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. nobama

    CNN blogs are overtaken by Obamabots. All you Obama supporters are going nuts attacking the VP pick, Palin on her experience. She has more than you PRESIDENT! You all cried when Obama was being picked on for lack of experience but don't hesitate to attack her. Hypocrits.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 17, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. Palin is dumb


    OBAMA-BIDEN '08 '12

    September 17, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. MD in ND

    Hillary voters for McCain...Go ahead, help elect McPalin and Hillary willbe a distant memory come 2012. Barracuda has her eye on that prize and you helped fuel the fire!

    September 17, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. Rick in Az

    How could McCain say by fundamentals he meant the American work force and that it is strong?.. Isn't this the same guy that said that he would pay ANY American worker 50 dollars an hour to go to Yuma and pick lettuce for a season but they had to stay the entire season, then adding; "You can't do it my friends". That simple offer and statement following clearly shows that he thinks the American workers are either lazy or simply aren't strong enough to carry the load in the country

    September 17, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Edward J Skicki

    For 60 yrs as a registered R, I very rarily voted for the major republican on the ticket. I listen, I try to compare, I finally make my decision and cast my vote. Thus far, listening to a man who voted the majority of times for Pres. Busch, he never voted w/his own understanding only what the Pres. or others told him to do. He voted w/ the pres.the majority of the time. If you were brought up during the depression, the second wwar, the vietnam war, bad economy, bad times , all during the R administaration.....How would you vote. Did you go to bed hungry? try to make a living? Get an education? Did you work 3 jobs in one day? I DID!! IT WAS R didn"t give it to me, a D helped in some instances.....I did it on my own. I did well without the Rs....Think and vote for the best man. White or Black/Rich or poor – the one w/the brains and a good heart.

    September 17, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. chucky

    John McCain Said when picking Sara Palin to be vice president....."Once you get to know Sara Palin, you're gonna love her"
    John McCain....You yourself didn't know her when you picked her. you only met one time.

    September 17, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. What'sTheBushDoctrine?

    It's a sad, sad day when the VP candidate is used as a distraction from the Presidential candidate and has to explain what he says. And we can expect more to come. And it's doubly sad to realize that Palin doesn't even know what she's talking about when she is attempting to "clarify" McCain's remarks.

    I would feel sorry for Sister Sarah if she wasn't such a narcissist to actually believe she is intellectually and emotionally capable of being the leader of the free world.

    P.S It's getting really old to keep reading fake blog posts by Republican Party operatives (yes, I'm talking about you, "Charlotte").

    September 17, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. D&D

    This woman is really something, she is really not ashamed at all of making such a non-sense statement!
    What she forgets is after the elections, not only she won't be VP, but she will probably not be re-elected as govenor...then maybe, she can take care of her family...

    September 17, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. Lourdes

    Unfair? Calling him out on what was obviously a desperate scramble to change the connotation of his words after realizing they didn't go over well? Wow.

    I wonder if she found it unfair when her campaign totally lied about Obama's lipstick comment? When they contorted his record on abortion rights? When they made a sick ad saying he wanted to teach sex to kindergartens when every single policy expert agreed that he wanted to do no such thing?

    Is it unfair to go back on your word about the trooper investigation? Is it unfair to lie to the American people about your record on earmarks, the bridge to nowhere, the plane you "sold on ebay", etc etc etc?

    This is starting to make me sick.

    CNN please don't keep me in moderation.

    September 17, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. ER P

    Sarah Palin = her own worst enemy.

    Let the lady freely speak her "mind" and Americans will realize what an empty shell she is. She is definitely not ready to run a compamy such as HP. She is even less ready to become vice-president,
    God help us all...

    September 17, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. Charlie

    We can't afford 4 more years with an unqualified leadership! We can't afford 4 years with McCain and Palin!

    Americans think about the last eight years! Do you really want a sequele of these failed politics?

    September 17, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. JohnJon

    cmoore September 17th, 2008 7:47 pm ET

    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??????????????????
    Sure, Try this:
    John McCain_ $21,027,916/insurance companies.
    $10,923,372/ Oil and Gas
    $9,925,219/General Contractors
    $6,402,949/ Beer,Wine,Liquor
    $4,633,535/ Aotomotive

    ANd these are in millions, notHundreds of thousands,,,ANY QUESTION/ Next tiem, do some more research

    September 17, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. VRM

    "It's not fair!! Wahhhh!!"

    September 17, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. D&D

    We all heard, read, followed what McCain said, it wasn't a metaphore or meant something else, he meant what he said, and there is nothing you could say that will change it, so stop trying!

    September 17, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  15. EmilyP

    Mccain and Palin need to face the facts, the election was over before they started. The democrats are better funded, organized and will win the election hands down in a landslide of nixon proportions. Every one of the "swing" states will go to obama. I don't know why the repub's think they can pull off an upset in these states let alone the presidency. The country would elect a paperclip instead of any repub.

    September 17, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  16. save us all

    If McCain wants to win he should just
    stick to the issues and not the drama.
    It would save you time and trouble
    with the media.

    September 17, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  17. AdamW

    She's good at weasling out of things, eh? She changes her toon, doesn't comply with the law and does whatever she wants. She is like a female Dick Cheney.

    And if she wins th ecountry will sink further in the hole.

    September 17, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. Michigan Chick


    September 17, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. Marie

    Michael watching from Canada, you must have missed Anderson Cooper last night, they went through all of Obama's lies and misquotes in his adds. I'm sure you can Google it, or you can remain ignorant, your choice

    September 17, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. Diana Snow

    VERBIAGE: abundance of useless words. dummy Palin gets high marks for verbiage and VERBOSE: using too many words.
    angry voter

    September 17, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  21. will

    Sarah Palin is nothing more then a lier!

    September 17, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |


    September 17, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. Patrick

    Right on Sarah! The sensible people of SF love you! Obama twists and distorts words like the cunning and sleazy lawyer he is. McCain talks straight and that's why we love him too!

    September 17, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  24. Obama 2008

    Biy – and we thought Bush was dumb

    Palin takes the cake - I am scared ... very very scared if the McPain team gets elected

    September 17, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  25. brian

    Waaaaa! Waaa! It's so unfair that my party has created an economic disaster when they offer me the VP slot!

    September 17, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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