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. Sharon

    Palin really is like watching a bad sci-fi movie. You know it's not real and you still laugh.

    But, I shudder at the thought of her in the White House.

    I know of NO women who would vote for her and McCain.

    September 17, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Anne E.

    How can the "ingenuity of the American workforce" be "strong" when unemployment keeps growing and jobs are still being outsourced??
    Backpedal on that one!

    September 17, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Ohio Voter

    Now isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?

    September 17, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Dawn Pittsburgh PA

    Someone needs to tell the Republicans that McCain will be president and Sarah only job as the VP is to be the tie breaker in the senate and
    step in to be the prez if that person dies! (doubtlful since his mom is 92 and looking good! I wonder how that Pit Bull with lipstick gonna shake things up with a democratic controlled senate! She threw the old boy network out so she could get her own old boy network in! Sarah Palin was open to the investigation so lets get it done! If we wait until after the election and McCain wins then the tax payers will be responsible to pay all the legal fees to get her impeached! When will America learn their lesson! This has been the most corrupt administration and this country deserves someone to be honest which apparently Palin is not! I use to like McCain(not his policies) he is the ultimate sell out and will do anything to get elected! The whole hacken in the her e-mail WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! I am sick and tired of hearing her WHINE!! She is playing with the BIG DOGS and she better buck up and start acting like a big girl! This is not a sexist statement because I am a woman!

    September 17, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    Well it's unfair that McCains peeps tells lies ( like McCain invented the Blackberry). Give me a break.

    September 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Que Quedas


    September 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Paul Dobro

    I remember in the 80s we had a bunch of savings and loans failing and there was an investiation of like 5 senators who helped bend the rules for Charles Keating.

    DOes anybody remember what ever happened to those 5 senators. Ow, what were their names!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Chris in CA

    Oh, Larry. Please.

    September 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |


    September 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Jon

    He said this 22 times and this is the first time that he was called on it . So now it means the american workers . What the hell is going on in the REPUB world. If Obama would have said this once McCain camp would have had billboards radio ads and every station on TV.

    September 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. Rich

    You're pathetic. You have no problem smearing and lying about Obama, but he repeats what McCain says, word for word and you say it isn't fair.

    What isn't fair is that you and your suger daddy have a chance of winning this. Now that isn't fair!

    September 17, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. California Gold

    Palin states, “Certainly it is a mess though, the economy is a mess,”

    Well honey , do tell! Now tell us what you are going to do and don't try to convince me greed is the problem. Wall Street is the epitomy of greed and it makes this country great. The problem is not greed but the deregulation your new best buddy John McCain insisted on voting for and has resulted in "the mess."

    Is this the best candidate the Republicans could dig up to run for VP? I read somewhere the 6 candidates ahead of her on the list quickly turned down the offer. LOL!!!

    September 17, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. Give change a chance

    Here is what Palin definition of unfair is:

    UNFAIR- 1when someones economic plan is better than yours
    and the only way to save grace is by put-downs


    BO and JB 08

    September 17, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. the other jd

    UM Excuse me "Citizen Watch". I am an Obama supporter and a middle-aged MBA. I probably have more in one savings account than you have to your name. Sadly, the value of my stocks are plummeting right now.

    September 17, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. Dawn Pittsburgh PA

    Democratic congress for 1 year that did not have enough of a majority to overturn a VETO!!! DAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Jimmy Ortega

    I guess if the republicans attack the wussy Obama, they are being too negative. If they say politely, like Sarah Palin, that Obama is wrong to attack McCain, they are accused of being too soft.
    The main idea is that Obama was wrong to attack McCain's choice of words.

    September 17, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Sarah Will Be Impeached

    Don't worry America, if she becomes president, she will be impeached in a New York minute. There will be a special election put together so quickly your head will spend. No one will ask any questions, we'll just run to the voting boothes.

    The country will have to protect itself- and putting an idiot in charge is irresponsible. I only wish someone had advised John, he seems to be in the dark.

    September 17, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. Jordan Fitzpatrick

    McCain's economic ad- 30 seconds of tough talk, with ZERO solutions on how to fix it. Obama's economic ad- 2 min. explanation of a broad strokes plan, with a link to his site where the full plan can be read. I ask you- which of these candidates is all talk?

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. Bonita in MI

    unfair? are you kidding me?

    it's POLITICS. get over yourself.

    why is mccain so dumb? i really can't comprehend this. he's getting to be more and more like bush every day... you would've thought after all the backlash the first time he said that the fundamentals of the economy were strong that he would've learned. but NO, he not only repeats this ridiculous statement, he then has to CLARIFY himself because people freak out all over again!

    insane. if mccain gets elected, i swear i'm moving out of the country because not only do i not want eight more years of bush, i also don't want to live in a country whose people are asinine enough to elect mcsame.

    September 17, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Paige Meadows

    at least Obama agrees with the rest of us when we put the economy first on our list of worries.

    September 17, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. snafu

    Maybe Moosepatty needs to tell McInsane to shut up. She is clueless just like McCain. This is not kindergarten stupid this is dealing in reality with the lives of millions of people.

    CNN continues to push the McInsane LIES for they do not question their statements nor call out their blatant LIES. CNN do you really have real journalist or just card readers?

    September 17, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. judy, Wisconsin

    The economys a mess all right, Sara. Your stupid party deregulated all these crooks and now the chickens have come home to roost. One of the architects of this mess is McCain's chief buddy, Phil Graham. You don't have a clue on this mess. I think you actually believe the lies you have been telling.

    September 17, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Tina

    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.


    Big deal, he scares you because of THIS??? Get your head out of your arse. This country is going into the toilet fast and you're main argument is that he took a vacation during the primaries??? Palin can't even formulate a coherent sentence. Yep, it really seems that she can secure the future of this country both, what was it you said.......domestically and abroad. I guess seeing Russia from her State qualifies. Oh...that and constantly lying.

    September 17, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. INS

    For once, I agree with Sarah Palin. It was indeed, er, verbiage.

    September 17, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. obama/Biden

    No doubt Hannity typed up his questions and gave McPhailling the answers to read after he asked each question actually these two are an example of what ya get/see with McWar /McMooserPegler .
    Hannity = Bullheaded ,lies ,short stem ,lies ,war ,lies thinks he knows everything .
    Isnt this McWar and McPhailling ?

    September 17, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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