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. DK

    Jimmy, shout all you want you're still dead wrong.
    Obama has been in the senate two years, not four. The GOP has controlled the White House for eight years. The GOP – McCain included – have controlled both houses of congress for six of the last eight years. For the past two years the Dems have had a bare majority in congress...not enough to override Bush's vetoes...hence they still can't get anything done.
    Even the most conservative economists confirm that offshore drilling will make a maximum difference of pennies a gallon, and only after 10-15 years.
    Do your research instead of letting Rush and Hannity do it for you....Obama's plan will cut taxes on 95% of the population. McCain has stated that he knows little about economics. The architect of his economic platform is Phil Gramm, the guy who spearheaded the deregulation of the financial sector that has now begun to unravel...the same guy who stated we're in a psychological recession and are a nation of whiners.
    And if you want to talk flip-flops, take a good long look at McCain and Palin...each of them has changed positions WAY more than Obama has. And Palin has been shown to practice the same cronyism and corrupt politics as Cheney.
    The GOP are trying to win the election by lying about their records and distracting the public with shiny objects...and idiots like you are falling for it.
    Obama is far from perfect...but considering what McCain/Palin are offering, there's no contest.

    September 16, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. Matt

    It is the Bush administration and the Reps in Congress who have vetoed and filibustered everything in the past 2 years. Bush has set a record for the number of vetoes he has issued during this time. The Dems don't have a sufficient majority to overcome these tactics and it is quite obvious to anyone with their eyes open that it has been an effort to be able to make the claim that the Dems did nothing in Congress for the past 2 years once we got to this point in time.

    The REALITY is, the Reps prevented anything from happening to quicken our economic demise and point the finger at the Dems as payback for taking a simple majority in Congress. It was a campaign strategy that began 2 years ago for them and the relentless parroting of it is the proof of the pudding. Pretending a simple civics lesson doesn't undo the argument is another LIE.

    FACT: Obama's plan will lower taxes for more people in America than McCains' tax plan. This is what the media should report, and hedging by saying McCain/Palin's LIES "aren't exactly true" does a disservice to the American public and is a gross dereliction of your duty as alleged journalists.

    September 16, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. sandee in Portland

    No, but Sarah believes that if you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it. It's up to the news media to publish both party's lies.

    September 16, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Happy in Oregon

    Republicans throw more crap just to see how much sticks and there are Americans buying it.

    But the Palin the Puppet bubble is beginning to burst, thank God. Read the Newsweek article in the drop of her favorablility rating. The largest drop of anyone in the race.

    Wake up America. If you're voting for Palin because she is white stay home and don't vote or vote for Nader.

    September 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Nancy from MA

    Good job Sarah!

    September 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. maynard hopkins wi

    lets stop the word games or the projections of either candidates statements. the mediators and the "elite" politcal analyists are way out of line even when they interview these candidates.

    the use on common sense should tell these people who are harping about drilling for oil in the ocean, that the best solution would be drill for oil ,on land, move the oil rigs inward and get out of hurricanes way.


    September 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. tedious898

    Solutions, not LIES – you are one of the smart people. You realize all that crap about congress having a lower approval rate than the current "thought challenged" goof in the white house; is because "shrub" 43 has veto power. Oh ...that's right....3 equal branches.

    Its nice to know that there are people with the capacity to understand the facts. If not, they're voting for the POW and the Spokesmodel runner up Ms. Alaska, sportscaster chick – oops I'd bet that's sexist.

    September 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. Unbiased

    To all you biased fools that post on here,

    What makes a good President...
    Stern when you have to be.

    If you vote on who you think would make the best president, please consider each of these qualities very carefully and as unbiased as you can. Then, and only then, will your vote be a smart vote.

    September 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. victor,nj

    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.

    LOL. I would strongly advice Mccain hire a wine or food taster.

    September 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  10. Tim

    Until this liar can answer questions for anyone, she should just shut up!!!

    September 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. Antonio SC

    I wonder why Palin continues to say the same thing over and over again?

    September 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. NoMcSame

    Palin cut the Special Olympics budget in half in Alaska, great job Palin. What a trooper palin is? She not only can't run a company she can't run her own house. Kids Gone Wild.

    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. Rodney


    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. Sam

    Wake Up Ohio. How many times will you be duped by the republicans?

    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. BS

    Stop Palin / Rove from destroying Social Security !

    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Rebecca - CA

    I own a small business, and the bottom line is that, unless my clients have jobs, my business will sink. I have looked at Obama's tax plan vs McCain's.... Silly Sarah can try to equate her family with mine all she wants, but I'm not falling for that. Unlike the Palins', my family doesn't have an income over $200K (Hmmmm, how about those tax returns, Palin family??) , and my children are working their way though college, not quitting high school to get married and start a family.....

    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Denise

    Why does she continue to lie....and why are many Americans falling for her lies? Oh....I know. She talks a big game to hype the crowd. She's a "Hype-woMan" like the rapper use.

    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. Demon_Joe

    I just read the Obama plan (BTW you can download it from his website). I highly suggest you learn to read!

    Sarah/John, What do you have for us? We know you think that we are FUNDAMENTALLY STRONG but we don't feel so hot just now. Our retirement savings are shrinking, our banks are failing and every other house in our neighborhoods are abandoned. What ya got?

    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. dennis from chicago


    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Sara

    Sara, Sara, Sara, Whine, Whine, Whine. Dr. Phil Gramm with lipstick.

    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. FrankSmith

    The RICH folks are really afraid of Obama– He will raise their taxes.

    Here, we see the poor fighting to keep the Rich in power (to get richer) by voting for McCain and Bush!!! How great it is to be educated, as well as have "common sense."

    To be a Republican, you only need to be Dumb!!

    September 16, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. returntocommonsense

    It never ceases to amaze me that people fall for half-truths or just out right lies.

    Off shore drilling is not going to help us – let me amend that – it won't help those of us who live paycheck to paycheck. Its past time that we realize this. Looking for alternatives should have started to happen in the 70s after the oil embargo. Once again we were too lazy to do this and when the embargo was lifted, we went back to our gas guzzling ways.

    The mess that we are in started during the Reagan administration. The Laissez-faire, "trickle down" style of economics – no regulation for business at all – plus the greed of corporate America, our own out of control spending (yes we are partially to blame), and the tax cuts are some of the many issues causing the current melt down.

    A government's – whether it be Federal, State or Local – source of income is taxes and fees. Any time you take away from that income, you need to cut expenses. This is Economics 101. However, we, the public keep demanding that taxes go down, but yet demand that services be improved or increased. So where is the government suppose to get the money to improve services? Companies who provide governments with services – asphalt for the roads, parts for various pieces of machinery, cars for the police, etc – are not just simply going to give these to governments out of the goodness of their hearts. What about the money to pay employees? Or are you suggesting that government employees not get paid or get pay raises?

    Lets be realistic. Our Federal government is bankrupt, this has already trickled down to State and Local governments who are now seeing more demands being placed on them that the Feds would/should have paid for.

    September 16, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. Old Artillery Man

    Yes, we should look at the party that controlled Congress for the past eight years. The Republican Party controlled the Senate from 1995 until 2007, except for a brief period from June 2001 through November 2002. The Republican Party controlled the House of Representatives from 1997 until 2007.

    Thus, the Republican Party has controlled Congress for almost 9 of the past 11 years.

    Considering that we have also had a Republican president for the past eight years, should not a preponderance of the blame for our sliding economy go the Republicans?

    September 16, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. Justin

    I love how the Ticker says "not exactly accurate" call them what they are: lies. People's jobs are at stake and you are letting this stuff spew forth unchallenged. No wonder McCain is ahead in the polls.

    September 16, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  25. George Bush in a skirt!!!!!!!!!!

    This is begining to be offensive.
    Lie Lie and Lie some more.
    If this becomes a pattern she will loose all trust in people especially true Christians that support her.

    September 16, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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