September 17th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin calls Obama's economy attacks 'unfair'

Gov. Palin discussed the economy Wednesday in her second television interview with a major national media outlet.
Gov. Palin discussed the economy Wednesday in her second television interview with a major national media outlet.

(CNN) - Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin said Wednesday it was unfair of Barack Obama to attack John McCain after the Arizona senator said the fundamentals of the economy remain strong hours after a major investment bank filed for bankruptcy protection.

“Well, it was an unfair attack on the verbiage that Senator McCain chose to use because the fundamentals, as he was having to explain afterwards, he means our workforce, he means the ingenuity of the American people. And of course, that is strong and that is the foundation of our economy," Palin said in an interview with Fox News, her second sit-down with a reporter since being named to the Republican presidential ticket nearly three weeks ago.

“Certainly it is a mess though, the economy is a mess," Palin also said. "And there have been abuses on Wall Street and that adversely effects Main Street."

Less than 12 hours after the announcements banking giant Lehman Brothers went bankrupt and Merrill Lynch was being sold, John McCain told a Florida crowd, "People are frightened by these events - our economy, I think, still, the fundamentals of our economy are strong."

The Obama campaign immediately pounced on the comment. McCain said later in the day the strength he was referring to was that of the "American worker."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Economy • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (591 Responses)
  1. Alex

    mommy...its unfair...hahahah

    September 17, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Arkansas Undertaker

    LAdy are you KIDDING me!!!! UNFAIR?

    All the lies you and McSame are spewing are making me sick to me stomach. GET A LIFE!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Rob

    McCain said the economy was ok–where does he live. McCain was wrong again.

    September 17, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Foreign observer

    Her idea of the market is that the government has nothing to do with economy. So how she as a politician can be blamed for it ?

    She knows nothing about economy and nothing about foreign policy – who cares she knows how to kill moose and troopers .....

    September 17, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Johanna not voting GOP

    The last thing I want to hear from this unqualified chick is unfair. Yes, I said it chick!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. mitchell

    sorry. this aint a beauty pageant. go take it out on a baby polar bear or somethin'.

    September 17, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. Obama Knows How to Fix the Economy

    Unfair???

    What is this, elementary school?

    Is Palin tattling on Obama to the American people?

    Grow up!

    You are running for Vice President Sarah!

    This is ridiculous!

    She is an embarrasment.

    September 17, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    Yes Gov Palin and Senator Mc Cain the working man is one of the many fundamentals of the economy and it is not strong!!!!! What planet are you radical right GOP Wing nuts living on! The American worker is laid off, unemployed, starving, and homeless, because your leaders sold us out to the richest people in our country! You have some nerve to use the slogan Country fist! seems to me you put yourselves and all your rich friends first! screw the country! that is what happens though when us ordinary republicans allowed this radical right faction to move in and take over our party!

    September 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    Obama scares me more everyday, I do not think he can handle the huge task that is awaiting the next President. He had to take two vacations during the primary season. The problems of a campaign are nothing compared to securing the future of this country both domestically and abroad.

    September 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. MW

    Interesting that she did this interview on FAUX news. The McCain camp knows that he screwed up, and then made things worse every time he opened his mouth after that statement yesterday. Who cares what Palin thinks about this situation. She is a simple minded, narrow minded prom queen who knows less than McCain.

    September 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. SW Washington St.

    Booohooo!!! Its not fair!!! Grow up people just lost alot of money in there retirement and your complaining it not fair.. OH my, is this gradschool. I thought she was a pitbull?? Sounds like a poddle to me. Its not fair. Are you kidding me!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Michael

    With all due respect, but he said what he said! You can spin it any which way to sunday. He is out of touch, that is the bottom line!

    September 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Dan, TX

    So the excuse is McCain doesn't understand the terms used to describe the economy?? Thanks for clarifying Sarah!

    September 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. stacy

    Obama's campaign donations from Fannie and Freddie, Jim Johnson
    ties amounted to $85,000.00

    September 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Charlotte

    Obama scares me more everyday, I do not think he can handle the huge task that is awaiting the next President. He had to take two vacations during the primary season. The problems of a campaign are nothing compared to securing the future of this country both domestically and abroad

    September 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    If she stomped her feet and crossed her arms while she whined about it, it would complete the picture of her as a spoiled brat who is just now having her OWN dirty laundry aired. It's called politics, Sarah, honey and your guy is LOSING.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12!! YES WE CAN!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. Foreign observer

    The story about the American worker is new and it´s pandering – it was the economy he was talking about so many times. No false excuses.

    September 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    Sarah Palin is a doody-head.

    September 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Judy from NC

    Well Sarah, it would be an unfair attack if McCain hadn't used that exact "verbage" at least 16 times recently. He meant exactly what he said.

    September 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. Clinton/McCain

    Give it a rest Obama. You are such a hypocrite claiming to rid DC of typical politicians but your actions show you ARE in fact a typical Washington politician.

    September 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. Abby from Florida

    can't take the heat? .....get out...

    September 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. Don

    I would bet that in the course of the next two weeks no one is going to care what she thinks about anything. Does the word implode mean anything to the "core?"

    September 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. Palin 2012

    Pumas,

    Go home, seriously. We don't need you to win this election. God I can't stand Hillary or her supporters. Hillary is a pig witch in lipstick. Palin is the true american woman.

    Palin 2012.

    September 17, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Citizen Watch

    Neither of these candidates cares about Main Street. I will vote for the candidate who SPENDS THE LEAST in these troubled times. What a farce for either to talk about the economy considering the millions they are spending to get elected.

    September 17, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. Cam

    Ya, well those "fundamental American workers" still need jobs........if you actuall look at the Republican platform you will see that under their plans all you will see is more job losses and more corporate BS.....

    September 17, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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