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. gregory

    the first dude,, that is funny, the first dude, she can see russia from her house, she,s the funniest thing ever happened in US history, COVERING A LIE WITH A BIGGER LIE MAKES YOU A BIGGER LIAR SARAH....;

    September 16, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. Janine D.

    Why are these two constantly lying about Obama's tax plan? Could it be because it would affect them? Why does she lie about the "Bridge to Nowhere?" Why does she lie about how she sold the private jet? Why can't McCain get anything right about the economy? I have had it with McCain/Palin already. They are so irrelevant. Please stop covering these clowns.

    September 16, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. give me a break

    mrs palin, when can we see your tax returns?

    September 16, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. Jack

    Once again Scary Sarah is out telling lies! Wow, what's new, this girl has to be the most truth challenged person in the country now!

    Does Sarah think that if she believes something that it is the truth?

    Does Sarah think that if she keeps repeating a lie that it becomes the truth?

    Does Sarah think that if she repeats a lie often enough somebody might believe it?

    Does Sarah think that it's OK to lie?

    What is going on with this lady? And to think she could be one heart beat away from being President? Wow – NOW THAT'S SCARY!

    September 16, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. lindapuma

    Republican strategy is now crystal clear.

    LIE, REPEAT LIE, REPEAT LIE AGAIN....hope no one others to check the facts! Hope people go for the person they can relate to rather than the one you can trust.

    Just pathetic and dumb.

    September 16, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Unbiased

    I've never heard Palin say anything that was intellectual or in depth. She skims on the surface and proclaims she'll fix the economy and Obama won't. HOW?? How will you do this Palin??? I've heard Obama, Biden, AND McCain throw some hard numbers out there, but I have yet to hear anything resembling economic thought from Palin. So far, she hasn't proven to me she knows what she's talking about.

    September 16, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. Former Republican for Obama/Biden

    I am sick of how Republicans have become LIARS. It is repulsive. This is not the party of Reagan any longer! And Jimmy, you are a seriously confused individual!

    September 16, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. Greg

    This flight is losing altitude...................TRUST ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    September 16, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |

    jimmy- you may want to brush yor teeth after eating all of that Repug BS. McScam was in the Senate for 26 years, and your point is?.....are you forgetting Phil Grahm's-R role in instigating this mess by slipping in the deregulation which caused this mess?....and your point is?...McScam's only solution for the energy problem is DRILL BABY DRILL as espoused by the Repug idiots at the covention, nothing about alternative sources as prescibed by Obama....and your point is?......

    September 16, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. Unbiased

    To jimmy,

    You say the do nothing democratic congress has been a waste for the past two years. I ask you, what progress did the republican led congress achieve in the previous 6 since Bush took office???

    September 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. rumpusgoopus

    I love how Republicans are trying to stretch the two years in which the Dems have been "in control" of Congress (even though they obviously weren't due to filibusters and veto threats) but repeatedly using the words "two FULL years." Where do I sign-up for Republican talking points memos?

    September 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  12. Laurie

    Running a small town is not like running a country. Someone should let Palin know. But like some people in small town's and other places you have Gossip and lies. It sounds like Palin is very good at that. McCain has to have a woman to speak for him and a hateful one at that. I have to believe that the american people want a leader that knows how to lead. Obama is my choice, at least he knows how to speak for himself, when standing alone.

    September 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. FactCheck



    It's amazing how much stupidity can be crammed into one post.

    The Dems have had the majority in Congress for only the last 2 years but it's their fault.

    McCain has been in the Senate for 26 years but Obama and his 4 years in the Senate are at fault.

    The President has veto power over anything Congress sends his way but it's their fault.

    September 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. David

    Palin is the next Cheney. and John McCain is the next W. Can they tell you anything that is true? This is the last stand for the republicans for awhile, they know it, and that is way they will do , and say anything to stay in office.

    September 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. Jim

    John McCain voted against the minimum wage raise several times, and
    He cares?

    Not this time. Not this year. No way No how No McCain No Palin.

    September 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. USMC

    surprise, another lie! Is anything that comes out of her mouth true?

    September 16, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. Sage

    more lies from the McCain is getting to the point where we can not believe a word coming from their lips.under Obama's plan we would see 3x the amount of relief, under Obama's plan if you make less than $250,00.00 you see a tax cut, under Obama's plan small businesses see more relief, under Obama's plan health care, under Obama's plan 5 million new green jobs=5 million new consumers=stronger economy, under Obama's plan we have 150 billion invested in green energy, under Obama's plan we have a stronger safer America...under McCain we see, LOBBYIST running the country, abolition of abortion, DRAFT, more war Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Russia, lees benefits for vets, higher taxes, higher gas prices and a corrupt VP...seems like a no brainer

    September 16, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. Tracey

    She should be hammering herself on that bridge to nowhere and troopergate!

    September 16, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. mike

    For Peter and Jimmy
    Please tell Palin to answer questions and stop reading cards pre-written. You guys and just funny McCain and palin has been on the attack and trying to steal everything from Obama. From Change, to more of the same. This morning he stole the las slogan Enogh is enough. Common fact check found you out. Obama did propose the stimulus package and he voted a day before he hit the campaign trail. Democrates have control of congress in the last two years and i believe Republicans have the same congress for 8 yrs earlier. Drill here drill now wont heal our energy independence.

    September 16, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. David in Wisconsin

    Unregulated markets led to the great depression/1929 market crash. The Bush/McCain Economic Theory is to remove all regulation and government function because "Markets are Efficient." However, as we have seen recently markets are chaotic and life without government function is not always pleasant (see Katrina and more recently Ike). People with real money can overcome this unpleasantness and reap the benefits of market efficiencies. People who make less than the 90th percentile often find such chaos overwhelming and disruptive to their plans and dreams. Personally, I'm willing to pay for the stability that government can provide. I think that Gov. Palin knows that most people are like me, so she has done her level best to distract the voters from the issues. I feel that this country needs a CHANGE that Palin/McCain will NEVER provide.

    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    September 16, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. Jessica


    Palin is little more that a sick ploy by the Republican strategists to manipulate female voters. Sadly, for this demographic, it is working.

    Todaty the National Organization of Women announced its backing of Obama/Biden. This speaks volumes.

    She clearly does not understand the needs of a modern women. I relate to nothing about her, except that she's a working mother. Not enough.

    Signed a Democrat, mother and sociologist from Michigan

    September 16, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |

    M C C A I N-–W I L L---A S K-–O B A M A--T O-E X P L A I N-–

    W H Y--H E--W ON ' T--T A X-–T H E---R I C H-–I F--

    T H E-–E C O N O M Y---I S-–W E A K---A N D---

    W H A T-–T H E--B A S I S---O F-– TH I S --D E C I S I O N-

    O R-–" T W E A K I N G"--I S

    September 16, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. Truth for America

    Thanks, but no thanks to the McCain/Palin TICKET TO NOWHERE

    September 16, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. Scott L

    @Jimmy, you are correct.

    Democrats have demolished this country. Economy was suffering a bit in the early years of Bush due to international markets pulling out equity in US investments. This undermined the dollar and thus weakened our economy in a time of war. However, Democrats have compounded the problem by pushing for larger ethanol standards and that has in turn reduced corn crops spiking food prices even higher. Now that Pelosi lied and has done nothing since getting control of congress for over 2+ years now, it is about time that Democrats stepped aside. They are truly DO NOTHING with the WORST approval rating in the history of our entire government.

    DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS. And they sit there and blame Bush for vetoing things...he has hardly vetoed anything. When he did, it was always some ridiculous baked in bill that had 20 items in it that lost focus. Democrats need to FOCUS on one thing at a time and stop this bill loading that they do. Introducing a bill that says Windfall Oil Taxes, Green Energy PRoduction, and oh btw stop speculators, it is destined to fail. But in a political election year, they do this intentionally to say LOOK BUSH VETOES OUR STUFF.

    Democrats need to wake up and realize their leadership has failed this country big time. Look at the Clinton/Obama debacle...what a joke that was.

    And keep in mind, I voted for Kerry in 2004!!!! But I am tired of Democrats wasting opportunities and doing ZERO for America.

    Obama has not outlined a SINGLE plan in his campaign...just mad that McCain Palin are using the term change now.

    Oh ,well he did say he wants to raise taxes.

    September 16, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. netjade

    I have complete faith in stupidity of people of OHIO. They made mistake in 2000 & 2004. & They'll repeat it in 2008 too!

    September 16, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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