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. Non-military waste

    Polly want a cracker?

    September 16, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    How are her comments "not acurate"??? Obamas plan WOULD raise taxes on small business owners making over 250000. Why would you raise taxes on ANYBODY during this economic slowdown much less the only sector, small business, keeping it afloat. By the way Obamas plan raises taxes on anyone who owns stock or has a 401k, more than 70% of americans.

    September 16, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  3. sean vancouver

    It is funny how everyone talks of who controls the house and senate and the president. The republicans have had control enough to push through or block anything they do not want. And the most important branch the supreme court has a conservative majority for as long as I can remember. So, when you go a vote this year you will be voting for the president and the make up of the supreme court. The most important branch in our country of laws.

    September 16, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. Albo58

    Obama's plan? Which one, Monday's, Tuesday's,...etc? His stances/plans change with the polls and I guess this best explains all his "present" votes in Illinois! He's a fraud and yet another fine selection by the DNC to lose a presidential election!

    September 16, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  5. Mark

    I was at the McCain / Palin Rally in Vienna Ohio today, and I will admit. I was shocked by how many folks I spoke to who were registered Democrats who are not going to vote for Obama.

    Even local politicians who are Democrat stood on the podium and shown support for McCain and Palin.

    Palin not accurate?
    Ok then, who is to say this Center for Tax Policy is right?

    September 16, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  6. Kathy

    Please see thru these mavericks of lies!! They are taking lies to a whole new level!

    September 16, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  7. Valerie - North Carolina

    At one time, John McCane was a man I greatly respected and trusted. That was the McCane of 1990. In his desperate quest for the presidency in 2008 has emerged a totally different person. His choice of Sarah Palin as VP knowing he is a man 72 years old and with a history of cancer, shows the integrity of the McCane I so liked has been lost in his quest to win. The McCane of 1990 would neither like or vote for the McCane today. Very sad.......

    A Senior Southern Lady – Independent Voter

    September 16, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  8. Ismael

    This is ludicrous and absurd. How can americans actually vote for McCain and Palin. The tactic that McCain pulled off to extend his VP offer to Palin was strictly a political move to gain votes from disgruntle Hilary voters and turn his campaign to one where republicans can be excited about. This is perfect example of how selfish and DESPERATE McCain is to win a election-that he will even put his own country at risk and leave this country vulnerable to inexperienced judgement god forbid if he was to past away. Look at his age, he is at the average life expectancy of an american. If he really cared about his country he would of made a competent and well thought out decision. Its a scary feeling knowing Palin has a chance at being our president, just look at the Charlie Gibson interview she would not have a clue of what to do. And just to think she will have her hands on nuclear codes-God Bless America.

    September 16, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. Ryan

    More LIES!

    Stop the LIES

    Your still lying!

    McCain and his running "puppet" are just the strings which the corporations pull.

    Let OBAMA have a chance, whats the worst that could happen? (Republicans have already proven they do not deserve a chance with they're LIES).

    September 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. bern

    More lies from Miss Sarah. No surprise there.

    Look, most folks supporting McCain and his little nazi bimbo Palin are seriously rich, seriously uneducated, seriously dumb, and / or seriously racist.

    McCain and Palin should be ashamed to show up at church on Sunday. They have been "bearing false witness" time after time after time. What kind of example are these folks for kids? Is this how you win the highest office in the land? By lying as much as you can.

    September 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  11. Indep.4/Obama

    Palin/McCain is the way it should read on the signs! what I really want is for McCain to explain a man of his "Honor" to be so proud of the LIES they continue to tell. He was so against this I have lost ALL respect for this man!!!

    Hats off to The View who was not afraid to nail him to the truth!
    Great Job to those ladies that asked WHY? Maybe other journalists will stop tipping around him and his VP choice---

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  12. a highly informed, highly annoyed voter

    People pay attention!!!!!!!!!!! I am so tired of hearing "I'm voting McCain because Obama is gunna raise taxes."

    OBAMA WILL LOWER TAXES FOR 80 PERCENT OF AMERICANS. The only people whose taxes will go up are the top 20 percent (aka the upper crust of society) So unless you are making bank, YOUR TAXES WILL GO DOWN.

    If you want LOWER TAXES, VOTE OBAMA!!!!

    September 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  13. fansprez

    Sorry Palin, but when I want economic advice I'll go to the experts and not some pageant queen hockey mom who's been in office for less than two years...

    And those experts? They overwhelmingly favor Obama's plan.

    Thanks, but no thanks!

    September 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  14. Terri

    Obama has actually said that he does not blame McCain for the current economy just the economic policy that he endorses. That's on the record and point of fact–regardless of who put the policies in place, McCain DOES support them.

    I would like a link to this Center for Tax Policy bc if McCain endorses making the Bush tax cuts permanent with no other real fiscal changes, I fail to see how this makes any tax relief across the board. I'm a single woman and I get taxed at 37%. I see NO relief at all.

    September 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  15. Hollis

    Sarah Palin wouldn't know the truth if it bit her on her rear-end. This has been demonstrated over and over and over and over. Has she no shame???

    September 17, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  16. Indiana Bob

    Hard telling what Obama will do with taxes. Depends on who he turns to for advice, because he certainly don't have a clue unless someone prints in for him and runs it on a teleprompter. He was so decisive about the war in Georgia. To paraphrase: "Ah gee whiz. Can't we all just be friends?" Guess he thought it was a playground spat.

    Vote for an experienced decisive leader - Vote McCain

    September 17, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  17. Lisa

    40% of Americans don't pay taxes so how can you say that you will cut taxes for 95% of American/it does not make sense and we all know that they promise the kitchen sink and when they get in office they don't come through

    September 17, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  18. Landon

    This Republican ticket has been a kick in the head. We, as Americans, have had many a good laugh these past weeks with the antics of McCain and Palin. But it's time to get serious.....McCain and Palin are starting to be armed (Palin anyway) and dangerous.


    September 17, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  19. Joe

    To follow up on your list, I would add who would you think the enemies of this country would be more afraid of, Mr. McCain a war veteran a senator for many years, or Mr. Obama a communitty organiser with a 143 days in the US senate?

    September 17, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  20. DeceivedLeftyLibDems

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    Sarah Palin bests Joseph Biden 47% to 44% in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up for the presidency, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

    September 17, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  21. OBAMA the REAL Change

    Will SOMEONE tell Palin she is not an equal to OBAMA.

    Someone please write her another speech................

    September 17, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  22. Hanna

    The Geezer and Gidget are making fools out of themselves on a daily basis. Pathetic.

    September 17, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  23. Hazel,great-grandma

    I've never seen a ticket so pathic as the Rep ticket this year.

    September 17, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  24. getalife

    Hey what happened to Country First! Individuals making more than $200k/year and couples making more $250k/year should put the Country First by paying more in taxes. They can certainly afford it.

    The Obama plan will reduce taxes for families earning less than $250k/year. The vast majority of the businesses in the country are small companies that make less than $250k in profits so they should see a tax break as well.

    McCain, like Bush, is putting the wealthy first. And, we know where that got the country.

    September 17, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  25. tedious898


    We all better learn how to speak Cantonese or Mandarin real soon because China owns more our securities than we do. The republicans do not understand that when you owe that much to a foreign country / one for all intents and purposes is not an allie, its a security risk. They can literally "tank " the country. Why is the dollar flagging right now? Its the debt stupid (i.e. the economy).

    What happened to republicans that once were fiscally conservative. Pay the bills? These current Repubs could care less how much debt our kids will have to pay off on behalf of their irresponsible spending.

    Get a life Palin or take a course in macro economics.

    September 17, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
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