September 19th, 2008
07:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama-Biden surrogate mocks Palin

A supporter of Obama-Biden got tough on Palin Thursday.
A supporter of Obama-Biden got tough on Palin Thursday.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (CNN) – An Ohio mayor who introduced Joe Biden at a rally Thursday night said Sarah Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, Alaska was “not the real world.”

“One of the things that bothers me is the fact that Governor Palin talks about she's ready to be the Vice President because she's been a mayor.” said Jay Williams, the Democratic-turned-independent mayor of Youngstown. “I’ve never been to Wasilla, but I’m sure it’s a nice little town, In fact it’s so little we could invite them all to sit down in [Youngstown’s] Chevrolet Centre and probably still have room left over.”

“I would love to be the mayor of Wasilla,” he continued. “I could probably do it from my home and not show up to work too often because in Wasilla, they don’t have a crime problem. There were two homicides in Wasilla in the last 13 years.”

Williams added that the average Wasilla income and price for a home are above the national average.

“The education, they have small student/teacher ratios,” said Williams. “That’s not the world that we live in ladies and gentlemen, you all know that here in the real world, we have to deal with issues of crime, and poverty, and education. That’s what happens.”

Before Williams moved on to why he is a fan of Biden’s, he took one last swipe at the notion that Palin claims foreign policy experience because Alaska’s proximity to Russia, an argument offered up by McCain.

“That would be the equivalent of me wanting to do your heart surgery because I live next door to a doctor,” said Williams. “It just doesn't add up. Being mayor is a very good preparation for a lot of things, even potentially being vice president. But only if you're the mayor and have to deal with real world issues.”

Barack Obama and Joe Biden have both refrained from saying much, if anything, about Sarah Palin on the stump - their go-to line is they don’t know enough about her to differentiate her from John McCain.

But some of the surrogates introducing them at rallies have been less restrained; earlier this week, a Michigan supporter introducing Biden at an event called Palin a “bucket of fluff.”

soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. AB

    McCain = Titanic
    Palin = Iceburg

    September 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. John McPalin

    Well it's true. I'd be a bit more impressed if she used to be the Mayor of New York City. Of course Rudy was and he's still a schmuck.

    September 19, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Tony

    It is time America WOKE UP and said, "Thanks, but No Thanks" to Palin.

    September 19, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Texas

    Through her records Palin is ready. Obama is not! just look at his thin resume with 130 time voted "Present" one can tell!

    September 19, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Independent but Leaning

    Do the Dems just refuse to recognize that she is Governor of the state or are they just too stupid to understand?

    Keep insulting her credentials. I'm sure those undecided hockey moms just love to see another woman's achievements belittled.

    September 19, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Yup. I am willing to bet that mayor and councilman are part time positions, too.

    September 19, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Tom

    Poor Palin! She's becoming a joke.

    September 19, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Sweetie

    She is a Governor!

    She is more qualified then Obama-who is on the top of the Democratic Tickect!

    If I where a Democrat I wouldn't even go there!

    The American People Love her-she is the REAL DEAL!

    McCain/Palin-08-In a Landslide Victory for all!

    September 19, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. VIRGINIA will be blue

    Wasilla is not a city, it's more like a village that's overpopulated.

    September 19, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. V Obama

    We don't need you turncoat Repugs voting for OBAMA we have the momentum now!!

    Go back to your McBush!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. proud army and navy mom

    This just in.....

    "9 out of 10 doctors agree that flag burning is the number one killer of liberals."

    September 19, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Cindy

    Everyone had their comments about Obama when he was being vetted!!! What... it's okay for the black manrunning for President but not for the woman running for VP?

    September 19, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Nurse Ratchet

    Peggy Hill there would make a fine auto mechanic since she's seen a car. She's a great Astro-Phycisist too since she seen the Moon.

    September 19, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. mike e. cooney

    Yes indeed,Jay Williams has Youngstown in the toilet.High unemployment,high crime,schools are in crisis,people have left,businesses are fleeing,infrastructure is crumbling,etc.Demonrats have poisoned Youngstown,Cleveland,Toledo, any city ran (ruined ) by Dumbo-rats BIG TIME! And they crybaby over Sarah Palin?!?! Mindblowing childish behavior from halfwit buffoons! And their idea to help? RAISE TAXES!!?? MORONS!

    September 19, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Matt in Pittsburgh

    Interesting that when liberals attack Gov. Palin they always refer to her as "mayor of a small town". Why do they ignore the fact that she is currently the governor of that state that is the first line of defense in our national security and produces 20% of our nation's energy supplies. Maybe acknowleging her as governor would give the impression that she may actually be a qualified VP candidate???

    Just wondering.

    September 19, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    When the debates finally arrive, Caribou Barbie isn't going to know what happened...

    September 19, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. Ricky - Latino for Obama

    Hmm an independent Ohio mayor favoring Obama and against this McCain/palin bucket of lies....i like it!

    It seems that more and more political leaders are beginning to realize that the Republican ticket is nothing more than lies, lies, lies, and talk, talk, talk. McCain talks about he can reform Wall St...my question is HOW??? He just makes blank statements and never explains them.

    McCain/Palin make me sick.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 19, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. Pitbull without lipstick

    I am so so tired of this Palin fascist pig with lipstick. Please Palin fall off the face of this earth, you have been nothing but a political distraction. NO substance to this person.

    September 19, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Emma

    Ignore Sarah Palin and concentrate on the economy! We do not need another controversy..................the public has finally begun to see the real Sarah Palin and it is not pretty!

    September 19, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Cindy

    Wasilla is a small town and she did say that she could see Russia from Alaska!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those are true statements and yeah she is a Bucket of Fluff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Say it like it is!!!! You did when it was Obama's turn!!! All kinds of things were said about Obama!!!

    Good for the Black man but it's off limits for the woman- TALK ABOUT DOUBLE STANDARD!!!!

    September 19, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Bobby

    Jay Williams is out of touch with the real world!!!

    September 19, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. Open Your 3rd Eye

    L.O.L. wait, wait, L.O.L.O.L.

    WOW.

    THAT--IS-–SO-- AWESOME!

    September 19, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. welches, oregon

    This woman may be a gift that just keeps on giving. From CNN.

    “We’re going to do a few new things also,” she said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. “For instance, as Alaska’s governor, I put the government’s checkbook online so that people can see where their money’s going. We’ll bring that kind of transparency, that responsibility, and accountability back. We’re going to bring that back to D.C.”

    There’s just one problem with proposing to put the federal checkbook online – somebody’s already done it. His name is Barack Obama.

    ROFLMAO – doesn't this women know anything????

    .

    September 19, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. TiredofGOPWhining

    HAHAHA. Love it.

    I just can't believe the absurdity of it all. I mean SERIOUSLY people. Wasilla? Alaska? Lipstick? Tanning beds? Cover up? Vendetta? Abstinence? Pregnancy? Russia? Spain or Mexico? Bush Doctrine? ...................... is it really happening?

    September 19, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. rusty

    JAY WILLIAMS, YOU NEED TO SHUT UP ABOUT SMALL TOWN MAYORS. MATCHING HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH YOURS, YOU DONT COME CLOSE.

    YOU ARE A BUNCH OF FLUFF, PALIN ON THE OTHER HAND HAS SUBSTANCE, PERIOD !

    MCCAIN-PALIN 2008

    September 19, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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