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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  1. D in CA

    Go Sarah! Stay on the offensive and keep the democrats trying to figure out what hit them until the Obama-Biden ticket is just a winning answer in a trivia game. ( ...was it Obama-Biden or Biden-Obama...I just can't remember these historical political questions!!! )

    September 16, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. jo

    Answer real Question, don't just read what they wrote for you girlfriend.

    September 16, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. Excuse Me Mrs Palin Your Pants Are On Fire

    Good grief, do these two EVER tell the truth?!

    September 16, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. MikeH

    Ya know CNN, Time Magazine has essentially called Sarah Palin a liar. So has the New York Times and the Washington Post.

    CNN, you are conspicuous by your lack of accurate appraisal of Sarah's untruth telling.

    I know you really want to run sensational Sarah Palin headlines to make your Republican money masters happy, but, just once, while no one's looking, you can do it, you can call Sarah Palin a liar, and redeem your journalistic soul, if only for a few moments.

    What have you got to lose that you haven't lost already?

    September 16, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    An peice done last week by CNN states Obamas proposed budget @360 billion dollars and McCains @415-465 Billion dollars.

    The problem with the GOP lower taxes they cut funding to schools costing local town taxes higher, they cost funding for highways to the states costing higher state taxes.

    It is smoke and mirrors like ear marks that work out to be@18 Billion dollars heck we are spending that in two months in Iraq getting our young people killed and mamed.

    Obama / Biden 08

    September 16, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. Carl from MI

    Once again.. Palin makes statements when she doesnt' even know what she's talking about. And on top of that, she uses absolutely NO facts to back up her talking points. She doesn't have to... she's a Republican and their words are Gospel Truth!!!


    September 16, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. Kent D

    Why does the media not call the McCain camp on their repeated distortions and lying about Obama's tax plan? That not fodder for the last paragraph, it is the main story. Report ! Do some investigation! What are you doing sitting on the sideline and just repeating the lies of McCain! A free, vibrant, vigilant press is vital for a democracy. If you want to call yourselves journalist, you have to earn it. If you don't then we'll have the same "free press" that exists in Russia.

    September 16, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. Independent for McCain-Palin

    Obama has the third most liberal voting record in the Senate, his Buddy Biden was #1. Of course he will raise taxes and the economy will suffer like it always does.


    September 16, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. real, educated, smart, caring mothers

    miss piglin......enough is enough

    LIES LIES LIES LIES will not do this time!

    September 16, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. donna

    Stop the lies. I'm in the top five per cent of income, and Obama's not raising my taxes. Everything this woman says seems to be a LIE.

    Stop reporting her lies already.

    September 16, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. Ronda

    I don't get it. Can you Palin fanatics explain it to me? Several of her statements are reported by both righ and left leaning journalists and independent fact checkers as false. Yet she repeats them. They lie about how many people have been attending their rallies. They lie about the "broken" teleprompter. They lie about cooperating with a bipartisan investigation. They lie about her record, taxes, where she has traveled....It goes on & on.

    What do you support in this person? Is it only that she is anti-choice? Why doesn't the religious right care about the other 10 commandments such as not bearing false witness?

    I just don't get it. Some of you will support her no matter what has been revealed and what we will soon learn. The facts don't matter and you'll keep your Palin blinders on.

    Besides, does she matter? Shouldn't you be worried that McCain is promoting solutions and ideas straight from the Democrats' platform? He will be the one in the big office. Shouldn't that be driving your vote?

    September 16, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. America think for you

    Think twice Palin want to attack Russia and Pakistan and give Georgia UN memberships. That was third world war just start by the republicans.
    I am a Democrat and I am voting for McCain. Oh no! Why are you betraying Barack? You know why! Because John McCain had invented the Black Barry. I love my blackberry. McCain know Washington for 30 years, Barack is new to Washington. McCain is smart and does not understand the economy and I am thrill to vote for McCain. McCain is rich and Barack is not. McCain has many houses and Barack does not. If I Americans get evicted from their homes they can get a room each from McCain. McCain is the real deal that will shake up Washington and himself because he is an insider. Sarah Palin is a foreign policy expert because she can see Russia from Alaska Joe Biden cannot see Russia from Delaware. This is why I am not voting for McCain.

    September 16, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. Michelle Atl

    She needs a new sound recording, or fresh vocabulary added to her speeches. I hear her, but it is the same speech....we will go forward...we have a mission....I am a mother of 5, blah blah blah.

    Stop hiding her from being interviewed and being asked general questions from the public...what is going on with the Republicans.
    Everything she has had to say, she has said over and over again.
    Is she robotic and just wired that way.....

    and who was taking care of her kids while she was governor and her husband was on some slope for a week at a time on and off? Just curious, seems he too was not home too much for the children. Her and 1st dudes first priority should be their childern.

    September 16, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. JU

    "not exactly accurate" = LIE

    Chapter 10 of 'Mein Kampf" – repeat a lie often enough, and people will believe it...

    September 16, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. joyinthedetails@GMAIL.COM

    It's seems like the more notable part of the story is Palin Makes Inaccurate Claims in Ohio"; rather than "Palin hammers Obama on taxes in Ohio".

    September 16, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. Jim, Cincinnati

    Everytime Keith Olbermann opens his mouth, another white woman and blue collar man jump into the Palin column.

    Keith's blatent sexist demeaning of Palin is turning her into an icon as evidenced by the crowds she draws.

    Keith-keep it up-we love you down at the RNC.

    September 16, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. Betsy

    I think Sarah Palin believes that winning is everything, no matter the cost. So if that involves outright lies, which of which she is fully aware, and the Republicans don't seem to care, so be it.

    September 16, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. sallie

    Yes, people turn out to see palin in action just like they go to county fair to see the 800 pound man-–she is freak show. She yaps on and on with the same speech, and says nothing substantive.

    She has stubbornly refused to learn anything, will not retract lies, and is arrogantly conceited about her abilities.

    A real maverick.

    September 16, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. James

    Who of you out there are idiots enough to actually believe that "the people with money will not invest and promote jobs", as Rush, Hannity, and others on the right try to throw out?

    Are you gullible to believe that rich people are going to pull thier money out of investments and bury it in a tin can under a tree? Are they going to not invest to see thier money grow despite taxes? They are going to be content with no increase in thier money's value?

    It didn't happen under the Clinton years and it won't happen under an Obama administration.

    Stop falling for the smoke and mirrors.

    September 16, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. mello doug New Mexico

    Why do the republicans lie and others including the media feel that it is OK to lie. The majority of people in Ohio would have their taxes cut.

    September 16, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. Bill

    Didn't she leave Wasilla with a deficit and a 30% sales tax?

    What's the difference between George Bush and Sarah Palin? George Bush has more credibility!

    September 16, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. Yes We Can

    Why don't you tell some more lies McMoosejaw do you lay awake at night dreaming up lies and how you can be twisting the truth ?
    I was reading your speech McPegler we heard about your favorite way back in JfK days .Check this name out voters "Pegler" .
    How many times do we to see first you will then you won;'t ,then you did then you don't.then you take but return you won't ,Then its yes then its no/ all I know is you must GO back to where you came from

    September 16, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. Skokie

    Lies, Lies Lies!! Do McCain/Palin think that we will start to believe them if they say the lies over and over. It is making me sick. I am scared for all of us if they win this fall. Please...everyone read Obama's platforms, listen carefully and then vote your conscience.

    September 16, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  24. Anna




    September 16, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. Canta

    How many of you own a company? How many of you have employees? When taxes are increased on Corporations and small businesses the cuts will be in your job. Or no bonus or hight prices. Or possibly moving your job overseas like many have already done. Or outsoucing. Why do you think companies do this. Because they are in business to stay in business.

    How many of you have an accounting degree?

    I rest my case.

    I will vote for McCain/Palin Both have honesty, integrity and common sense. And trust me I think John downplays himself a bit. He is not a bragger.

    September 16, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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