September 16th, 2008
07:15 PM ET
6 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. Vote Democrat in every race

    Why so many lies Sarah? I thought you christians evangelicals adore the Lord and tell the truth. You can go downstairs for lying just as easily as having an abortion.

    September 16, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. Perusing-Through

    SARAH PALIN DOWN BY 10 POINTS SINCE LAST SATURDAY . . . . .
    – – – – – –
    . . . . . "PALIN / McCAIN" LIES ARE WORKING. THEY ARE DRIVING DOWN McCAIN's POINTS.

    . . . . . . PALIN / McCAIN PLEASE!!!!!! KEEP LYING!!!!! THE LIES ARE WORKING. THEY ARE DRIVING DOWN McCAINS POLL NUMBERS.

    . . . . . . PEOPLE – – – DON'T STOP THEM FROM LYING. JUST CALL THEM OUT ON IT AND DOCUMENT THE LIE. . . . ALSO CHALLENGE THEM ON THE LIE , , , , BUT DON'T STOP THEM FROM LYING!!!

    September 16, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. REAL reform

    yep. sleazy, manipulative, say anything to get a vote. if you think palin and mccain give a rat's about the average american, I have a bridge in alaska to sell you. on ebay.

    September 16, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. real dem

    This is hilarious. Nothing but lies. But McCain and palin know how to lie very well.

    1. Telepromter not working? Lie!
    2. Cooperate with an investigation? Lie!
    3. Don't know about the economy ( said my mccain in march ) But now
    hedoes?
    4. O'bama an elitist? ( McCain owns 9 homes, worth millions.gofigure)
    5. Made a motion to investigate possible wrong doing in Alaska, then
    filed another motion against that motion. DUH DUH
    6. Has Lobbyists on his staff that works with AIG and Bank of America
    and we bail them out?
    7. Ex -chairman that still works for McCain dealt with non regulating
    banks and mortgage lenders resulting IN THE ECONOMY WE
    NOW HAVE. THANKS MCBUSH, YOU ARE PART OF THE REASON
    FOR THE COLLAPSED ECONOMY WE HAVE NOW.

    Don't believe me? MSNBC JUST REPORTED THIS 30 MIN AGO>

    O'bama/Biden

    September 16, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. Connie

    STEVEN C – Are you suggesting that Obama is waiting until AFTER he gets elected to withdraw troops from Iraq? I really can't make heads or tails out of your comment. Please explain...

    September 16, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Obama 08

    She needs to go sit down and be quiet. For someone who's running for VP, but can't give interviews, should be ashame of themselves.

    As soon as she does speak with people, they are going to find out she's nothing more than a bunch of hot air.

    September 16, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Dave in Indy

    gene September 16th, 2008 8:25 pm ET

    here's a little straight talk… "I'm going to lie to all of you about Obama's tax plan and how bad it is… and then I'm not going to give you any details about ours. And then I expect all of you to cheer mindlessly. And Oh… I can see Russian from my back yard."

    I couldn't agree more...nice...QFT

    September 16, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. Independent

    Really Jack...Referring to a grown woman as a girl? How enraged would the media be if a McCain referred to Obama as a boy? Those of you who think Obama is not winning in a landslide because of the color of his skin are stupid. He is not winning because he hasn't put forth a plausible plan to fix anything.

    September 16, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. B.

    I know Sarah is furiously studying so she can pretend to be well versed in these matters, but someone on the team needs to explain to her the difference between fact, fiction, and fantasy.

    Fact:: "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,"

    Fiction: "The fundamentals of the economy are sound"...that would be your boy John.

    Fantasy: McSame/Pain 2008. We really are a little smarter than that.

    September 16, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. Boston

    Know how to tell whe Sarah Palin and John Mccain are lying? Their mouths move. ENOUGH!!!

    September 16, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. Helen,Ft Lauderdale

    Can someone please tell me how PALIN is supposed to be so "godly" and yet every second word out of her mouth is a lie!!! She must lay in bed each night and ask God to forgive her lies.

    September 16, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Christian

    I can not believe that this woman is serious in thinking she could do this job. It is laughable if one is watching SNL but for real it scares the poop out of me. Look at our economy after 7 years of Bush, another "shoot from the hip not knowing anything" regular sort of guy.

    September 16, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. mitchell

    like,who's gonna believe anything you say, now? that's what happens when you get caught in a lie. you lose your integrity. i believe nothing the mccain/palin camp. says,after so many proven falsehoods.

    September 16, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. KenB, MI

    The straight talk is that her running mate is clueless on the economy...has lost control of this campaign...this running mate running further ahead is missing focus on the American people that are really important by creating 9/11 type economic fear...clearly this is the making of a disaster in American government which can be avoided.

    September 16, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. bob in LA

    They must have needed a vacation because these people aren't in the right economic level to hear them say "they feel their pain"
    John has never suffered a day as a non-POW- his father was an Adimiral with a great salary. His civilian job paid exceptionally well and then he got remarried to money- talk about out of touch
    Sarah isn't important enugh to even mention, but look at her salary and expenses to she doesn't suffer either.

    September 16, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. Gabe

    Not exactly accurate? What about her comment wasn't accurate, nothing, she didn't site specifics, but you are filling in the blanks by trying to perpetuate the lie that McCain – Palin don't speak the truth. Can you do more than one ticker a day that doesn't sound like it was written by the Obama camp?

    September 16, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. Obama 08

    McCain's campaign is all about lying to get into the White House. It's McCain's plan that will leave America in the dust. The scary thing is that people believe them. Palin's a bomb that is about to explode.

    September 16, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  18. kimberly

    Palin is over shadowing McCain which makes him look weak and ineffcient.. On a daily basis the Rep's are whining about something someone said about them.. Grow up!! If you're going to attempt to lead this country grow some and quit whining and focus on the issues at hand..
    The truth is that with the state of this Country and the bail outs going on for these Wall Street Investment brokers, our taxes are going up no matter who is in office.. A better question is who is going to protect your 401K , pensions and jobs??

    September 16, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  19. Belle1

    PS
    AND WHO GOT THE MOST CAMPAIGN DONATIONS FROM FREDDIE AND FANNIE???

    1. Chris Dodd
    2. Barack Obama
    3. John Kerry

    In that order.

    September 16, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. bob in LA

    Paul- she said "I won't build the bridge but send the money"- check your facts and stop listening to her. Alaska STILL got the money!
    So inessense she misappropriated Federal funds!

    September 16, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. Trasa, Texas

    She and McBush keep spouting this because, let's be honest, you still have voters out there who are not paying attention and believe this crap. What you have to remember if your a person who doesn't have cable and listening to local channels, which don't give much detail then you only get snippets of the speech. Also, not evey house hold has access to a computer let alone internet to research. True they could go to libraries and other places to get access, but let's be honest, if they are a person that isn't much too interested in finding the facts, then they will only listen to what the candidate says, and also go with their belief, whether the candidate knows what the hell they are talking about or not.

    September 16, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. veronica

    if i were obama, i would bring a lawsuit for defamation and slander against mccain, palin and everyone writing the lies they repeat....

    September 16, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Joe the Troll

    "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."

    In other words, McCain will give a bigger tax break but ONLY to those who make a 1/4 million or more each year.

    September 16, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. Dinesh

    Why are you lying!!! Seriously!!! This is just ridiculous.

    September 16, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. Beth

    Here is some straight talk...When can we see your tax returns????

    September 16, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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