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. JD

    Obama will be bad for the economy, anyone against NATO doesn't know what they are talking about... McCain will help the economy by keeping NATO and adding new countries to the treaty. One of the best things for the economy was by opening up new markets, that is what Bill had right and Hillary would have carried through.

    Vote for the second best, McCain, then in 2012 vote for the Best HILLARY.

    September 17, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. marianna

    Yep, the fundation of the economy, the workforce, is strong, but getting (sick and) tired of it. However, the fundamentals, being inflation, defiicit, unemployment and jobs, market performance, do not seem as strong. All depends on how you spin it.

    September 17, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. Steve Volis

    McCain'S opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir - the person in whose hands he would leave the country - is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not.

    September 17, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. Silly elephants, trix are for kids!

    Nancy TC-

    It is amazing how sensitive Republican supporters can be when the same tactics that have been used since the Reagan administration are now being effectively employed against your candidates! It is about time that the Dems use what has worked against them to their benefit. The only difference this time is that the Obama campaign has a stance on the ISSUES as well. Can you realistically tell me what McCain/Palin are actually going to DO to help the economy, or anything for that matter? All we have heard is canned rhetoric on their "Trail of Tears" (a metaphor for all the whining they are doing on the campaign trail–this is pointed at anyone who wants to misquote this–LOL)

    September 17, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  5. aware

    Desperate democrats can only attack and hack! 😦

    Cheer up Obama fans! You can try again in 16 years!

    This former democrat and Hillary supporter will vote for Palin/McCain 08! 🙂

    September 17, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  6. WhoWouldJesusExploit

    Nice Rovian trick, Sarah, to try and explain the Old Man's gaffe by pathetically attempting to instill a false sense of pride in the American worker (once again being used like a dishrag at the whim of your party). Who TOLD YOU to say that? Is anything that comes out of your mouth your own words? You empty dress, please just shut up and go home.

    McCain/Palin – Home of The Whopper – Over One Billion Told

    September 17, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. Billy. LA

    Where is Michelle Obamus?

    Are her angry, racist, elistist comments keeping her away?

    Do the Dems. know something? Are her ratings bringing Obamus down?

    September 17, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. B. Hawkins

    We all know what McCain said 12 hours before he changed his mind about what he said. The problem is which McCain said what and when did he say it.. My guess is he doesn't remember what he said yesterday.

    September 17, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. Peter Zheutlin

    Hard to believe, but Palin is even less articulate than Bush.

    September 17, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. vocalrollercoaster

    Maybe what Sarah Palin was trying to say was clarifying John McCain's comments as "the FUNDAMENTALISTS" of our economy are strong. The FAR RIGHT WING of the party is trying to pump some serious iron out of all this to turn November into gold, but the substance of the McCain-Palin platform appears to be full of poisonous LEAD instead... weighting the rest of the country down with their oppressive ideals, and offensive, snide, and misconstrued comments.

    Let FREEDOM ring... and may international peace someday prevail, and wars be a thing of the past.

    September 17, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. Mark, Washington

    Keating Five, anyone?

    September 17, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. asportsdad

    People should remember that it was and is Bush-McCain and the Republicans in Congress that attempted to privatize Social Security in order to shore up Wall Street. Had they been successful, your Social Security account would now be down the drain with your 401K.

    September 17, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    such whiners... "...Unfair", "...Sexist", "...Called me a pig", ...someone hacked my email.... etc.

    I bet it was McCain who hacked it. He invented the Blackberry you know!

    On a side note... Why does she always use the line "He is the only GREAT man in this race" in all her speeches? Isn't that unfair? Imagine if the dems were to call her mediocre? Maybe she mean the only Great Garandpa?

    September 17, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. McWhine

    Why Lehman Brothers is not rescued by government??

    Lehman donated $10 mil to Obama, but only $6 mil to McWhine. It's a payback fjob rom Repugs.

    September 17, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. Larry

    EARTH MOVING NEWS........Rothchild switches to suppot Mc-insane "The privelged" And say's Obama "the community organizer" (who actually helped people who needed it) an "elitist" does anyone else need to puke...?

    September 17, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. Ion Hypocrisy

    Cangrats to the GOP for another round of deregulation which, along with greed, has necessitated yet another government bailout.

    Disgusting how Repuglicans are so against socialism -until it benefits THEM!

    Worst hypocrites EVER!

    September 17, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. Lynne

    looks like she's having the time of her life. Must be nice to be used like this, and not have to work for her position, and some of the American publis is eating it up. We are too used to being entertained. We dont know when we need to be using good judgement and when we are just being entertained.

    September 17, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. TJ

    To Pollster: Any other what??? I'm hurting financially this year and I'm concern with my country for the moment. I'm not going to compare what we have to other countries. There are people hurting in the US and we need to take care of our country first. Isn't that McCain's slogan...Country first.

    September 17, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. John

    McCain was right in the first place. The harworking men and women of this country is the very foundation of this country's economy, but Obama does not want to recognize it. Why? My personal opinion, he claims to tax 5 of high income people and cut taxes to 95%. Sad to say, 40% of so called tax payers does not pay taxes anyway, so he wants to subsidize those people that does not earn enough to pay taxes. 20% of those people that does not pay taxes, rely on unemployment program, SSI and social service (welfare) for a living. I called that supporting the lazy people of these country. This is what I worked for, to support the welfare? Asks that yourself too.

    September 17, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. MS

    get real Palin, if you can't handle attacks on the economy then go back to being governor of AK.

    September 17, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. Please Release Us GOP

    What is unfair is the GOP holding all of America hostage with their piss poor economic policies. For your people who can't bring yourself to vote for a black man – you may soon find out there are far worse things than a black man in the white house. We need real change – not a pilfered slogan. Ask yourself ARE YOU BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE 8 YEARS AGO? If so, by all means go for another Bush term. However, if you want to try something new that actually might work, give the Democrats a chance.

    September 17, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. Independent Dave, Iowa

    People are only coming to see you because your a novelty, a side show attraction, it's obvious they don't care about what you say. You might as well just blab on about Todd and the kiddies!

    September 17, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. Ray Lopez

    Campbell Brown must be replaced. She is so Obama it's ridulous. She presses every guest who supports McCain to the point she loses her cool. It's 8:50 pm Wed. and she was so emotional with this democratic woman who happens to support McCain.
    CNN is suppose to be even handed, but she isn't. I have seen her do this many times. I thought I was watching CNBC the liberal network.
    I guess I'll have to watch FOX.
    Please replace her soon, very soon.

    September 17, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. BS

    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 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. Shannon

    Not since HIllary have I seen such "HOPE AND CHANGE" from Obama supporters. You guys only seem happy when you are hating someone and trashing their character. Some kind of hope and change you have going there. It's right up there with how you are trying to unite the country!

    September 17, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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