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. forever3

    anonymous....convection bounce??

    Wow, the vicious attacks by all the Obama supporters on this site. My beliefs may differ from yours. Both parties are making a lot of promises that they cannot keep. Neither party can create all the jobs they are promising, jobs come from encouraging businesses to grow and hire more employees, not by increasing taxes. How much control do you really think anyone has over the economy?? If either candidate could really make a difference.....why haven't they? Don't they both currently serve this country in the senate?? They can both tell you what you want to hear and you are casting your votes based on words and promises.

    Bottom line:
    If you want to pay more taxes (no not Income taxes) on everything and anything and you believe we need all the social Democrat

    If you want to pay less taxes and want to keep jobs in America and think you can handle your own money better than the government....Vote republican

    Base your decision on the basic principles, not words.

    September 17, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. the other jd

    And, um, Larry, it was the Republican party that pushed for the deregulation that has allowed for the current meltdown

    September 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Priscilla

    McCain/Palin don't know the meaning of fair. They are going to lose this election because neither of them have character or integrity. They have proven to be liars and finally, the American people can see through them.

    September 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. CB

    Man oh Man – you can't even quote McCain now????? You can't ask Palin questions. You can't quote McCain, because you gotta make sure its what he really meant to say.

    September 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. voter

    How is the workforce strong when there are no jobs? Republicans still do not get it. Obviously they won't since they created this mess with McCain and Gramm driving the bus to the ditch. They both de-regulated the wall street markets. Now they pretend it wasn't me and re-write history. Please spare me the phony rheotoric. Take reponsibility for your incompetence and failures.

    September 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. sc

    What's the difference between John Mccain and Rudy Guilliani?
    why, because Rudy cross dresses 🙂

    CNN never post's any of my comments 😦

    September 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Give change a chance

    Nice poem Johanna it brings the truth out

    September 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Pauli, TX

    I am so glad that McCain picked Palin. She is pro-life and has very conservative values. I was so worried that he would pick someone that was pro-choice and I would have had to pick a third party candidate to vote for. Thank you McCain!

    September 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Mike

    The critisizm by Obama was very fair and very true. McBush did not mean the American worker, he meant the economy. He is clueless and gets his economic advice from people who are very wealthy and think working people are whiners.

    September 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. small town, usa

    what's unfair is the american public having to be subjected to this woman. How dare she even accept the offer to run as a United States Vice President. Doesn't she care about this country? Does she think just because she can repeat the lies she is told, and repeat them with ease, that she deserves to be VP? Does she even care that this country is in trouble and that she is not really prepared to help us out of t his mess if called upon to president (God forbid)? She knows she is not qualified to lead this country. That is how low the republicans have sunk. They have made a mess of the US and want to continue to do so. Please God, don't let McCain/Palin win!

    September 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |

    Hey Sarah, It's unfair?? Poor John, but hey "You've Got To Have A Sense Of Humor" Where have I heard before? Oh by the way Sarah what are you trying to hide back in Alaska? Worried are you??

    September 17, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. McStumped

    John McStumped tries to distance himself from his policies.

    More at 11.

    September 17, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Sarah, If the person who hacked your email account refuses to obey a subpoena, will you endorse their choice?

    It's a valid question, since you consider yourself and your friends above the law.

    September 17, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. deborah, WV

    SHE"S GOOD!!!!

    She has all us talking about her (her favorite topic) and not about the ECONOMY.

    September 17, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Ohio Voter


    You're afraid of Obama's ability to lead the country, are you serious? Are you one of those Bush voters, making decisions based off of fear and not common sense?? What you should be afraid of is McCain continuing the Bush policy, having another problem with his health, and that idiot of of VP pick actually making decisions that affect us all.

    September 17, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Sarah....and my last name isn't Palin

    Unfair is telling blatant lies Ms. Palin. Like they say, the truth will feel like you're in hell.

    September 17, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. Chris in CA

    Citizen. College students have little to lose? WHAT WHAT WHAT. Are you for real? They have everything to lose. They're the inheritors of all this mess GW and his Republican robots put us in and you know it. You must be older than dirt and could give a crap as long as your ignorance is fed.

    September 17, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. She's A Joke

    Sarah Palin
    Is A Failin
    We are Wailin
    For a Mail-In (VP)

    September 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Laurie

    Oh, Palin thinks its unfair, They milked an innocent remark about lipstick on a pig for how many days!! McCain is out of touch and Palin is liar and beyond clueless. What a team! They are just more of what is in the white house already. Out of touch and clueless. Palin its sounds like you whining, isn't that what you said about H. Clinton. Go back to your little town. Your NO Hiliary!

    September 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. brett


    After McCain wins she will suceed him in the coming years.

    Its you liberal left that have ruin America. Palin will set thing right again. you will see.

    September 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Sage should be on Lenno, since you are such the expert why don't you research Phil and Wendy Gramm you can find them under deregulation, the Dems who have had to deal with the 8 years of RepubLIEcan disaster are the majority, yes, but what you fail to understand is that majority is NOT large enough to block Bush's veto's or Republican filibusters (which have been record highs-like gas and food prices) the "attacks" on Palin have been made personal when she took the American people as stupid...thanks, but NO thanks.

    September 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. LC

    They're not even in office yet and I'm so sick of their drama. Can we have a drama-free presidency and administration please???

    September 17, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |

    Nooooo Palin what is unfair, is that you get to evade the law and refuse to take part in a bipartison investigation and nothing is being done about it.

    I guess I will go and rob a bank next week and refuse to participate in the investigation!!!

    September 17, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. Sean Calamity

    Sean Hannity? This was not an interview, it was a puff piece. Sean probably answered all the questions for her.

    Not news CNN, tell us when Sarah talks to the real media, not Fox Noise.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Sandy

    Now that Palin is talking a little more off the cuff, someone needs to monitor her English. She uses the word "verbiage" completely incorrectly and clearly does not know what it means. Earlier today in answering a question about the bailout, she used the made up word "impactful". Do you really want someone leading the country, or next to the leader of the country, making these kind of 'Bushesque' language gaffes?

    September 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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