September 15th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin debuts new speech in Colorado

Palin unveiled a new stump speech Monday.

Palin unveiled a new stump speech Monday.

GOLDEN, Colorado (CNN) - With the tremors on Wall Street reverberating throughout the political world on Monday, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin unveiled a revised stump speech that focused on the troubled economy.

Palin blamed corporate executives for the failure of the investment bank Lehman Brothers, and said the government’s financial regulatory system “is outdated and needs a complete overhaul.

“Washington has been asleep at the switch and ineffective and management on Wall Street has not run these institutions responsibly and has put companies and markets at risk,” she said, adding that “every effort” has to be made to ensure that the bank deposits and investments of regular Americans remain solvent.

Echoing one of John McCain’s favorite lines, the Alaska governor said she was pleased taxpayer money would not be used to bail out Lehman, as it was following the collapse of Bear Stearns last spring.

Palin’s remarks in Colorado were lengthier and more involved than the stump speeches she has typically been giving on the campaign trail. In particular, Palin kept the focus on the nation’s economic concerns, telling the crowd she had cut taxes in Alaska (she did not mention that she had introduced a sales tax hike as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.) She also highlighted her small town bona fides.

“My husband Todd and I, we have a commercial fishing operation,” she said. “My sister, she just opened a service station. Todd’s folks, they own a hardware store. We’ve all built small businesses and worked hard to earn a living. We know the struggles out there.”

“It’s the small businesses, the mom and pops that are the cornerstone of America,” she said.

For the first time, Palin outlined what her goals will be for the vice presidency, noting that she and McCain had spoken about her job description.

“My mission is going to be energy security and government reform,” she said. “And another thing near and dear to my heart, it's going to be helping families who have special needs and children with special needs. And we're going to be pushing for innovative cures for diseases.”

Palin’s youngest son Trig has Down Syndrome.

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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Jay

    Obama is still talking about bridges and houses, while Palin is out there talking about the issues and proposing solutions. This why the Obama campaign is in free fall.

    September 15, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Frank

    Oh, so what the economy needs is closer regulation?

    This woman is absolutely clueless.

    Putting her on the ticket, when conservative women like Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Christie Todd Whitman were available, was a slap in the face to women everywhere.

    September 15, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Mike Mc

    I can't wait until Eliza Doolittle is finally allowed out in front of the media and forced to answer questions like everyone else who has ever been on a presidential ticket.

    September 15, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Susan in Colorado

    This chick sure ain't no Michelle nor Hillary. Palin doesn't even have a degree, except, maybe in stupidity!

    September 15, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. BigTallMatt


    "Energy security" = Huge tax breaks and more windfall profits for big oil.
    "Government reform" = More failure of government, fewer civil liberties.
    "Innovative cures" = Stopping stem cell research and giving the cold shoulder to good science.

    Obama/Biden – The change we deserve.

    McCain/Palin – Thanks, but no thanks.

    September 15, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Barbara - NC

    Palin (when mayor of Wasilla) took a small town with a balanced budget and "reformed it" so that when she left, that same town was $20 million in debt.


    September 15, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Justin, ny

    innovative cures for diseases – except the inovative stem cell research cures – palin stared innovation in the face and said "thanks but no thanks".

    September 15, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Elizabeth in Texas

    I really believe her. NOT. Go away.

    September 15, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Tara

    Same ole' Republican talking points... Business Business Business.. .nothing for regular working Joes. And please tell me when is she going to get off the teet of the teleprompter. If she is so smart, why can't she do "real" interviews. Why is she not going on Meet the Press and why can't she give a town hall or rally w/o a teleprompter. At least Obama only uses the teleprompter during big speeches not every day campaign stops.

    September 15, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. MaryAnne


    September 15, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Betty

    Stop the world!! Palin has a new speech!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Barbara - NC

    We know your energy plan, sweetie -- drill, baby, drill.

    Some plan.

    September 15, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. proud army and navy mom

    Ms pitbull Palin, I know you are intellectually challenged, but think real hard and try to recall who has been running Washington in the ground the past 71/2 years.

    Just in case you can't remember it was your republican party. George W and Cheney were the ringleaders. Please don't act like your party had nothing to do with this mess. I know you are only reading what has been written for you by Rove, but try to read something other than trash.

    September 15, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Carl

    Who has been in Washington for 25 years while "“Washington has been asleep at the switch and ineffective"? Would that be McCain? Why is he just now deciding something needs to be done? The Republicans have been in Washington for 8 years now and things are getting worse.

    September 15, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Barbara - NC

    When will she stop parading that baby to garner sympathy votes? Pandering – pure and simple.

    September 15, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Dan, NJ

    I wonder if she's ever been to Wall Street? I wonder if she could tell us what regulations are flawed and how they should be fixed...

    September 15, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. obama all the way

    Maybe you should check with your new boss on this one Sarah-

    He is still preaching that that ecomony is sound- and here you are with a different message.

    Dumb and Dumber.

    September 15, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. meron

    All I want to know is if this woman as ever taken basic Economics course as undergrad student. I wouldn't made to see her transcript!

    September 15, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. ct

    I can't believe these people have the nerve to talk about washington being asleep. It's Mccain party now, why hasn't he done anything already?! Because he doesn't plan to change a thing, he'll leave all of Bush's policies in place! The guy has a 100 million of his wife's money, think about that! A HUNDRED MILLLION, do you truly believe he can relate to us.

    September 15, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Will

    It's nice to say your going to do something, but how?

    September 15, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. white women

    who's been asleep the last 7 this lady has nothing to say

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Emma

    If I were a small investor with Lehman Brothers I would wonder what made Bear Stearns so important that it was okay to use taxpayer money to bail Bear Stearns out of its financial situation.

    Didn't Palin say she wants to take care of the small investor..............then put your money where your mouth is or SHUT UP!

    September 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. jAYjAY

    September 15th, 2008 4:18 pm ET
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    Palin won,t even do a press conference or town hall on her own, and wants to be VP
    sounds like Cheney to me……..SCARY

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. ron

    Even Tina Fey is more qualified than Palin to be VP let alone President!

    Go Tina Go

    September 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Peter (CA)

    Gov. Palin, did you run your remarks by McCain's economic advisor, Phil Gramm? You know, the guy who authored the legislation that started this mess. Sorry, can't believe you as your party wants nothing to do with regulation.

    The truth is coming out. Palin is new and exciting but would never be able to be President if something happened. Obama can do the job and so could Biden.

    September 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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