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. Rob

    so , hammer her on taxes in Alaska.. they hardly pay any . its a state of dead beats.

    September 16, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Brian Wilson

    Oh my goodness. Who are you, Peter Hamby, to say that Palin's remarks weren't accurate? They're spot on! I don't mind you being a liberal Obama supporter; but what really ticks me off is that you think you can call your spin fact.

    September 16, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Fred

    What a liar! Palin speaks with a forked tongue and doesn't think twice about it. Pathetic Palin.

    September 16, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Trasa, Texas

    Can we put a muzzle on Jimmy. This is exactly what Obama was talking about, if people stay engaged then you would know what's up. Maybe not everything, but you would have a clear idea. It's fools like him that make comments like this. I don't have a problem with you choosing the McCain/Palin ticket, that's your choice, but come at realistically. Considering the Republican party had reign majority of the time which in fact the problem started in their reign, there's no way the Democratic party alone could have fixed it in a matter of 2 years. True, both parties could have done something, but so far as I know, if the Dems were voting for regulations, and the fact the Repugs felt it wasn't necessary with all this big government crap, then perhaps they could have lessen the blow if not all of it. It's hard to achieve anything when the opposing party doesn't which in fact you need there support as well.

    September 16, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. interesting

    CNN is so bias, it is getting sickening. How much of the $77 Million did Obama promise you?

    Oh, I forgot to tell you that he just put Harry Reid and the Senate Dems seeking reelection under the bus by not giving money to their senate races.

    What a leader, NOT!

    PUMA 2008!

    September 16, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. Vote for Obama

    Can The American people open their eyes to see that we're being con.
    That lady is a con, nobody should trust her.


    September 16, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. Ron

    Palins unfavorable rate has dropped several points since Saturday.

    Gibson: Gov Palin, do you think McCain regrets choosing you?

    Palin: I bet he's regretting it now.

    September 16, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. S. Boatman

    Here Is Some Straight Talk For You Mccain! SHUT UP! No One Wants To Here You Anymore!

    September 16, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Ron

    Steven – SC

    The answer to your question is: Because it isnt true. Too much Limbaugh causes symptoms of dementia.

    September 16, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. Bill, MA.

    Republicans!!! Vote for McCain/Palin,...they will lower your taxes, and most of all your income. Are you so stupid as to vote for a [promise of a few dollars tax cut? You may be self destructive people, but we Democrats are not. Vote Obama/Biden 08. The republicans are already into their abuse of power scenarios. No More Bush. McCain/ Palin are losers.

    September 16, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. John

    Crash and Burn. McSane is over they have no idea what to say and their own campaign is saying they could not run a company how will they run the USA. The hockeymom and this warmonger is just what we need at this time. People listen to what is being said , they have no idea of what is going on in the USA. Iwould rather whne an eleceteion and then destroy the country. I don't think Mclame is a bad guy he is just out of touch, good thing he invented the "blackberry" maybe someone can show him how to use it.

    September 16, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. Zane

    This tactic has been used in EVERY election by EVERY Republican since the beginning of time. It really carries NO MOMENTUM coming from someone like Palin. NICE TRY McCAIN, no one is paying much attention to the two of you any longer. The party's over...literally!

    September 16, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. Ron

    Question: How do you know when an Alaska Governor is lying?

    Answer: Her lips are moving

    September 16, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. fluke

    The two liars are on the road again, haha.

    That's how uninformed those 2 are about Obamas tax cuts.

    Is a disgrace to listen to these proven liars.

    Ohio? Don't believe them and don't trust some, they distract you from
    republicans failed politics and will continue the old path.

    Obama / Biden 08 with real changes we need.

    September 16, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. laurie lewis

    More LIES from Sarah Palin. How anyone can support McCain or her is beyond me. If people lie this much now and are this corrupt now, how do you think they will be in office. Wake up America.

    September 16, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. Nevada dude



    September 16, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  17. Joe

    "Palin's claims aren't exactly accurate"


    September 16, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. aware

    Governor Sarah Palin is an authentic populist reformer! 🙂

    She reinforces Senator John McCain's maverick credentials while she diminishes Obama's rhetoric to words only!

    In the final analysis, it is all about character, moral center, core values and listening to everyday Americans! The elitist, left-wing Barack fakes it but Sarah is the real thing!

    McCain/Palin 08! 🙂

    September 16, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  19. facts are facts

    Steven C is the prototypical Republican supporter. He has absolutely no idea of what is going on and even less than what he is talking about. WOW!!!!

    Anyway there isn't anything that can be done about the infirm so best to focus on Palin and how she became Mayor of a small town with no deficit and then left that town 22 million in debt. Now that change you can count on if want another 4 years like the last 8.

    September 16, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. Lesley

    MORE ears are becoming hardened to the amount of BS that flies out of this woman's mouth.

    September 16, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  21. TONY

    The Geezer and Gidget are laughable. This election really has been a hoot ! McCain/Palin have given us many a giggle, however, this isn't funny any longer, the two of them should be considered armed (Palin anyway) and extremely dangerous.

    September 16, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  22. raghu

    Outrageous. She has no right to say those things, that hypocrite. Seh is 100 times worse than Obama. Obama= good. Palin/McCain = bad.

    September 16, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  23. Lane

    Oh, go shoot a moose Sarah!

    September 16, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  24. Ron

    Scary Palin for VP (of Russia)

    September 16, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. mitchell

    am i banned?

    September 16, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
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