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
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  1. DB

    this is really funny, reminds me of when I taught middle school, "Teacher, he said bad things about me..."

    September 17, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Robert Burns

    I have been supportive of Gov. Palin' but she deserves to be slammed for her frivolous remark denying McPain's clueless comment on the economy fundamentals being fundamentall sound. If the recently failed gargantuon financial institutions are not included within those fundamentals, the Bush Administration is guilty of misappropriating public funds and exposure to bail them out and perhaps we don't need those institutions. Yeah right.

    September 17, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. Nancy--VA

    If they can't take the counter attacks then thet shouldn't be attacking. As they say alls fair in politics. That saying seems to be okay when the McCain campaign is pouring out the lies aginst Obama but when the tables are turned they cry foul. I'm sick of hearing about Palin, she's a hyped up nothing, not qualified to be a vp let alone in line for President, she and McCain are two of the sorriest candidates I've ever seen!!!!

    September 17, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. connie mcfarland

    Everybody listen to this,you are looking to aCheney mousey conterpart,where's Cheney now counting his millionsor billions.These conservatives who will be voting for these idiots,they don't care abuot homelessness,poverty,global warming,because for them the end of the world is coming.All they want is to put all these conservatives judges in the Supreme court,that's because they want to score points in heaven.Bush did his job,I hope he sleeps at night unlike these widows,fatherless or motherless children who wakes up without their loved ones.

    September 17, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. Dee

    To Charlotte, Obama took two weeks vacation to spend time with his family because he knew he would be on the campaign trail and wouldn't see his family as much. So what's wrong with that.

    September 17, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    Palin should worry whats going to come out in troopergate. Palin is as out of touch as McCain " Come guys and gals" now that is not only outdated but sexist to.

    Palin is just bait for the dems to stick their foot in their mouth sonn McCain can get off the real issues facing us

    September 17, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. Biff Biffington RETURNS...

    CAN YOU SAY.....


    September 17, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. henry ferom cleveland

    palin if yuo think it is unfair you should of declined the job for vice president this is politics continue get new lipstick and shut up

    September 17, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. Jed Mandell

    excuse me governor Palin...but u r running for the vice presidency not American idol. And how ironic? whats unfair is Palin unwillingness to talk to the press about pressing issues.

    September 17, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. Monti, MI

    Really ? Sen. Palin, what do you think how stupid american people are ? McCain did this statement multiple times, starting months ago. And now, as finally also his stupid campain adviser figured that the public doesn't buy they afvised him him to give this "clarification" ? If he convinced you with that story I'm absolutely sure that you are not ready to take any position in washington. And by the way, your campain adds are definitely more annoying and unfair, no they're actually lies.
    Obama is going to raise taxes for "american working families" ? You forgot to say, just for the families making more money than they can spend.
    Obama is going to spend billions and create more dept ? Well, if he pulls out those stupid wars, he has 10 billions a months to spend. With 10 billion a months ones can do a lot of good things.

    September 17, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Colo Sprgs, CO

    There is no workforce when there are no jobs. If workforce means we have skilled and unskilled workers in the market, then yes we have one. Not very astute on Palin's or McCain's part. Palin crying unfair is like a gambler complaining to a dealer that the dealer's blackjack was unfair. Please. If you're going to play the game, get familiar with the rules. Both do not understand the economy and fail to realize how all of it's components work together to effectuate the American economy. If economy is Issue #1, then why are so many people still polling support for these idiots? I'm guessing it's one part racism, one part Hillary separation anxiety. If the economy is important to you, you know what you need to do. Vote Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Yeah, sure, McCain was talking about American workers, yeah, that's it.
    Now let all get our talking points in order.

    September 17, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. Anyonmous

    Oh I can see the children are playing on their parents computers.
    It has to be that because no intelligent adults could be posting such immature ravings and rantings.

    Go out and play now and let the adults talk.

    Oh the Obama supporters showing themselves to be SOOOO much more intelligent and mature than the rest of the country.

    The face book, you tube generation has discovered how much 'fun' national elections are.

    You know Democratic leadership.. they can turn on you like they did on Hillary Clinton. Can you control them? Are you trying?

    September 17, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. Lee in LaGrange, Ga

    obama is the one who doesn't have the first clue about capitalism or economics.

    September 17, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Francis

    I have been a Republican all my life, but I believe George Bush has destroyed the Republican Party. I would be very surprised if any Republican in Congress up for re-election will be returning to Washington in January. John and Sarah have no chance of winning, burden by the legacy of Bush and his Administration. I find it hard to believe that George Bush could surround himself with so many stupid people, and unfortuniately John McCain has also. Sorry John,
    I know you are only chasing your dream, this is not it. Sarah, the only fault I find with you is, when asked to run for V.P., you should have had the good sense to just say no.

    September 17, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. Willy

    Obama's a democrat where unfair is the norm for liberals

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

    I agree, where is the real interview with Sarah Palin?

    Sean Hannity is a joke just like the Bush Administration and McCain/Palin campaign.

    Unfair, who are they kidding? Just another one of those lies

    Maybe if Palin would have paid more attention to her daughter, she wouldn't be knocked up for the second time.

    September 17, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. Susannah

    If you think this kind of thing is so unfair why don't you take your own words to heart and actually focus your campaign on ACTUAL ISSUES and not this pretty stuff?

    Please don't spew any more hypocrisy. I am not saying Obama has not had his fair share of it as well, but the Republicans are far worse in this campaign. America is tired of it and so am I.

    September 17, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. pcrayn

    I am a woman who lives in Alaska and like many other women in Alaska – I am deeply disturbed that someone like Sarah Palin is claiming to be a good role model for women.

    The media should not be treating her with deference. If she considers herself to be equal in caliber to Joe Biden and Barack Obama, then she should face the same tough questions they face every day, without coaching, and without a script.

    It truly frightens me that the ugly truths in Sarah Palin’s records are being ignored. I think Americans need to go home and watch the movie “Shallow Hal” – so they can be reminded that not every pretty person is pretty on the inside.

    September 17, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. T.T.L.

    I love this country for more reasons that I can number and do so despite its many flaws. Lately, I fear that if we do not do a total about face, our great country will collapse. It is a shame that many refuse to admit that we have been going in the wrong direction for some time now and cling to pride and tradition. We will all suffer unless we change our hearts.

    September 17, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. Annie

    I want to know why she can continuously attack Joe Biden and Barack Obama, but they can't attack back. Oh right, Honor.

    September 17, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. marie

    it's just more of the same from the Obama campaign, they preach hope and change, but they were the first ones in the mud. Remember how he won the primaries, he had to label the Clintons racist. The man has no integrity.

    September 17, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. Tim

    So it's unfair to quote John McCain directly, without taking the quote out of context whatsoever, but it's perfectly okay for you to lie about the Bridge to Nowhere, earmarks, selling the jet on ebay, being a fiscal conservative, etc. It's also fair for the McCain campaign to blatantly lie, over and over again, about Barack Obama's economic & foreign policy stances. But to quote McCain, my oh my. What a terrible sin.

    September 17, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Brian

    Palin = Politics over the rule of Law!

    September 17, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  25. Daryl from Seattle

    The American worker does note equal the fundamentals of our economy. What he meant was the economic structure and principles of the economy were strong, which is completely false and ridiculous. What he tried to correct himself to mean makes absolutely no sense. It's like saying the fundamentals of our healthcare system are strong because we have the best doctors and physicians. That doesn't mean everybody has access to them though and there's the problem. Of course we know our workers are good, but how is knowing that going to solve our economic problems??? And Palin on Fox News? That's a joke right? Talk about softball interview questions.

    September 17, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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