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. Carol L in Boston

    So let's see, Palin and won't cooperate with an investigation into allegations that she misused her power in Alaska, but she DEMANDS an investigation into whomever hacked into and posted her private and government emails. Hmm.

    I guess whoever hacked into her files should just inform officials that THEY will not cooperate with a 'tainted' Republican investigation!

    September 17, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. Larry

    Gee – a lot of personal attacks here on Palin from some obvious morons.
    Which party do you think pushed for the sub-prime mess that we are in? Which party just had to have Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae making loans to people that could not afford them? Maybe you need to ask Clinton, since Obama doesn't have the experience to know.
    The fundamentals are sound – it just doesn't fit the whining, "sky-is-falling" attitude of the Democrats.
    It seems that most of the posters here are either ignorant or plainly avoiding the truth. Go back and study a little economic history. The economy has been much, much worse in the past. Go back and look when unemployment was 10% or more, when home mortgage rates were 17-18% – there have been much worse times. BTW – the economy has really only started to drop more since the Democrats regained Congress a couple of years ago – check it out.
    While you are at it – look up the definition of recession, that Obama and the other Chicken Littles are complaining about. We are not in recession, have not been in recession, and will not be in one unless Democrats manage to squeeze small businesses and stockholders (that's everyone with a retirement account) more. If you think we are in a recession, go hold your breath for two quarters and come back when the growth has been negative that long. Then it would be a recession.
    Grow up, people.

    September 17, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Chris – Ohio

    I guess it's just as unfair as saying Obama wants sex ed for kindergarten students; that community organizers are unimportant; Michelle Obama hates her country; Barack Obama is unpatriotic because he opposes a war that was based on a lie; lipstick on a pig had anything to do with you?

    The simple fact is that McShame will say anything. Only to deny it 20 minutes later when his advisors remind him that he is an idiot.

    Actually Sarah, wasn't Jesus a community organizer? Sarah Falin go back to Alaska you're not interesting anymore.

    September 17, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. PL

    John McCain must have idiots for advisors, I still think he would of been better off picking Paris Hilton for VP. is this Palin serious? Some days I think this is all a bad dream.

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

    Another joke?.....LOL....turnabout is fair play.

    The McCain camp can dish it, but they sure can't take it. Those were McCain's own words, and it wasn't the first time he said it.

    September 17, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Illinois Tom

    These refugees from the Daily Kos are going to be mighty disappointed when McCain exposes Obama as an empty suit looking for a closet in the debates. No teleprompter, no clue! That $400 million dollar warchest would be better spent on anti-depressants for the disciples of Barack.

    September 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Johanna not voting GOP

    Someone posted this on NYTimes:

    John McCain is a funny man,
    Chose his running mate without a plan,
    He said “no more bailouts is okay with me”,
    Until the Fed gave 85 Billion to AIG,
    On and on the flip flop goes,
    Where it ends no one really knows,
    A champion of the worker only when he
    blew it,
    Saying the economy was okay while fear
    ran through it,
    He said Sarah gave the bad bridge back,
    When she really took another tack,
    On and on the flip flop goes,
    The man sure is light on his toes,
    Lying every chance he gets,
    Defending those lies to hedge his bets,
    He’s a man who wants the White House so
    He makes his fellow repub congress people
    And Palin with her voice so shrill,
    Never met an animal she didn’t want to
    Are these the ones we want to change the
    nation’s track?
    And what if he has a heart attack?
    So hear the clarion one and all,
    Vote democratic in the fall…

    September 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Wendy in NC

    I am watching this live feed of McCain/Palin town hall and I've got to say this is the saddest example of "answering people's questions" I have ever seen. I wish the American public could see this because it will just make you see how out of touch these two people are. Example: A PUMA asks a question about economic empowerment for women. The answer becomes Sarah was a point guard on her basketball team and we need a voucher program for schools. HUH????

    September 17, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    It is ludicrous for Ms. Palin to even open her mouth on this topic.

    She has ZERO credibility to begin with but then when you add on the fact that John McCain made this statement .... 16 ... count 'em ..... SIXTEEN times, she goes to NEGATIVE credibility ... They must really think we're IDIOTS.

    First of all the whole "American worker" excuse is LAME. Furthermore, here are three dates just this year where he made his statement and he wasn't thinking about the "AMERICAN WORKER".

    "I still believe our fundamental underpinnings of our economy are strong."
    -Sen. John McCain (1/23/08)

    "I still believe the fundamentals of our economy are strong."
    -Sen. John McCain (8/20/08)

    "Our economy, I believe, still, the fundamentals of our economy are strong…"
    -Sen. John McCain (9/15/08)

    – – – – – – – – – –

    In the internet age, lies are exposed very, very quickly.

    September 17, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Citizen Watch

    These posts are ridiculous. This is all you can say when our country is facing serious crises. That's my concern: Many of those who support Obama have little invested in this country - college students and deadbeats who have little to lose.

    September 17, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Sage

    McCain is a fool run by LOBBYIST, a true elitist who is so out of touch with American families, his whole campaign has been founded on stupid slogans and LIES, he picks a clueless rock star VP that makes Paris look like a rocket scientist...and now she is whining? oh PLEASE Sarah if you are really "country first" you will go back to Alaska and deal with Trooper-Gate

    September 17, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Stop Electing Dumb People ‘08

    Unfair? I’ll tell you what’s unfair. It’s Caribou Barbie’s abuse of grammar and the English language. She holds a degree in what? Oh, yeah, Journalism.

    September 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Dameun Strange

    Charlotte is talking about Obama's vacations?? Are you kidding me? Let's talk Bush's vacations....tell me how many days has he actually spent on vacation as president, 499 and counting...more than Reagan and Bush II

    September 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. WASP is Right

    I'm ready to join "Woman Against Sarah Palin". Sign me up because Sarah is a skanky, lying so and so, and a horrible mother.

    I hear Trig has put out a want ad for a new mom, one that cares about him.

    WASP should be called IWASP (Intelligent Women Against Sarah Palin) LOL

    September 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. God Bless America

    Pitbull? More like poodle.

    September 17, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. California Gold

    Palin just keeps drawing attention to the gaffes and shortcomings of their party's ticket. Anyone in their right mind would have looked at the calendar and thanked God McCain's recent "Insert Mouth In Foot" Senior Moment was on Monday and allow it to fade in the minds of the voter.

    She is a younger version of John McCain, only she is killing the troubled McCain candidacy.

    It's only a matter of time until McCain's future equals that of Lehman Bros.

    September 17, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Sammy

    Obama is unfair for taking issue with something McCain said? If thats the case, then I suppose it means it would be unfair to counter anything McCain says. That would be a new one.

    September 17, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. A, Los Angeles

    What's unfair is your philosophy of economics has thousands of homes in foreclosure, billions of tax pay dollars bailing out companies and your campaign sending out smoke screens instead offering solutions.


    September 17, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. mrdee23

    Hilarious! Yeah, if it's "unfair" for Obama to take McCain's statements IN context, how "unfair" is it when they take Obama's comments OUT OF context? These people are too much... double speak anyone?

    September 17, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. R, Ohio

    It is plain and simple, Palin and McCain are full of it! McCain's remarks highlights his stupidity and inability to effectively run this country. If the American worker is the strength of our economy, then why in the world does he believe in offering tax breaks for company's that ship jobs overseas? Put these clowns in office and we will certainly see a depression!

    September 17, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. canuck

    hey charlotte, if you're concerned about obama taking two short week vacations during the past year, how must you feel about being stupid enough to vote in bush, considering he spent what, half the year at home on the ranch?

    also, fyi, if you look into how many days sarah palin stayed at the governor's mansion in juneau alaska versus how many she spent at home in the big city of wasilia, the days spent at the governor's mansion were so negligible that the people she worked with made buttons saying "where's sarah?" out of frustration. sounds like a real workhorse right there.

    September 17, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |

    They don't know the right words to use because they are not used to economic discissions. They fumble their way because the fundamentals – "the workers" that are losing their jobs and homes are "strong" while McCain doesn't remember how many houses he has.

    Yes, the fundamentals of the economy are not strong but wrong and McCain according to his key economic advisers like Carly Fiorina doesn't know how to fix it.



    September 17, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. mitchell

    if the games not fair ,dont play.

    September 17, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. No Sarah Failin

    Half the time it's hard to quote this skanky liar because she doesn't make sense.

    John McCain's campaign was dead, any peabrain could have revised a dead campaign. All you have to do is show up and read the script. Sarah reads very well, but there's no one home.

    September 17, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. Alimi

    I agree with Palin, this ageism and very unfair. Does Obama not know that McCain is an ex POW? Does it matter that fundamentals only refer to the structure of the economy and not labor? After all McCain was housed somewhere for five and half years where he did not have the opportunity to learn that. How can Obama question the "verbiage" which is only a lengthy or technical manner speech or writing?

    September 17, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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