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
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  1. Dem for Unity

    That is a bunch of hog wash! Palin is no better then MCcain. Liers

    September 17, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. The Lady

    What is your economy plan Sarah????

    September 17, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. cmoore

    Top Recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
    Campaign Contributions, 1989-2008
    1) Chris Dodd $133,900
    2) John Kerry $111,000
    3) Barack Obama $105,849
    4) Hillary Clinton $75,550

    ANY QUESTIONS??????????????????

    September 17, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Georgia Gal

    Hey Charlotte at 6:56 pm ... if you haven't noticed ... all politicians take vacations on a pretty regular basis ... your point is??

    September 17, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. Palin_Woman of Strength?

    Palin,
    From one woman to another, QUIT WHINING LIKE A LITTLE GIRL!

    I am so sick of listening to her whine !She says bring it on, but when someone does she whines.
    I can not even image this woman speaking to anyone besides the other "HOCKEY MOMS".

    Change my vote to her because she is a woman? OVER MY DEAD BODY!

    GO HOME, AND SHUT UP!

    September 17, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. llovato

    Has anyone ever researched the word, Maverick? I have. It means, "an independent thinker, without thought or action; a rebel". I think McCain/Palin are correct in their definition of the Original Mavericks. They make decisions without thought or action... I want a President with sound judgement, who thinks things through soundly. I appreciate Obama's judement when it is not always popular. McCain said the economy was fundamentally strong, UNTIL it was clear to everyone, and then McCain, that it really is not. That's not leadership.

    September 17, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. Byrel

    Third, When did we have the Highest unemployment since the great depression?
    Fourth, when did we have the most government regulation?

    Answer 1: Business
    "The business of America is business." – Calvin Coolidge
    Answer 2: see above
    Answer 3:The economic crisis during the Carter years.
    Answer 4: Again, during the Carter years.

    Fifth, which president was the biggest business deregulator since Reagan?

    Answer 5: Bill Clinton

    Obama does not get economics.
    I don't care how much experience he has, I don't care if he had more than Mccain and Biden put together, and undergrad who has taken a single semester of microeconomics knows more than him

    Vote Obama, Vote Unemployment.

    September 17, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Since the email thing was closed I guess I'd say...what do you expect of the liberal blog boys...if you had read some of the websites they run you would see filth and lies every day about Hillary and then they asked for money to support the site. Bull I wouldn't give any of them my used toilet paper.

    September 17, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. irony

    At this rate the "fundamentals" will be broke if we keep following the economic policies of McBush. We really cannot afford four more years.. If some entities are "too big to fail" what does that mean about the rest of us? We are too small not to fail?

    September 17, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. Willard

    Palin's idea of the market; A place she buys Polar bear meat from Nanook of the North Grocers

    September 17, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Griff

    what is wrong with wanting Equality? I say it over and over again. There are only, two kind of People!! Over and over, I hear about women. Shelter's for Women! When will Women???? A Man's Man, I hear often... But! Where is "Jane Bond"???

    September 17, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. CONCERNED AMERICAN

    It is so sad that we cannot get past race and face the facts. The majority of the people who are McCain supporters are living below the poverty level, barely keeping their heads above water, losing their homes in record numbers, while he remain insensitive to the pain of the American people. I lost all respect for him despite the fact the he was a POW, because of the way he abandoned his first family. It is obvious that he is a opportunist and will say and do anything to get in White House, and if he were to get there, he would forget all of those struggling Americans who voted for him just like he did his injured first wife. (SHAME ON YOU JOHN MCAIN), BUT don't forget the law of reciprocity.... John Mccain is a supporter of the failed Bush policies that got us in the mess that we are in... Why in the world does anyone want to continue to lose jobs, live in delapdated trailers, barely afford gas, and live with no healthcare... NO MCCAIN, NO WAY!!!!!!!!!! SOUTHERN STATES FOR OBAMA....

    September 17, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Bobo4bush

    As the saying goes, If at first you don't succeed, then you're not Sen. John McCain!

    Mr. McCain, with his own 2 hands, built the house he was born in.
    Now that's awesome!

    McCain/Palin 2008! Palin/Bullwinkle 2012!

    September 17, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Pollster

    One of you, I dare one of you doom and gloom party members to tell me that the United States economy is not stronger than any other on the planet.

    September 17, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Larry

    Herbert Hoover thought the fundamentals were strong too. This is what the fundamentalist Christians should be praying for instead of rain on Obama. All they do is cause more hurricanes on the just and unjust.

    September 17, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. NEKWU OKOLUGBO

    Unfair who is she kidding! go tell that to Walt Monegan, that's unfair.

    September 17, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. Jason

    one thing I've learned in law schools is to NEVER, EVER use the word "fair." I think that applies here too.

    September 17, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. Michael, watching from Canada

    Did McCain not state, "the fundamentals of the economy are strong"?

    So how are Obama's attacks unfair?

    It was CNN whom confirmed that Palin did not withdraw her request for funds for the bridge to nowhere, but rather Congress turned her down!

    It was CNN whom confirmed that Palin has received hundreds of millions for earmarks.

    It was CNN whom confirmed that Palin, as Mayor, did not completely manage the fiscal affairs of her town properly.

    It was Palin whom stated that 20% of US drilled oil comes from Alaska, whereas CNN confirmed that it is only 3.5%.

    How are Obama's attacks unfair?

    And why doesn't the media criticize the Republicans for their unfair attacks on Obama?

    September 17, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. republicans hate america

    right it goes to the definition of what is is. this country just lost a trillion dollars in wealth in just 48 hours and these clowns think our fundamentals are strong? and then pander to the idiots by saying they mean its the workers. give me a break you repugs are so out of touch

    September 17, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Georgia Gal

    Anyone who believes the Republicans can fix the mess they created; also believes the iceberg could've saved the Titanic." — Hillary Clinton

    This about sums it up….

    Oh wow ... I love this!

    September 17, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Jean 2

    They cry out when the preceived injustice is done to them. They want every one to be punished

    Now 'Unfair".

    September 17, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. usmc

    what planet is she from? Is this woman for real ?

    September 17, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. ANOTHER WASP

    Does Sarah Palin know how speak or does she have to yell everything and DRIVE her point. She speaks to people like they are her kids... Hello Sarah.. They are not your kids!

    September 17, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. Amy

    How is it unfair to use someone's own words against them? She'd be right there if it had been Obama or Biden who had made the same comment!

    September 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    77% of Obama's ads are negative

    I am shocked this is outrageous.

    Obama is a dirt ball and a wind bag

    September 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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