September 16th, 2008
07:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin hammers Obama on taxes in Ohio

Palin ripped Obama on the economy Tuesday.

Palin ripped Obama on the economy Tuesday.

VIENNA, Ohio (CNN) – With a strong anti-NAFTA sentiment and a heavy union presence, the Mahoning Valley in northeast Ohio isn’t exactly prime Republican territory.

But that’s exactly where John McCain and Sarah Palin took their road show on Tuesday, hoping to steal some votes from Barack Obama in a region of the state where Hillary Clinton reigned supreme during the Ohio Democratic primary.

“We’re making that foray,” said one campaign adviser. “It’s good to play offense.”

Introducing McCain for the first time since she traveled to Alaska last week, Palin kept the focus on jobs and the economy as Wall Street woes dominated the headlines for the second straight day. She laid into the Democratic ticket, accusing Obama of wanting to raise payroll taxes, business taxes, investment income taxes and the estate tax.

“Here’s a little straight talk for our opponent,” Palin said, using her running mate’s signature phrase.

“His tax plans really would kill jobs and hurt small businesses and make even today’s bad economy look like the good old days.”

Palin's claims aren't exactly accurate: Obama would maintain the Bush tax cuts and offer tax breaks to individuals making under $250,000 a year. According to the non-partisan Center for Tax Policy, Obama’s tax plan would offer greater tax relief than McCain's for low and middle-income earners, but McCain's plan would lower the tax burden more across the board.

As she did in Colorado on Monday, Palin linked the campaign's economic pitch to her small town roots.

“Our family, like your families, we know that the best way to help small businesses is for government to take less from them, leave more for them so that they can expand and create jobs,” Palin said. “It's a pretty simple principle.”

Several voters in the audience said they were supporting McCain and Palin because they favor lower taxes.

Joyce Kish, an elementary school teacher's aide who attended the rally with her three sisters-in-law, said taxes and employment are her top issues in the election. She said the Valley was suffering from the loss of manufacturing jobs, and that the two Republicans on stage had the managerial experience to fix the economy. All four women said they were adamantly opposed to abortion rights.

When Palin finished her introduction of McCain, scores of voters soon proceeded to file out of the venue, one more sign that the Alaska governor is the force behind the ballooning crowds that have turned out for McCain in recent weeks.

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soundoff (617 Responses)
  1. Cathy

    If Susie P can dish out dirt, she should be able to take it. I am frankly tired of hearing every day how she is closely guarded and will not take any questions or do any interviews. People, wake up!!! This woman said herself that she has no idea what a vice president does. This woman is refusing to cooperate with the ethics investigation that she is currently under. She repeats the same exact lies each and every day about how she stopped the bridge to no where and how she sold the state's plane on E-bay. Lies, lies, and more lies. We need to hold this woman and McSame accountable for their lies. Enough is Enough!

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 16, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. Independent NV Voter


    I didn't see anything in the plan that said he would raise taxes on small businesses. Where are you getting your information?

    I am a small business owner and I believed his tax plan would help me. Maybe I'm wrong so please give me your source.

    September 16, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. Mike

    I am so sick of hearing this lie over and over again...Obama will hurt businesses and hurt workers with his taxes. No that is happening right now, under GEORGE W. BUSH!! when he cut taxes...Have you checked out the economy lately?

    September 16, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. Slash

    Whenever McCain or Palin tell their audiences that Obama will raise their taxes, they are telling the truth. Ever see an audience of McCain supporters made up of people making less than a quarter million a year? :3

    September 16, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. Realistic

    McCain's experience with the last financial crisis was as a member of the Keating 5.

    September 16, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Teddyann

    This woman is a liar and a thief. She lies with a straight face and she is a vindicative person, who will cause our country to be in more trouble. If she cannot run a corporation, how can she run the free world. Liar Palin go home. Mcsame and Palin will lose the Alaska and Ohio vote.

    September 16, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. McCain=the draft

    McCain and Palin are nothing but liars.
    We don't need more liars in the White House.

    Palin, Release your tax returns!

    Why are McCain's military records sealed?
    Why won't McCain release all his medical records including mental evaluations?

    September 16, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. Maureen

    OMG – I'm reading postings of people with rational thoughts! And who actually know the facts. I can't believe it. I'm starting to feel some hope. I'm hoping the rest of the country will wake up to the fraud Palin and McLame are. The thought of Palin with her hand on the button frightens me.

    Go Obama!

    September 16, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. irony

    mccain/palin lie! Listen to the recording on the Governor's own web page at Once at that site Click on Newsroom. Scroll to bottom of screen and click on news archive. Scroll down to August 2008 and click on the ninth entry "Governor to Release Findings" there is at the bottom of that page a recorded phone conversation from Frank Bailey, Governor palin's Boards and Commissions Director, to a Lt. Commander in the Alaska State Police in February 2008. Listen for yourself and see what you think about Troopergate. These folks are real sleazy. Can anybody say "pardon"?

    September 16, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. veronica

    questions I would like answers to:

    1. how much does sarah palin spend to get her hair done and how often?
    2. what kind of shoes does he wear and how much do they cost?

    3. is Sarah Palin really a blood relative of Karl Rove?

    4. Has George Bush's brain from 8 years ago really been implanted into sarah palins think skull?

    5. Does John McCain really wear depends whenever he gives a speach – just in case.

    September 16, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. Bulldog

    The McCain camp attacks Obama for a fundraiser today while Palin was just taking photographs last week for $50,000 a pop. Wow, those people must be really financially savvy. What HYPOCRITES....once again.

    September 16, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Clark in Austin

    Whether it's taxes, education or foreign policy, experts from every field now credit Obama with a more sound and reasonable approach to these problems. Palin has lied and/or misspoken relative to every significant aspect of her career. McCain is truly clueless as to the realities of life today. He believes, as Phil Graham said, this is largely a mental recession we are facing. Yes it is a mental recession. When people are losing everything from their jobs to the homes and cars, yes mental depression and anxiety exponentially increases. Yes, mental recession is correct and it's been brought about by 8 years and looks to be extended another 4.

    Wake up people.

    Heard a great joke today "A vote for McCain would be the same as a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders"

    September 16, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Paul Stewart

    More lies from Palin and McCain. Obama will reduce taxes for 85% of Americans. Fact.

    This is par for the course for these shameless liars. Really. It is incredible the gall, the disrespect that these two have for the intelligence of Americans.

    September 16, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  14. Give change a chance

    If you're gonna say something offensive back your statement up with TRUE facts.


    September 16, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. Logan

    Obama will put a higher tax on capital gains, meaning when this housing dip is over, and you (or investors) make an equity profit, it will be taxed even more=less $$ in your pocket. Punishing those investing in the economy...just one example. People think we are in a crisis now, at least now investors are buying short sales, think about if we cut them out of the mix by increasing

    September 16, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. Sally from Cali


    poor republicans... all the do is copy Obama and lie

    September 16, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. Unbelievable

    The lies don't stop. It is truly amazing. Now I hear McCain helped create the Blackberry?? What the heck is that about, I just got in from work. Republicans are the best–at skewing the truth.

    September 16, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. justin b.


    September 16, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. FreeNLovIt

    If you really want to put your Country First, you SHOULD put as much taxes as YOU CAN, to save America... so stop preaching cut taxess....

    September 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. Larry

    Lies, lies and more lies from the Tina-Fey wannabe. This is a sad day in history for the McCain campaign

    September 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    I go to church and my brother tells me he loves God, but he doesnt put tithe 10%, how is this love?

    September 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Kryptik

    The fact that McCain offers tax breaks 'across the board' still misses the point, because, the lower down the scale you go, the more and more miniscule those breaks become, to the point that the people who really need those breaks get less than a percent cut off their taxes.

    September 16, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    With much given, much is expected...

    God expects those who have to give much.... !!!! So Pay your taxes if you want to put your country first!!

    We must all do our parts to save America,.. the first is to pay TAXES.. and lots of it...

    September 16, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. Jack Sheet

    You folks who keep trying to tie McCain to Bush must think we are idiots. McCain and Bush don't even like each other. They come from completely different backgrounds and it is disingenuous to say a McCain presidency would be four more years of Bush.

    McCain has a completely different world outlook and management style than Bush. McCain's cabinet would be totally different as well. I've seen where McCain want Petreus for SecDef, Guilianni for Attorney General and Romney at Treasury. A pretty good team to start I'd say.

    What happened to suddenly make McCain this terrible guy when before he was the nominee the Democrats used to say was their favorite Republican.

    The way they've gone after Palin is unbelievable. Borders on cruel the way she's been mocked and belittled. She has more experience than Barry Obama. The over-the-top attacks will just help to elect president John McCain.

    Obama is an empty suit.

    September 16, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. Steven - SC

    Why is Obama still running for president???

    Delaying Iraq troop withdrawal for political purposes?? What the heck is this country doing ignoring this? Why is CNN ignoring this? Why are Obama supporters ignoring this?


    September 16, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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