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. Ben in Atlanta

    For someone who claims to be so Holy, Palin has to be one of the most dishonest people in politics! Does she really have to be such a big liar to be appealing to voters? It's sad. Hopefully she'll repent...

    September 16, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  2. L VA

    Wow, I think you BHO lovers really ought to calm yourselves down. Take a deep breath – if you're so sure he's a winner, let him run. No one really needs to be constantly subjected to your negativity. Looks like you're running scared. Grow up and calm down!

    September 16, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  3. Katharine've been snowballed by Obama....speaks record...just voted "present", never challenged anything in Chicago...even Palin more experience than Obama.

    Also–media attack just hurts Obama, look at the pitiful celebs attacking her..Chevy Chase..a major has been...just said somthing so he could be on TV again...sad..Matt Damon...and as if the"Oceans" movies were even remotely credible acting films...Lindsay Lohan...does she even have a brain?...the cake has to go to Barbara Streisand, she's raising funds for Obama, $28,000 a head...obviuosly the economy is pretty good for those in Hollywood...she'd be better off giving it to as Obama says, "those who need to pay their heating bills" or how about the Hurricane area. All talk and no play makes Obama a dull boy.

    September 16, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  4. Michel Sanalope

    Another lie, yet again.
    You ever notice that the CNN boards tend to overwhelmingly favor Obama/Biden, and on Youtube people lend far more credibility to McCain/Palin? The difference? One requires reading, the other is watching a video.
    Think about it.

    Go Obama

    September 16, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  5. TF

    Lies, Lies, Lies!!

    When McCain and Palin say "You" they mean really mean "Millionaires".

    September 16, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  6. Lisa

    McCain underestimated this whole woman thing. Palin sure ain't no Hillary. There were soooo many qualified candidates he could have chosen to run on the ticket........picking a woman for the uterus issue was not a smooth move.

    September 16, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  7. Community Organizer

    Hey Palin, does McCain call you Mini Me in private? You are becoming comedy gold everytime you open your mouth. The only thing is, your just not ready for primetime, or anything else for that matter.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 16, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. bohicasfc

    Well the so called poor Democratic party is holding another fund raiser be Barb S at $28,500 per person then going to entertain BO for another $2,500 per pop.... BO is really trying to buy the Presidents office. All these rich so called actors how much do they pay in taxes compared to the rest of us....with accountants and shifting their money around more than likely $0......wish there was some way to find out......but the demo's want to tax people making $250,000 so that they can say we have solved the problem and tax tax tax all you other people making less than that IT WILL Happen always has happend when the tax-o-crats get in office....

    September 16, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  9. Cora

    i was raised Republican. i have always voted Republican I have never voted for a Democrat period. . This year, I have no choice but to vote for Obama, he's our only hope.

    September 16, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  10. Barbara CA

    "What, like its hard?" was the equivalent of Palin's answer when Charlie Gibson questioned her about being ready to be vice president. (Yes, Sarah it is rather complicated.)

    Now she only speaks "republican speak" talking points. (And no interviews, please.) Lets pray that she will not end up as another poor soul thrown under the bus by the republicans when they need a handy excuse for not winning the election.

    September 16, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  11. Tim

    More lies. The media is finally waking up and realizing that it is their job to police what is fact and what is fiction coming from the candidates. CNN, NBC, FOX, etc.: Do not let the McCain campaign intimidate you by calling your coverage unfair. If someone is not telling the truth, report it, explain why they are lying by giving the facts as they are. If you do this any accusation of unfairness will not hold water.

    September 16, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  12. Ron Pab,San Francisco

    well I guess obama folks she's right.Your candidate has a poor
    judgement ,always telling us that 8 yrs of Bush will be the same for MCain 4 years>Thisguy serve our country and almost died for us in Vietnam lets give him a try to sit in the white house.

    Obama is still young ,He can run again some other time ,except 2012
    coz thats for Hilliary.

    Palin Power 2008
    Go Sarah its time clean washington.

    September 16, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  13. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin and the $600 M highway to her home town???


    September 16, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  14. vince


    September 16, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  15. Ty, Minnesota

    Good news! If you live in the northern part of the United States or the southern part, you can now put foreign policy experience on your resume because in some parts of the country, we can see Mexico and Canada. Let us rejoice!

    September 16, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. 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 , It Doesn't Matter To Him . What A Waste !!!

    No Obama ,

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

    September 16, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  17. coach

    Reading all of the above makes me sick to be an American. Nobody seems to care about the real issues, let's all just spread hate and discontent. Let's call them liars, lets blame them for something we "think" they are responsible for. My question is why can't we get an appropriations bill approved by the house and senate prior to Oct 1? This is one of the main functions of our legislative branch. The reason is that everyone is spending too much time bashing each other, and focusing on the issues our legislative body thinks are important, like sports stars on steroids. Why aren't you folks asking the reals questions, or discussing the real issues? Stop with all the I'm a Red state or I'm a Blue state. Hell, I thought we were all Americans.

    September 16, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. Gilbert

    The top 5% who are the lucky recipients of this wonderful new tax increase that is going to magically pay for all of JUST the republicans transgressions will only be to the detriment of Betty Sue who makes 18 dollars an hour working for an S-Corp that profits, let's say 251K. That 251K in income is now moving from a 38% tax bracket to a 49% bracket.

    Hmmmm, being that I'm a small business owner similarly situated, I think I have to do Betty Sue's job myself now so I can make up for the 11% tax increase on my own income or roughly 35K annual salary Betty was going to make.

    Betty Sue stands in line at unemployment for 400 dollars a week of tax payer money and eventually has to take a job for far less income.

    September 16, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  19. Paul, Tampa

    Sure, our policies are just plain awful, but get this lie I can tell about the policies of the Obama campaign. Just plain pathetic. I can't believe nearly half of all America voters are buying into these lies and distortions.

    September 16, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  20. Kirk

    Hold on now, the writer at CNN is failing to mention *all* of Obama's tax plans - When you list them all out you'll see Sarah is telling the truth!

    Obama has committed [in the democratic debates] to increasing the self employment tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, income tax and others.

    Sarah is right in saying that Obama's tax plans if enacted now will make this economy look like the good ole days.

    September 16, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  21. John Lane

    You fellow Christians – please explain to me how you can support the Party of Liars (the GOP)??

    September 16, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  22. Palin is a joke

    More LIES from the Republicans: “His tax plans really would kill jobs and hurt small businesses and make even today’s bad economy look like the good old days.” BULL! It's been proven that Obama's tax plan would REDUCE taxes for EVERYONE who makes less than $250,000. This is just more manure from the Republicans. They have no actual issues to sell, so the only thing they can do is LIE.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 16, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  23. Bruce

    I just read Obama's economic plan. Raise taxes and spend to create jobs and prosperity. What a joke. The government gets bigger and takes even more from productive and successful goods and services companies to create jobs? That's not conducive to economic growth in any way. It's kind of like paying your spouse to live at home and work around the house. Money moves but there is no net gain or growth in the overall family budget. If you can't pay the bills before you start paying your spouse – you still can't pay the bills. We can't pay America's bills now and Obama's plan won't help to pay them after.

    September 16, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  24. Joshua

    She lies. Bridge to nowhere, earmarks, troopergate, and now tax cut. I don't believe the Mccain campain at all. I don't understand why people are voting for Mccain. He is running simply a dishonest campain.

    He is supposted to be a POW but appeared to be a dishonored person.

    September 16, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. Gilbert

    The good old days were when the Democrats held the White House under Bill Clinton and he left office with a surplus. Eight years of republican deceit and lying have put us in the worst financial crisis since the great depression and Palin has the guts to question Obama's plan(which mccain or herself have no clue of what to do) American's,we can not stand four more years of republican nonsenseGo OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 16, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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