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. William, from Cali!

    Who does she think she is fooling? Certainly not the informed and educated voters of America!........

    September 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. DH

    I guess McCain never read an economics text book.
    Maybe we need a McCain dictionary so we actually know what he *meant to say*.

    September 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. republicans hate america

    the 22 times that mccain has used this very same quote never once mentioned the worker. the lying you repugs come up with to defend your ignorance is nauseating

    September 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Fred

    Palin's approach: When in doubt, no matter how absurd or contrary, define it to suit your position.

    I seriously doubt the financiers, economists, business people, historians and politicians mean the workforce and the ingenuity of the US people as "fundamentals of the economy".

    By the way, does her definition mean that those people who are not ingenious are omitted from the fundamentals. HMMMM.

    September 17, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. irony

    Obama and his supporters make valid,legitimate points that address real issues facing America. The racists make non points, hurl some personal insults and then they declare they are for mcsame.

    September 17, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Lorenzo Clemons

    Every American should be worried about the economy. If we continue in this fashion the working people of America will have to pay the price. If the government bails out a company, we should make sure to take back 80% of all monies paid to CEO before they leave the company. How is it we can bail out companies and these executives can fleece the company with Golden Parachute type payments. Take that money and give it to the working stiffs who are only on check away from loosing their home, car, college education, and some cases their family. Palin/MCain "more of the same". We better wake up before it is to late and more people will be out of jobs and loosing their life saving just to survive.

    September 17, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Sharon

    I am a Proud WASP (Women against Sarah Palin) !!!

    September 17, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. Georgia Gal

    Sarah Palin and African Americans in Alaska September 17th, 2008 7:07 pm ET

    who is the rock star? Sarah's priority is to sign her autograph.

    LOL! Who does she think she is??? Tina Fey??

    September 17, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Joseph

    Everyone knows McCain wasn't talking about the "American worker" when he said the "fundamentals of the American economy."

    If he was, he could have said WORKER, now couldn't he?

    McCain / Palin want us to believe whatever garbage they come up with. We're not buying it.

    September 17, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Willa-PA

    As a woman, I find Palin disgusting, she has the same talking points Bush/McCain has about the economy. She is a disgrace to the women who actually are intelligent and have accomplished something. Why didn't he pick one of the republican women who have much more dignity and who are much more honorable than Palin. Women who vote for her and are bringing McCain's polls up just because of her, do not deserve the many accomplishmens the womens' movement have brought us, we are going backwards if they vote for Palin and they deserve what's coming to them...and guess what, they will be the ones complaining when things will go wrong...the irony is that all women will be punished by that...

    September 17, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. Lorenzo Clemons

    Every American should be worried about the economy. If we continue in this fashion the working people of America will have to pay the price. If the government bails out a company, we should make sure to take back 80% of all monies paid to CEO before they leave the company. How is it we can bail out companies and these executives can fleece the company with Golden Parachute type payments. Take that money and give it to the working stiffs who are only one check away from loosing their home, car, college education, and some cases their family. Palin/MCain "more of the same". We better wake up before it is to late and more people will be out of jobs and loosing their life saving just to survive.

    September 17, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. demeteria

    Sarah dear, do you have to correct the elderly gent again? Well, he does stand behind you with that glazed look I have seen in nursing homes. Take care of the dear old guy, he needs it.

    September 17, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Barney

    Yep – we're hard working.

    Too bad McCain has already started the CAFTA deals to OUTSOURCE EVEN MORE OF OUR JOBS.

    NO JOB, NO WORK. HOW STRONG IS THAT? I WANT THE TRUTH
    NOT THE CRAP COMING OUT OF GEEZER AND HIS HOTSIE

    September 17, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Pollster

    You blame the Bush Administration, you blame big oil, you blame people that work hard and make money. Face the facts doom and gloomers, in America if you work hard and live right you don't have to depend on anyone for your happiness other than yourself. Is the government going to make you happy, obama, mccain , no!!! your destiney is in your own hands no matter who is in office and if you spent as much time finding something constructive to do as you do whinning on these blogs you'd probably find some happines too.

    September 17, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. JohnJon

    Hahahahahahaha Its not fair!, Is this woman for real. Hahahahaha. I'll stop laughing soon I hope.

    September 17, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. Patrick

    I can see Alaska from my house... but I have never met Putin or any other Russian leader therefore I am fully qualified in the area of foreign policy.

    I run the national defense infrastructure of Alaska....

    I commanded the Alaska National Guard.... to take bold action against them Russians invading Georgia (they'll never take Atlanta).

    This woman is a joke... Condoleeza Rice would've been a better far more qualified pick even though she is big oils woman sure as Bush is big oils man.

    September 17, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. DrMan

    Oh yeah, let's follow blindly the Obamessiah. His cure for the economy....These mysterious "green jobs" aka another government project that will result in higher taxes and no discernable increase in jobs. Why do libs think the only way to solve problems is by soaking the "rich" and making people even more beholden to a socialist government? Guess it's because they have no new ideas.

    September 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. republicans hate america

    is this what we can expect Palin to say when Putin, Chavez, and Amendennajad rip America and its leadership?

    September 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. FAILIN' PALIN

    Even if you two morons actually believe you noise about the "fundamentals" were really employees, then what do you say to the 650,000 "fundamentals" that have lost their jobs since January?

    Your only digging the hole deeper.

    September 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. JImmy in California

    WOW She and McCain can attack Obama but it is unfair when he attacks one of them. She needs to go back to Alaska where she can try to rule over the polar bears. I don't think it will work but she can try.

    September 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. EqualbranchesofGovernment

    Like the "Swift-Boat" attacks on Senator Kerry's service in Vietnam during the 2004 campaign was "fair"........get over it honey......you're playing with the BIG BOY's now.

    September 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. James

    I am so tired of this woman. Any remark made towards her is sexist or unfair! Ask her a question and she turns it into....wait, we aren't allowed to ask her questions! This woman is a complete joke and so are the blind people who think she is actually qualified to be a VP.

    September 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. Jerry

    If you people could get over your blind hate for the GOP, stop drinking your Kool-Aid from one source, the basics of his statement are true. The FUNDAMENTALS of our economy ARE strong. GDP is up over 3% this year. Presidents are not responsible for this mess, the Congress is. 10 years of Repubs and 2 years of do nothing Dems, have done nothing for us. Since you Liberals want to turn school into a touchy-feely, feel good place instead of a place to LEARN, you might understand. It was unfair of NObama to selectively use his words the way they did to distort his meaning. Most of you people need to get your head out of your you know where and LEARN about this country and how it's systems work.

    NObama....No Way...No How

    September 17, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Cindy

    Unfair?!?! Geez Sarah, if you can't take the heat...don't spew the party lies yourself!

    Palin and Biden need to talk about the fairness and unfairness of the economy. McCain and Obama too. Enough with the lipstick, and the fairness or the unfairness of who said what, who hacked into the private account that discussed offical business... ENOUGH sidetracking, let's discuss ISSUES!

    September 17, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. Barney

    Intelligence and constitutional scholar any day over the ones that hide everything and lie lie lie lie lie

    No transparency in McCain/Palin ticket. They are a continuation of "in your face" bush/cheney/rove/limbaugh.

    NO NO NO NO NO

    September 17, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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