September 17th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
10 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. Pepou

    Coming from that dimwit who knows NOTHING about the economy or anything else except tanning salons, it is hilarious. Well, it would be if that poor soul was not running for VP.

    September 17, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama is playing the BLAME CARD.. Blame, blame and more blame. Is that all this guy has to offer? Bash Bush, smirk, dump on Republicans, Bash Bush, smirk, dump on Republicans. And if he does get into office (and I don't think he will) he will blame his own administration's incompetence on the Bush years. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but Obama doesn't fool most of us.

    September 17, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. Sandy - PA

    If she doesn't cooperate with the subpeona, there's this little thing called "Contempt of Court." People go to jail for that, and she will too.

    Even Al Capone wasn't above the law.

    September 17, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Independent but Leaning

    We'll all be homeless racists if we vote for McCain. McCain knows that despite the downturn, we still have the most fundamentally economies in the world. Obama wants to turn this into a Socialist, wealth-redistribution state. Yeah, that's the answer to all our problems.

    Get real, Barack.

    September 17, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. peabody3000

    but is is unfair... nobody gave mccain new talking points on the economy, even after major trouble was announced at the huge bellweather financial institutions.. so HOW CAN YOU BLAME MCCAIN?? john mccain: out of touch, but faithful and devoted to his talking points!

    September 17, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. lisa

    MCCAIN HAS A STRONG RECORD OF ANTI-REGULATION that has lead to this crisis!
    His top economic advisor Phil Graham, had EVERYTHING TO DO WITH GUTTING THE REGULATION THAT IS CAUSING THIS FINANCIAL MELTDOWN. (You know, the guy who called us a nation of whiners).
    Also google 'Enron loophole' about what's causing escalating oil prices, and Phil Graham's role in that.

    The Keating 5 scandal, MCCAIN used his power to pressure regulators to de-regulate the financial industry!!

    Mccain/Palin should be run out of town for their outrageous lies and hypocrisy!!!!!!!!!


    we'll see if you print this though.

    September 17, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. BrendaF, Mesquite, TX

    Any moment now we should hear from Hillary telling Sarah Palin to quit whinning.

    September 17, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Tracey

    She is so pathetic! "A bucket of Fluff!"

    September 17, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. James in Oregon

    McCain/Palin = Unstable / Unable

    September 17, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. brian

    Awww they're being mean to her and unfair to McCain!! Poor GOP! Oh but of course I'm sure she'll be all behind the attacks on Obama that are paid for by the Swift Boat people, who of course are working for McCain these days.

    September 17, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. California Gold

    And next Sarah Palin will sing us her rendition of the Alphabet followed by Household Hints for Boiling Pigs.

    Yes that's sarcasm for how utterly out of her league this Palin woman is. I keep thinking McCain is going to come out with "Surprise! April Fool's!"

    September 17, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Ron, NYC

    What does Palin know about the national economy?NOTHING!!!. We'll see what she has to say when she gets off the leash the rethugs have her on. Those rote talking points she is being fed daily by the rethugs will soon backfire.

    September 17, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. White Republican Lady from PA

    Palin and McCBush are repulsive LIARS LIARS. Am tired of the radical right making stuff up, liying about everything, going personal with their attacks.

    But wen its time for them to hear their TRUTH that the DEMOCRATS are saying, they CRY out Not Fair, Not Fair.

    Democrats lets stand up together and defefeat these Desease that has infected us the last 8 years!!

    Register to Vote Dead line Oct 5, and request and early Ballot!!!

    from a former Republican, White old lady!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    What's unfair is the fact that she and her cohorts won't comply to the suponeas.

    September 17, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. anne

    How come I can totally hear McSame and Palin saying " But the iceberg COULD have saved the Titanic if only those ship riding elitists...." blah blah blah

    Obama 08
    putting an end to crap like this

    September 17, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |

    So Larry are you saying that the fundamentals of the economy are strong? Because Deedle Dee and Deedle Dum couldn't back peddle from that position faster today.

    PS Google Phil Gramm's Enron Loophole to find out where this mess all started. Add in the GOP's absolute fear of regulation and you wind up where we are. Free market fiscal conservatives...thanks, but no thanks!

    September 17, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. Sandy

    Well if you/palin Mccain can dish it out you better be able to handle it.

    September 17, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. Griff

    I have so much Home-Work to do: CNN. I can't ponder anymore ...
    I also have a life to live. Pro-longing the inevitable? Is just plain Stupid... No More! .

    September 17, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. votn4bama/biden

    I just love McCain. He never misses an opportunity to show us what a complete idiot he is. As for Palin, she repeats the same lies everyday, because she has not had enough time to memorize any new lies. I wish she would shut her trap.

    September 17, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. JohnLee

    Whaaaa Whaaaa Whaaaa... can't you and McCain do anything but whine?

    September 17, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. T

    I think people are attracted to a Palin ticket because they are hurting in the present economy and want their suffering to stop now.
    Unforturnately, her good looks are not going to wash.

    It will depend if America wants to move forward from the Rove economy. McCain, 72, has seriously compromised himself as a viable candidate.

    Hopefully, Senator McCain will retire.

    September 17, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. maripil

    Why is Palin sabotaging the Trooper investigation?? She sure is guilty of a cover-up! How then do we trust this person when she says she is for reform if she abused her power as governor of Alaska to settle a family score?? If she has nothing to hide why then is the McCain campaign trying to stop the investigation???

    September 17, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. McCain for Pres.

    As much as Obama likes to portray himself as the person running the higher ground campaign, he has lied and told half truths from the beginning. Anybody with any common sense knows it. The only people who seem to be fooled are his followers. If the fundamentals of our economy aren't good how is he making so much money.

    September 17, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. Foreign Observer

    Merriam-Webster: "verbiage - a profusion of words usually of little or obscure content." A truthteller despite herself, that Ms. Palin.

    September 17, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. Citizen Watch

    I have lived within my means. No debt - and probably as much in my savings and portfolio as you - and I am not as old as dirt, but middle-aged and tired of footing the bill for folks who work the system. I also teach at a university and I know well the poltiical thinking of many young people. Many have yet to see their 401Ks devalued, etc. As I said in an earler post, I am not happy with any of our leaders. However, I will vote for the candidate who spends the least on his campaign. Which candidate will that be?

    September 17, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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