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. michelle

    honestly, only the rich people need to be scared of obama. an estimated whopping 5% (at best) of the US income-earners are people making over $250K a year. the rich have it so good with all the breaks they get and loopholes they find, that bumping up taxes won't do any real harm.

    there's something very conveniently important that palin didn't say when she said obama would raise payroll taxes. he will raise the CAP ON INCOME TAXED FOR SOCIAL SECURITY, but will ELIMINATE THE TAX for people who earn below the cap. the cap is $250K and the tax relief will affect a good majority of the working – especially low to middle income workers. put more money in the majority's pockets, and you have a spur in the economy.

    September 16, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. roger from the bayou

    Why ,Why , the media refuses to ask Obama ,"the fraud" the tough questions that need to be asked (and there are plenty of them). I would not let the "Community Organizer" (Acorn street antagonist) run my small business, much less run the greatest country on earth. People are just easily lead like, lambs to the slaughter. I can see your attacks on Palin are getting nastier by the minute, Dems are getting very itchy, and they should be.

    September 16, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. beth

    I can't even listen to her anymore. Everything out of her mouth has been a lie.

    September 16, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. t.baker


    September 16, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. Sage

    hi my name is Sarah Palin...ok now everything that comes out of my mouth from this point is a lie...lip stick...thanks but no thanks...shake things up...the end

    September 16, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. John

    There goes "straight lies" express! When is this fluff and Tod going to answer to the people of Alaska? She is an unethical, pentecostal, lying, moose-predating barracuda....Wow! what kind of creature is that?

    Obama-Biden 08!

    September 16, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  7. Donald of ORANGE COUNTY

    If every voter to learn just two numbers, Those numbers are 91 and 134. If by Election Day every American knows McCain votes with Bush 91 percent of the time and has 134 lobbyists in his campaign, then the myth of the maverick reformer will be dead. And with it, McCain’s chances of following his unlikely soul mate as president.

    September 16, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. Kara

    McCain invented the lol lol lol .. ...I can't stop laughing!

    September 16, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. rusty

    Unbelievable. When are we going to see the non-internet media stand up to straight out lies? Why is it up to people to do their own research online to determine what is truth. McCain/Palin make me sick! The people who buy their garbage are incredibly uninformed!

    September 16, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  10. Pitbull without lipstick

    I wish this shrill liar would go away, she reminds me of fingernails on the chalkboard.

    September 16, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. Canta

    Where is my comment..................or any other voter that is for McCain/Palin

    Are we barred from commenting.?

    Mine were not offensive. However many I read are.

    September 16, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    I will be absolutely heartbroken, again, if another election is hijacked by false claims and accusations by the Republicans. Obama has clearly said he will not raise taxes on anyone making less than 250K per year. Period.

    September 16, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    YOU GO GIRL! GO SARAH, GO – – all the way to the White House!!!!

    September 16, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Susan in NC

    Your report says that "Palin's claims aren't exactly accurate". What a surprise! She is so unworthy and arrogant - unbelievable! It seems to me that candidates for one of our highest offices should be exemplary ones - not one under investigation, inexperienced in major ways, cynical, sarcastic, and vindictive. It also interests me that the US Congress can be interested in whether someone like Roger Clemins used steroids in baseball, but not in Sarah Palin's investigation - seems some Congressional oversight might be appropriate when a US Governor running for national office refuses to cooperate with an ethics violation by her own state legislature. If that were an "average American" as she claims to be, we'd be "under the jail"! Guess she's "above the law" - it's all quite sad and extremely maddening!!

    September 16, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  15. Bob, Ohio


    This country has been railroaded by the republicans for the past 8 years and people are actually considering handing the reins back over to these two clowns.

    McCain is senile and Palin is a joke. Pull your heads out people and take a look around. It's the conservative policies toppling this country! These people only believe in one thing: damaging our government to prove that it's broken.

    You think these "mavericks" promising "change" are going to fix the situation we're facing? Not by a long shot.

    Don't buy their hype. Don't fall for their distractions. Don't believe their smears. And don't vote for them in November.

    We have a shining beacon of real hope and change in one candidate alone: Barack Obama.

    Obama/Biden '08!!! Real values, real solutions.

    September 16, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. mike

    Steven from SC
    You have said same things over and over like para sailin and no substance to it. president Bush himself annouced the relocation of troops that Obama had adviced more than 2 yrs ago to Afganistan and for you that doesnt know this Obama is not the president( not yet) he said in Paris France that there can be only one President in USA at a time, he didnt act like McShame who claims to be speaking for all Americans at the same time When thr President is speaking for Americans to republic of Georgia

    September 16, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. Nate St. Paul

    Does Palin have any credibility left. She and John McCain have been called out on numerous lies and misrepresentations. Who believes them anymore?

    If you start lying trying to get elected what incentive do you have to be honest once in office. Isn't that how we ended up in Iraq with George Bush?

    September 16, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. Independent

    She doesn't even understand McCain's plan, so I know she doesn't understand Obama's plan. She needs to go study the "Bush Doctrine" for the debate she has coming up. Once again her claims weren't accurate, but I don't blame her, because she doesn't know any better. Tina Fey should be runnin for VP, at least she's honest.

    September 16, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  19. Barbara

    Palin is a BIG LIER!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  20. Larry

    I find it amazing that the Obama supporters are so very aggressive attacking Sahra and her lack of being a player in the Washington insider crowd.I keep hearing of change,she is a positive change,think about it !

    September 16, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. Rose

    CNN – the discourse on your blogs are a disgrace. The bloggers are as venemous as they were with Hillary in the race. Either they are paid Democratic bloggers or they are young and immature. Kindly put an end to this nonense and please, let's have some journalistic integrity to your pieces. We all should be treating each other with dignity and respect.

    September 16, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. LC

    She needs to go away already. Nothing to see here.

    September 16, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  23. Xango 08 & 12

    give me a break, who is this joker......she needs to go replace Tinay Fay, but i like TIna, in SNL

    this woman is scary, and believe me PIGS with lipstick are not scary

    bulldogs are...........

    September 16, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  24. Truth Be Told

    So, is it God that tells Palin to lie?

    September 16, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  25. Capsaicin

    Just go see the simple McCain vs Obama tax comparison charts in the Washington Post or numerous other sources (use google). Palin's lie becomes obvious when you see that only those earning 250K+, which is the top 2% of Americans, would see increased taxes. I don't think the economically hurting Mahoning Valley of Ohio has many of this 2% left for her to be talking to!

    And McCain, he gives his largest PERCENTAGE tax breaks (-4.4%, -3.4% ) to this elite group, which means 269K+ and 45K+ average reduction for the already rich, while poorer folk get smaller percentage and much smaller actual dollar reductions. It's Bush redux–the rich get richer because we swallow Republican lies regarding taxes.

    September 16, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
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