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. Trasa, Texas

    I just want to throw in that interview for Saturday with the Sec of State, proves the case for Obama is right on with how he should address our enemies. And for those of you who didn't have the opportunity to see him address the Jewish community after winning the Primary back in June, he did go into further detail exactly how he would handle the situation when further doing sanctions, etc. I've yet to hear anything from McCain and as far as Palin concerned, she's still studying up her polices. I don't need a quick study, you need to already know.

    September 16, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. Republican for Obama

    This is another reason I am voting for Obama. I don't have time to take a chance on a team that I don't like or know (Palin). I am voting democratic for the first time in my life.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 16, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Sarah Plain and small

    the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result that never comes. Obviously the McCamp and its followers are all NUTS. they repeat the same lies over and over, have the same old bush advisors running the show, and expect us to believe that this is "Change"
    So if you want 4 more years of the Same, you might want to think about getting help.

    September 16, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Ralph Miller

    Reagan and the Bush's have made this a banana republic, running high deficeits and shipping the manufacturing out of the country.
    Open Fort Knox and find nothing but bananas there. Enough of them. We need change. McCain was with them the whole time and never lifted a finger, don't trust him now.....

    September 16, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Basic Science

    I literally can not stand this woman's voice anymore. When she comes on tv, I quickly grab the remote!

    September 16, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. Mike in St. Louis

    Most of her former shareholders remember that Fiorina couldn't run a major corporation either.

    September 16, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. Survival of the Fittest

    McCain and Palin (McPalin) have bnoth been discredited. Yet they shamelessly contineu to lie and smile as they lie and lie more. Incredible. Never seen something like this in my entire life. Why are you suing to stop the troopergate probe? Why won't you coperate with the investigation as you promised? How about those per diem charges, McPalin? And your taxes, too.

    September 16, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. BVS Maine

    So sick of this LIAR!!! No integrity and down right scary.

    September 16, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  9. David

    I can't believe people are falling for this fly by night change mantra that the MCSame/Palin is ussing. The man already claimed he doesn't know about the economy and no one blinked when he said it. Now more than ever we need someone who at least acknowledges there is a huge problem with our financial and housing markets. I believe we haven't gotten the true economic picture from the government, because it's holding bacck the news because of the impending election. If these major coprp can suddenly fail, imagine what's happen with the smaller business and mom and pop business.

    These scare tactics being used by the Repubs are old tactics, but people seem to falll for them every four years. Most Americans should ask themselves are we better of the last 7+ years. The majority would say no. It is time for a change and new ideas.

    The press needs to check the Repubs on not letting Palin talk to the press and quit talking about her if she won't talk. Seems to me she is doing all tht talking from prepared speeches over and over and over. I need to see more than cathc phrases. Let's talk the issues, which the Repubs know they can't win on. So they keep pusing fear, smear and lies, which America really like to hear.

    September 16, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. MW

    Hey Sarah honey – give it up – no one cares what you think (oh that's right you're too dumb to think – I mean what the McBush people wrote on the teleprompter for you to read so it looks like you're smart enough to think!) And before you start jumping all over me – ID BE SAYING THE SAME THING IF SHE WERE A MAN!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. Obama/Biden

    They are liars even Carl Rove said so. Why is she refuse to coorperate with the invetigation.
    Vote smart this November. Vote good judgment. If you say that our economy is good now, you are an elitist and you do not know our struggle to put food on our bellies and gas in our cars. John McCain that elitist think the economy is good and has no plan to help us. He wants more wars, more tax cut for big corporate that ship our jobs oversees. Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania I know that your economies are hurting and you must vote smart and vote someone who understands your economics’ struggles. It is not time to support someone who does not understand the economy, it is time to take our country back and get our respect back around the world. Vote Democratic this November if you are a true American who put America first. We need change in Washington and the Democratic Party has that change for us this November.

    September 16, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. barbara

    Every time McCain and Palin open their mouths they lie.

    Even Greenspan prefers Senator Obama's economic plan over McCain's.

    September 16, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. Mike, retired Army

    WHY DO SHE LIE SO MUCH...............................BAD EXAMPLE FOR WOMEN

    September 16, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. Democrat Voting For McCain / Palin !!!

    Obama Is to GREEN !!! , To Run Anything , Especially The Economy . Look What He Has Done With The 100's Of Millions Of Dollars He's Had His Hands On . I Guess If He Never Had To Earn That Money , He Doesn't Care !!!

    No Obama ,

    Democrat Voting John McCain / Sarah Palin 2008 – 2016 !!!!!

    September 16, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. mitchell

    didn't she leave wasilla with 22 million in debt?

    September 16, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. b jiggy

    why wont she answer questions from the media? she wants to play with the big boys but then claim sexism. what a joke

    September 16, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. Wendy Canada

    Has Palin ever said one truthful thing since McCain chose her? It's starting to get really annoying that she & McCain think they can lie their way into the Presidency. They act as though voters are stupid which is very offensive.

    September 16, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  18. Mary

    This is why she couldn't run a business. Addition, details and facts are critical for a CEO and a VP.

    September 16, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. KC

    Look who ever gets into the White House is going to have to rais taxes somewhere. McCain says Obama would be a tax and spend President, well guess what, McCain says he is a no tax but we will spend 10 billion a month in Iraq! Ok all you McCain supporters, how is he going to pay for it!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. lddee

    I am sick of Palin..until she stop reading off the que cards and comes up with so new talking points....she is nothing but a talking head in a skirt..

    What does she have to she doesn't want them to looking in her background...trooper had changed...this is sad...the bad back is people are buying her...what happen to people with their minds looking at the issues and the fact...she is a fake

    September 16, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. prince philip njemanze

    i wanna talk about john mccain,s military record, i respect his service to the country but what i dont like is the simple fact that the republican brand a war hero, looking back to 2004 when george bush ran against john kerry the republican party used swift boat attack to distort john kerry,s record and i think its unfair.

    September 16, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  22. Billy

    When I as a child and I told something that "wasn't exactly accurate" my Mom would punish me and call it a lie.

    I think we need to start calling a spade a spade.

    September 16, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  23. Tish,NC


    September 16, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. canadian in ohio

    i attended the rally ... i guess i missed the exodus after Palin's speech (although – there sure were a whole lot of people leaving when McCain was done). there must have been more in attendance than i realized!

    as for the Dems and taxes – Obama promises lower taxes, but also promises so many give-aways to citizens (ie universal health care) that it is impossible for him to do everything. either the taxes don't get lowered or the universal health care (& other promises) don't happen. anyone who knows democratic politics can predict the future - the taxes will go up under Obama, whether he admits it or not.

    i sure wish i were an American ... McCain/Palin would get my vote.

    September 16, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. John

    Im from Ohio....OBAMA 08

    September 16, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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