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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soundoff (617 Responses)
  1. Barney

    Is Keating getting out of jail? Or does Palin intend to head up the "5" next time?

    September 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. doublestandard

    You Obama supporters just can't seem to get the facts straight.

    Obama says he will tax only high income: first of all, IF this is true (and there is no guarantee of that, since he has LIED and flipped about numerous issues already), a large chunk of those high income people are small business owners, who file as individuals to avoid the double tax burden. High tax them? OK, but that means instant lower wages for employees, and less jobs. You have to get the revenue from somewhere....so Obama taxes captial gains (from your sale of a house; McCain won't tax that up to 500K), investments, dividends, gas tax.

    YOu did READ the tax institute evaluation, that said that McCain will lower taxes MORE across the board?

    Obama is blatantly LYING to you. What has he done to prove himself? He voted for raising taxes 94 times! He supporterd a Dem plan in 2009 to increase taxes for those getting 42 K or more!

    Obama is just words, and empty promises. What has he done to make you trust him? NOTHING.

    McCain has lowered taxes in his career.

    Palin has lowered taxes in her career.

    Obama has done nothing. He IS attending a 23K per plate dinner with Barbra sTresiand tonite. Do you really think he can relate to small town America, this elitist freak?

    LEARN THE FACTS. Obama will destroy America!

    September 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  3. Joaquin

    The debates are coming soon, Obama and McCain will have much to discuss and the truth will be heard.

    Kerry mopped the floor with Bush in 04 debates but still lost.

    America, please for the love of god, do your homework.

    You are being marketed to by the republicans..they are masterful, just look at Rove. Politics are childs play to them.

    Barack/Joe 08

    September 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. Carole

    Does she even know what she's talking about??

    September 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  5. Palin vs. Obama

    Its good to critique Palin's claims about her accomplishments in her 10 years in government. While she has had many accomplishment with respect to most politicians, we all know that the campaign trail leads to some stretches in the truth. Matter of fact, there is likely a little stretch in most people's resume in whatever job they are applying for.

    We should also have a conversation about Obama's accomplishments. Awful quiet? Hmmmmm?

    September 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  6. Pam

    Another day, another pack of lies from Grandpa and Caribou Barbie.

    September 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  7. aware

    Obama is now talking about change you need!

    But, reform/change is about working together to improve the way we relate in all aspects of life! It is not about the pseudo savior who contributes to your victimhood so he can meet your needs! :(

    McCain/Palin will deliver authentic reform that will inspire everyday Americans to be part of the team! Servant leadership encourages teamwork! :)

    September 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  8. Mark

    What a disaster theRepublican ticket has become.

    September 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  9. Mark

    I just don't understand why McCain/Palin continue to spew out their countless lies. From the convention to today, they continue to lay out so much BS it is amazing. They are the two most asinine candidates ever.

    Why people are buying their lies is beyond me. It just shows to me that there are way too many Americans that lack the following:

    1. Common sense
    2. Critical thinking skills
    3. The ability to be impartial and objective
    4. The ability to conduct thorough research
    5. The desire to listen to the issues being addressed and what the candidate's proposed solutions are.
    6. The ability to look beyond the color of Barack Obama's skin

    September 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. TJ

    It doesn't matter if it is true or not. She likes to hear that voice of hers. She really thinks she is cute.

    Just say it. Whatever. Seems like everything that comes out of her mouth, which is not much substance, is lies and more lies. She has yet to say anything intelligent.

    Yesterday, she says, "My mission will be Security, Energy, and Reform". I cannot tell her from real or SNL skit.

    September 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  11. Petras Vilson

    Does anyone really believe Democratic policies of higher taxes, less free trade, and limited or no drilling and no nuclear will help the economy ? create jobs ?

    And the Democrats under Clinton created the Freddie Mac and Fannie May half-trillion dollar mess with "everyone gets a mortgage" policies.

    For Heavens sake we not only need McCain/Palin in the White House, we need to get rid of Congressional Democrats, especially those on the Freddie Mac payroll.. hint: Obama, Hillary, Dodd.

    September 16, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  12. Vincent Spaulding

    Palin cannot speak without lying. She has not spoken the truth in any single outing, including the Gibson interview. Palin is a stinking liar.

    September 16, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  13. mccain/palin = bush/cheney

    palin needs to come clean with the American people, why does she tell so many lies, and why won't she allow anyone to testify in troopergate?

    1. the bridge to nowhere
    2. the teleprompter wasn not working, all reporters sitting in front of it said it was working.
    3. won't testify in the troopergate scandal, and won't allow her people to testify.
    4. cut funding for the special olympics.
    5. her son went to the Army because he got in trouble with the law and they gave him an ultimatum
    6. she requested 198 million dollars in earmarks for the state of Alaska.
    7. requested 316 days of per diem for staying in her own home.

    I think the abuse of power charge, and her claim that we would go to war against Russia are the two issues that scare me the most.
    7.

    September 16, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  14. Republican Garbage

    Lies, lies, lies......it never stops.....

    September 16, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  15. nancy

    everytime she speaks she hammers herself. palin go home please!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  16. SD

    Obama will increase funding for most domestic programs, education, health, incentives for alternative energy development ... He will provide tax relief for 95% of the people ... He will also keep control on deficits ... I am sure everyone can do the math - someone has to pay more.

    Obama thinks that it can be made up by taxing those making more than $250K. What do you these >$250K earners going to cut down on, to pay more for taxes? I think they will reduce their investments in private business, but continue wasteful spending on their fancy cars, yachts and planes. The following year, they will have less income and they will pay less taxes.

    The government which gets those extra taxes the first year, will expand the social programs. The following year, when the income is lower, the spending programs stay or grow. The net effect is to increase deficit or taxes on the <$250K earners!

    September 16, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  17. NB

    palin doen't have a clue about the pain americans are suffering. So lady why don't you do your home work before adressing a crowd.
    Stop lying.

    September 16, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  18. Ken

    It amazes me to hear all of the stupid comments here from the Obama supporters. They don't even know what kind of trouble our country and fellow Americans will be in if Obama is elected! Plus the fact that Obama/Biden will not be able to beat the McCain/Palin ticket.

    The only way that Obama even had a chance, and he blew it by choosing Biden over Hillary Clinton for his VP.

    Now, McCain/Palin will beat him, for there are many people like me (Hillary Clinton supporters) who are voting for them.

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    September 16, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  19. John

    When are you losers going to stop making crap up? Every day it's another half truth or out and out lie. Where is your honor McBush? Did you ever have it? I don't blame Palin. We should all realize she is too unintellectual to have her own ideas. Miss "I have foreign policy experience because you can see Russia from land in Alaska." It is obvious that these Neo-Cons all have the same attitude (in this instance, regarding Sen. Obama's tax plan):

    Do not confuse me with the facts, I have my mind made up.

    September 16, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  20. go away mongers-Ventura ca

    When you say "Palin's claims aren't exactly accurate"- why don't you just say, "She's lying again". If it was a statement from Obama how would you word it?

    September 16, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  21. Aaron

    Hey – another lie in a Palin speech. Surprise! And today McCain stole "That's not change!" from Obama. If only they'd imitate his policies and integrity, and not just his catch phrases.

    September 16, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  22. Greta

    She Lies So Much!! And, this is a lie that can truly affect people's decisions. Taxes are one of the few non-cultural/social issues that the Republicans and Indies care about!

    This is a big lie. Obama and his campagin have got to get the truth out. The vast majority of people will benefit more under Obama's plan than McCain. Sarah Palin lies so much. it's terrible!

    September 16, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  23. Sharon

    McCain might have pulled this election off if he had chosen someone with a little smarts. For heaven's sake, Palin is a NUT, WACKO and a LIAR. She has lost all credibility and hurt the ticket horribly. Lesson learnt McCain?

    Voting for Obama this time around!

    September 16, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  24. robyn

    Too much fluff talk by the McCain bunch. Lets get some facts. First of, Ms Palin needs to cooperate with the investigation in Alaska instead of plowing ahead like nothing is going on. She should have known all the skeletons would come out of the closet. And, since she initially agreed to cooperate with the investigation and now is refusing makes me wonder what the big deal really is. Typical, just like the current administration, fluff, cover-up, and make-up.

    September 16, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  25. informed voter

    Connie-Don't worry about the 'delaying troop withdrawal' line . It is a total smear that even Drudge won't run with.

    September 16, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
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