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. please help

    Sara palin is an insult to Hillary Clinton and her followers.
    If this happened to Hillary, she wouldn't say it was "unfair",
    she would go through the insults and stick with the issues.
    it still amazes me that any Hillary supporter backs McCain/Palin.

    September 17, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Sharon, Vancouver

    Drama, Drama, Drama – Diversion, Diversion, Diversion – Lies, Lies, Lies. (sigh)

    September 17, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. dennis

    sarah! sarah!! sarah!!, what are you saying, what supermarket do you buy your food, what gas station do you buy your gas, I guess you don't know what is going on. Am sorry you guys are really out of touch.

    September 17, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. linda from South Dakota

    oh my sarah,, but but your partner said economy is ok,, its ok,, umm makes one wonder if you two sommunicate,well i guess you two dont,,, its a"show thing" for mccain,,, thought so,,,,,,, sarah,,you been used,,,,,,,,, hope you enjoyed it,, go home,,,, take care of things there we dont need you here,,,,,,

    September 17, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. John 64 years old Independent

    What does Sarah Palin know about the economy, I would guess from her statements absolutely nothing.

    Clue to Sarah – this economy is the George Bush/John McCain economy, it is the republican de-regulator economy of your running mate. It is the de-rugulation economy of Phil Gramm and John McCain when they were running the commerce committee in the Senate.

    Sarah – get a clue and oh by the way, STOP LYING!

    September 17, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |

    OBAMA ATTACKS UNFAIR? Poor little whining beauty queen. Running
    for V.P. of the whole USA is not a beauty contest nor is it an office
    in unpopulated ALASKA!!!!!

    What is not fair is:
    Sliding thru a serious Federal Investigation by demanding that your
    constituants not TALK, and not answering questions about it until
    the election is over.

    Making a list of all the people that have had their houses forclosed upon and computerized negating their votes!!!!!!!
    And a list of all other people that are "undesirable". for their
    vote to be counted in Michigan? and what other states are
    the Reps. doing that in?
    Is this a Rove tactic? And is it the reason Bush won TWICE by
    a narrow margin.

    Obama-Biden 2008

    September 17, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. lol

    americans are seeing obama for the "typical" politician that he is. he is sinking in the polls, and resorting to the politics as usual that he claimed to be so far above. the dnc is realizing they made a major mistake by shoving obama down our throats.

    September 17, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. S. Bird

    When is the McCain camp releasing her tax returns? Let's see the tax returns – may not be the "hockey mom," "moose hunter" of the people she claims to be.

    September 17, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin above the law in TROOPERGATE????

    Another GOP web of LIES..... does anyone notice?

    September 17, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. sallie

    Palin cannot think. She is struggling to memorize her sound bytes, and if that fails, she flails.

    this is so dreadful.

    What the media doesn't not get yet is that this outpouring of OUTRAGE is not about her personality-it is millions of people objecting to
    1. her lies
    2. the manipulation of power and her lies.
    3 her arrogance about her skills, and her lies.
    4. her complete ignorance on all issues and her lies.
    5. her "above the law" attitude and her lies.

    Don't care about the family mess, the hairdo, the mooseburgers, etc.
    Do care about the shocking arrogance, the ineptitude, and THE LIES.

    September 17, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |

    No, Sarah, in politics, it is fair.

    What is not fair is outright "lying" and "lying by omission."

    THAT, My friend, is NOT FAIR to the American People!!!!


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

    Verbiage: the excessive and often meaningless use of words; verbosity.

    Thank-you Mrs. Palin that was very insightful. It's very clear that McCain meant exactly what he said.

    September 17, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  13. Ellie


    Answer: A Fleet from the Bush/Cheney Justice Department making Motions to Dismiss" on their OWN Motions! HA! HA!

    I mean they are dismissing their own selves! HOW IGNORANT IS THAT?


    This clearly proves that Gov. Sarah Palin has EVERYTHING TO HIDE. When this many Attorneys are sent to try to DERAIL, DELAY AND COVER UP the TRUTHS, Gov. Sarah Palin has A LOT TO HIDE!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  14. michele


    September 17, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. mike elder

    Why are we going back and forth with insults. When NOV 4TH comes it will be the electoral college who chooses the president. The vote will come down to who can talk congress in to siding with them because thats who choses our president the senate and the house of representives. goggle ELCETORAL COLLEGE.

    September 17, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. Paul Stewart

    "Charlotte September 17th, 2008 6:56 pm ET

    Obama scares me more everyday, I do not think he can handle the huge task that is awaiting the next President. He had to take two vacations during the primary season. The problems of a campaign are nothing compared to securing the future of this country both domestically and abroad"

    Charlotte, go home. That is a stupid comment. You don't deserve to be in the room with grown ups. Find a play site. This is a serious one where truth and facts matter.

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

    Anyone who follows the financial news understands that the term "fundamentals" connotes some specific, measurable attributes of the economy, which relate to the health of businesses and the business environment. McCain's use of this language, and then his followup "explanation", showed that he did not understand what the word meant, and was then trying to damage control to try to cover up his ignorance.

    Unfair to criticize that? You are either crazy or naive if you call that unfair. This gets to the heart of why this country should be very nervous about the possibility of 4 more years of the same ineffective leadership with McCain simply replacing Bush in the White House.

    September 17, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |

    I like to watch the Protesters? Where are the Protesters?

    September 17, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. Paul Stewart

    Well, if McCain needs Palin to defend him, he is in deep trouble. Guess he needs some lipstick for his pig. There is no way you can fix his comment. Unless of course, you lie and misconstrue. But then, she is good at that.

    I mean "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," is indeed a lie. That is not what he said nor is it what he meant.

    Now, even what they are saying here, if that is what he meant. They are saying they believe the backs of the workers will carry the train wreck that has been created by the Republican policies that Bush and Rove and McCain and Palin all espouse. Sorry, this is getting really twisted and crazy. If they expect people to believe whatever they say regardless of the truth, then they are propogandists. And they should understand this is America. W

    Oh, and if you think this interpretation is unfair Sarah, then you ought to be on the other end of what you are delivering. And the other end of what McCain is delivering.

    September 17, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. Xango 08 & 12

    Dear Friend,
    It's the most outrageous attack on voting rights we've ever seen–if you live in Michigan and you're in danger of losing your home to foreclosure, Republicans wi ll try and take away your right to vote. It's voter-suppression at its worst–taking advantage of hard times for political gain and kicking people while they're down.

    McCain's response? Silence. Like Bush in 2000 and 2004, he's trying to keep a safe distance from these tactics, while benefiting from them. McCain could end this with a phone call. But he won't.

    It's time to expose McCain's connection to this strategy. I've signed on with to demand that McCain denounce these tactics. Will you join us? I t just takes a moment:

    Similar tactics are being used across the country, but the McCain campaign simply sits in the background, quietly benefiting from voter suppression. The Obama ca mpaign is fighting against this plan in the courts, but they need our help to expose these dishonorable tactics and make this a national story.

    If enough of us step up and connect the dots, we'll give the press a reason to make the connection between McCain and what's happening in Michigan. And as we've seen in our other campaigns, when we stand together behind a clear message, the press covers it and moves our message forward.

    Calling on McCain to publicly reject these tactics is just the first step in's campaign to publicly shame the Republican Party for attacking th e voting rights of struggling homeowners.

    Please join us:


    September 17, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. dennise

    Unfair? I don't think her comments were unfair?I guess she must of forgot about her notorious speech at the republican convention or her swipes on the campaign trail. HA HA, please go home.

    September 17, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. michelle

    I said ' good for Obama to fight back" it is about time, it is nice to see Obama becomes feisty on the campaign trail, McCain/ Palin are the one who started the dishonorable and disgusting attack, how laughable it is to hear her complain about the unfair attack.

    September 17, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. Concerned

    Obama pounds the idea that the fundamentals of our economy are not sound. The fundamentals of our economy are based-on free markets, capitalism, and the enterprising work of men and women. These are the core values, 'fundamentals', of our economy. McCain believes, as do I, that these principles are sound. Yes, the economy is in a crisis. Both candidates recognize this. But it concerns me to hear that Obama does not have faith in the fundamentals of our economy. It appears to me that he would like to use this crisis as a launching point, esp. if he is elected, to attempt to change the United States from primarily a capitalistic state to a strong socialistic/command-economy (gov't. directed) nation. This coincides with his basic philosophy that America, as is, is no good.

    September 17, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin is no threat because she really doesn't know anything about the broad spectrum of Americas economy or anything else for that matter. Palin is a small time politician will small town talk. Before Palin can clean up John McCain's house she needs to cleanup her own.

    September 17, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  25. Justa Citizen

    Unfair? To throw McPalins words back at him. "The economy is strong!" I think he said that also. What part of the $750 billion gov bailout of the stock markets, big business, and economy is strong. Last I recall if we live long enough those will be our tax dollars going to millionaires. No McPalins have been rich to long to even remember what hamburger helper tastes like.

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