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. Rodger

    The Republicans think the truth is unfair! All they can do is to tell lies.
    Then more lies and more lies!!!! I hope the Republican legistature convicts her and she is removed from office....she's unfit to serve!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. obama 08-12

    unfair!this is not a beauty contest mami.

    September 17, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. Debby

    No wonder Obama needs more donations he has so many paid surrogates on these blogs. Or it could be CNN is blocking all Palin/McCain supporters posts. CNN the cartoon with Obama the Pied Piper and all the rats of media following him was a hoot and CNN was the first rat in the pack hahahaha.

    September 17, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. Chris

    Wonder how many Obama-bashers here know that McCain's shenanigans with Charles Keating and the Keating Five cost US taxpayers 250 BILLION DOLLARS. Remember the Savings and Loan Scandal? McCain is as crooked as they come. Campaign staffed by at least 150 LOBBYISTS to Obama's zero. What will it take for people to wake up? Sarah Palin is here to distract you, to make you think about the fact that your 401(k) is tanking, you are upside down in your mortgage, you won't be able to afford heating oil this winter, etc., etc.

    I am not a religious man, but I have prayed to God at night in bed for this nightmare to be over. This is America, dammit! Enough!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. Daryl in Seattle

    I hope everybody is paying attention to how Palin and her staff are following the example of Bush/Rove and not cooperating with the Troopergate investigation. Take note, do we seriously want more unaccountability for abuse of political power? We've had enough of these gangsters portraying politicians.

    September 17, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. irony

    it is easy to be pious when things are going well. However, it is enlightening to see how a candidate with an alleged 86% approval rating deals with adversity. She lies, she hides facts and then flies in a bunch of old man mccain's lawyers and they gut a legitimate on-going investigation into her past record in office. Mccain, if he really knew about this investigation prior to nominating her then he should be tarred and feathered. He put America in a position to vote for somebody that we don't know and then they block all info (which is understandable since she's under investigation but not fair to America) Unbelievably, Bush and Mcsame make serious important life and death decisions just by "looking into somebody soul" even if they don't know the person. The rest of America wants facts and legitimate evidence of innocence or guilt. Whatever the truth is whether you support her or not you can vote with a clear conscience but now it seems Mccain/palin don't want us to know. From what they have

    September 17, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Well missy the truth hurts. If you tried teling it more you would understand that. Do you want your BINKY????

    September 17, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. LAH

    This woman is setting us back a hundred years but could still be the Vice-President of the United States? I shudder to even think it!

    Answer the subpeona, speak to the press, show an original thought or take your thin skin and your thin credibility back to Alaska. We all now know you've left plenty to fix there


    September 17, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  9. John McShame

    More of the same from John McShame

    John McLame says, “I don’t know much about the economy, I still need to be educated”

    “It would be acceptable if we had to stay in Iraq for another 100 years.”

    We need to “bomb, bomb, and bomb Iran”

    “I have voted with Bush 90% of the time because he has been right 90% of the time”

    Sarah Failin says,
    “I have foreign policy experience because you can see Russia from Alaska and I went to Mexico on vacation once.”

    “I welcome any investigation into my past because I have nothing to hide, oh never mind I will not meet with any investigators for any reason ever.”

    She believes the Bush Doctrine is a “World View” hahaha

    She says she said “No Thanks” for the Bridge to nowhere when she was actually the one who got it approved

    She says we may have to go to war WITH RUSSIA

    She decreased her own responsibilities when she was the mayor of a town small enough to be run by a fifth grader

    September 17, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  10. Marc PDX

    I don't know why you nice Democrats don't just take her out back and beat the carp out of her. You've done everything else!

    September 17, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. Bigbubba

    McCain/Palin feels the economy is sound. John, you poor deluded fool, that sound is a crash. Your friends, the rich Republicans backing you, have mismanaged companies right and left. You were told you are not smart enough to be a CEO by a woman who mismanaged her company to the point of ruin and then demanded and got a golden parachute to leave them before she bankrupted the company. And she thinks you and Palin are too stupid to do that well.

    John, she is one of your most rabid supporters. Think how the rest of us feel about you.

    September 17, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. Earl

    Palin is slowly imploding under the weight of her lies, distortions, cronyism, abuse of power, coverups, vindictiveness and general incompetence (in that, she's a Bush clone more than a McCain).

    Her approval/disapproval numbers have dropped 10 points between last Saturday to Tuesday. The percentage of voters who believe her to be incompetent to become president is up quite a bit and Obama has gained 7 points in 7 days to re-take the lead. He's even tied or ahead in Fl and OH. The McCain/Palin team of dummies is getting the hook to drag them off after 15 horrible minutes onstage. Say goodnight, Sarah...

    September 17, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. Independent Just Decided to Vote for Obama

    Dear Sarah

    You are beautiful, you are fertile, you are hormonal, please stay with your constituents in the bars and taverns of Alaska.

    Be Happy, Sarah!

    Enjoy your family....find your family, where are they?

    Do your best to be a great governor for Alaska, Sarah.

    Stay away from the Lower 48, girl!

    September 17, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. Donna from Colorado Springs

    What right does she have to criticize Obamas attack on her heros lack of an economy policy. It is what it is!He knows NOTHING about the economy. He is so rich and out of touch that it's ridiculous. Obama has every right to call him on the fact that if he's elected, it will just be more of the same and probably much worse! At least the dems have a viable plan to help the economy. What do the republicans have? empty words that mean nothing. They promise everyone that they will fix everything when they plan to change nothing. Obama must fight them on everything they say and call them on every mistake. It's called payback for the lunatic right who thinks they have all the cards and are winning.

    September 17, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. Christian for OBAMA

    I can see the MOON from my house. Can I be in charge of NASA?

    September 17, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  16. Barack the Vote

    sarah has lost her mind. She is the same person that at the GOP conventin not only attacked but mocked Obama. And after throwing the first punch she ran and hid from the media while having her handlers cry sexism everytime someone questioned her ability to lead. Now she wants to cry foul when Obama comments on a statement that mccain actuallly made? Someone please explain this to me! Oh and to charlotte, please take a vaction i believe you brain needs a break.

    September 17, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. Alexis

    How many lies is this woman going to spew? McCain made a major of scores.

    September 17, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  18. 4everhillary

    obama camp is getting disgustingly more desperate from misinterpretation to tainting an investigation to hacking email.

    oh how i wish, hillary comes on aboard w/ the mccain, just to shut them all up

    September 17, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  19. Linda Schatzer

    Larry do your economic history,,yep the dems have been in the majority in congress...but the repubs still had the senate control...and your Palin and her sugar daddy McCain is the great your history a little more larry...repubs always put the country in financial trouble and its the dems that get them out of it...then when things are good again the repubs get in and destroy it again. So it is you my friend that needs to learn your history. And when you defend Palin...come can you defend what we are obviously not privy to learning...sheeesh. Get a life.

    September 17, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. Catherine

    Good Lord, these two candidates (McCain/Palin) are so out of touch with the real world. Neither of them can answer a question intelligently and because of this they say everything is "unfair".

    September 17, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. Debbie Wright

    How can Sarah Pallin say that what Senator Obama said about McCain was unfair. Unfair was when America was introduced to Sarah Pallin the night of the Republican National Convention, and it was totally unfair how she minimized all of Barack Obama's accomplishment. I watched the RNC with my own eyes, and I heard Sarah Pallin's speech with my own ears. I could not believe how she attacked Senator Obama's character during most of her speech. I have no respect for Sarah Pallin and Senator McCain since the convention. I believe that it is about time that Senator Obama started to fight back. I believe that Obama tried to keep this race clean, but the Republicans started slinging mud first, and now they can't take it that the Democrats have decided to fight back. The Republicans are trying to blame the Democrats for the mess that this country is in, they are trying to convince Americans that the Republicans will change the way President Bush is doing things. My question is: Why do you never hear the Republicans mention President Bush, not during the convention, and not now. They are ashame of their party's leadership, and they should be. It is awful to think that the American people are going to allow the Republicans to take away more jobs, health care, homes and the basic essentials to live a quality life, they must be out of their minds! The presidential race is close because half the voters in American are sane, the other half are insane if they intend to vote for McCain and Pallin.

    September 17, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  22. Chut Pata

    Sarah Who can attack all she want on Obama but it wont be racism. If he replies, it would be sexism. So go on and attack like a pit bull with lipstick.

    September 17, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. Jill

    we don't need you to clarify what john mccain says, sarah. it's pretty clear what he said. thanks but no thanks for your input.

    i swear if mccain gets elected, i'm moving to canada. the whole world will be mocking us for putting another bush in office.

    obama/biden 08

    September 17, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  24. Esther Knapp

    John McCain repeated what he's repeated several times before and for Sarah Palin to come after Obama for it is like the "pot calling the kettle black".

    John McCain spent every single day- starting from the day that Barack Obama boarded the plane to go overseas until this morning putting out negative ads about Obama. And it's not bad enough that they were negative, but they were blatant lies.

    Sarah Palin hasn't answered much about anything and all she talks about is "the first dude", hockey moms, sports. If she actually had to make a valid point, I don't think she could, atleast not without the notes from the Republican writers.

    September 17, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  25. Roger from CA

    Horse hockey!!

    September 17, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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