how the Republicans think certain things don't apply to them. For example, what would the opinions be if one of Obama's daughters were pregnant at 17. The Republicans would be asking the Dems what type of example they are for our nation. I say it would be a terrible example for the Vice President of the United States to have a pregnant teen, what would other countries think of us then. America the Pitiful, that is what they will call us. If she is elected she would be the youngest grandma.

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. drz

    When will she stop the one-liners and sit down for an hour on Meet the Press? Let's see how tough she is when she has to answer questions.

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Franky

    "how come mccain and his barking chihuahua"

    LOL!!!! That's good!! A chihuahua!! That's good, let me write that down...

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

    “I guess a small town mayor is sort of like a community organizer only you have actual responsibilities,”

    Right, because being a state and federal senator doesn't actually involve responsibility. By the same argument, McCain's 25 years in the senate doesn't count.

    September 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Eric-29-m-PA

    I saw part of that interview. Obama can't acknowledge that he made a mistake. Sound familiar people? I'll give you a hint. His nickname is W. Wake up people before it's too late. Obama is not qualifed for the job.

    September 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. John McBush & his Puppet Pitbull

    WOW..are they really talking about Iraq being a success?? and people are cheering?? that's unbelievable.
    After this war was hinged on perpetuated lies that Saddam was connected to 9/11, was funding and had ties to Osama Bin Laden, that the ANTHRAX attacks were from Iraqis strains. After knowingly deceiving the American public they have the GAUL to focus on SURGE???
    Hope she does a better job distinguishing Sunni & Shiite factions.

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

    Anonymous, that is great and so true! Thanks.

    September 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Typical White Person

    Good grief. You Bots will say anything in the hopes that repeating it enough will make it true.

    Obama became a Senator in 2005. The Iraq war started in 2003.

    He wasn't even in the Senate when the vote came up. He made a single speech in 2002 against it.

    Then he voted "present" in the Illinois State Senate...

    September 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Sarah Palin = Phyllis Schlafley

    There is only one word that applies to this woman.

    It begins with a "B."

    That might be sexist, but there is really no other way to describe her. I sure as heck don't want her representing the United States at ANY table from the cabinet room at the White House, at the United Nations, or especially in a foreign country where DIPLOMACY is key.

    Speaking of sexist, her "lipstick" jokes are totally sexist, whether she instigates them or not.

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