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for the failure of the investment bank Lehman Brothers, and said the government’s financial regulatory system “is outdated and needs a complete overhaul.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.
McCain and Palin will get things done in Washington and even cross party lines to do so. I'm sure Obama wouldn't ever cross party lines even if for the good of the country. Then again he would actually have to show up to a session in the senate to even be able to cross party lines which everyone knows he was never there.
I'm still waiting for the Obama supporters to explain to me how he is more qualified then even Palin is. Palin's ran a government...and Obama...well lets just say he was a senator...barely. He's spent more time running for president then he has doing his job as a senator.
Seriously, Obama needs to stick to writing stories, maybe write a third one about himself, because making up stories is something he is clearly good at.
This lady will say and do anything to attract a vote. When the cameras are off and the press is gone even the Republicans are scratching their heads as to why Palin was chosen by McCain. His own party knows the party's over....literally!
Yep! She's running for president in 2012. Hillary supporters....who will you vote for then? Confused?
Palin and McCain have no clue about how our national economy and regulatory systems work. McCain has admitted economics bores him, and his senior advisor Gramm called us a "nation of whiners" and said we're in a "mental recession."
Meanwhile Obama's campaign is right on! He is hitting all the right issues, especially when he says."This country can’t afford another four more years of this failed philosophy.” We also can't afford the Iraq War and Occupation that is costing us $1 trillion and crippling our economy and foregn policy.
Compared to these fundamental truths, why are we so distracted by such irrelevant things as: POW story, family backgrounds, spouses, pastors, churches, guns, race, family wealth, celebrity status, imagined sexist slights, etc.?
She wants to make change...come on..Americans know better that you are just a VP candidate and that post has no power. As famously said by McCain in 2000. Its a job without power where you attend funerals!...We need a strong America and you ain't the one girl!
Release your taxes woman!!!! Quick before the plane crashes for the 6th time and you guys are mia for 5 years.
Palin is a tool. If she and McCain win next year, Americans are doomed.
Go Palin! you get my vote! Hope to see your beautiful victory smile in November!
Please, don't tell me who to blame, that doesn't solve my problem or give me a relief for my stress, tell me, what you are going to do about the economy? Dow tumbles down 500 point! We need help and tell me the solution, please, please, and not only you Sarah, this goes to Obama, who seems to blame every thing on Bush and not saying how he plan to solve it. CHANG WE BELIEVE IN, CHANGE WE NEED, CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE, HELL with you change Obama, tell me your plan specifically how you solve raising living standard, raising food, oil, school tuition. Obama, McCain, Biden, Palin needs to specify the solution, its time for us to hear your plans, how we solve the issues we face.
You act like she is a little girl on the first day of school. So what is the story?
How can you belitte community organizers and churches that help families in need ,be against stem cell reseasch and help families who have special needs and children with special needs at the same time, this woman is a joke.
GIVE ME A BREAK!
Like she knows ANYTHING about wallstreet or anything else for that matter.
how ya gonna fix it wall street Sarah? Hire a lobbyist to go do it for ya? Moron! Liar! Thief! Trainwreck!
She's a parrot without a brain or a single thought of her own. She is an environmental terroist with no regard to the issues of global warming, and preservation of endangered species. I don't think that a person who can barely count to two knows anything about the economy.
Now can we really believe that a woman who lies about going to Iraq, lies about her brother in law's firing, lies about who really gave birth to Trig, lies about the Bridge to Nowhere, lies about her drug addicted son Track, is fit to lick the bottom of any or our shoes much less be the vice president?
People are suffering. It will be interesting if voters stick with what got them here or will they step out and go a new direction.....
VOTE OBAMA FOR CHANGE
Finally after using the same speech for two weeks it about time that she change...How bout we now hear what she intends to do for this country... The fact that she is even on the ticket amazes me.
Strange, it looks like the pitbull has figured out how to licked lipstick off. Whatever.....
What will she do? This doesn't say anything and doesn't even give a real explanation of what the issues are let along what she might do.
I truely don't get it.
Who is this person?
So Palin is saying that Washington need to regulate business more? Did she forget that she is from party that is against more government regulations? What is next, the Republicans running as the party of change? Or the Republicans accusing the Democrats of swiftboating?
Wait, the Republicans actually did these things too. Nothing is beyond the Republicans.
This woman insults the intelligence of all women....She is no Hillary!!!!
SO why Palin an not someone like Kay Bailey Hutchinson....her nomination is an insult to women everywhere!!
More regulation. I thought that "bigger government" was what the change was not going to be, yet we hear this?
Special needs kids are important. What about special needs families?
There are more families that need help than individual children. Besides, healthcare for all children should make things better for these special needs children, and their families.
Energy security and government reform = 1 line sentence
Special needs kids = 3 lines, 2 sentences
Agree – Palin will set the advancement of women back 50 years!
What a joke.
She's a disgrace!
I will be voting for a Dem for the first time ever...and I couldn't be more proud!
Obama; bringing intelligence back to the White House!
But I thought that Republicans were against more regulation. What is Palin proposing as a fix? What will be different?
Yes, Government needs reform, but what exactly will McCain/Palin change?
As far as Energy Security, Palin strikes me a a fosil fuel person. How is that different from Bush? Wasn't he an oil man from an oil state? Didn't he too say that "America is adicted to oil"? Exactly what is going to change?