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. Lynda

    Unfair? The public dealing with a failing economy and ill-conceived, poorly executed war is unfair. Thanks to the policies of the administration Palin represents, many Americans have come to appreciate what unfair really means. What hypocrites!

    September 17, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Call it down the middle

    Pollster! You are right, for the moment. Our GDP is higher, and econ is stronger, but with our downward motions on Wall Street, and our sluggish responsiveness to competition and market conditions, we can soon fade away from our glorious number one position. Actually, our average pay in this country is 7th globally! You know that every economic genius, and every Fortune 500 CEO will tell you being complacent in today's global marketplace is a formula for failure. So don't think, well we are number 1 now, so we always will be. Being able to respond quickly, and compete with other countries will determine if we stay on top! So don't dare think we are unable to falter. Read a book from 1929, right at the close of the "roaring 20's" and you will see how immune we are!

    September 17, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. Susan

    As you stand ther telling America you are just a hockey mom at the RNC while wearing a $2,500.00 Valentino Jacket. Are you kidding me, Sarah?

    September 17, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Palin the Truth hurts.

    Maybe the Lobbyists Good OleBoys Network needs a role call on this at the next Mc Same Staff meeting.. 🙂

    September 17, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Ken

    I totally agree with Palin! Obama/Biden only want to point the finger at McCain and the Republician Party verses telling the American public exactly what he would do to resolve the problems.

    McCain/Palin both have the knowledge to reform and fix the banking industry and I am sure that they are the ones that can make it happen.

    Palin ran a state with a very high balance budget and I am sure that the McCain's both know something about finances.

    Also, there are a lot of American people that are living beyond their means, as well as living off of credit cards and going further into debt. Some of the American people help the banking industry get where they are.

    So Obama, quit pointing your fingers at McCain/Palin and the President, and let us hear from you the details on how you can do better than McCain/Palin in fixing this mess!

    September 17, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  6. MEP

    Does she know how to spell "economy"? Her "live" commentary tonight suggests maybe not.

    September 17, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. Josh from DC

    It's so unfair when people say the truth. Those MEANIES

    September 17, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  8. Sarah Bell, Cleveland, OH.

    WASP!!! Women Against Sarah Palin!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. TKW-New Mexico

    This coming from the same person who attacked Obama during the Republican Convention? I can't believe she has the nerves?

    September 17, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Pull up your big girl panties and go on. Life is "unfair" but it goes on.

    September 17, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. Michael

    Awww poor baby. Maybe you should actually LEARN something about the economy before you cry about it.

    September 17, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. Susan, Pennsylvania

    She can say whatever she wants. We know what he said earlier in the day, and then changed his explanation later in the day.

    She is a loose cannon.

    September 17, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. Ray Fisher

    Palin sure has a line of bull ten miles long!!! McCain was simply echoing the Bush rhetoric saying the economy is basically sound, nothing more. This junk of talking about the workforce is hogwash or moosewater in Palin's case. Neither of them would know an economic fundamental is it hit them in the butt!!! Fundamentals are inflation rate, unemployment rate, capital investments, savings rates, money flows, etc... The McPain campaign knows no fundamentals since Daddy McPain invented the Blackberry last week!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Arden

    Sarah Palin is a mouth piece. When asked today about what her foreighn affairs expertise is she answered"I am prepared". What else would she say abut Obama and his economic plan she doesn't have one and she is attempting to stand for "old man river" who is a direct part of what happened to Wall Street.

    September 17, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  15. Palin the Truth hurts.

    BigD 7:03pm ET..

    Its not an example of Mc Sames lack of integrity.
    His V.P. Choice is an example of his POOR JUDGEMENT.

    All the Lies and Distortions are the examples of Mc Sains lack of INTEGRITY.. 🙂


    NO HONOR...

    September 17, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. Make excuses for the doddering old man

    It is amazing how some of you repub cretins will cite some obscure old statistic and blame everything on Carter and Clinton. As if the dumb Bushes made our economy so great...yea, your right. Things are going so well right what if we all are losing our IRA's in the market- it must be Obama's fault. High gas prices? Gotta be the democrats somehow. Health care costs skyrocket and they won't cover you anyway? Certainly not the fault of the no-regulation republicans. I can see it now: McBush/Failin win and we get Phil the fool Gramm running the economy and Failin running the foreign policy (the close proximity of Alaska to Russian makes her a natural). God help us.

    September 17, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. John 64 years old Independent

    Sarah calls the criticism of John McCain's economic policy unfair! Wow, where has she been in an igloo?

    Note to Sarah: John McCain and George Bush deregulated the financial industry and the result of that is being seen today (check the stock market).

    Being dishonest is one thing Sarah but, being stupid is inexcusable if you want to run for national office. Now, if you just want to sit in your igloo and collect per diem every day fine but, stop with the fake outrage!

    And Sarah, God said "Thou Shall Not Lie" so I think your in trouble young lady!

    September 17, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. jim - chicago, illinois

    If McCain meant the american workers, then why didn't he say that? If he can't articulate a basic point, then why should he expect us to have faith in him as a president?

    September 17, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. Jay

    Huh??? McCain said what he said and he's used that line numerous times during the campaign.

    Oh that's right, cause it's not like the McCain/Palin ticket to Spin, Distort or all out LIE about Obama.

    Like the line that Obama just wants to raises Taxes on everybody!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. Duke

    How would she know if the criticism was fair. She does not have a clue. I am with the rest of the bunch here.


    Obama/Biden 08

    And if Obama does not deliver, then we will kick him out in 2012, plain and simple.

    September 17, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  21. Ed H

    Charolette 6:26pm

    Obama has been going practically nonstop for 19 months on the campaign trail, one of the longest campaigns in history. you're trying to fault him for taking two breaks to recoup and spend quality time with his family? Meanwhile, you fail to mention that McCain for the longest time took entire weekends off, meaning no campaigning and no public events.

    September 17, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. Peter (CA)

    Unfair attack????

    I'm sorry, was she at the Republican convention? Does she remember what she said? Does she know about the lies regarding Obama's plan to educate kids about sexual abuse? Does she know the lies her running mate tried to defend on The View???

    We see you for what you are Governor. The dew is off the rose.

    September 17, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  23. Griff

    Mick Jagger loved hisGroupi's. But he didn't think about, Ms Belosi.
    Rolling Stones.I wouldn.t sink so low?? Would you??
    This will be the "Last Time". It's all over Now!! Pelosi.....

    September 17, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  24. Bulldog

    CNN, shame on you for calling Sean Hannity a reporter. He is by no means anywhere near a reporter. He is a self admitted entertainer. He and Rush Limbaugh are the spinners of spin. Reporters report the news. Sean Hannity spins the news. You need to make a correction.

    September 17, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. Voter

    Palin's attacks are "fair" but Obama's aren't?

    Please... this is the "big leagues"

    Lets see some transparency and honesty (emails, speaking to reporters, bridge, taxes etc. etc.)

    September 17, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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