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. Dem for Unity

    The Palin ship is sinking and not much to help keep her up. Just lies lies lies. Typical right wing noise. END OF THE CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION! Fiorina is right. They cant be CEOs of a company because they cant manage with the say out of their mouth. Obama/Biden 2008!

    September 16, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. hey-liberals...

    ....next time any of you dimwit-ocrats get the chance, please ask your weak candidate how he managed to go from having nothing at the beginning of the Bush presidency to becoming a multi-millionaire. Just doesn't seem possible if the economy was as bad as he claims. But as we all know, Barry is just another politician that will say anything to get elected, yet you dims will not get past party politics long enough to realize it.

    September 16, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. shakinginmyboots

    Dear Sarah Palin,

    Since I'm certain you can read – please actually read Obama's tax plan – perhaps someone can put it on some notecards or a teleprompter for you.

    As for you McCain/Palin Supporters – you might want to stop listening to the "straight-talk" express – and listen to the actual truth from the Obama/Biden campaign.

    September 16, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. UNBELIEVABLE

    Anyone who would believe one word Palin said is a fool.......
    an absolute fool

    September 16, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. conny

    This is a simple shame. How stupid does Sweet Polly think we are. McSame just stand back with quick blinks of eyes and listen to his trained partner just lie. I bet every lie came with a YES BLINK!

    September 16, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. Virginia Voter

    Just because McCain would offer tax breaks for individuals making more than $250,000 a year, doesn't mean that it "helps more across the board."

    Fact still remains that someone making $3M a year won't miss $500K in taxes as much as someone making $20K a year would appreciate a $500+ break.

    September 16, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. James

    McCain and the Michigan GOP are trying to stop people who have lost thier homes from voting. They are apparently planning to do this in all close states. Follow the link or check the article on pollster.com.

    http://www.michiganmessenger.com/4463/obama-campaign-files-suit-over-foreclosure-lists

    More proof that the Republicans are not for the common man. They only want to use the common man to promote the wealthy.

    September 16, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    "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."

    So is Sarah Palin now "the biggest celebrity in the world"?

    September 16, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. kravitz

    The Independent Tax Policy Center has already proven Palin to be lying about this one. The Wall Street Journal has proven Obama's tax policy is superior to McCain's and the McCain surrogates were called out BY FOX.

    There is no question, Obama's tax policy is superior to McCain.

    Those in power with money are so desperate to hang onto it they'll put up a serial liar whose real goal is to deny choice to women who are victims of rape or incest. And now, has been outed as The person who chose to charge women $1200 per 'rape kit' because it could reveal a possible pregnancy they might want to abort.

    McCain's tax policy is why SO FEW ACTUAL ECONOMISTS BACK McCAIN'S PLAN.

    His health plan, noted today in the Wall Street Journal, will also result in fewer enrolees, and will tax the health care premiums of those who can afford care.

    And all that, Sarah Palin, is no lie.

    September 16, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. mcbush!

    taxes taxes taxes. taxes pay for things, like schools, or wars, or bridges.
    people who make more money can afford to pay more taxes.... soo...people who make under 250,000 perhaps they should pay less taxes than say a billionaire....
    palin lies, it's all she knows how to do.

    September 16, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. Shirley-Ohio

    But she don't know what she is talking about.

    September 16, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  12. Foo Man Jew

    I heard Lie-berman say yesterday that Palin has a little Reagan in her.
    That;s gross

    September 16, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. Virginia Voter

    Has anyone else noticed that Alaska is a total welfare state? I am seriously thinking about moving there if these wackos (McCain/Palin) get in.

    September 16, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. deroy

    obama is in hollywood driving streisnad's motor home.
    he is the newest plaything for hollywood.

    reminds them of their housekeeping staff.

    after the election he could be streisand's butler.
    oh, i forgot if he loses they won't have a any use for him.

    how many brown slaves does streisand have working her 100% air conditioned palace?

    September 16, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. CM

    As the shine comes of Palin and McCain slipping with his own supporters it looks like they have hit their high water mark a while ago.

    Straight talk my @ss McCain. Come out and face the press and take some real questions. bring your VP hopeful with you. It seems that straight questions bother you.

    September 16, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  16. francisco

    To Unbiased , I think you are biased , people are real mad some of us lost our home ,jobs and it was not our fault,we are so bitter clinging to Guns and our religions! we are alreadly considered what you mentioned long time ago and we are going full speed ahead , we can not be cheated this time.

    September 16, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  17. audrey

    Palin out trying to clean up fact McCain doesn’t not get that real people are hurting.
    It won’t work Sarah

    September 16, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. The Drevlow

    I guess if she had lied or made a snarky comment they would have said her comments were very "Palin-like," and if she had been confused or in complete denial they would have said her comments were very "McCain-like." I really love how when these guys screw up they always take a cheap shot at the other-side. It's very presidential of them.

    September 16, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. DREADY1RASTA

    Unbiased....from your post I take it you are voting Obama/Biden.

    September 16, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  20. cadence

    Her 9 pound hammer is made out of "fluff"!!!

    September 16, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  21. deroy

    not individuals at $250K re-read it, that would be families at $250K a big, big difference.

    besides 40% of those he's talking about don't pay ANY taxes.

    September 16, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. J.L.

    Um... you should read the article on CNN/Money about what affect each candidate will have on your taxes. Honestly the "Democrats will raise your taxes!!!" line is such BS. Yeah... if you're making under $100K, you're better off with Obama tax-wise... if you're above, you just get a smaller tax break than with McCain. If you're way higher, then you'll start feeling the pain of taxes... but who writing/reading this blog entry makes over $603K? People are so gullible... the GOP use the scare tactic with raising taxes to bring benefits to those who make the most money... good job for being used by the GOP.

    September 16, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. Please Release Us GOP

    Jimmy – Obama is incorrect that McCain is responsible for the lousy economy. THE ENTIRE REPUBLICA PARTY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MESS WE ARE IN.

    September 16, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. Ted:Canada

    OHIO JOIN CANADA!!

    If the Republicans get back in – come and join Canada

    We will try to help you get :
    Jobs
    Health Care
    Houses
    Dignity
    Repsect

    Republican sent jobs to China and India and gave these companies tax credits and breaks to take jobs awake from North America – yes not just the US but Canada as well – do the research CNN!
    Ask the Republicans how much money they owe to China?
    Where was McCain when this was happening. This just didn't happen over night!

    Republicans hurt North America BIG TIME!!!

    If they get in – Lou – we are building a wall!!! to protect our country,

    September 16, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  25. Please Release Us GOP

    You know what? Palin isn't cute anymore. She is starting to wear dangerously thin.

    September 16, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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