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. Travis

    From what I got out of the story that she said she is not going to talk about it in a bipartisan group and that the fact the group had 3 REPB and 2 DEMC members and also that they made their decision to go-ahead with the ingestion long before she had been chosen maybe the fact that palin would be impeached from office might have something to do with it and they are trying to keep it out of the news till after the vote has been made and there is little to do with about

    September 16, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Ex-Republican for Obama

    More lies from this neo-con freak that want's to turn our country into a socialist country. This chick thinks its ok to give out hand outs to the already rich while burdening and diving the poor even further in the hole.

    Why would this conservative convict endorse socialism for the rich? Because she's not fit to be the CEO of a corporation, let alone be the VP of the biggest economy in the world.

    September 16, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. chewy

    What? Another lie by Palin? Say it isn't so.

    September 16, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Ethan

    It's kind of sad how Palin is being set up by the Republican Party. She doesn't even know the issues. She's just reading the script they prepare for her, and it's all wrong wrong wrong. It's so wrong and filled with lies.

    September 16, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. linda from South Dakota

    oh my,, what a big mouth we have,, umm but we wont talk and answer questions form people ,, umm what a big mouth we have,, ummm

    September 16, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. AA


    Every day until the election they will continue to go down in the polls as each of their lies is exposed.


    September 16, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. Trysh, Los Angeles

    First of all, that's a lie – but what can we expect from someone who's shown that lying is the best they know how to do.

    And secondly, she might want to remember that small town bit is going to wear thin on those of us who live in normal size towns.

    September 16, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Independent

    Now that is funny, people filed out of the venue after Palin was done speaking!!!! I would of left before that....I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but Palin's voice is very irritating and it makes me shrink, cause it reminds me of fingernails going across a blackboard....shivers up my spine......

    September 16, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. Mike Kaplan

    Why in the world should anyone care at all what this KNOW NOTHING thinks about this, or anything else except maybe caribou hunting? What in the world does she know about anything?

    She's ridiculous, and so are all of you idiots cheering her on.
    We've just had 8 years of a folksy, not too bright, not particularly educated, but very, very confident president. And that didn't work out too well, didn't it? Palin, even more than McCain, looks a lot like Bush.

    And no, that's not good.

    September 16, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. Patrick

    Sarah – moderate and sensible San Franciscan's Love you! Keep hammering away at Slick Barry the lawyer and Joey B long time washington insider. So looking forward to the Maverick Change that our Country needs from the likes of the O-Crowd and his cult.

    September 16, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Scott L

    So how is McCain "LOWERING the tax burden across the board" worse than Obama???? Stop the unbiased reporting please...

    September 16, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. BS

    Mrs. Palin's current family crisis (pregnant daughter, newborn) is sure to have a psycholgical impact on the Governor and the family.
    I am happy she is a devout fundamentalist right wing Christian who has accepted Jesus as her saviour.

    I think she needs more time as Governor before being second in command. It will depend if America wants to move on from the Cheney / Rove days.

    Hopefully, McCain,72, will retire now.

    September 16, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. Garrison, Tukwila, WA

    Straight talk??

    "Palin's claims aren't exactly accurate." –from this article.

    Enough said.

    September 16, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. k williams

    excuse me?, but is this coming from a lady who went to six different college's before they graduated?, is this from the chick who can see russia from her backyard?, and is this coming from a woman who installed a tanning bed in her house after she was elected gov, for depression!!! are you kidding me?, is this who the racist right is betting on to defeating obama?, how sad. america has lost her scruples. america alway's want to be the leader in the world. the shores who many have come to. hope. hope dont live in america if you're anything but a white man. the world all know what america truly is.

    September 16, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. Lisa

    Peter and Jimmy-
    Snap out of it. McCain has the same economic policy of Bush. Yes he is the blame because he will keep it up and has had plenty of opportunity to fix it and hasn't and have these ridiculus responses to it. Wake up.

    September 16, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |

    WHO IS VOTING FOR THIS WOMAN!?? Come on republicans and women; dont just vote for her because of her gender or loyalty to a broken party! She lies and lies and lies. I haven't heard one thing from Mccain or Palin that even comes close to the truth. Don't let ignorance prevail this time. Don't let the spin work on you. Be wiser then that–we're talking about our faltering country here.

    September 16, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. Independent

    Well Jimmy, McShame is part of that do little Congress, they are the ones who filibuster, Bush has the veto pen....

    September 16, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. John Air Force Vet

    Obama is going to basically do what Bill Clinton did in the 90's when the economy grew. Don't buy into the rich-fat cat lies! We can not afford 8 more years of being manipulated by the likes of Phil Gram!

    September 16, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. nelson mcnarland

    Everyone can see paulin is as smart as a Plank

    September 16, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. Melissa

    I guess Obama could run Fannie Mae. While they were raping the mortgage industry and home buyers, he was number 2 on their contribution list. Why didn't he say something then about their free-wheeling policies. Now he's "gonna get them". What's that about?

    September 16, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Ruby

    Palin needs to go somewhere and SIT DOWN! As a matter of fact, Palin is going down.........FAST! I guess she was good for the Repugs for a moment, but the time has come for Palin to "ease on down the road". YOU'RE OUTTA' HERE!!

    September 16, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. Joyce in Florida

    Palin, just go away. Tired of hearing your whiny voice and your lies. Democrats will win in November. From what I am seeing and hearing, even you think that you are above the law. Why do the Repugs act that way? Hmmmmmmm This Hillary Clinton supporter is not wooed by your empty, whiny speeches that you have to read from a teleprompter or whoever wrote it for you. And, please stop shaking your fist and finger while you are speaking. We are not children who need to be scolded. Why don't you just go home and take care of your family. The Democrats will win back the White House!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    what a shame. You still repeat your lies again and again, and it's amazing how you everytime find voters, that are DUMB as a bucket of shrimp to believe your lies… poor, poor country, but not in belonging to the finance-situation but to the education…
    And shame on McCain that his running mate is a lot more famous than he is, one has to ask them, who they believe is running for president, McSame or Scara Failin… These two clowns are jokes, simply jokes, that aren't going to reform anything but their own paychecks…
    It's a shame this race is still tied, but this is an economic-based week so it's Obama&Dems-Week, and by the way, the attention or Sarah "Mrs. Vengeance" Failin is shrinking…until the result of troopergate. She IS hiding the reality, why else did she deny any kind of cooperation with investigators? SHE is a really DANGER for our country, and if America lets her walk into Oval Office…then we are not just lost but also dumb as a bucket of shrimp…

    September 16, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. M

    Today Biden took questions about the economy and AIG. McCain did the same thing. Where was Obama? Why was he not answering the questions? Does he not know enough about the economy that he has to sent Biden out to answer questions? Sure Obama gave speeches later in the day but he was not the one answering reporter questions.

    Newsflash: Bush, Wall Street, etc. did not get us into this financial mess. We did it to ourselves.

    September 16, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. Cheryl

    Sarah: Since we are discussing taxes, where are your returns? While you are looking for those returns, tell me why you gutted your states Special Olympics. Let me guess, that was before of April of this year.

    September 16, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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