September 16th, 2008
07:15 PM ET
6 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. jake, Carlifornia

    Why can't this barbie part her lipsticks without telling a lie? What's wrong with her?

    Everytime I'm about to read something about her or hear her speak, i'm nervous that half what she'll is going to say will be lies..

    common now America, don't we deserve something better than this clown?

    September 16, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. keith Franklin, Tn

    Why say the truth when YOU have a gullible American group of voters.

    Any union person who votes for McBush needs to get on the next boat along with where his/her job is going to go.

    America....when are you going to learn that the GOP CANNOT handle the economic issues we have.

    September 16, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. DEEP

    SARAH DEAR,BEFORE HAMMERING ANYBODY PRESENT YOURSELF TO THE COUNTRY PROPERLY,DONT HIDE.

    September 16, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Dylan from Mpls

    She's a school teacher and thinks that Republicans lower taxes? Seriously? Where the have you been the past 8 years? Holy crap!

    September 16, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Logan

    Research McCain tax plan. It's no scecret, and a great plan. Government should not be running our lives and MCcain/Palin should be everyone's vote unless you don't agree. Democrats=High taxes and big government spending; Republicans=Low taxes and small government spending. Simple, or google Lindsay Lohan, Puff Daddy, Pamela Anderson, or Luda for political advise...smart people

    September 16, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. Terry from GA

    I'm really glad Palin mentioned the word taxes. Where is McCain and Palin's taxes for the last 10 years?

    September 16, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    I can't BELIEVE these voters are falling for her lies. They should be booed off the stage when they make these false claims!

    September 16, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Lily

    Why would she start making accurate claims now? She never has before. And why not talk about how she left a town of 5000 people $20 million in debt after it was debt-free when she came into office? She sure sounds good with money!

    September 16, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. SAINT SARAH THE SPECIAL NEEDS ADVOCATE?

    Perhaps you should explain to all the parents of special needs kids that you claim to be an advocate for, just why you vetoed $275,000 from the Special Olympics budget while governor of Alaska, therefore, cutting it by half.

    We adults can handle the many lies we have come to expect from you about your record, but this is particularly grievous, because with friends like you, these kids do not need any enemies!

    September 16, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Renee

    You know when I read these blogs I just get the sense that most Americans are really tired of all the lies and spin that the McCain Campain keeps putting out. Why are the they continuing to show the polls that reflect that McCain is ahead. What about all the polls that still show that Obama is ahead on the Economy and ahead in some states that Democrats don't normally win. I think that the country is just tired of all this campaign spin and mumbo jumbo....look for a significant poll change in the coming weeks. Obama/Biden 08.

    September 16, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. Amy

    Here we go again. Sideshow Sarah and her pack o' lies. Finally people are waking up and calling them on the "if you say the lie long enough it becomes true" approach.

    September 16, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. j.williams, san diego

    Will somebody tell me what's wrong with raising taxes ?? Socialism is GOOD...

    September 16, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. CamachoMan

    McCain/Palin claim change is theirs, and they think they're known as "Mavericks", They're not known for doing anything legitimate of any notable scale on a bipartisan basis in their careers in actual service to the public. It is typical rhetoric from a pretty face and a senile old man. Attention McCain/Palin supporters, you are being taken for fools, save gas and stay home on election day.
    This from a former Republican.

    September 16, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. John Smith

    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 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    Why on earth does the Mccain camp keep such a tight rain on Sarah, I thought she was a big girl. She says it was a taks of god for the iraq war, hopefully it will be a task of god to take these two pituful creatures out of this election. Oh god please help us on this matter.

    September 16, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Rita

    Jimmy... first of all STOP CYBER SHOUTING!! Secondly, this congress is not do-nothing. in fact they want to get on with things, and do actual work that will benefit America. The truth is that the Dem majority simply refuses to be bullied by Republicans who are trying to back them into a corner when it comes to off shore drilling. And Pelosi has said – in case you weren't paying attention – that we don't need to drill off shore, there are places that haven't been tapped that are legal and already available. Republicans only want Americans to think that there is no other way, and are using that argument to clog up congress and keep our country stagnant. smoke and mirrors, and nothing more, to win this election "my friends." Go ahead and buy into it, but you WILL BE the fool.

    September 16, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. connee,mi

    I just have to be for the guy who says he will bring about tax relief for those under $250,000. The Republicans just can't get out in the world and see what is happening in our country. If they see, they choose to believe that these people just aren't working hard enough or are simplistic. Eight years of this is plenty for me.

    September 16, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. Turnabout is fair play

    jimmy September 16th, 2008 8:25 pm ET

    WHAT OBAMA KEEPS HARPING ABOUT IS BLAMING MCCAIN FOR THE ECONOMY.. IT IS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WITH THE DEMOCRATIC DO-NOTHING -CONGRESS WHO PUT AMERICA IN THIS MESS. OBAMA HAS BEEN IN THE SENATE 4 YEARS AND HE
    HAD NOTHING TO OFFER TO THE PROBLEMS OUR COUNTRY
    NOW FACES. FOR TWO FULL YEARS THE DEMOCRATS HAVE HAD THE MAJORITY CONTROL OF CONGRESS AND PEL;OSI AND THE DEMOCRATS HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. WHAT HAS THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER H. REID DONE . NONE. THEY OPPOSED OFF SHORE DRILLING WITH PELOSI SAYING IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. NOW AS AMERICANS HAVE VOICED THEIR
    APPROVAL FOR OIL DRILLING AND ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF ENERGY . PELOSI AND THE DEMOCRATS FLIP-FLOP AND THEY NOW AGREE WITH THE REPUBLICANS LED BY MCCAIN -PALIN.
    -------------------------------
    Hey idiot, as you've already been schooled about your lack of research and accompanying lack of intelligence as a result, If you and Lou Dumbbs would stop listening to every lying Republican on Fox Noise and research for yourself, you would see that the Repugnican Congress and Prez Idiot would stop the Democratic congress at nearly every turn whenever they tried to push through a bill that would help your sorry @ss. There are NOT enough democrats in Congress to overturn a filibuster by the Repugnicans and they made sure they filibustered whenever they could too. Those bills that got past them were promptly vetoed by the idiot in the Whitehouse now. If half the uneducated in this country actually tried to LEARN something about how Congress worked, we wouldn't have stupid, regurgitated comments by parakeets like you.

    September 16, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. francisco

    What does she know about being broke , Republicans proved themsleves time and time again that they are not for small people in this country, what is wrong paying more tax for your country if you make over 250,000 anually , to me that is also one way being patriotic. Who was she talking to anyway? People whose jobs shifted overseas? or people who lost their houses? or strugling single mothers who often drop their kids to their parents so they can go to work for minimum wage, or some janitors? this shows how Gop are out of touch! they good at spewing lies so can get elected! who are responsible for this economy mess that we are in? she needs to got back to Alaska and take care of her pregnant teen daughter as she is supposdely evangelical!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. Foreign Observer

    "hammers Obama on taxes?" what republican-paid intern came up with that headline? "Palin misrepresents Obama's tax plans" with a minor header of "ignorance or shamelessness? nobody knows" would be a ton more accurate.

    September 16, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Silky Terrier K

    Unfortunately For McCain, the voting public has found out Palin is a pathalogical liar.Nobody is dumb enough to believe what she says anymore.
    No one wants to be lied to-a fact McCain/Palin fails to acknowledge. They just keep repeating the original lies and pile on more whoopers. In the real world people get in trouble for lying.Fired from jobs, put in jail,stuff like that. IT IS NOT OK TO LIE. IT IS NOT OK TO LIE and then make up more stories to explain why you did it. Lie that is.Do you think for one minute the lies stop if they get elected? NO, they will get worse and the whole nation will be in jeopardy.

    September 16, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Rob

    she pulled a McCain

    LIE!

    September 16, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. James

    Palin claims Alaska "produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy

    Fact Check:
    Alaska's share of domestic energy production was 3.5 percent, according to the official figures kept by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    This straight talk express (McCain-Palin) is lying all the way to the whitehouse

    September 16, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. J roll

    Don't blame JImmy if Jimmy wants Mccain Let him vote that way. If Mccain wins and thats a big IF, he can kick himself later be the whiner Phil Gram says he is.

    September 16, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. Jason

    "not exactly the truth??
    Why yes Obama would provide tax relief for lower income Americans, the taxes that he would increase would cruch small business, growth, and the fundamental american fundamental belief of entrepenuership. The effects of these increased taxes would cost jobs and income to all americans, thus making his "tax cuts" a moot point.

    September 16, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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