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. southern wisdom

    man man man..... some people are so dumb.... a for Mccain...even though her tax burden will be higher with Mccain as president, she's voting based on taxes and the economy

    even though abortions increased under bush and with a majority in congress for six years, he never put forth any legislation to reduce the number of abortions or stop them, while abortions did go down under the previous dem admin., because Bill did foster legislation to reduce abortions..... this dummy is still voting for a republican.... based on identity only.

    I can never respect anyone voting for this batch of republicans

    September 16, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. Michigan Mom

    I respect the teacher's aide who is backing Palin because of her stance on abortion, but if taxes and employment are truly her main concerns, she's supporting the wrong candidate! Unless her aide job is paying her over $250,000 a year, she'd be better off financially with the Dems.

    September 16, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  3. thomas harding

    Palin should go back to field dressing Mooses...her credibilty in the real world is ZEROOOOO

    September 16, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  4. Lynette

    This woman keeps fibbing, do i hear sniper fire???

    September 16, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. KC

    How come when Palin says she is going to take on the "good ole boys" that is not considered sexits?

    September 16, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  6. PCL


    September 16, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. Kansas Veteran

    Wallstreet=McCain/Palin meltdown

    September 16, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  8. Unshrub

    The article refered to them as on their "road show," it really should be called a "side show." These two lie almost every time they open up their "big: mouth.

    September 16, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  9. stephanie

    Why would anyone believe anything Palin has to say? She lies, distorts, exaggerates and sticks to the same talking points. This is getting old already. When will america wake up to see Palin for what she is (liar, fake, hypocrite, vindictive) as well as what she aint...(a leader, honorable, smart and stable)

    enough of this phony popularity chatter about palin...her veneer is fading, and as soon as she keeps talking to real people, it will become evident she was the wrong choice. McCain thinks he chose the nuclear option? Think again.

    September 16, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  10. Independent

    When will the media discuss America's racial issues w/ Obama? If Obama was white, we wouldn't need an election, McCain would have just quit, he would've been behind so much. Everyday I see people looking for the silliest reasons not to vote for Obama (Elitist, don't know who he really is, like he is a martian that was beemed on this planet). Stop looking for reasons to justify in your mind why you don't want to vote for Obama. None of you with these BS reasons chose the color of your skin, so why are you penalizing him for his.

    September 16, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  11. Jim

    Gov. Palin can mouth clever phrases and Republican ideas, but she has no clue about taxes, our economy or foreign affairs. The non-partisan Center has concluded Obama's plan will lower taxes for people making less than $250,000. So why does she have to lie and say things that "aren't exactly accurate"?

    September 16, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  12. Obama Inevitable Win

    Where's Ken Star to head the probe of Palin's investigation?

    September 16, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  13. Lisa

    Palin, just tell the truth – afterall, your religious beliefs require that of you! Country before party/politics...when are you two going to begin implementing that slogan?

    The majority of the economic experts agree that Obama's plan will benefit more Americans.

    Trickle-down economics don't work – Reagan nearly bankrupted the USA with those voodoo economics. How the economy really grows is: Consumers need jobs that are paying livable wages so that they can purchase products/services provided by businesses. When consumers continue spending/purchasing, businesses make money and the cycle continues, thus both the consumer and the supplier benefit from the transactions. Not rocket science!

    September 16, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. sandy

    Palin.....I can't believe you have the nerve to hammer anybody on anything. I can thank you for some fresh lies this time. I was so burnt out on the old ones. You just keep up the good work and wasting all that breathe and cheerleading that ole man running mate of yours. Go Obama/Biden "08

    September 16, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  15. emily

    Palin's claims waren't accurate? What else is new.

    September 16, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. Justin

    Obama's tax plan wouldn't hurt small businesses, jobs, or anything else unless you earn more than $250,000 a year. That's all there is to it.

    Palin is a liar, and apparently happy and excited to be. I just think it's sad that this is how McCain thinks he has to run his campaign.

    Tax cuts for the wealthy don't create jobs. If they did, we'd be living in a thriving economy after six years of Bush's tax cuts. Instead, we're in the middle of a meltdown. I think the verdict is in for the latest version of trickle-down economics. Can't believe McCain has the gall to back this nonsense.

    September 16, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. Natasha

    McCain/Palin = Thanks, but no thanks

    September 16, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. matt

    Obama's tax plan would increase taxes in 2009 on the wealthiest 20 percent of households. - according to

    so 20% of americans are making 250k+ ? i guess the economy is doing amazing! either that or Obama is lying.

    too bad that when you raise taxes on these top 20% of people, theyre going to compensate their loss but cutting the jobs of people below them.

    think it through! vote McCain

    September 16, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. Rodger

    She still doesn't know how to tell the truth, apparently about anything!

    September 16, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. Unshrub


    Just because you may think you are unbiased doesn't still mean you are not an idiot.

    September 16, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. OMG

    Poor little Sarah....with her tremendous love, respect and dedication to small towns, how in the world is she ever going to adjust to a big city like Washington DC much less adjust to national and international problems that affect millions of people when her small town ideas just don't seem to work???? I don't think the small towns are going to bail out Wall Street right now.

    And poor John, do you think that anyone will ever come to listen to him say anything again??? He will always have to have Sarah at his side. Sorry about that Cindy.

    September 16, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  22. Lisa

    Everytime this lady opens her mouth she lies...lies...lies...lies

    After 8-Years of Lies from Republicans, I would think McCain would be diffrent....LIE...LIE....LIE

    This lady needs to let us see her tax returns.

    September 16, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  23. Bob (Illinois)

    Thank goodness the Straight Talk Express is not letting anything as pesky as the truth get in the way.

    September 16, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  24. miss tired

    too many liars around...unsure how to educate McCain and Palin not to lie to VOTERS!!!!! STUBBORN!!!

    September 16, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  25. Bob

    Every Obamablogger refers to Palin telling lies....

    The facts say the liars are the bloggers...

    They also keep quoting Obama's economic plan...

    Obama's economic plan is the BIGGEST lie of all...

    I'd like to see one person on here state that they really believe
    Obama intends to do any of it!!!!!

    {enjoy this comment when it comes out of censorship....oh I'm sorry I meant MODERATION....probably by the 2nd week of november sometime}

    September 16, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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