September 17th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 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. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Oh, boo-hoo-hoo. If you can't take the heat, Caribou Barbie, go back to Alaska and face the music for the Troopergate mess you created there.

    September 17, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Pat, NJ

    Dumb explains what dumber meant. Wow.

    September 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. ohio for obama

    it's time for obama and biden to pound silly sarah. 2mnths ago she was unknown and still haven't earned thr right to speak shhhhhh silly sarah

    September 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. jm from sc

    Sarah, who told you to say that? What is unfair is you knew how much baggage you had before you accepted the nomination for VP.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. AA

    Gross.

    No really.

    It is not unfair for someone to point out how ridiculously out of touch you and McCain are?

    Is that what you are going to tell world leaders if by chance the american public is stupid enough to elect you?

    Please go away now, you are dangerously stupid and a liar.

    Peace.

    September 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. anyonmous

    do i hear palin say obama attack was unffairn but we are fair we both got a convection bounce it looks like yours is over

    September 17, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. the other jd

    And not only that, it hurt her feelings....

    September 17, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. voter

    fundamentalsof economy means American workers?
    these two McIdiot and Mcplainidiot.
    the idiots who goes to see these two idiots- a lot of idiots.
    we have to make sure that these idiots don't spoil the election,
    Every idiot that attends the meetings with these two, take a picture of those and print it in the news paper with a heading below-
    The Dummies who follow the Dummy and the Dummer.

    September 17, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. Ex-Republican for Obama

    ok...so atleast she didn't say 'sexist' or 'refuse to co-operate'.

    now it's simply 'unfair'.

    Get a grip lady, you are a criminal. While I pray to god this woman isn't in the white house, it would be rather fun to have a vp serve their entire term from behind prison bars.

    September 17, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    PALIN
    O
    S
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    R

    September 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. FreeNLovIt

    Anyone who believes the Republicans can fix the mess they created; also believes the iceberg could've saved the Titanic." — Hillary Clinton

    This about sums it up....

    September 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Bulldog

    Palin was proved to be a liar tonight on the national news on at least 4 issues she keeps repeating and she is lying once again for John McCain. What a fraud.

    September 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Big D

    It is appropriate to criticize McCain's out-of-touch comments after the financial collapse, especially since his advisory team is filled with financial lobbyists. And the McCain camp (Palin included) attack Obama endlessly about every word that he says.

    OK – can everyone agree now that she was not an appropriate pick for VP? Can we agree that there's been a lot of insane rationalization going on to try to defend her as a potential President, but it was all just spin. It's become increasing clear that McCain did not put 'COUNTRY FIRST" when he picked someone without proper vetting. McCain has made a string of poor comments and told some whoppers of lies lately. But I think his pick of VP is the most extreme example of why he does not have the integrity to be our leader.

    September 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Chris

    Hahaha yea ok...

    September 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. TRUTH HURTS @ McSHAME CAMPAIGN - JOHN McSAME LIES WILL BE WORST THAN GEORGE BUSH!!!!

    Sitting with Sean Hannity on FALSENEWS is NOT an interview; it's a gimmick for Palin to read off a crafted speech of answers to questions that she is already privy to!

    Who is FALSENEWS AND THE McSHAME CAPIGN FOOLING?!

    WASP – WOMEN AGAINST SARAH PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Dal CA

    Ah how about TROOPER GATE Babe was it OBAM who created that. MAy be the first dude mis spoke there as well trying to force the sacking of the trooper.

    September 17, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. Meka

    THERE'S NOTHING STRONG ABOUT BEING HOMELESS, JOBLESS, CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY FOOD, "DEAD" IF YOU GET SICK, AND NOWHERE TO RUN. . .GAS IS OUT OF REACH! ! !

    WHAT COUNTRY DO YOU LIVE IN, MCCAIN?

    September 17, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. Enough!!!

    Oh my God!!!!How can they even begin to accuse anyone? Can they even spell 'unfair'?

    September 17, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. FreeNLovIt

    They are all great Americans, however, McCain and Palin are the wrong choices for America.

    September 17, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. Mario fl

    Ouch who is talking... the BA in journalism with 5 colleges in 5 years ..hahahahahha

    September 17, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. McCain iz mah homeboi dawg

    NOUN--VERB--POW--OBAMA-–BILL AYERS--LIBERALS!

    September 17, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. ED

    Get lost Palin, your days are numbered. It's just a matter of time.

    September 17, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. Biff Biffington RETURNS...

    Charlotte said:
    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.
    _ _ __ _ _ __ __ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ ___ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    it scares you..... because .....he took 2 vacations..... so.... he's not ready to be president.........

    ??????????????????????????????????

    September 17, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. Michael

    This is another BOOHOO moment for the Republican!!!!!!!

    Just deflecting from the issues yet again!

    September 17, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  25. RepubNoMore

    Those idiots don't know the first thing about running an economy, especially Palin! Anything that's not in their favor is branded "unfair". Well, guess what? It's unfair to continue spewing lies that have been debunked a thousand times over!

    September 17, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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