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. Republican voting for Obama/Biden

    Now Palin has 2 investigations started on her. McCain wants to focus on the one about her e-mails. MCain said no on the abuse of power.

    Is Palin more important than the American People. What about the economy stupid? Anything to distract the voter's from talking about the crisis in the USA.


    September 17, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. Women 4 Obama

    What is unfar is that you won't participate in Troopergate you pitbull freak...McCain and Palin = Country "Club" First

    September 17, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. Paul Stewart

    Oh, I wonder if Sarah was part of the decision to put Carly in the doghouse. I mean, I guess Sarah knows that Republican women need to be muzzled, or hidden, at least kept safe from the press, if they can't properly spout the spoon fed propaganda.

    September 17, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Palin's national economic exposure was gained how?!

    Personal to John: Nobody wasted money on your education did they? Especially your English usage skills!

    September 17, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    As if she has a clue on either fairness OR the economy! Sorry, Hockey Mom. With the lies you've been telling out on the stump and your stonewalling over Troopergate just like Bush over Gonzogate, the only place for YOU is the PENALTY BOX!

    September 17, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |

    When John McCain said " Our economy is fundamentally strong" after watching all these Wall street woes, I really understood what he meant when he said that "he's not the guy strong on economy. If he only stood by what he said before, nobody will call him a hypocrite. Now I truly believe that he is not only completely out of touch, he is definitely a hypocrite. If Gov. Palin has nothing to hide, why the heck she wouldn't cooperate the investigation probe on "Trooper Gate"?

    People, just use your common sense if you don't have a logical mind. If you keep denying the facts that can be understood by a grade school kid, then there is no logical answer for me to understand you people. Is this phenomenon is so called "RACISM"? If that is so, it will take a long time for this nation to be a true leader of the world again. I really hope this is not the case though. God help us to help each other and make a harmony and peace of the world. Please, forgive those who hate others based on their skin color or differences. After all, they are your children too, right?

    September 17, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |

    Bottom line.....anyone supporting McShame/Paliar is a blithering idiot. Are any of you capable of independent thought? Why keep espousing the same crap day after day? Your BS is getting cold. Limbaughs Little Lemmings need to be told how to think Rush!!! They are floundering!

    September 17, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. AUC

    Go buck a moose heiffer! You and your senile running mate are a joke and a disgrace to this country. Every day the truth about you two is being revealed to the American public. God does not like ugly and your lies are UGLY!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    September 17, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. w.l. jones

    My understanding welfare is a person recieving a check without work for it. Well we will take it a little farther, how many people give his or her boss a full eight hour each and every day.:Welfare'Welfare is welfare whether from the government or an employer. Thank you.

    September 17, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  10. TRUTH


    Any other country, any other economy, whatever. The bottom line is that politicians don't run the economy – period. The people and the markets run and adjust themselves. Anytime the pols get involved it means two things , more money out of your pocket and more chaos. Our system works. You can be worried but no one has lost anything through these buyouts except the free market, the fed now owns these companies - putting the fox in charge of the hen-house. The only way this has personally effected anyone , is that we just allowed the fed to take control anytime there is a hicup in the market. From cradle to grave , that's what their ultimate goal is. Oh, by the way, the President is the least to "blame" for this.

    September 17, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  11. Monti, MI


    1) if you're lucky enough to belong to the 5% americans with high income (which is probably like 150.000 USD or more a year) be happy. Unfortunately there is a pretty small chance that you ever worked "hard" to get that far. I see those useless "manager" every day.

    2) Sen. Obama was talking about tax cuts for the smaller income tax payer. So how could tax cuts for people who do not pay taxes (like you said) subsidize those people ?

    Maybe youwant to share your brilliant logic with us. Especially the calculation with the tax cuts. Or are you maybe working for Sen. McCain's campain ? That would answer my question.

    September 17, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |

    I truly underestimated the stupidity of my fellow Americans.

    Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me thrice, EXPECT WORLD WAR THREE.

    September 17, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. EJ in Texas

    don't you people realize yet that if you are critical of McCain it is unfair and if you are critcal of Palin it is sexist? Haven't you been following this campaign?? What we need to do is all go back to being critical of Obama, heck that's just racist and some Americans can deal with that better.

    September 17, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. Rob in Sacramento

    hey john, learn english '... those people that does not earn enough...'

    palin & mccain are liars, nothing more. everytime they spew nonsense about 'what they really meant to say' you know theyre lying again. them peoples that does not knows does not, got it john?

    September 17, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. inga

    Oh please, Tell me when this is all going to end. America what has happened to your brains? Logically and realistically, Palin is a mockery of the White House, to the advancement of women in our society, and to TRUTH in general. So help me, Todd. ...

    September 17, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. Georgia Gal


    Go home, seriously. We don't need you to win this election. God I can't stand Hillary or her supporters. Hillary is a pig witch in lipstick. Palin is the true american woman.

    Palin 2012.

    First of all, not all of us that are voting Democrat were Hillary supporters and secondly if Palin is such a true american woman then why does she lie even after confronted and why is she refusing to testify??

    September 17, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. m


    September 17, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Carol

    Obama's attacks are unfair. Instead of voting he WAS PRESENT. He should have been doing the JOB he was elected to do the last two years. Instead he was "PRESENT" What does that mean ? Awake, out to lunch, playing cards ? Will he be "present" if elected? We need an American President ON THE JOB from DAY ONE, not "present" Instead of finger pointing develop a plan of just what it is you can & will do for the American people – if elected. We have several very LOUD problems crying out for solutions. THE ECONOMY, the WAR, National Security, Health Insurance, Social Security to name a few of the LOUDEST. We need house cleaning and management. We need it RIGHT AWAY. Talk is cheap.

    September 17, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. Leslie

    WOW she is a piece of work. She should go back to one of her institutions of higher learning, one of 6? What a failure she is in every sense of the word. astoundingly stupid.

    September 17, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. Glenn

    Palin needs a reality check. What a dofuss!

    September 17, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    September 17, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Gov. Bridge to nowhere... FYI... The fundamental of our economy are strong...

    September 17, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Darryl

    Is Sarah, Whining did she say in a interview that Hillary was whining?

    This is an Election did anyone tell her that not every conversation is fair!

    May be she should as Senator McCain about the Banks that his wife and son was involve with that the FDIC bellout?

    September 17, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. Yes We Can

    forever3 /Not one word of truth in what you are printing here you need a stop to Fact-check and set yourself straight .

    September 17, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. Independent in NC

    Larry does have a point about the push for subprime loans in the 90s under Clinton. His goal was to increase the number of Americans who owned their own homes. Not a bad goal, but frankly, there was a reason people were unable to get loans. Obama should know that, since his finance manager had a hand in those loans (why doesn't he dismiss her in the wake of this crisis? It's not helping.)

    And since this was probably the 400th time I've seen the "Jesus was a community organizer" comment – that's all well and good, but would that qualify Jesus for President? Because I think his ideas on abortion, sex education, gay marriage, and women's rights are slightly different from the Democratic platform. Lots of people are community organizers, but that really isn't a strong background for President and should really not be touted as one. Obama would have done better to focus on how his experience as an organizer affects his feelings towards policy, not claiming it as "executive" experience.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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